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An Outsider’s love at First Sight: MUMBAI

As my first day in Mumbai comes to an end, here I am, standing at Mohammed Rafi Chowk showcasing a silent protest against the legendary Rafi sahib’s 1956 song that claimed “Kahin building, kahin traame, kahin motor, kahin mill Milta hain yahaan sab kuch , ek milta nahi DIL Insaan ka nahin kahin naam aur nishaan Zara hat ke, zara bach ke, yeh hai Bombay meri jaan” Translation (Buildings, Trams, Motors and Mills. You get

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A Place Called Here! A Trip to Abu

“Enchanted by the magnificence of its mystical landscape, the sage decided to behest the mountain spirits to allow his patron lord, Arbhuda, to reside there. From thence the hills became the dwelling place of Lord Arbhuda. ‘Abu’ is a diminutive of the ancient eponym for this hill station which resounds with vibrations of things ethereal in essence yet sensual to physical touch”, narrated my grandmother as she unwrapped the home cooked ‘parathas’ for us. “Welcome

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Journey Through the Old Silk Road, Sikkim – III

We continue with the last part of the Old Silk Road Nathang Valley and Lungthung: Nathang Valley lies beyond Zuluk.The area is an Indian Army cantonment and mainly monitored and maintained by Army. Local people stay there but they are now mainly focusing on tourists for livelihood. The area does not have any resort or hotels. The best options available are local homestays like Pinasha Lodge and a British Bungalow, managed by local families. Lungthung,

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Journey Through the Old Silk Road, Sikkim – II

And if you really want to capture the marvel of nature, this is one of the best destinations. Some of the places of interest in this belt comprise the following: Lingtam and Rishikola: Lingtam, one of the first halts in Old Silk Road is a small hamlet situated amidst the hills. You can choose to spend 2-3 days here before heading for Rishikhola. Rishikhola derives its name from the river Rishi and ‘Khola’ meaning, river

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Journey Through the Old Silk Road, Sikkim – I

Extending 4000 miles, the Silk Road (also known as Silk Route) is a series of trade and cultural transmission route that was the nucleus of trade mainly between India and China, and also the Mediterranean regions. But why are we discussing this here? Well, actually this post is about the Old Silk Road that passes through the Indian state of Sikkim. This Silk Road that passes through Sikkim is nothing but a part of the

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Some of the best beach-side memories

This is a cliff top view at Varkala, a coastal town of Kerala, situated about 50-km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. We had been planning long for our honeymoon. We had gone to various travel agents and tour operators before zeroing in on the destination. After months of discussion and debating we decided that the place was to be Maldives!!! And the image proves that we were not wrong. Manchanabele Dam, 50KM from the city

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Review of Taj Coromandel Chennai, Southern Spice Restaurant

Chennai, the bustling metropolis, is known more for its fabulous food than anything else. And a recent trip to the Taj Coromandel Chennai’s Southern Spice Restaurant, gives one many wonderful memories to carry back home. The Southern Spice Restaurant in Chennai featured in the the top 50 restaurants list in 2014. Michael Swamy says that the Southern Spice Restaurant offers awesome food and ensures a great ambiance. There menu delightfully blends traditional dishes and those made using contemporary ingredients

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Down the Memory Lane – Bhitarkanika-Gahirmata

So, in this second post I will describe my experiences of an adventure trip that we took to Bhitarkanika. It was December again, (definitely not the same year as we did Gopalpur). But we had to make a few preparations before embarking on our journey. As we had no access to the Internet, offices of tourism departments came in handy. My dad approached the Orissa Tourism’s office in Kolkata and gathered all the necessary information.

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Michael Swamy visits the Vivanta by Taj – Madikeri Coorg

One of the most beautiful Taj properties is nestled in the emerald green forests of Coorg. The Vivanta by Taj Madikeri in Coorg is a must-visit destination which offers not only a comfortable stay but also a variety of activities to its guests like a forest walk, pottery-making workshop and a wonderful conservatory documenting the local Kodava culture. And of course, a taste of the flavorful, amazing Kodava food made at their restaurant Nellaki will

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