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Malavika Bhattacharya is an independent journalist and travel writer based in India. She covers culture, travel, food, the outdoors, and the arts. Her work has appeared on CNN.com, WSJ.com, in Conde Nast Traveller, National Geographic Traveller, Travel + Leisure, Fodor's, Rough Guides, The National, and many other publications around the world. For more: http://malavikabhattacharya.com/
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In pictures: Thousands attend 25th Godiva Festival

07 Jul 2024  |  BBC News فارسی
Music lovers flock to Coventry to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Godiva Festival.

The best time to visit Meghalaya

14 Mar 2024  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
Meghalaya, located between Assam and Bangladesh, offers a diverse landscape with lakes, forests, and waterfalls. The best time to visit is from October to February, covering post-monsoon and winter seasons. October and November feature clear skies and harvest festivals, while winter months are ideal for outdoor activities like hiking and cave explorations. Summer brings warmer temperatures and some rain, while the monsoon season from May to September offers a unique experience with heavy rains and lush scenery. Visitors should plan according to the weather to make the most of their trip.

The best time to visit Darjeeling

04 Mar 2024  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
Darjeeling, located in the lower reaches of the Himalayas, is a popular holiday destination known for its views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and tea estates. The best time to visit varies by season: spring and autumn are ideal for outdoor activities, summer is peak tourist season with clear skies and pleasant temperatures, and winter offers fewer crowds and snow-capped mountain views. The monsoon season, from June to mid-September, brings heavy rains and potential travel disruptions. A three to four-day trip is recommended to explore the main attractions, including the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and various cultural sites.

Farewell, Chef Imtiaz Qureshi, the "real rockstar of Lucknow”

16 Feb 2024  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
Chef Imtiaz Qureshi, a legendary figure in the culinary world, is celebrated for his significant contributions to Awadhi cuisine and the concept of dum pukht. Known as the 'real rockstar of Lucknow,' Chef Qureshi's legacy includes making regional food mainstream and bringing a unique flair and attitude to his culinary presentations. His influence extends from his early days at Falaknuma in Lucknow to his impactful tenure at ITC Maurya in Delhi. His legacy continues to inspire chefs and food enthusiasts globally.

Exploring India's ancient Silk Road in Ladakh

09 Dec 2023  |  asia.nikkei.com
Ladakh, a high-altitude region in India, is attracting an increasing number of tourists with its moonlike landscape and hiking trails. Situated 3,500 meters above sea level, where the Karakoram mountains meet the Himalayas, Ladakh was almost unknown to tourism until the 1970s. The area, known for its cold desert and historical significance as part of the ancient Silk Road, also shares a disputed border with China.

5 destinations with new direct flights from India

10 Oct 2023  |  Inshorts - Stay Informed
New international direct flights from India are now available, making it easier to travel to destinations like Bali and Bangkok. Non-stop flights from cities such as Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Chennai are set to enhance travel plans for the summer.

'Singing Stones': The Mystery of the Spiritual City of Hampi, India

01 Oct 2023  |  El Tiempo
Hampi, a city in southern India, is renowned for its unique granite terrain and the ruins of ancient temples and palaces. The Vijaya Vithala Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, features 'musical pillars' that produce musical notes when struck. These pillars, carved from resonant granite, have puzzled experts for centuries. The article explores the historical and cultural significance of these pillars, the theories behind their acoustic properties, and the ongoing mystery surrounding their construction.

Monkey Bar returns to Bengaluru after four years

01 Oct 2023  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
Monkey Bar, a pioneering gastropub by the Olive Group of Restaurants, has reopened in Bengaluru after a four-year hiatus. Originally launched in 2012, the venue quickly became a beloved city institution known for its gourmet burgers, innovative cocktails, and vibrant atmosphere. The new location on Museum Road features a sophisticated design and a menu that blends Indian ingredients with global flavors. The reopening has been met with enthusiasm, reflecting the bar's significant impact on Bengaluru's dining and social scene.

