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Summer Travel: All Eyes on Nainital

There is a reason why despite the throngs of tourists that visit Nainital, one of India’s most quaint hill stations, it remains popular amongst those looking to escape the heat of the plains. Make that several reasons, actually! Located at an altitude of approximately 2,084 meters above the sea level, the town is located alongside the foothills of the Kumaon region of the outer Himalayas. Its various natural attractions and favourable climate all year round make it a quick getaway or an

Postcards from Bird Watching Excursion in Pollachi

I was recently in Pollachi in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu. A quaint small town with many layers to it, known for the largest size of the tender coconut in the country, the Anamalai Temple, the Temple of Consciousness, an unusual school called Nachiar and more. But what stayed with me for longer is the bird watching trip to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve. An early morning excursion to spot some amazing birds which include species endemic to the Malabar region as well

Luxury and healing together at Ananda in the Himalayas

For the last few days, a news has been doing rounds on the internet that Ananda in the Himalayas could be one of the destinations Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might consider for their honeymoon post the royal wedding celebrations. While the news is not confirmed yet, we would want them to come to India but before that let us take you through a pictorial journey of one of the most luxurious and holistic resorts in the world. Ananda in the

Brijrama Palace Hotel – a royal affair in Varanasi

Nestled on the Darbhanga Ghat in the holy land of Varanasi, also known as Benares and Kashi, is the Brijrama Palace, a 200-year-old structure restored to its original glory two years back. It took the current management nearly two decades to restore the abandoned structure. As soon as I entered the hotel, the grandeur and ambience left me spellbound. The interiors are carefully done with beautiful antiques and exude serenity. Here is a pictorial journey of the majestic Brijrama Palace. The

Enjoy the laid-back vibe of Kasauli


For those moping over the cold that is steadily making way for the summer, Kasauli offers a chance to enjoy the chill in a pristine mountain setting. The town of Kasauli was established as a hill station by the British in the year in 1842. Located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, the town is at a distance of 77 km from Shimla and 65 km from Chandigarh. It is a small hill station around 2.30 hr drive from Chandigarh. A

Four reasons to visit The Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh

The Beatles Ashram or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram is one of the most visited places in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Located on the banks of river Ganges, the ashram falls within the range of the Rajaji National Park. At one point in time, this ashram was a hotspot to learn yoga and meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. People from all over the world used to come here, which led to the conversion of this ashram into a tourist place. But the arrival of

Sandhya aarti at Vishram Ghat, Mathura

Evening aarti, as soon as we hear these words, visuals of oil lamps circled about by the priests in praise of River Ganges in Rishikesh, Haridwar or Benares come to our minds. The extravagance, the opulence and the sheer serenity of the daily ceremony appeal deeply to the pilgrims as well as the travellers. But on my last visit to Mathura, the land of Lord Krishna, I witnessed a calming experience while attending the Sandhya (evening) aarti of River Yamuna. The longest

A day spent at Koolwal Kothi, Nawalgarh

The Koolwal Kothi is an impressive heritage building in Nawalgarh. Its monumental facade blends traditional and European elements. Constructed in 1934, during the time of Anandilal Ji Hemraj Ji Koolwal, it has a magnificent facia with a series of tasteful rooms organised around a central hall. This deviates pleasantly from traditional courtyard house planning of the region. The city of Nawalgarh was founded by Nawal Singh, the fourth of the five brothers in 1737 AD on an existing village of Kaimkhanis.

Photo Journey: Baha’i Lotus Temple, New Delhi

Since its inauguration to public worship and visits in December 1986, the Bahá’í House of Worship, known as Lotus Temple, in New Delhi, India has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited edifices in the world. On an average, 8,000 to 10,000 people visit the Bahá’í House of Worship each day. These visitors have admired its universal design in the form of a lotus and have been fascinated by the Teachings

Property Visit: Radisson Blu Udaipur Palace and Spa

Travel changes you as a person, bringing in you requisite modesty and a spirit of adventure. With these words in my heart, I planned a trip to Udaipur. The city of lakes turned out to be more than my expectations so much so that it left an indelible mark on my spirit. My day 1 started from Chandigarh. I had to attend a few imperative meetings in Delhi, so I decided to take a halt. I had an early morning flight from