Khajuraho temples: art, worship, or erotica?  Khajuraho – a word that conjures up images of scenes from the lives of men and women and gods and goddesses, immortalized in stone and sculpture for posterity. There is a mystery shrouding these ancient temples in the state of Madhya Pradesh which many...
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...
Yes, right! What’s a trip to Lucknow without looking into its culture through its most famous embroidery work - Chikankari? This gorgeous thread work has become the lifestyle of the gorgeous city, making it globally a favourite! Intricate and beautiful, the Chikankari work – a type of embroidery - is seen...
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...
Question any traveller, and they will tell you that food is an integral part of a successful road trip. The idea of stopping midway and indulging in local delicacies adds to a sense of warmth that is felt by the stomach as well as the soul. However, ask a die-hard...
The flawless blend of history, culture, architecture, natural beauty, spirituality, and serenity - Pondicherry is a must on every traveller’s list. It is one of those places that feels as familiar as home no matter whether it is your first visit or the tenth one. Such is the hearty...
Goa BECKONS many visitors for various reasons. For me, travelling around India has been a fascination for some years, with paying my respects at various pilgrim and holy temples being the main agenda on most of my trips. In the past six years, I have travelled widely in India...
It is said that in order to truly connect with yourself, you have to disconnect from the world. And, when you come to think of ways to disconnect, camping in the wild has proven to be one of the most effective ways to do it. Imagine, sitting in the...
Alibaug (Arunima Takiar, 2019) Cracked seashells, your pointed edges lucidly reveal intact sand grains wrapping fervently around your body parts, twisted in unfamiliar time zones fast-forwarded from a past of splinters that defied permanence, trodden by unknowing feet on happy sojourns, (broken) not lost, vestiges in shining  specks of beach shimmer that defy impermanence. When yours truly wanted to escape for the weekend and was looking for inspiration to write a poem, a...
Located in the western state of Rajasthan, Alwar is a small city that is rich in culture and is often visited by domestic and international tourists. Home to a fascinating museum and a gorgeous fort, Alwar shares close proximity to the Sariska Tiger Reserve, making this city all the...
Another action-packed IPL evening peppered with some pampering at an elegantly-designed art deco style hotel in the Heritage Precinct of Mumbai made for a great mid-week outing. IPL was fun and thrilling, in turns! Much to the relief of Mumbai Indians supporters this time, the MI gave a decent target to...
A land of many cultures, several factors over the centuries have influenced the architecture of India. From the artisans who came to the country and built monuments of grandeur to the distinct seasons of its regions, inspiration from diverse sources resulted in unique and spectacular buildings that have stood...
Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram is one of those incredible places that seems to have everything that fascinates travellers from far and wide. A long history spanning centuries, temples, beaches, nearby getaways, mouth-watering cuisine is what makes it a rich destination to explore – what more could those with a thirst...
Bihar is not always the first place that comes to mind when planning a vacation unless you want to cover the religious circuits. However, look a little closer and you’ll find a wealth of attractions, many harking back to hundreds of years. With a rich art scene and culture, there...

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