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A history forgotten is a future lost

If someone had told me that any country in Africa resembled Europe or America, I would have laughed it off. Not because it can’t (so many of them are on their way to) but because it shouldn’t. This is Africa. The indomitable Sahara, the unbelievable safari, the eons of history and veritably, the cradle of civilisation. I had time and joblessness on my side, so I decided that I would finally take the long overdue trip to Nigeria — my original

May 13 – Lal Qila, the red fortress

Red Fort (Lal Qila) is one of the most important monuments in the history of India. Today, it is the prominent landmarks of the capital city, Delhi. This red stone monument was built as a residence for the Mughal emperor Shahjahan on this date, i.e., on May 13, 1648. Ustad Hamid and Ustad Hira were the principal masons. When in 1638, Shahjahan shifted his working capital from Agra to Delhi, he founded the seventh city called as Shahjahanabad. Today, it is

10 reasons to visit Dalhousie

There is no exaggeration when I say that Dalhousie, also known as ‘summer retreat of the country’ made me meet God in heaven. Yes, not literally but poetically so. Every reader will have similar emotions after visiting this mesmeric hill station which is named after the British Governor General ‘Lord Dalhousie’. Built on five hills, Kathalagh, Potreyn, Terah, Bhangora and Bakrota, this virgin beauty is surrounded by snow-capped peaks encircling the divine and little-known slice of paradise. Dalhousie is a pylon

Visit Kerala this year with Kerala Tourism

2016 is going to be an exciting year for people travelling to the Indian state of Kerala. The state tourism department is making all efforts to make it big and unique for its guests with the Visit Kerala year. It started in April 2015 and will continue to surprise people till April this year. At the recently held event at The Lalit in New Delhi the deputy director, Dr. Nandkumar shared some plans and agendas to promote tourism in the state

Spice trail of India: Goa

In our first segment, we talked about the spicy journey in Kerala. Moving towards the land of golden beaches, Goa is filled with many spice plantations. The three main spice plantations, Sahakari Spice farm, Abyss spice farm and Savoi spice farm lie in proximity to the busy, inland town of Ponda. Sahakari Spice Farm, which is situated within the blossoming green surrounding at Curti, attracts number of tourists throughout the year to see its rich cultural heritage and wonderfully designed

Rolling stones – travel special

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” said Hans Christian Andersen. Some of our most celebrated celebrities also seem to echo this thought. But how do they vacation? Where do they like going? What do they do? As the holiday season is just round the corner, we bring you some travel inspiration from our eternal travellers. Shah Rukh Khan, Actor My parents instilled the

Explore the beauty of erotica at Khajuraho temples

The ancient tourist attraction and the archaeological site, Khajuraho is known for different patterns of art and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Vishnu and Jain patriarchs. The place dates back to the rich and glorified period of 9th to 11th centuries that it had witnessed during the period of Chandella dynasty. Khajuraho located right in the heart of central India in the state of Madhya Pradesh was one of the capitals of the Chandela kings, who had adorned it with

The lost treasures of Rajasthan: Churu, havelis and Malji—Day 3

It was a cool Monday morning. My train scheduled for noon, I wanted to satiate my quest to see Churu a bit more. Luckily, everything in this town within walking distance, an hour’s walk can be a revelation. So I began my day with a short prayer at the Shiva temple around the corner from Malji Ka Kamra. Even the ambience of the temple varies from city to city. This was a small temple in a lane, made up of

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