Parks & Recreation: Bengaluru’s Quiet Reading Communities

01 Oct 2023  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
Bengaluru's parks have become venues for quiet reading communities, with Cubbon Reads being the most prominent. Founded by Shruti Sah and Harsh Snehanshu, the movement has grown to include multiple chapters across the city and beyond. These gatherings offer a serene environment for readers to enjoy their books in nature, fostering a sense of community without the formalities of a book club. The initiative has expanded internationally, with chapters in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, and London.

Lchang Nang: An eco-conscious luxury retreat in the Nubra Valley, Ladakh

27 Sep 2023  |  Architectural Digest India
Lchang Nang Retreat, located in the Nubra Valley's Tegar Village along the old Silk Road, is an eco-conscious boutique property offering a luxurious stay with a window into Ladakhi lifestyle and culture. The retreat features 17 vernacular-style cottages built with local materials and designed to blend into the landscape. It is fully solar-powered and utilizes glacial melt for water needs. The retreat's commitment to sustainability extends to its food production, which includes a high-altitude passive solar hydroponic greenhouse.

Delhi by Cycle

05 Jul 2023  |  SilverKris
Explore Delhi's iconic neighborhoods on curated bicycle tours. The Shahjahan Tour in Old Delhi navigates historic alleyways, showcasing sights like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid mosque. The Raj Tour in Central Delhi highlights colonial history through tree-lined routes.

The Grammar Room

05 Jul 2023  |  SilverKris
The Grammar Room, an upscale bar by the Olive Group in New Delhi's Mehrauli area, offers a café-style menu and a variety of cocktails. It is highlighted for its relaxed ambiance, breezy terraces, and views of the Qutub Minar and Delhi’s Ridge Forest.

Delhi Club House

05 Jul 2023  |  SilverKris
Delhi Club House offers a nostalgic experience with classic comfort food from India's elite colonial-era clubs in a vibrant South Delhi gastropub. The menu features dishes like masala sausages, crispy cutlets, and chilli chicken, complemented by a long wine list and creative gin and whisky cocktails, making it an ideal spot for a relaxed Sunday brunch.

New Zealand’s Queenstown: 6 must-dos for the mildly adventurous

04 Jun 2023  |  www.moneycontrol.com
Queenstown, New Zealand, is a vibrant town known for its outdoor activities and adventure sports. The article highlights six must-do activities for those seeking mild adventure, emphasizing the town's energetic atmosphere and appeal to outdoor enthusiasts.

25 Best Places to Visit in India, from Delhi and Mumbai to Kerala

27 Apr 2023  |  www.timeout.com
India offers a diverse range of travel destinations, from the snow-covered Himalayas and the Thar Desert to vibrant cities and serene beaches. Highlights include Kashmir for natural beauty, Ladakh for adventure, Delhi for food and Mughal architecture, Rajasthan for ancient palaces and shopping, and the southern regions for beaches, tea gardens, temples, and wildlife sanctuaries.

6 weekend getaways from Bangalore, including 1 reached by Vande Bharat Express to Chennai

23 Apr 2023  |  www.moneycontrol.com
Beaches, hill stations, wildlife, and culture-filled cities within 130-460 km from Bangalore are highlighted as ideal weekend getaways. These destinations are easily accessible by road and rail, including the Vande Bharat Express to Chennai.

Kumaon food guide: Eat nettles and drink flowers in the land of the gods

16 Apr 2023  |  www.moneycontrol.com
A guide to the culinary delights of Kumaon, Uttarakhand, highlighting traditional dishes such as Bichoo Saag, Madua roti, pahadi raita, and rhododendron juice. The article emphasizes the unique ingredients and flavors of the region, encouraging readers to try a Kumaoni thali and explore local food culture.

Dresden: Summer in Saxony, beer gardens and Court of Aurangzeb in Germany

12 Mar 2023  |  www.moneycontrol.com
The 800-year-old city of Dresden, located on the banks of the Elbe, has undergone significant transformation since World War II. In the summer, Saxony's renowned beer gardens become vibrant hubs, and the riverside areas attract numerous picnickers.

