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Hop on for a heady mix: Tales from Vembanad lake, Kerala

Tales of Vembanad, a new experiential tour designed by WanderNow, promises to turn a simple trip into a meaningful experience. It explores the Vembanad Lake with a curated trip through Alappuzha and Kumarakom, providing real-life experiences, and helping tourists discover the lake through activities provided by the community that inhabits ...

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The good news from Ghent

Start your day at Gent-Sint-Pieters. The impressive building with a brick façade and a tall tower, bookshops, and cafés is an interesting place to begin exploring the town of Ghent, that is a 30-minute scenic ride from Brussels Centraal. Take pictures, talk to the ticketing ladies, and buy tram tickets ...

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It was 50 years ago today…

It was 1968, the era of the Beatles. Their ‘psychedelic’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band had just been released and was all the rage among teenagers in Britain. The catchy lyrics remain embedded in my mind: It was twenty years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to ...

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Drink it up, y’all – The Hindu

Some countries send you a signal to tell you that it’s time to visit them. In the month of June, I trekked to ‘the world’s highest Irish Pub’ at Namche Bazaar, Nepal. Climbing to the dizzy height of 3,440 metres was the hardest I had ever worked for a pint ...

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In his just-out book, The Long Drive Home, Rishad Saam Mehta describes his road trip with friends, from Munich to Mumbai, in an Audi Q7.

Car face At the Great Wall of China, I hustled the car onto the pedestrian-only plaza and handed one shocked onlooker my camera while another shocked onlooker, well, looked on. The good thing about China is that almost everyone is great at taking pictures as anyone who has encountered Chinese ...

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Pray hard, play harder in Israel | travel

A spiritually inclined friend’s wish to bring in her birthday in the holy land of Jerusalem brought Israel up on our bucket list ahead of its time. For three friends who often travel together, this trip was another adventure, but with new flavours – that of history and cultural relevance ...

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Of boatrides, picnics and birdwatching

November is a happy time – it is about cool breezy days, weekend getaways and long drives to discover hidden spots. With‘Karthika Masam’ setting in and along with it a mood for picnics and travel, here’s a list of places you could head to. Nature up-close (Clockwise)Country boats made of ...

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India’s autorickshaw morphs into a vehicle for high adventure across South India. Notes from Kochi.

The Adventurists describe the autorickshaw as a seven horsepower cake tin. The UK group, along with Cool Earth, a charity, conducts daring Rickshaw Runs across the world in terrain that introduces participants to thrilling adventures and unseen locales. The cake tin does rather well in these challenges. With its sides ...

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Udaipur Tales, the international storytelling festival, brings together storytellers and performers from all over the world

Once upon a time — these are four familiar words that are filled with promise, leading into a world of fantasy and lore. We once settled in by the sides of our grandparents, or perhaps an indulgent aunt or uncle, to hear many a fantastic tale. It is increasingly rare ...

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Still waiting for an invite to the Deepika-Ranveer do? Hold on. The next destination wedding is just around the corner

Despite winter, Italy is having its moment in the sun. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot there last December, and now, as we speak, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are in the process of becoming man and wife by charming Lake Como. Known for its pizza, tiramisu and ...

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