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It’s festival time at the Baluchi – The LaliT Mumbai’s signature restaurant – which is hosting the Goan Food Festival from the 21st to the 30th of July. It is rightly branded as Susegado Mumbai, ‘Susegad’ meaning a relaxed attitude and enjoyment of life to the fullest. Not just...
Mewar: the food and culture of central Rajasthan Mewar - the name itself carries with it the sounds of royalty and centuries worth of cultural richness. Mewar (or Mewad) is the south-central part of the largest state of India, Rajasthan. Although not a single city or district, Mewar is the...
Holi – that wonderful festival that conjures up images of rang, bhaang, gulal, abeer, and water pichkaris. It also reminds one of the childhood days, the complete abandonment with which kids play Holi and their oblivion to any notions of health or environment, as may be the case. In India,...
My penchant to visit offbeat destinations took me to the picturesque and virgin territory of Dharamshala. It is snuggled in the lofty Dauladhar Mountain on the Himalayan ranges on three sides only to give way to a lush valley on one side. It is divided into Lower and Upper...
These ghats of Haridwar for cleansing your soul Haridwar, the literal translation of which is the door to heaven, is considered to be one of the holiest cities in India. It is the second-largest city of Uttarakhand and is located by the banks of the holy river Ganges, which...
A visit to the world’s famous sculpture temples of Khajuraho was long on my wish list. Khajuraho, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Madhya Pradesh, was once under the reign of the Chandela Rajputs. Devoted to Lord Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Sun, and Moon Gods, Khajuraho, the city capital of...
The land of surprises, where tradition meets modern, where laid back meets development and where happening meets relaxation, Karnataka is a travel destination for all ages of people - no matter what it is that you seek from your travel experience. Through some of the best of what state...
The chariot festival, more popularly known as the Rath Yatra, is the journey of Puri’s Lord Jagannath and his siblings in chariots, which is celebrated every year. This Rath Yatra takes place not only in Puri, Odisha, but also in many parts of the country. This festival is celebrated...
Jaipur usually tops the list of best places to visit in Rajasthan, and for good reason. The Pink City is colourful, historic, packed with culture, and BECKONS travellers from all parts of the world. But while most people travel to take in iconic sites like Amer Fort and Hawa...
One of the eight northeastern states in India, Arunachal Pradesh is often sidelined by more well-known and 'touristy' destinations like Assam and Meghalaya. Yet, like many places not overwhelmed by tourism, it has an untouched beauty that’s just waiting to be discovered. The green landscape is home to a...
Tripura’s population contributes significantly to India's ethnic values, as people of different ethnicity reside here. The tribal people’s rituals are also significant aspects of the cultural life of Tripura, with each tribe having its own festivals, mythology, poetry, and dance. Two of the most important festivals of Tripura are...
Tucked away in the quiet suburb of Chembur in Mumbai is this new delectable Sindhi cuisine eatery, finding its way into people’s hearts and stomachs. It’s called Duma Dum Mast Kalandar – quaintly named after the famous Sufi spiritual song, whose beats travel with the wafts of soft breeze...
Mumbai: After a glorious run of 51 days across 17 Indian cities, the historic event – the 8th Theatre Olympics - drew to a colorful close here last night. Many luminaries descended to grace the momentous occasion in the life of Indian theatre and cultural groups. The chief minister of...
During our recent visit to Welcome Heritage’s Bal Samand Lake Palace in Jodhpur, I had the good opportunity to dine at their hugely popular open-air restaurant Kebab Korner. The lawn area where chipmunks, peacocks and other creatures frequent during daytime gets converted into a cosy, romantic candle-lit restaurant by...
They say you can regret your words, but never your silence. Indeed, silence sometimes speaks much louder than words, caressing softly when the starkness of words fails. Aptly named Khamoshi Sili Sili (the damp silence), this play has a similar impact on the audiences. The musical softly and gradually...

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