Arunachal Pradesh: On the road to the edge of the world

05 Mar 2023  |  moneycontrol.com
A travel article describes a road trip to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, highlighting the sub-zero temperatures and snow-covered terrain at Sela Pass. The journey features high mountain passes, icy peaks, and surreal landscapes, with the experience being common throughout the year.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Bikes, boats, and baths in one of the world’s most livable cities

01 Mar 2023  |  www.moneycontrol.com
Copenhagen, ranked by Forbes as the best place for work-life balance and second in the UN's World Happiness Report, exemplifies Nordic livability with its emphasis on outdoor living, good design, and vibrant neighborhoods. The city is renowned for its bicycle-friendly infrastructure, extensive waterways for recreational activities, and iconic sites like Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn, and the Little Mermaid statue. Cultural landmarks include the Design Museum and Hans Christian Anderson’s grave at Assistens Cemetery Park. Superkilen and the Meatpacking District showcase Copenhagen's diverse and evolving urban spaces, blending community participation with innovative design.

The mystery of the 'singing stones' of the Indian spiritual city Hampi

12 Feb 2023  |  Noticias de México | EL IMPARCIAL
Hampi, a city in southern India, is renowned for its unique granite rock formations and the ruins of ancient temples and palaces. The Vijaya Vithala Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, features 'musical pillars' that produce musical notes when struck. These pillars, carved from resonant granite, have puzzled scholars for centuries. Experts suggest that the pillars' musical properties are due to the specific qualities of the granite and the precise craftsmanship of the Vijayanagara Empire. Despite various theories, the exact method of their construction remains a mystery.

The art and science of perfume-making in Paris museum, Musee du Parfum Fragonard

25 Dec 2022  |  indulgexpress.com
The Musée du Parfum Fragonard in Paris, set up by the traditional family-owned French perfume house Maison Fragonard, offers a glimpse into the art and science of perfume-making. Visitors can explore the process of scent creation, from the gathering of exotic flowers to the extraction of essences using techniques like steam distillation and cold extraction. The museum showcases the labor-intensive and expensive process of creating fragrances, the role of 'noses' or professional perfumers, and the evolution of perfume bottles. Perfume is described as a complex harmony of essences, akin to a musical melody, with the ability to evoke memories and emotions.

A Fragrant Find: The art and science of perfume-making in Paris museum

25 Dec 2022  |  www.newindianexpress.com
The Musée du Parfum Fragonard in Paris offers a unique glimpse into the art and science of perfume-making. Located in the historic Opéra district, the museum showcases the intricate process of creating fragrances, from the extraction of essences from exotic flowers to the blending of scents by skilled 'noses.' The museum, established by the traditional French perfume house Maison Fragonard, features interactive exhibits and a collection of antique perfume bottles. The article highlights the labor-intensive and expensive nature of perfume production, emphasizing the expertise required to create these aromatic masterpieces.

Vietnam: A hue of flavours ranging from pho to bun bo hue

5 South Asia Weekend Getaways That Promise Total Escape

05 May 2022  |  traveler.marriott.com
South Asia offers a variety of destinations for travelers, including the cultural and historical town of Paro in Bhutan, the tourist magnet of Goa in India with its beaches and local experiences, the culturally rich Kathmandu in Nepal, the politically and financially significant Dhaka in Bangladesh, and the dazzling 'Pink City' of Jaipur in India with its palaces, forts, and markets.

Andaman hawk owls and parrotfish poop: an outdoors guide to Havelock

04 May 2022  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
Havelock Island offers a biodiverse hotspot where rainforest and reef converge, providing immersive experiences in nature. The island's outdoor activities include jungle trails, intertidal walks, snorkeling, and scuba diving, allowing visitors to encounter unique wildlife such as the Andaman Hawk Owl, neon green Andaman day gecko, and various marine creatures. Lacadives, Barefoot Scuba, and Dive India are notable operators organizing these activities.

