Travel

Telling Routes

a few films of the past decade where you can just sit back and admire the landscape, or even get inspired to pack your bags and travel with family, friends or alone

India Off The Beaten Track

Can we really experience the beauty, benevolence and uniqueness of India in one lifetime?

Storytelling Reshaping Walking Trails

India is no stranger to the ancient tradition of oral storytelling.

Train of Thought on the Mumbai Local

Overcrowded and claustrophobic, the Mumbai commuter stalks life and limb when he boards a coach of the Mumbai local.

Have Bike, Will Ride

“You can learn anywhere, anytime. Every time you travel and meet people and other motorcyclists, you always come away with a new experience,”

Lucknow City of Poets

A long-standing convention divides the Urdu ghazal tradition into “Dabistan-e-Dehli” and “Dabistan-e-Lakhnau” .

Voyages to Degradation

These unlikely tourists cover a wide spectrum — from journalists to a stand-up comic/political satirist.

On the Rural Path

Commonly referred to as rural or responsible tourism, it entails participation from the traveller as well as the host community.

China Beckons Indian Wedding Planners

Tying the knot at Kunming or taking the path to marital bliss at Dali could soon become a fad as the big fat Indian

Mountains of Many Hues on Ladakh’s Canvas

It won’t be wrong to suggest that God specially curated this cold desert where elements like rains, wind and snow contributed to manicuring its mountains of different hues.

Touch of India

When we travel in Europe we search for Indian restaurants. Not just for the food, but for the Taste of India abroad.

Honeymoon in Vienna

The city’s relaxed and laidback attitude was the perfect getaway after many tiring weeks of preparations and celebrations that are associated with Indian weddings.

End of the Line for India’s Ambassdor

Impervious to history or nostalgia, waits for no one and marches relentlessly on.

Heaven at Sea

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 islands at the intersection of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Its 8 sq mile of territory is inhabited by 380,000 residents. Port Blair, the capital, is connected to Chennai by air.

Books & the Baboos

Boi Para, Kolkata’s historic College Street, is the world’s biggest and oldest second hand book mart functioning since 1850.

Retail Chains Open Up India's Dental Market

The surest sign that dental chains are a rapidly growing area comes in the form of interest from the private equity industry.

Indian Travellers Pursue Solo Dreams

A road trip comes with an experience that is culturally enriching. You connect with local people, see vibrant cultures and meet good and bad people.

Come All Ye Faithful

Dreams of moksha lure hundreds of thousands to Gangasagar every year.

The Fading Lanterns of Tangra

By 1947, the Chinese population in Chinatown had swelled to 23,000. As recently as 1966, an estimated 15,000 Chinese lived in the enclave; but their numbers have dwindled to under 2,000 now.

The Last Indian Village

Chitkul enjoys the distinction of being the last inhabited Indian village along the border.

Lone Gray Wolf: Black & White’s Last Stand

The scene is a sidewalk just beyond the rather overdone Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, and the camera in question is less instrument, more living fossil — built by the Carl Zeiss company in 1860, it is nearly three times as old as independent India.

The Western Face of Tibet

Even as Buddhism captures the imagination of the West, the West is capturing the hearts of Tibetans in Dharamsala, the capitol of Tibetans in exile, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s frequent exhortations against Tibetans losing their identity.

The Pre-Trip Gift Buyer’s Guide

For the past few weekends, my friend Tam has been hitting the shops assiduously, rifling through bargain aisles; stocking up enough shower gels to clean

World’s Largest Laundromat

Photo essay on Mumbai's Dhobi Ghat.

World’s Largest Cattle Fair

Every November, in the pond-sized sleepy town of Pushkar, India comes alive with a riot of colors and a frenzied burst of activity, attracting visitors from around the globe to the famous Camel Fair.

Heaven On Earth

The mesmerizing region of Leh Ladakh and Kashmir.

All For A Cuppa!

India’s tea estates beckon tea connoisseurs from around the world.

Tawang Land Of Monpas

A north eastern Indian town known to be the Land of Dawn-lit Mountains is caught in some unfinished India-China border business.

You Lose

If you can’t look them in the eye, if you can’t lean close to them, if you can’t see the authenticity in the penury, you lose.

Bedazzled in Bali

Our writer heads to Bali to enjoy the beaches and the verdant rice fields, but finds herself bewitched by the religion of this little island.

Footloose In Bilbao

Our roving reporter continues his global journey.

Confining & Liberating Sexuality

Genital pleasures confine, not define, our sexuality.

Varanasi Sacred & Profane

The cricket game, like everything else in Varanasi, carries on amidst the funeral chants and the grieving.

Smart Cameras And Smarts

The implication — anyone who uses a camera cannot be that smart.

Western Gaze: Country Of Contrast

For an American visiting India for the first time, the reaction to the cows isa good metaphor for how well they have tuned in to the charms of the country.

Giving Up The Mask

We travel because we are condemned to return home.

Western Gaze: Mementos Of The Heart

Notwithstanding the volume of mementos I brought home, they are no matchfor what I carry of India in my heart, my mind, and my life.

Why We Travel To India

In this upside down world they wonder why you come searching for a place they cannot leave.

Train In India

If you allow yourself to submit to India, it stimulates you into experiencing a whole new eco-system of cultures, values and ways.

Footloose Indian in Santa Maria de Belém

A trip to Lisbon, Portugal, is a tour down the lanes of history.

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