The Bedni and Ali Bugyal Trek, Uttarakhand

Sometimes I wonder if heaven is real. And then I witness the most incredible sight ever. I find myself taking shelter from snowfall under a grand oak tree somewhere in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. I am hiking to Bedni and Ali bugyal from a small village called Kuling, via Dedina. My companions are my elderly, experienced…

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Photo Story: Winterthur Local Market, Switzerland

Winterthur was a revelation. Only 20 minutes away from Zurich, this is the sixth largest city in Switzerland and is a playground for explorers. On a Tuesday morning, I walked a few steps away to explore the weekly market in the heart of the Old Town. Every Tuesday and Friday, the farmer’s market has many local visitors. The…

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Tile Tales of Andalusia, Spain

As I walked around southern Spain’s Andalusia district, the one thing that kept me company was the multi-coloured, geometric tiles. Initially, it was their attractive patterns that drew me towards them. Usually in two or three colours, these tiles are seen lightly bordering the edges of windows, or visibly etched into palatial walls. Their psychedelic…

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Women Authors Who Inspire

I’m taking a detour this March. I navigate my compass from travel towards literature. Books have shaped my life to a large extent. The power of words and storytelling has seldom escaped me. Of course, such influences are not exclusive for me. As I grew up, my diverse social circle opened windows and conversations to…

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The Contrasting Wonders of Taiwan

While each travel is unique, some are surprisingly different. Taiwan is a multilayered country with contrasting elements. There is the cosmopolitan Taipei and then the traditional town of Shifen. At the northern cape of the island-country is the sea-eroded Yehliu Geopark while along the length runs Chung Yang Shan mountain range. And between the indigenous…

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Unravelling the Magnificent Jodhpur

It was a decade ago when I first saw the impressive Umaid Bhawan Palace. A college trip introduced me to one of the world’s largest private residencies. From Rajasthan’s postcard perfect deserts to the grand architecture and varied food of Jodhpur, everything has etched itself in my memory. I was happy to know that a…

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