Explore Bogor in Indonesia

07 Aug 2020  |  thehindubusinessline.com
Bogor, a town south of Jakarta, Indonesia, offers a respite from city life with its green spaces and colonial architecture. The Kebun Raya Botanical Gardens, a legacy of various colonial powers, is a highlight with its rare plants and historical memorials. The Istana Bogor, once a Dutch colonial residence and now the Indonesian president's summer home, is noted for its well-maintained grounds and colonial architecture. The Sindangbarang Cultural Village presents the ancient culture of the Sunda kingdom with traditional houses, sustainable dining practices, and performances of Sundanese art forms, emphasizing the region's rich history and traditions.

Explore Agra's colonial history

30 Apr 2020  |  BusinessLine
Agra, known for its Mughal history, also has a rich colonial past with several lesser-known historical sites. Key attractions include the Roman Catholic cemetery with its unique blend of Islamic and colonial designs, the Red Taj built by Ann Hessing, and Akbar’s Church. The burial site of Munshi Abdul Karim, a confidante of Queen Victoria, is also highlighted. These offbeat locations offer a quieter, more personal exploration of Agra's history, contrasting with the crowded popular sites like the Taj Mahal.

Cave of wonders

09 Feb 2020  |  www.newindianexpress.com
New Zealand, home to 87% of the world's glowworms, offers a surreal experience in the Waiomio (Kawiti) caves in Northland. These ancient limestone caves, rich in Maori heritage, were discovered by the female chieftain Hineamaru in the 17th century. Today, the Kawiti family, direct descendants of Hineamaru, operate tours showcasing the caves' stunning glowworm displays. The glowworms, which emit a pale green-blue light, create a magical, starry effect in the dark caverns, contributing to a unique subterranean ecosystem.

Indian safari: where to see tigers, rhinos, gibbons and swamp deer – tips from conservationists

02 Jan 2020  |  South China Morning Post
India offers some of the best wildlife experiences, with notable species like the greater one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park, hoolock gibbons in Hollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, barasingha in Kanha National Park, and Bengal tigers in Pench Tiger Reserve. Conservationists highlight the importance of these parks and the successful efforts to protect these species. Key conservation measures include habitat protection, community involvement, and regulated tourism practices. The article underscores the significance of preserving entire ecosystems to ensure the survival of these iconic animals.

How to spend 72 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland

01 Oct 2019  |  Science
Lucerne, Switzerland, offers a picturesque and romantic getaway with its scenic lake, historic Old Town, and proximity to the Alps. Visitors can explore medieval squares, enjoy riverside cafés, and visit landmarks like the Chapel Bridge and Lion Memorial. The city also boasts a vibrant art scene with museums like the Rosengart Collection and the Swiss Museum of Transport. A day trip to Mount Pilatus provides stunning views and a unique cogwheel train experience. The guide provides a detailed itinerary for a perfect weekend in Lucerne, including dining recommendations and cultural activities.

How to spend 72 hours in Krakow, Poland

23 Jul 2019  |  Science
Krakow, a city rich in history and culture, offers a blend of tradition and modernity. Visitors can explore the historic Old Town, the labyrinthine Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill. The Jewish district of Kazimierz, with its synagogues and museums, provides a poignant reminder of the city's past while also being a hub for trendy cafés and nightlife. Key attractions include St. Mary’s Basilica, the Royal Route, and the Galeria Krakowska for shopping. The article provides a detailed three-day itinerary to make the most of a visit to this vibrant city.

How to spend 72 hours in Krakow, Poland

23 Jul 2019  |  nationalgeographic.com
Krakow, Poland, is a city that balances tradition with modernity, offering visitors a blend of historic sites and contemporary attractions. The itinerary for a 72-hour stay includes exploring the Old Town's Rynek Główny, St. Mary’s Basilica, and the Royal Route. Highlights include dining at local cafes like Wesele, visiting the Wieliczka Salt Mine, shopping at Galeria Krakowska, and experiencing the Jewish district of Kazimierz. The trip also features stops at Wawel Hill's Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral, and evenings at trendy spots like Piano Rouge and Alchemia.

