Palace On Wheels: Worth every Dolllar!

by admin on October 26, 2012

Palace On Wheels

October 1883 saw the introduction of one of the most luxurious train services in the world, the Venice Simpleton Orient Express; from Paris, through the Alps, Budapest, and Bucharest and then onto Constantinople (Istanbul). Kings and queens; princes and princesses were the usual travelers and, the train had all luxuries like washbasins, soap, and all [...]

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F1-Red Bull still Thundering Ahead

by admin on October 19, 2012

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All eyes are fixed now on the Airtel Grand Prix India at the Buddha International Circuit. Although Sebastian Vettel is still leading with 215 points, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is not far behind with 209 points, Kimi Raikonnnen of Lotus grabbing third place with 167 points. The constructors’ championship standing is also showing similar results with [...]

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Delhi During Dussehra

by admin on October 16, 2012

Vijay Dashmi

As the days keep getting shorter, you know that winter’s coming round. Along with it, comes the Sharad Navratni, starting the 16th of this month; to appropriate blessings, by worshipping Ma Durga and her various forms (powers) called Shakti. On the tenth day, Dusshera is celebrated all over India under various names, like Viajaya Dasami, [...]

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Durga Puja: Chronicles of The Demon Slayer

by admin on October 11, 2012

durga puja

In the early 1930’s, All India Radio started an early morning dramatic recitation called Mahisasura Mardini (Annihilation of the Demon) which struck a chord with Bengalis. Ever since then, most Bengalis living in Bengal and elsewhere get up exactly at 4 am and listen to the devotional songs, interspersed with recitals of the scriptural verses [...]

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Grand Prix India: Will Vettel Steal the Show?

by admin on October 5, 2012

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With things heating up for the much awaited Japanese Grand Prix, scheduled for October 7, and confusion surrounding 27 year old Lewis Hamilton leaving the Mclaren Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel’s second win at the Singapore Grand Prix after Bahrain –where a lot of his fans are awaiting for a hat trick of sorts. The Singapore [...]

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Traveler’s Tips, Traps and Taxes

by admin on September 26, 2012

Hill Station

Yes, the festive season has started. You want to travel somewhere you can lay back and watch the clouds metamorphose into whatever illusions the mind conjures up, mystical mountains, rivers or a valley of flowers. So you planned, budgeted, booked early and even arrived before time at the airport, ok the travel agent didn’t tell [...]

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Monastic Festivals of Ladakh & Leh

by admin on September 17, 2012

ladakh festival

There are two routes to reach Ladakh, one through Kargil in J&K and another through Manali in Himachal Pradesh. Each route has its own share of spectacular sights, delights, passes and heights. Although there is an airport at Leh, it doesn’t let you go through the acclimatization process as you disembark directly into the festivities [...]

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Best Place to visit in September in India

by admin on September 7, 2012

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Get to Ladakh! The Ladakh Festival is on till September 15! School children in tandem with local leaders, colorful local musicians, artisans, and sports lovers are making their way to Leh. Besides the spectacular backdrops, you will see amazing Lion dancers, Yak dancers prancing in the snow.  Indulge yourself with mug-full of local beer brewed [...]

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Best Honeymoon Destinations In India

by admin on September 4, 2012

Honeymoon Destinations

A multitude of well wishers came, shook your hand presented you with all things bright and beautiful and watched the smiles on you grow, and the flash of the cameras lit up your spouse’s brown eyes turn once to fire, you felt the need to go somewhere sacred, where heavenly music fills the air. A [...]

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Tourism: Is India at war?

by admin on September 1, 2012

Taj Mahal, Agra India

Despite our tourism ministry’s much hyped about peace and tranquility; India is ranked 142 out of 158 countries surveyed by the Global Peace Index 2012, far below even the war torn countries like Angola(95), Uganda (98), Lebanon(136) Ethiopia(137), Myanmar(139) and just 5 points  above Libya(147) and 7 above points Pakistan (149). However, in India’s budget [...]

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