Tourism

Caravans: Tourism on wheels drives ahead in India

Caravans: Tourism on wheels drives ahead in India

February 24, 2021

The Covid19 pandemic has given birth to or boosted several niche segments of tourism across the world and here in India. The latest buzzwords of tourism to have emerged from the pandemic range from staycation or workation to virtual tourism. One of the lesser heard forms of touri...

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Voluntourism in India: Travel to transform lives

Voluntourism in India: Travel to transform lives

February 10, 2021

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”  Naveen Godiyal quotes Mary Anne Radmacher, a famed writer and an artist based in the United States while talking about his experience of volunteering across different places in India as a backpac...

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Tourism industry no destination for Budget 2021-22

Tourism industry no destination for Budget 2021-22

February 6, 2021

When she presented her budget for the next fiscal year, 2021-22, India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman once again left the Indian tourism industry bitterly disappointed. For the past 10 months, the tourism industry has been crying out for emergency relief from the governm...

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Bastar: A tribal treasure trove

Bastar: A tribal treasure trove

February 3, 2021

Often overlooked by travellers, Chhattisgarh’s Bastar is a myriad of wonders. A goldmine of fascinating tribal culture in India, it thrives on the cultural magnitudes, age-old traditions and rituals that are yet to be explored. Whether it is the exclusive handicrafts, wild rive...

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Jail tourism: Roaming free in the Indian prisons

Jail tourism: Roaming free in the Indian prisons

January 25, 2021

Jails in India or anywhere else are not high on a typical traveller’s bucket list. However, there are a few prisons that have historic significance and also allow tourists to spend a night in its premises and live a prisoner’s life without committing any offence. The most rec...

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Mesmerising Mawsynram

Mesmerising Mawsynram

January 14, 2021

Shillong, largest city and capital of Meghalaya, retains its colonial-era charm, with a home-brewed brand of Western music, gracious cafés and friendly people. But, the former capital of undivided Assam bursts at its seams, thanks to hordes of tourists who arrive to escape the h...

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Varkala: A tranquil, coastal corner in Kerala

Varkala: A tranquil, coastal corner in Kerala

January 7, 2021

Varkala is little less than a paradise for those in quest of peace in the lap of nature. This quaint hamlet, located in the southern part of Kerala, has a stillness and quietness that is rarely found in tourist destinations.

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Tourism tales of 2020

Tourism tales of 2020

January 1, 2021

Just like every year, the year 2020 was well stacked for Riddhi Roy, operations manager at Dolphin Travels, a Kolkata based travel firm. In January, she had two back to back trips of Europe, eight trips to Bhutan, two to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, Dubai, US and ...

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Utopian aura of Auroville

Utopian aura of Auroville

December 26, 2020

Nestled in the Viluppuram district in Tamil Nadu, with some parts in the union territory of Puducherry, Auroville, also called the City of Dawn is a place that anyone with idealistic leanings will find compelling. “It’s an international community dedicated to peace, sustaina...

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Untold trekking tales in Uttarkashi

Untold trekking tales in Uttarkashi

December 23, 2020

Tucked away in the creases of the Himalayan mountains, the hilly district of Uttarkashi, on border with Tibet, marks the northern boundary of Uttarakhand. Though known mainly for its Gangotri and Yamunotri treks, Uttarkashi has plenty of other attractions. The district headquarte...

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