Land and lore are inextricably linked in the Australian Outback, where imagination keeps blurring into reality

12 May 2019  |  The Indian Express
In the Australian Outback, particularly in the Northern Territory's Nitmiluk and Kakadu National Parks, the landscape and indigenous lore are deeply intertwined. The Jawoyn people's sacred beliefs help preserve the pristine environment, while the joint management of Kakadu by aboriginal communities and Australia's parks department blends traditional and modern practices. The region's ancient rock art, depicting themes of nature and extinct animals, underscores the long-standing relationship between the land and its inhabitants. The article reflects on the thin line between imagination and reality in this culturally rich and ecologically significant area.

In Living Color: Where in the World to Celebrate Holi

06 Mar 2019  |  Marriott Bonvoy Traveler
Holi, the Hindu festival of color, is celebrated with enthusiasm in India and has gained popularity worldwide. Delhi and Jaipur host vibrant celebrations, with traditional rituals and modern parties. Singapore, Toronto, London, and Houston also have significant Holi events, reflecting their large Indian communities. These celebrations include color play, traditional food, music, and dance, attracting participants of various nationalities.

Notes from Basel

07 Dec 2018  |  www.thehindu.com
Basel, known for its industrial reputation with companies like Roche and Novartis, reveals its rich cultural and artistic character to the author, Malavika Bhattacharya, during a December visit. The city's Christmas markets, historical architecture, and a staggering number of museums, including the Kunstmuseum with works by Monet and Picasso, showcase its deep connection to the arts. The Hoosesagg Museum, Basel's smallest museum, and the Johann Wanner Christmas shop are among the unique attractions. The city's history, particularly its reformation from Catholicism to Protestantism, is evident in its art and architecture.

Jaws, redux

28 Sep 2018  |  BusinessLine
Adam Mattner, a crocodile handler, guides visitors through Australia's Great Outback, highlighting the dangers and beauty of the region. The Kakadu National Park, a vast protected area rich in Aboriginal culture, is explored, showcasing its wildlife and natural landscapes. The article details the experience of navigating crocodile-infested waters, learning about indigenous hunting techniques, and enjoying local cuisine, including a unique crocodile cocktail. The narrative emphasizes the reverence locals have for saltwater crocodiles and the precautions taken to ensure safety in their habitats.

Notes from Los Angeles

27 Sep 2018  |  thehindu.com
Los Angeles presents a blend of jet-lag and sunshine, with a lifestyle where many pursue their Hollywood dreams while working day jobs. Venice Beach offers a respite with its eclectic and laid-back atmosphere. Muscle Beach, known for Arnold Schwarzenegger, attracts fitness enthusiasts and tourists. Venice's creative spirit is reflected in its street art and establishments like High Rooftop Lounge and Hotel Erwin. Abbot Kinney Boulevard epitomizes the area's trendy lifestyle with chic shops and eateries like Plant Food+Wine, which cater to a diverse and expressive clientele.

Explore Bengaluru, India’s High-Tech Center, With a Local Concierge

10 Jul 2018  |  traveler.marriott.com
The Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center, located in Bangalore's tech district, offers exceptional service and memorable experiences for its guests. Assistant Front Office Manager Eric Mathew shares his passion for exceeding guest expectations through personalized gestures and unique accommodations. The hotel features various amenities, including a poolside area, Chime bar, Upper Cut barbecue restaurant, and InAzia Pan-Asian restaurant. Mathew also recommends local attractions such as Phoenix Marketcity, Chinese restaurants, local breweries, and cultural sites like the Bull Temple and Nandi Hills.

From Street Food and Shrines to Oceanfront Sunsets, See Mumbai Like a Local

22 Jun 2018  |  traveler.marriott.com
Mumbai, a bustling metropolis of 20 million, offers unique local experiences beyond typical tourist attractions. Key highlights include the vibrant Sassoon Docks Fish Market, the essential Mumbai Local train ride, and the city's diverse street food scene featuring vada pav and Bombay sandwiches. Visitors can also explore various religious shrines like the Haji Ali mosque and Siddhivinayak Temple, and unwind at Marine Drive, a popular promenade along the Arabian Sea.

