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Lahaul festival: A blend of virgin nature, Buddhism

Lahaul festival: A blend of virgin nature, Buddhism

Taking a leaf from the success of Leh’s Sindhu Darshan festival, locals of the picturesque Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh also decided to hold a similar event every summer at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers that makes for a mix of virgin nature and Buddhism. This year it will be held on

Lahaul festival: A blend of virgin nature, Buddhism

Lahaul festival: A blend of virgin nature, Buddhism

Taking a leaf from the success of Leh’s Sindhu Darshan festival, locals of the picturesque Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh also decided to hold a similar event every summer at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga rivers that makes for a mix of virgin nature and Buddhism. This year it will be held on

A weekend on Singapore Streets

A weekend on Singapore Streets

With seat-belt buckled and waiting for the Scoot Airlines flight to take off, I involuntarily started to hum “Darling, Darling I love You” and “Joyful Singapore, Colourful Malaysia”. Given that these are hit Tamil numbers shot in Singapore, you might have guessed that it was to the tiny city-state that I was headed. After landing

'Eat, Pray, Love' nature in Bekal, Madikeri

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ nature in Bekal, Madikeri

Bottle up the deafening sound of honking cars in cities and throw it in the calm backwaters as you cross endless tall coconut trees in the untouched north Kerala town of Bekal. Wish to further surrender to nature? Drive down from the beach destination to the Madikeri hill station in Karnataka, and soak in the

Budget shopping a rewarding, memorable experience in HK

Budget shopping a rewarding, memorable experience in HK

It is easy to remember Hong Kong for its enormous variety of food and leisure, and the way these can be relished in quick time. But for me, Hong Kong is also about neatness, planning, seamless transport and the no-fuss attitude of its street vendors who make budget shopping a memorable experience. Hong Kong delighted

Ayutthaya: Once a diplomatic hub, now a heritage site

Ayutthaya: Once a diplomatic hub, now a heritage site

The sheer splendour of Ayutthaya makes one forget that it is a balmy March afternoon when on a visit to the Unesco World Heritage Site some 80 km from Thailand’s capital Bangkok. After lunch at a riverside restaurant at modern-day Ayutthaya, the visit to the once flourishing temple city was an enriching experience. Founded in

Bangladesh: A journey of shared history and common destiny with India

Bangladesh: A journey of shared history and common destiny with India

In a quest to explore shared culture and history of all the territories that once formed part of an undivided Indian sub-continent, I chose the easiest one — Bangladesh. First, because a Pakistan visa was unlikely to come by, considering my family’s history deeply steeped in Indian defence forces. After fending off the questioning looks

Lahore: Open and vibrant lifestyle in city that never sleeps

Lahore: Open and vibrant lifestyle in city that never sleeps

My fear was palpable as I entered this graceful and cultured Pakistani city that was quite high on my “I cannot ever go there” list because of its projection as a home to violent Islamist fundamentalism. But the moment I stepped in, a lot of misconceptions — driven mostly by the media about this country

Lahore: Open and vibrant lifestyle in city that never sleeps

Lahore: Open and vibrant lifestyle in city that never sleeps

My fear was palpable as I entered this graceful and cultured Pakistani city that was quite high on my “I cannot ever go there” list because of its projection as a home to violent Islamist fundamentalism. But the moment I stepped in, a lot of misconceptions — driven mostly by the media about this country

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