Paris, tourist attractions, banlieues, Parisian society, Berlin, Arc de Triomphe, Les Invalides

Getting a reality check on the streets and boulevards of imaginary Paris


One of the most visited cities in the world, Paris can charm anyone with its many tourist attractions. But if you stray a little beyond the tourism trail, you’ll find another, less glamorous version of Paris inhabited by rejects and oddballs, writes Vineet Gill.

19 August, 2017
Bhutan, Vajrayogini, Bhutanese treasures, Assam, Chinese tourists, IMTRAT, United Nations

Don’t ignore India’s natural and ancient kinship with Bhutan


After a recent visit to Bhutan, its isolated hamlets and dreamy landscapes, I now survey my Bhutanese memories with a sinking feeling, thanks to the morning’s supply of angry editorials on ‘Indian machinations’ in Bhutan echoing in my head, says Suranya Aiyar.

22 July, 2017
Dreamscape Dubai, Dubai Tourism, Dubai experience, Arabian sea, Burj Khalifa,  Mall of Emirates, IMG Worlds of Adventure, glamour

Dreamscape Dubai


From being a nondescript fishing village only a few decades ago, Dubai has today emerged as a miracle megapolis, boasting the tallest building in the world as well as the world’s largest shopping mall. Fresh from a recent visit to the emirate, Vineet Gill writes about his Dubai experience.

1 April, 2017
mountain biking trip, Siliguri, Gangtok, Eastern Himalayan ranges, Darjeeling, Kolkata, adventure, Abhishek Datta, Shovon Ray

Adrenalin rush: Immersive mountain biking trip from Siliguri to Gangtok

Travel By Puja Sahani

Have you ever wished to experience an offbeat adventure but didn’t have the backbone to venture out for it? Well, even though I have been to the oddest of spots, explored cuisines and different ways of life and cultures, I have never had the desire to commit to something wild and uplifting.

18 March, 2017
Mussoorie, natural beauty, Dehradun Express, Mosaic Hotel, plains of Dehradun, Mall Road, Hawa Ghars, Char Dukan, Anils Café

Urban comfort plus natural beauty: You are never far from home in Mussoorie

Travel By Keith Armando Gomes

Keith A. Gomes writes about his recent visit to the touristy paradise Mussoorie, which involved long walks along the crowded Mall Road, an acquaintance with the history of the local churches and cemeteries, as well as an unlikely brush with urban modernity.

4 March, 2017
 trip to Manali, Himalayan, serenity and cinematic views, Manali, Beas river in Manali, adventure sports, river rafting

Himalayan abode for travellers seeking thrills, serenity and cinematic views

Travel By Puja Sahani

On a trip to Manali one can discover mouth-watering delicacies, snow clad mountains that touch the sky, daunting upward drives, adventure sports like river rafting, and divine experiences among temples that are evidence of a rich history, writes Puja Sahani.

25 February, 2017

A silent retreat: Trekking from Tosh to Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh

Travel By Keith Armando Gomes

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.

4 February, 2017
Heritage tourism, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Heritage 365, Neemrana Music Foundation, Indian Heritage Hotels Association, Dipika Roy Choudhury, Yes Bank, H.E. Lorenzo Angeloni

A show that brings to fore traditions of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh

Travel By Taru Bhatia

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.

26 November, 2016
Himalayas, Dagshai, Kalka-Simla Highway, East India Company, Daag-e-Shahi, Mughal, Dagshai cellular jail

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
Holiday destinations, Indian travellers, visa hassles, Vietnam, Jordan, Thailand, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Madagascar

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
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