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  • Andaman limestone caves: Enchanting journey into the unknown

    Port Blair: Beckoning tourists with their intricate mineral formations amid the tropical wilderness of the Baratang island, the age-old limestone caves here testify to the variety of the Andaman archipelago, otherwise famed for its pristine beaches, fascinating coral reef, historical monuments and ...

  • Ferry services and Goa's Venice dreams

    Panaji: Goa has the potential to become the Venice of the East if it taps its intricate network of inland waterways for commuting, suggests Rajiv Somani, chairman and managing director of Drishti Marine, promoter of the state's first private ferry service.Somani, whose agency also operates a ...

  • Planning your December holiday? Be smart

    New Delhi: If you are planning a vacation in the last month of the year then this is the time for you to book the flight tickets as chances are that you will get lowest hotel rates, says a report. Travel site TripAdvisor announced the "Best Time to Book" for the Holidays report on Wednesday ...

  • Santiniketan: In Tagore country

    "Santiniketan looks most beautiful when it rains," said my guide, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the local police station. When he offered to take me around, I was reluctant, but he assured me that as alumni of the place, he knows more about Santiniketan than a tourist guide. I willingly ...

  • Sur, Oman: Perfect stop for lovers of exotic beaches

    Sur (Oman): A picture-perfect lighthouse, a dhow factory, wadis, a cinema hall, mountains, fishing, boating and a few exotic beaches -- Sur, the second-richest city in Oman after the capital Muscat, has a lot to offer to travel junkies.Situated on the north-eastern coast of Oman, the city, which is ...

  • A wonder called Yellowstone

    When I landed in Jackson Hole airport, the appendage "hole" to the name Jackson kept intriguing me. My taxi driver told me that "hole" actually means a valley and the town Jackson is located in a valley surrounded by Teton Mountains, a part of the Rocky Mountain Range, which abuts Yellowstone ...

  • Of Oxford and protests elsewhere in Britain

    Oxford/London: Malala, Mexico, murder mystery, MI5, movies, music, milk of various kinds, hurrying mothers pushing buggies and herding toddlers -- that's Oxfordshire in Merry Ol' England for you this summer. Malala Yousafzai has tweeted she is "so excited" to get a place at the University of ...

  • Walking through London, tongue in cheek

    London: Going around is a British invention, not improbable in the land of the cartwheel penny, but the London Eye tops it all. It earns 25,000 pounds every day. This millennium marker was supposed to last just five years but has gone around for 17. The slowly moving Ferris Wheel takes 15 ...

  • Highway to paradise: The beaches of Uttara Kannada

    The beaches of Karwar (Uttara Kannada district) in Karnataka, which has Goa as its border, have been attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world since decades. The beach at the district headquarters was described by Rabindranath Tagore thus: "The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit ...

  • Jane Austen's city: Roman-built baths and elegant spas still entice

    Bath (UK): "I like our situation very much," wrote English novelist Jane Austen in a letter to her sister Cassandra describing the profound impact that Bath had upon her first visit. Better known as the city of spas, Bath, embellished with Roman and Georgian-styled buildings and the river Avon ...

  • Refreshing Copenhagen

    As a young boy, I had read the stories of Hans Christian Andersen and was fascinated by the story "The Little Mermaid". When I learnt that a statue of little mermaid exists in Copenhagen, I wished to see it. But my childhood dream was realised only when I became a grandfather. While ...

  • Where the hills are quiet

    Being an ardent fan of Khushwant Singh, it was my desire to visit Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh, where he lived during summers. Just 65kms from Chandigarh and located on Shivalik hills, Kasauli is about 2000 metres above sea level. Being a cantonment during the British rule, the town has a serene ...