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With an astounding length of 3,229 meters, Belum caves are the second longest caves found in the Indian sub-continent and the largest caves open for public viewing. Formed entirely from intriguing natural phenomenon, these caves are given the status of ‘Monument of National Importance’ and rightfully so. Scientific exploration...
Andhra Pradesh is known for its coastal splendour and its pilgrim spots. Some places have managed to remain rather hidden and unexplored. Gandikota is one such spot whose fame is no match to its beauty. Nestled away in a village in Kadapa district is a gorge or ‘Gandi’ formed...
Picture the serene backwaters of Kerala with its rain-washed monsoon splendor. Add to that, a number of boats flashing through the waters, racing each other with over a hundred paddlers thrusting their oars in union. That’s the Nehru Trophy Boat Race for you. Something that began as a Vallam...
The COVID crisis has played havoc in everyone's life. But with some signs of improvement and expectation of normalcy to resume in a few weeks or months, we suspect people would want to take a break and pamper themselves after the strict discipline of the lockdown period. We recommend...
The spread of the pandemic from one country to another has put a heavy toll on international travel with most countries imposing travel restrictions as one of the main precautionary measures. Every country depends a great deal on air travel for continued work, trade, education, diplomacy and so on....
Dear readers, April this year is a quiet month, with most places in the world under a lockdown. This is a time to stay at home, practice social distancing and take the utmost care and precautions that the WHO has been advising and the governments are advising for their citizens. There...
I was fortunate enough to finish with my Vaishno Devi yatra just in time because immediately after the day I returned to Mumbai from Jammu, there was a lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, which has wreaked havoc in many parts of the world already. When I came...
Sitting in Katra, at the foothills of the Trikuta mountain range, surrounded by the valleys and snowcapped peaks, amidst the passing clouds, is an ideal setting to pen your poetic thoughts or compose a poem - and so here is the poem I composed some time ago. A dialogue: I,...
Dear readers, Wow! February rushed past - did anyone notice it had an extra day? But we are in March now and we find ourselves in the midst of an epidemic that has become an international concern - the coronavirus, which has affected people in many countries, while some have...
Most of us who are fond of travelling have been bitten by the travel bug at one point in time or another; we often throw caution to the wind, pack our bags and take off to our dream destinations. However, these days a different kind of bug, or virus, as...
“Holi Hai!” The sound of that instantly conjures a visual of a cloudburst of colours for anyone who has ever seen what Holi is. In a brilliantly plural country like India, every festival has its own unique tradition in different parts of the country and Holi is no different. Holi...
It is that time of the year when the pleasant February air BECKONS travellers who enjoy winter breaks much more than the summer ones. Usually, people run to warmer locales in winters (running away from the chills) but Himachal Pradesh is another story. It makes you fall in love...
Here's how India would truly BECKON in 2020! You could start making your bucket list but before you do that, we would like to share with you our pick of five offbeat spots in the country every adventurer and traveller must explore. The great French author and Nobel Prize laureate...
One of the places famous for its beautiful beaches in India is the State of Odisha. The beaches of Odisha (Orissa) can really envelop you in a festive spirit. While enjoying the glory of a moderate sun here, the golden beaches leave you asking for more. Embraced lovingly by...
Just a short train journey away from Shanghai, Suzhou is a city that is popular with tourists and it has many gardens to visit. Known as the Venice of the East because of its winding waterways and tranquil walking streets, Suzhou is a breath of fresh air after the...

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