Wannabe a Star? 5 Ways to Make Your Bollywood Dreams Come True in Mumbai

23 May 2018  |  traveler.marriott.com
Mumbai, the heart of India's Hindi film industry, offers travelers a chance to immerse themselves in Bollywood culture. Key experiences include touring the Filmcity studio complex, visiting iconic movie locations like Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Marine Drive, and taking auto rickshaw tours to Bollywood stars' homes in Bandra and Juhu. Watching a Bollywood film at theaters like Regal Cinema and celebrity spotting at Juhu Beach and Prithvi Theatre are also highlighted. The article provides a comprehensive guide to experiencing the vibrant film culture of Mumbai.

Top 10 holidays in March: Discover the ruins of Hampi by cycle, do yoga by the Ganga in Hrishikesh

28 Feb 2018  |  Scroll.in
March offers a variety of travel experiences in India, from wildlife safaris in Satpura National Park to celebrating Holi in Vrindavan and Mathura. Yoga enthusiasts can attend the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, while bird watchers can visit the Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh. The Hola Mohalla festival in Punjab showcases Sikh valour, and the rat temple in Bikaner is a unique attraction during Navratri. Mizoram's Chapchar Kut harvest festival, beach getaways in Varkala, exploring Hampi's ruins by cycle, and learning cheese-making in Coonoor are other highlights.

Five top holidays in 2018 that have been made possible by changes in Indian tourism

01 Jan 2018  |  Scroll.in
Improved connectivity and new initiatives in Indian tourism are opening up exciting travel opportunities in 2018. The UDAN scheme is launching a direct flight from New Delhi to Imphal, enhancing access to Manipur's Keibul Lamjao National Park. Sikkim's Pakyong Airport will soon facilitate easier travel to Gangtok and the surrounding Himalayan region. Gulmarg is gaining recognition as a global ski destination, while Rajasthan's Project Leopard is boosting conservation and safari tourism in the Jhalana Forest Reserve. Uttarakhand's homestays offer sustainable and intimate travel experiences, aligning with the UN's focus on sustainable tourism.

Only Have 24 Hours in Bengaluru? Here’s How to See the City Like a Local.

29 Aug 2017  |  traveler.marriott.com
Bengaluru, India's IT hub, offers a rich cultural experience with its rooftop bars, al fresco dining, shopping, and arts. The article suggests a one-day itinerary starting with traditional South Indian filter coffee at local darshinis, a visit to Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, and breakfast at Mavalli Tiffin Rooms. Art lovers can explore the National Gallery of Modern Art, while food enthusiasts can enjoy a contemporary twist on South Indian cuisine at The Permit Room. Shopping for Indian-inspired housewares and fashion is recommended at boutiques like Nappa Dori and Nicobar. Coffee aficionados can visit Third Wave Coffee Roasters, and beer enthusiasts can explore Bengaluru's craft beer scene at The Biere Club, Toit, and Arbor Brewing Company. The evening can be spent enjoying the vibrant performing arts scene in Indiranagar.

The Village by the Sea: The tiny village of Tai O in Hong Kong still clings to its ties with the ocean

27 Aug 2017  |  The Indian Express
Tai O, a small village in Hong Kong, maintains its traditional connection to the sea despite the decline of the fishing industry and the migration of the younger population to the mainland. The village features stilt homes, a shrimp paste factory, and temples dedicated to the gods of war and the sea. Tourism has become a significant part of Tai O, with attractions like the Lin Heung restaurant and the Tai O Heritage Hotel, a restored marine police station. The village offers a glimpse into the old fishing lifestyle and is a popular half-day trip destination from Hong Kong.

Aetas, Philippines: Fire, sand and spa

25 Aug 2017  |  BusinessLine
The article explores the unique travel experience at the Puning Hot Spring and Spa in the Pampanga region of the Philippines, highlighting the cultural and historical significance of the Aeta people. It describes the therapeutic sand spa and volcanic mud treatments, the Aetas' resilience and adaptation post the 1991 Mt Pinatubo eruption, and their integration with modern tourism. The narrative includes personal interactions with local guides and therapists, showcasing their traditional knowledge and skills, and emphasizes the blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage in the region.

