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I-Day weekend boosts short-break bookings: Industry

With more and more Indians wanting to utilise long weekends for short breaks, there was up to 49 per cent growth in bookings during this the Independence Day week, the industry said. While overall air bookings increased over 30 per cent from last year, hotel bookings saw a 50 per ...

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Handmade Journeys offers customised luxury holidays

Most people reach a point when they get tired of sitting behind a desk — we have heard stories of men and women quitting their jobs and travelling the world. Former journalists Alisha Wadia and Friyan Driver did things a little differently. After planning and travelling to exotic locations — ...

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5 ways to live like Crazy Rich Asians in Singapore | travel

Singapore is the setting for the new Hollywood movie Crazy Rich Asians — an adaptation of a best-selling novel that explores the insatiable consumerism of new money and old-world opulence in a continent producing more billionaires than anywhere else. While the low-tax financial hub is often called a playground for ...

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Gandikota’s majestic canyon and Belum’s dark caves make for a great weekend trip

“A gorge? Caves too?” This is the reaction I get when I tell people that I was on a weekend road trip from Chennai to Gandikota and Belum Caves in Andhra Pradesh. Almost equidistant from Chennai and Hyderabad, and a shade quicker from Bengaluru, this is a good place for ...

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Ambling in Aizawl: Notes from Mizoram’s capital

On a recent trip to Aizawl, I whiled away a morning walking through the city centre. Despite the familiar press of crowds at Bara Bazaar, the old market district of Aizawl, it felt different from other Indian cities. The streets were cleaner. The air was crisper. And despite slow traffic ...

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Praphul Kumar’s solo ride from Manali to Leh on a Trek Marlin 29er, an all-terrain bike

He leans on his bicycle and looks down the stretch of road from Karu that runs into the rocky moonscape of Leh. Chortens line the sides, a brisk wind whips up the prayer flags strung like festive buntings and the glow of the setting sun bounces off the jagged Karakoram. ...

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A peek into the famed Cabin restaurants of Kolkata

Braving the humidity of Kolkata at 4pm, streams of pedestrians gather in front of the tiny 93-year-old Anadi Cabin on bustling SN Banerjee Road. What has caused this milling is the scent and sight of parathas being cooked on a monster tawa. Inside, it is a scene of delicious chaos, ...

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From family fun, to Formula 1 — a holiday that has it all

Zahra’s Arabian eyes shine like pearls below her head scarf. Our Dior-perfect, British-school educated guide is introducing us to her country’s most treasured heritage: pearl diving, that made Dilmun (Bahrain’s ancient name in 3rd millennium BC) such a vibrant centre of trade. Ironically, our coach is just then passing Bahrain’s ...

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On Book Lovers Day, here are 5 independent bookshops you must visit if you truly love books | travel

Book lovers just need a reason to buy books or browse. And what better occasion than Book Lovers Day which is celebrated on August 9 every year. It encourages people to pick up a book and spend the day reading. And while Kindle and e-books may be trending, many book ...

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Meet Nadine Sykora who travels the world for a living

Nadine Sykora, 30, has travelled to 50 countries in the last eight years. A travel-vlogger and YouTuber from Canada, this explorer recently made her way to India. After college, she set out to see the world before settling down with a serious career. She fell in love with travelling, and ...

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