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Why India?

It’s a fact that most people who think of travelling to India don’t know much about it. They only know what they have heard about – which I understand is a ridiculous statement to make, but hear me out. People have heard of certain destinations and some monuments and these are what they ask for…

Hotel Review: Amaryllis Kerala

There is something wonderfully indulgent about doing nothing. It’s something I have to admit being hopeless at and yet, a stay with Victor Bernard Dey and Ranjini Dey renders this avid explorer immobile every time. For eighteen years now I’ve been advocating their hospitality and it is unwavering in its warmth. Their’s has been a…

Five things to do in Amritsar that don’t include the Golden Temple or Wagah Border.

In 18 years of being a specialist in travel to India, I had never visited Amritsar. Why was this? I have no idea. Maybe because before living here, I always had to travel for work and that meant initially discovering and latterly revisiting the most popular ‘tourist’ destinations. Since living here I tend to go…

The Women of India – Radhika Kumari

Radhika is a product of Mayo College Girls School, Ajmer and an English Literature graduate from Delhi’s St. Stephens’ College. Radhika has been channelling her professional energies into the field of rural development for the last decade. She has focused her work on developing programs on poverty alleviation and non-farm livelihood enhancement. This responsibility implies…

The Women of India – Neha Arora

“Neha Arora, is the founder of Planet Abled, which provides accessible travel solutions for people with disabilities. She worked with companies like HCL, Nokia & Adobe before taking the plunge to start Planet Abled. Born to parents with disabilities she experienced challenges in travelling. One such experience, became the tipping point for her to leave her…

Glamping With Elephants, Jaipur

The faint warmth of the sun embraces my back as it starts to rise over the hill, the incessant babble of the seven sisters earning their name of jungle babblers in a nearby tree, their fierce chatter drowning out the other birds confidently flitting around close by. Breakfast served to the accompaniment of the crunch…

Smokescreen, Diwali, a Poem

Smokescreen Diwali, the festival of light, Diwali, victory over evil Diwali the triumph of light over darkness and hope My hope The re-emergence from illness, incarceration in the wrong place, the wrong body, the wrong mind My thoughts; a new beginning And yet, my arrival, A day late. A day post Diwali and Delhi, a…