• Isfahan: The jewel of Iran

    We left Yazd early in the morning and proceeded on the National Highway towards Isfahan. The highway is divided into three lanes each and both the parts of the highway do not lie side by side. It runs through vast expanses of Iranian desert, which is very pleasing to the eye.Naqsh-e-JahanOur...

  • Persian odyssey: The ruins of Persepolis

    Hadish PalaceDuring my stay at Shiraz, I observed an unusually large number of people with band-aid covered noses. Being a former cop, my curiosity was aroused. Surely all of them were not involved in boxing bouts, I reckoned. On enquiry, I was informed me that Shiraz is one of the...

  • Persian odyssey: The magic of Shiraz

    After visiting the Jewelry Museum, we had seen all the important sights of Tehran in our itinerary. Though I wanted to visit the Sadabad palace complex, I could not do so as it was in the outskirts of the city. Since we had a few hours more to spend in Tehran before our flight to Shiraz, I called a...

  • Persian Odyssey: Tehran (Part 2)

    After seeing the Gulesthan Palace, we walked a few steps and were in front of the Grand Bazaar. This market is about three hundred years old and has evolved continuously with its old parts giving way to new. It has a maze of narrow covered passage way with shops on either side. Having seen similar...

  • Persian odyssey: Tehran (Part 1)

    When my friends came to know that I had decided to travel to Iran, they expressed concern. The most common question posed was whether Iran is safe to travel. When I replied saying that Iran is as safe as any other country, they wanted to know why I was going to Iran. When I replied that I am...

  • 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...

  • On the banks of Lake Superior

    As a school kid, I had learnt that North America has five great lakes, namely Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Among them, Lake Superior is the largest and also the largest fresh water lake in the world by area. It is 563kms long and 257kms wide, has over 400...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...