Where conservation meets culinary delight at PCF

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Imagine waking up to the cacophony of peacocks and the faint sound of waves crashing on sand. The weather is already humid, but the tall coconut trees around offer respite. The tiny hamlet of Kumta, 30 km away from the now popular Gokarna in Karnataka, is already up and ready with men loading equipment on […]

Crouching tiger at hidden Rukhad

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A jungle hare caught in the headlight of safari jeeps stops momentarily to rear up on its hind legs to glare straight into the low beam; then continues to hop across the road. A thousand stars glitter overhead in the night sky; an hour defined by the repetitive chorus of cicadas. A few moments later, […]

Heeding the call of Shiva

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“Har har Mahadev… Har Har Mahadev…” Each time you feel it is impossible to take another step forward on the hard road to Rudranath temple, nestled inside dense rhododendron forests and mountain pastures, Lord Shiva is there to help. Your feet will get numb from steep climbs through stone laid paths. Questions torment faith: can [&hellip

Awaiting a golden moment

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In 1765, Jassa Singh Ahluwalia defeated Afghan invader Ahmad Shah Abdali in the Battle of Amritsar and established the Katra Ahluwalia, a self-sufficient, small neighbourhood. “Such neighbourhoods were a common feature in the city,” says heritage architect Gurmeet Rai. Like the Har Mandir Sahib and the other sarovars of Amritsar, the katras were al

The other side of Nepal

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A striking pagoda with cantilevered wooden roofs, towers above Bhaktapur, a royal city in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Close by is an Indian-style temple whose statues of deities are carved in stone. Nepal is a staple on the Indian tourist map and had a 33 per cent rise in Indian travellers flying into the country […]

Moda Goa Museum: House of memories

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I’m a big dreamer who made most of my dreams come true. One dream was to give back to Goa… what this wonderful state has given us as a legacy. A legacy of great culture, kaleidoscope diversity and formidable ancient history,’ the late designer Wendell Rodricks wrote, while fashioning the idea of the Moda Goa […]

The Jeju rock show

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A teenager wearing black shorts and a pink T-shirt is about to start hiking to the peak of the scenic Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone. Standing at the base, entry ticket in hand, she looks up at Seongsan, located on the eastern side of Jeju Island in South Korea, which is bathed in hues of green […]

The French silk route

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Travelling to Lyon from Paris is taking a two-hour train ride to the Medieval Ages. Of course with a soupcon of intrigue. The Old Town in Lyon’s 5th arrondissement, built at the foot of a hill is freeze-framed in the 11th century. What sets the district Vieux-Lyon apart from other European medieval cities is something […]

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