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Time stands still in this little hamlet situated in the heart of the Himalayas

Travel By Chitvan Singh Dhillon

Nestled among emerald green deodar forests and pine knolls lays Dagshai, a quaint little garrison town in the foothills of the Himalayas, located atop one high hillock that stands sphinx-like astride the Kalka-Simla Highway at a point close to the industrial town of Solan.

15 October, 2016
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Six holiday destinations for Indian travellers who don’t want visa hassles


The first country on our list is Vietnam, which permits visa on arrival for Indian passport holders only if they enter the country by air. A 30-day visa is made available for a low fee of $50. Vietnam, located in both a tropical and a temperate zone is known for its strong monsoon influences, but has a considerable amount of sun and high humidity.

1 October, 2016

Tulips and windmills: Autumn is the best time to experience the real Holland

Travel By Aditya Gupta

Visitors to the Netherlands often stop short of going beyond the historic city of Amsterdam. But in doing so, they miss out on a lot that the country has to offer, including tulips, cheese and windmills. Aditya Gupta went the extra mile on his recent visit to Holland.

24 September, 2016

Language, literature and longing in the land of Gross National Happiness


The seventh edition of the Mountain Echoes Literature Festival concluded last week in Thimphu, Bhutan. Writers like Amitav Ghosh and Pico Iyer, who marked his return to Thimphu after an interval of 28 years, were among the highlights of the event, writes Vineet Gill.

3 September, 2016

Beyond the verdant hills laced with intriguing history and frivolous gossip

Travel By Chitvan Singh Dhillon

Chitvan Singh Dhillon discovers the charms of three less-known getaways in the hills on a summer sojourn. Travelling through Barog, Solan and Dagshai, he writes about the towns’ British past leaving an indelible impression on their present.

30 July, 2016

When old motorbikes are given a new lease of life, you get two-wheeler vintage


Investing in a vintage motorbike is an uphill task, given the high maintenance cost and the limited availability of spare parts, but this doesn’t in the least dissuade the true enthusiast. Anirudh Vohra meets veteran bikers riding high on vintage beauties.

25 June, 2016

Transportation Blues


Delhi’s public transport nightmare was alleviated to a great extent in 2002, when the Metro was launched here. But the rest of our urban mobility infrastructure has remained sub-standard through all these years, and is today in urgent need of a complete overhaul. Anirudh Vohra reports.

25 June, 2016

Rishikesh: A bridge too far


Once a hub of international tourism and an important destination of pilgrimage for all the Beatles fans of the world, Rishikesh today has become more of a lacklustre town sustaining on hollow icons of easy-to-digest spirituality. Srija Naskar writes about her recent visit to the place.

9 April, 2016
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