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Book on the various festivals of Madurai

It was the night before Lord Kallazhagar’s entry into the Vaigai and the blinding lights made Madurai look like the moon on earth. Men dressed in the attire of guardian deities, danced around the streets carrying swords made of cardboard and the jingle of the salangai they wore, echoed through ...

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Photo essay: Apatanis tribe in Arunachal Pradesh

Palaniappan Subramanyam, a Chennai-based photographer who is passionate about travelling and clicking pictures of people This landlocked valley has influenced the pattern of settlement, land use, resource management, agricultural system and the evolution of a unique social fabric amongst these people. The Apatanis manipulate various variety of rice crops to ...

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Find out what’s happening in the lands of leopards

The monsoon has cast its green spell on the dry deciduous forest of Jhalana forest reserve, barely a 15-20 minute drive East of the Pink City. We are on a leopard trail. We had seen it snoozing on a tree during the morning safari, through a veil of leafy branches. ...

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Family trips are cool but do you solo travel?

A beer cycle trundles past the cafe-lined streets of Amsterdam. It’s filled with a bunch of 20 and 30-somethings, laughing, pedalling and chugging pints. One would imagine they have been friends for ages, but in reality they just met, a couple of days ago. Most of them are solo travellers ...

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Tales from Garden of Eden

Expecting to run into Adam and Eve around the corner, we mosey through a lush setting with many trees, shrubs, flowering ramblers and bushes, and find peafowl instead, wandering around pecking at seeds and worms in the muddy ground. We are in Maui in Hawaii at the Garden of Eden, ...

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Tails from all over: Meet India’s most well-travelled pets | travel

Marcopolo goes on about 30 trips a year. He prefers trains, but always travels by first-class coupe. He carries his own food so he can eat healthy — oats, brown rice, dry fruit. Oh, and he’s a rescued stray. Marcopolo was adopted seven years ago, by Divya Dugar, a travel ...

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Zomato delivery partners to use bicycles and e-bikes to deliver food

The next time you order food on Zomato, don’t be surprised to see a delivery executive pedalling up to your doorstep. The restaurant search and discovery service, which has also forayed into delivery, has recently gone a step further and roped in e-bikes and bicycles to bridge that last mile. ...

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What’s blooming at the Mughal Gardens?

Thousands of tulips, hundreds of lilies, beds full of roses, and acres of dahlias — if there is one place that defines spring, it is the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and inspired by the Mughal gardens of Kashmir, these gardens, spread across 15 acres, ...

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French photographer Jean-Louis Cardin showcases the heritage of Aiyanar at the Pondicherry Heritage Festival

Jean-Louis Cardin’s quest began with a photo of two blue horses. It was 2005, and the French architect-turned-amateur photographer was in a small temple in Saliyamangalam on a mission to learn more about India, and Hinduism. The next picture he took was in Narthamalai, one-and-a-half hours away, this time of ...

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Join Naresh Kumar on his tandem bike ride from Chennai to Hamburg for charity

Riding from Maduravoyal to Mamallapuram, endurance athlete Naresh Kumar would often face this one remark, “Buddy, your girlfriend seems to have fallen off!” Understandably, because the Chennai-born was riding alone on a tandem bike. This was just a warm up to the mega event he has in mind. On the ...

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