For Keith A. Gomes, trekking through the villages and valleys of Himachal Pradesh was a life-altering experience of waking up to sunrises, playing peek-a-boo with snow-capped mountain peaks and sleeping soundly to the lullabies of majestic waterfalls.
Heritage 365 is a national campaign designed to promote heritage tourism in India. A unique exhibition was organised earlier this week under the same banner at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in a bid to popularise our folk traditions, writes Taru Bhatia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.