Srinagar – In The Calm Of The Lake

Sukoon Houseboat, Srinagar

Of all the things to do in Srinagar, this restorative break in one of the most beautiful houseboats on the Dal Lake, aptly named Sukoon, is the best.

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Hampi – The Echoes of Glory

Elephant stables, Hampi

Hampi, India, and its temples and rock studded landscape make it one of the most atmospheric UNESCO Heritage Sites in the country. You’ll hear the echoes of a forgotten empire.

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Salutating The Sun In Zadar

Sunset - Zadar, Croatia

  At the ‘Greetings to the Sun’ installation on the Zadar waterfront. And here I was, thinking the Hitchcock quote was all hype!  

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San Sebastian – Favourite Pintxo Bars

The fact that San Sebastian is home to two of the top 50 restaurants in the world and boasts more Michelin stars per capita than any other city, is common knowledge and an indication of the Donostiarra passion for food. That many residential complexes come fitted with state of the art community kitchens in lieu of gyms or swimming pools, is even more telling. […]

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Jodhpur – Marwar Meets Andalucia In Mehrangarh…..

Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival 2015

The fusion of traditions at the Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival is a visual and emotive exploration of rhythm! Of the passion and pathos of the Cante, with the joyous, raucous melodies of the Thar desert. The mellow tones of the acoustic guitar, with the shrill keening of the Kamaicha and the Sindhi Sarangi. The power and the poise of the […]

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Zanzibar – The Allure Of The Familiar

Everything, barring the intensely turquoise waters of the Indian ocean, felt startlingly familiar. The sultry weather, the spicy coconut infused curries, the colorful attire, the ornately chiseled doors. Even the traditional game of Bao. My Indianness, and the fact that I had grown up watching monsoon winds billowing the lateen sails of Arab dhows and dreaming of following in the wake of mythical adventurers, […]

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Serengeti – The Gnu & Its Wanderlust

We very nearly missed the river crossings we had come to the Serengeti to witness. Rains arrived early this year. And the wildebeest herds, following some primal genetic coding that propels them on an arduous trek across the Savannah in search of fresh new grass, had already moved to the Northern plains. Perhaps even crossed over to the […]

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Rwanda – Rubbing Shoulders With Silverbacks!

Largest Silverback Guhonda looks straight at the camera.

The magnificent mountain gorillas are Rwanda’s major draw. I am more of an urban explorer and yet, when asked to pick my most memorable travel moments, it is our precious hour with the silverback gorillas that first comes to mind.

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A Dreamy Afternoon At The Rock

View from The Rock

Accessed by boat at full tide and on foot over a narrow coral embankment when the tide is out, the setting of this picturesque shack perched on a rocky outcrop of the Michamwi Pingwe coast of Zanzibar, justifies its inclusion in many top restaurant lists And our 90 minute taxi ride from Stone Town!Sipping on a chilled mango and […]

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The Light Of Faith

Ganga Aarti - Varanasi, India

The crowded, choreographed, almost Bollywoodesque obeisance to the Ganga in Varanasi, is more spectacle than religious ritual. Performed daily at sunrise and sunset, the Ganga aarti was conceived by the savvy pujari (temple priest) Babu Maharaj in 1992, and it’s  popularity has spawned more such spectacles in other cities along the banks of India’s holiest […]

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Golden Hour At Pre Rup

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Bakheng is the most popular spot for sunset viewing in Angkor. And natuarally the most crowded. So we chose Pre Rup instead. The relatively quieter state temple of the 9th century Khmer king Rajendravarman II. There couldn’t have been a more fitting finale to our four day visit than to watch the sun slip quietly behind the […]

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