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

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

Nestled in the wooded hills of Meghalaya is Shnongpdeng, an idyllic village on the banks of the crystal-clear emerald-green Umngot River. It is fast emerging as the NE’s water sports capital! Visit to find out why.

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

Late in the summer of 2014, I found myself some 1600 kilometres away from home in a service apartment in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, all pumped up and excited to start my first job. In the three months that I lived in the apartment on Sargassan Cross Road, I learnt how relentlessly Gujarat tries to make a vegetarian out of an omnivore. Let’s get this clear, I come from Bengal and fish is my staple protein and in this part of the country, even Pizza Hut strives to have a suddha-shakahari identity. We eat quite a lot of vegetables in the Bengali household and I love a good shukto and aloo posto but this was a totally a different world where you were not expected to have a choice. Needless to say, it was a struggle. Forget meat, I was famished for the scent of garlic. Less than a fortnight into strict vegetarianism and food-depression started to get the better of me.

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

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

Food can foster brotherhood and harmony. Join us as we jostle through the crowds on Zakaria Street to partake of the Iftar Feast and learn lessons on humanity.

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.

Field Notes: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Field Notes: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

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When Jessie says Silver Falls State Park is one of her favourite places on the planet, I believe her. It’s almost April and the countryside is embroidered with flowers in a multitude of shapes and colours. We are standing behind the majestic South Falls— my first experience of standing behind a dancing veil of smokey water— silently, spraying cooling our faces. The rocks are damp with velvety pockets of atrociously green moss. Shards of sunlight sparkle like diamantes on the pool below the cascade. I do not jump in ecstasy. Instead, I stand close to Jessie, perhaps for assurance from a fellow human being, and stare in awe at the abundance that envelopes our insignificant selves.

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A Nostalgist’s Guide to Eating in Darjeeling

A Nostalgist’s Guide to Eating in Darjeeling

Darjeeling evokes expressions of nostalgia and a hunger for momos. On this trip, we reminisce about our old trips and learn new secrets about this perpetually changing town.

Lepchajagat: A Story of Change

Lepchajagat: A Story of Change

The lack of awareness about responsible tourism in the Darjeeling Himalayas is leading to a loss of cultural identity in hamlets like Lepchajagat. How can we help?

Field Notes: Darjeeling

Field Notes: Darjeeling

দার্জিলিঙের সাথে আমার প্রথম পরিচয় গানে গানে। স্কুল জীবনের শেষের দিকে যখন বাংলা ব্যান্ডের গান গুলো সবার মনে ঘাঁটি গাড়ছে, তখন আমাকে দায়িত্ব নিয়ে বিগড়ে দিয়েছিলেন অঞ্জন দত্ত। তার কথাতেই প্রথম খাদের ধারের রেলিংটা, তার কথাতেই প্রথম মেঘ করলেই ইচ্ছে করে ট্রেন টা ধরে ফেলি। তার আগে একটা পোশাকি পরিচয় হয়েছিল, অবনীন্দ্রনাথের বুড়ো আংলা পড়ার সময়। টুং, সোনাদা, ঘুমের কথা পড়তে পড়তে বাবার কাছ থেকে শুনেছিলাম দার্জিলিঙের গল্প। বয়েস বেড়েছে, অভিজ্ঞতা বেড়েছে, তার সাথে পাল্লা দিয়ে বেড়েছে পাহাড়ে যাওয়ার নেশা।

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Finding Love in Fontainhas, Goa

Finding Love in Fontainhas, Goa

On our first trip together, we quickly discovered that travelling as a couple is not always rain and sunshine but a little empathy goes a long way.