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Overtourism: Cheap tickets, budget stays and overhyped tourist spots are creating an unsustainable ecosystem

If you have spent your vacation ticking off an invisible checklist — shooting (on camera of course) the Big Five game animals in South Africa, relishing crepes with strawberry preserve in the shadow of Paris’ Eiffel Tower, or posing at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul — you are among those ...

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‘Unstoppable’ forces – The Hindu

Singapore Tourism Board has partnered with Vh1 for an English music video titled Unstoppable, which brings together an artistic collaboration between talents from India and Singapore. The video is a part of the tourism board’s efforts to draw the attention of young travellers from India. India accounted for the third-largest ...

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Nagaland’s pristine landscape will play host to the first Dzukou Valley festival from October 19 to 25

This is a part of India where raindrops rake the earth in steady drifts; where the countryside is an immodest green from the emerald paddy fields, the jade tea plantations that crowd the slopes and the Jurassic-era ferns that border gushing waterfalls. Beyond the crowded Brahmaputra plains, where passenger trains ...

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Bheemunipatnam is awash with history, but slowly vanishing in the face of neglect

A winding road through one of the narrow lanes of Bheemunipatnam leads to a 17th-Century Dutch cemetery at Kummaripalem. One has to ask the locals how to get there as there is no signage. The oldest grave here is of Frederick Kesslerus, and according to the tombstone, he was buried ...

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Explore Ernest Hemingway’s home in Chicago

It’s a sultry summer day when I disembark at Oak Park from the Green Line train rumbling in from Chicago. The main street is lined with posters of a familiar face tacked on lampposts — a black-and-white portrait of a young, handsome man with piercing eyes. In this leafy suburb, ...

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How Kerala is doing all it can to woo back tourists post the deluge

Eighty-six-year-old Daphne Clara Richards arrived in Kerala on September 4 for her 27th visit to Kerala and made her way to Mararikulam in Alappuzha. She visits the state twice a year, and did not let the recent deluge put a spoke in her travel plans. For the beleaguered travel industry, ...

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Skydive, paraglide and scuba-dive in Visakhapatnam for an adrenaline fix

Tourists visiting Visakhapatnam will soon get to admire the coastline from various angles. A series of tourism initiatives will offer different experiences to travellers and locals. Paragliding will start at the city’s iconic hilltop, Kailasagiri, giving adventure lovers a chance to glide over the cityscape and the Bay of Bengal. ...

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Sun, sand and solitude – The Hindu

Yarada Beach is in the process of getting a facelift and being only a little away from the city centre, offers a perfect getaway with family and friends. Even before reaching the beach, one gets a glimpse of the beautiful coastline while going downhill from Dolphin Hill. The lush greenery ...

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Trace the journey of our ancestors with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek, who is travelling from Africa to South America

On a cold winter night in the Caucasus mountains, Paul Salopek finds himself breaking into a long-abandoned shepherd’s hut. Aided by his interlocutors (a Turkish, and a French photographer), he pulls apart the furniture to light a fire. “It was almost -20 Celsius. The moment you stepped out your hair ...

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Explore the foody delights of Beiyuanmen Street in Xi’an

The Beiyuanmen Street is also called the Muslim Street in Xi’an, China, a historic quarter, where one is treated to food and souvenirs in a lively and colourful ambience. Located north of the Drum Tower, the street is not more than 500 meters long and paved with dark coloured stones. ...

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