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Durga Puja Pandal Hopping, Kolkata: Best Advice

Durga Puja Pandal Hopping, Kolkata: Best Advice

Make the most of your Durga Puja pandal hopping experience in Kolkata with our tips! From what to wear and what to pack, we have you covered.

At Blue Poppy – Thakali, A Taste of Nepal’s Thak Khola Valley

At Blue Poppy – Thakali, A Taste of Nepal’s Thak Khola Valley

If all you know about Nepali cuisine is momo and thukpa, order a traditional Nepali– Thakali style thali. The curries and pickles are seriously good!

Walkin’ It: Charminar to Badshahi Ashurkhana, Hyderabad

Walkin’ It: Charminar to Badshahi Ashurkhana, Hyderabad

The old city of Hyderabad is overwhelming and unapologetic: Winding alleys where pedestrians battle street carts and hawkers, the relentless honking of vehicles, perspiring bodies, piles of stinking rubbish, stray animals, and more chaos than you can imagine. But look closer and you’ll find yourself in a cabinet of curiosities where behind the chaos of modern India looms the grandeur of the land’s golden past. The area is rife for “historical and heritage” immersion and the best way to explore it is on foot. Either DIY or join a guided Hyderabad heritage walk that will show you around the bustling bazaars and grand old neighbourhoods around the pièce de résistance of Hyderabad, the Charminar.

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At Momo I Am, Reinventing Comfort Foods of the Darjeeling Hills

At Momo I Am, Reinventing Comfort Foods of the Darjeeling Hills

At Reevu Wangdi’s Momo I Am, expect to be treated to comfort foods of the Darjeeling Hill but with added twists. The graffiti art on the walls will transport you to the 90s.

Road Trip: Northern & Central Oregon Coast

Road Trip: Northern & Central Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is a celebration of scenic beauty. Impressive rock formations, old-growth forests, mesmerizing sunsets, views to die for…join us on a drive from Astoria to Cape Perpetua.

The Complete Guide to Shnongpdeng: Meghalaya’s Water Sports Capital

The Complete Guide to Shnongpdeng: Meghalaya’s Water Sports Capital

The first time I heard about Dawki, I was sitting in a 3 by 3 office cubicle. A colleague had just returned from a holiday in Meghalaya and she couldn’t stop gushing about the scenic beauty of the state. In the photograph on her phone, she was sitting in a kayak which seemed to be suspended in thin air above exquisitely clear, emerald-green waters. The shadow of the boat rippled on the riverbed. So clear was the water, one could count the pebbles and nuripathor! As she gushed about the many thrilling things to do in Shnongpdeng, I looked at image after image of boats afloat on the crystal-clear river and longed to be a part of that magical fantasyland.

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Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) Hike, Oregon

Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) Hike, Oregon

In Oregon’s picturesque Willamette National Forest, you can hike among conifers and along the Mackenzie River to the surreal, topaz blue Blue Pool.

Remembering La Bella, Ahmedabad

Remembering La Bella, Ahmedabad

Homesick and craving meat in Ahmedabad, I found a slice of home in a tiny eatery named La Bella. Run by Mrs Lobo, it serves Goan curries and comfort food.

My Introduction to Iftar: Beyond the Zakaria Street Ramadan Food Walk, 2018

My Introduction to Iftar: Beyond the Zakaria Street Ramadan Food Walk, 2018

Chaotic is the operative word to go by if you ever find yourself lost in the lanes and bylanes of Colootola during Iftar. An unfailing melting pot, Calcutta has always been a place where differences in cultural narratives are not only embraced and celebrated but also shared, often over food. Thus, it comes as no surprise when thousands throng the Ramadan celebrations around Nakhoda Mosque, sharing tables and opinions as they wait for the siren to mark the end of the day’s fasting. Nobody asks you your religious or ethnic identity. Nobody asks if you are a believer or not. You join the locals around rickety makeshift tables, perspiring and praying for a cool draught of wind while sipping on glasses of milky kesari chai. All around you, in brightly lit shops people holler for the best bargain and owners of street food stalls hang skewers of marinated meat from hooks, arrange delicate rolls of lachha, stir cauldrons of haleem in preparation for the evening. Nobody can tell at what point this chaotic come-together floods the confines of a religious ritual to become a carnival, a celebration of life, under the summer skies of Calcutta.

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Revolver, Darjeeling: A Home Away from Home

Revolver, Darjeeling: A Home Away from Home

Not so much a review as a warm recollection of why I return to the Revolver, a Beatles-themed hotel hidden in the hills of Darjeeling.