• 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 flowi...

  • 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 Denmark is we...

  • 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 Sydney tr...

  • 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...

  • These amazing hills bring you close to nature

    Chitkul (Himachal Pradesh): Fancy this: Snow-clad mountains dotted with pine trees, a topaz blue sheet spread across the sky and the churlish winter wind almost piercing through to the bones. The temperature was minus eight degree Celsius and there I was, standing in Chiktul, the last village on Ind...

  • Sleepless in sin city: Fun, frolic and gaming

    Las Vegas: In the heart of the Nevada desert lies a city with over a million lights, burning bright in the night like a shining diamond against an otherwise dark background. It is sin city -- one that never sleeps.Propitiating a hedonistic God, Las Vegas has just one goal -- to let you have fun, wha...

  • Portland: In the lap of nature

    Whenever I heard the word 'Portland', I associated it with cement. But the city of Portland in Oregon State of the US is not famous for cement but for Intel, Nike, scenic beauty among others. Though work took me to Portland, as I had some time to spare, my host wanted me to savour the natural beauty...

  • Perth: An elegant blend of old and new

    When I expressed my desire to visit Perth, my friends wondered as to why I was going there, since most tourists who visit Australia visit its Eastern parts such as Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and Brisbane.I wanted to visit Perth mostly because of cricket. Dennis Lillee, one of the fastest bowlers e...

  • This Instagram page will have you yearning to travel by train again!

    New Delhi: Indian Railways -- one of the world's largest railway systems that runs over 12,500 trains every day -- is more than just the country's transport lifeline. For the 23 million passengers who use it daily, it is almost a way of life -- with a unique charm and special rhythm of its own.Captu...