• 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...

  • Pedalling through Majuli to feel the soul of world's largest river island

    By Aditya BaruahMajuli (Assam): Majuli, the world's largest inhabited river island, is famous for the many features unique to it -- the Neo-Vaishnavite "Satras" (institutional centres) dating back to the 15th century, the colourful yet simple lifestyle and culture of the Mising tribe, the art of mas...

  • Amsterdam: Canals, museums, and much more

    Being a former police officer, I visited Amsterdam to see how the city, which had legalised commercial sex and soft drug consumption, dealt with crime.Naturally, my first place of visit was the Red Light District known as De Wallen. I began my tour with 800-year-old Oude Kerk, said to be the oldest ...

  • Kota Kinabalu – The pride of north Borneo

    During my school days I had read that Borneo is the third largest Island in the world, and that the islanders had been influenced by Hinduism. I had also learnt that it was occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War. Borneo is now divided between three countries – Indonesia, Malaysia and B...