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Sigiriya, where natural beauty meets the architectural splendour

Sigiriya – the mansion in the sky – is an architectural marvel. The rocky citadel rises up like a majestic lion, ascending to a lofty height of nearly 200 metres from the surrounding plains. It has rightly been considered as the 8th wonder of the world by the Sri Lankans ...

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Experience the Lights Fest in Pennsylvania

At 4 pm, Kennett Square, a spotless green field, is dotted with people in colourful summer wear. There are young couples, noisy college kids, and families with toddlers and grandparents. The groups settle down next to Tiki torches sticking out of the soft grass. They mark their territories by spreading ...

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After a 12-year break, neelakurinji in a spectacular performance, carpets the hills with colour

The monsoons arrive in Kerala first. They début in June, with a dramatic show of sound and fury. By the end of July, as they begin to taper off, days get drier and evenings receive sporadic showers. Once in 12 years, along with this cycle of rain and shine, a ...

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Travel back in time to Fergana in Uzbekistan, the land of emperor Babur

“In the month of Ramadan of the year 899 (June 1494), and in the twelfth year of my age, I became ruler in the country of Farghana,” thus begins Babur’s memoir, Baburnama. Fergana in eastern Uzbekistan is a fertile valley fed by two rivers, Naryn and Kara Darya, and flanked ...

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Road Less Travelled: The marble cliffs of Bhedaghat and the roaring falls of Dhuandhar

“Do you see that gigantic face there? We call it India’s Mount Rushmore. And that sadhu on the top — he was in samadhi for so long that he turned into stone himself. And that is Bandar Kudni, the cliffs are so close here that a monkey can jump across ...

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You haven’t put on weight, it’s just that airline restrooms are getting smaller | travel

If the restroom on your next flight seems a bit snug, don’t assume you’ve picked up a few pounds. U.S. airlines increasingly are putting smaller lavatories on their planes – and the economics of the decision means they’re probably here to stay. As labour costs rise and fuel prices surge, ...

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When the hills call out

“I can look at a plant, and so can you. Even though both of us see the same thing, as a photographer, I look at it in terms of composition, framing and post production,” says the American photographer and documenter Ian Lockwood, pointing at one in an artificial pond at ...

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9 best restaurants you must visit in Bilbao, recommended by top chefs | travel

Bilbao isn’t the first city that trips off the tongue when you recommend international dining destinations. It’s only in the past 20 years or so that Bilbaohasbecome much of a tourist destination at all. Before the Guggenheim Museum opened in 1997, some peoplejust knew it as the airport where you ...

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Paris’ iconic Hotel Lutetia reopens after 200 million-euro makeover | travel

The Lutetia hotel in Paris, favoured by the likes of Picasso and Hemingway, reopens this week after four years of costly renovations that it hopes will win it the “palace” label reserved for the most opulent of French lodgings. Steeped in history, from its occupation by Nazi intelligence agents to ...

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Direct flight to Iceland from December, here are top 10 things to do in Reykjavik and around | travel

Iceland has it all, from volcanoes to ice caves, healing thermal springs and the Aurora Borealis lights. And if the thought of travelling halfway around the world and spending a fortune in the process put you off, now you have no more excuses. Come December 7, a direct budget flight ...

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