• 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 accepte...

  • 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 Nation...

  • 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 Ox...

  • 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 minut...

  • 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 Den...

  • 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 19th...

  • Finding Brahman in Australia

    By Mamatha Deva I was very much excited when my visit to Australia was confirmed. After covering many attractions in and around beautiful Sydney and capital Canberra, I was curious to see the country's unique animals such as kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats, platypus, echidna since no Sydn...

  • A small Himachal village that's taking art to nature

    By VishavBir (Himachal Pradesh): Art is not a commodity but an experience, say connoisseurs, and this experience can take an entirely new form when it interacts with its surroundings -- walls, lights, music, furniture and other artwork around it -- or even moves beyond it.What if the whole idea of a...

  • This summer, how about a trip back to childhood with the 'Pied Piper of Hamelin'

    By Ritu SharmaHamelin (Germany): So your kids' summer vacations are on and all you have are clichéd holiday destinations to go to. How about a journey through the fairy tales and legends of your childhood with your children?Germany, the country which people generally associate with cars and the Worl...