Top 10 holidays in July: Trek to Kashmir’s lakes, attend Dree Festival, ride the Island Express

30 Jun 2017  |  Scroll.in
July offers a variety of travel experiences in India, from the culturally vibrant Hemis Festival in Ladakh to the stunning Great Lakes trek in Kashmir. The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand blooms with nearly 300 varieties of flowers, while the Dree Festival in Arunachal Pradesh showcases traditional Apatani culture. Mandu in Madhya Pradesh and Bundi in Rajasthan offer architectural wonders, and Kerala's Champakkulam Boat Race provides a thrilling spectacle. Agumbe in Karnataka is rich with wildlife, and the Island Express train journey to Kanyakumari offers scenic monsoon views. The Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh is a unique monsoon destination with its thriving mangrove ecosystem.

The rise of the beech

28 Oct 2016  |  BusinessLine
Kellerwald-Edersee National Park in Germany, dominated by beech trees, is a 5,700-hectare protected area recognized by Unesco for its unique ecosystem. The park's motto, 'let nature be nature,' has allowed the forest to thrive, providing habitat for various wildlife. The region emphasizes sustainable tourism and renewable energy, with historical sites like Waldeck Castle and the Edersee Lake adding to its appeal. The area's focus on renewable energy is highlighted by Germany's pioneering efforts in the field.

Delhi to Saur: Joy of simple things

27 Oct 2016  |  www.livemint.com
At 5,600ft in Uttarakhand’s Tehri district, the village of Saur offers a rustic getaway devoid of modern city life. The village, once on the verge of becoming a 'ghost village,' has seen a revival thanks to DueNorth, a community tourism initiative that restored traditional homes and encouraged reverse migration. Visitors enjoy simple pleasures like farm-fresh meals, hikes, and exploring natural streams. The article highlights the charm of Saur's simplicity and the positive impact of community-based tourism.

Six ways to experience Nepal without climbing mountains

20 May 2016  |  CNN
The article presents Nepal as more than a climbing destination, highlighting its vibrant culture, spirituality, architecture, and food scene. Boudhanath, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is recommended for experiencing Buddhist traditions. The Hotel at the End of the Universe in Nagarkot offers stunning views and a connection to Douglas Adams' work. Local drinks like Khukri rum and Gorkha beer are popular, with Purple Haze being a notable venue for music and drinks. Social Tours provides momo-making classes, allowing visitors to learn and participate in local cuisine. The Durbar Squares of Patan, Kathmandu, and Bhaktapur offer a glimpse into historical architecture and traditions. Lastly, the article mentions the growing cafe culture in Nepal, with places like Dhokaima and New Orleans Cafe offering international and local flavors.

Boutique foods, a craft beer wave, and a hipster coffee culture redefine New Zealand’s capital city

The home products

20 May 2016  |  BusinessLine
Zakopane, a picturesque town in the Tatra mountains of southern Poland, offers a blend of traditional and modern experiences. Visitors can enjoy local delicacies like oscypek cheese and Miodula honey vodka, explore the unique highlander culture, and engage in thrilling activities such as snowmobiling with Snowdoo. The town's rich cultural heritage is evident in its architecture, markets, and cuisine, while modern amenities like thermal spas at Termy Bukovina provide relaxation and luxury.

A Game of Thrones guide to Belfast

22 Apr 2015  |  Condé Nast Traveller India
The article serves as a guide to Belfast, particularly for fans of the television series Game of Thrones. It highlights places where cast members have been known to dine, suggesting that readers can follow in their footsteps. Deanes at Queens is recommended for its extensive wine list and local produce, with a special mention of their pork belly dish. The Barking Dog is noted for its rustic aesthetic, live music, and tapas menu, with a recommendation to try the spiced butternut squash arancini and chorizo sausage. The article implies that these establishments are popular among the cast, adding an element of celebrity allure to the dining experience in Belfast.
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