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Thai authorities have set up fast-track courts to address tourist issues, including scams.
AP Thai authorities have set up fast-track courts to address tourist issues, including scams.

Five scams to avoid while travelling in Thailand

When the jeweller told him that the gem was rare and not readily sold in the West because of “tax issues,” Ciaran O’Donnell thought he had a find.It was the end of his holiday and he was lo... »
Ghent waterways. Photo: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty

Flanders’ unsung city

From a 12th Century castle to a quaint waterfront promenade, Flemish Primitive paintings to the 14th Century Belfort, Ghent offers a visitor a clutch of opportunities to stop and stare »
HANDSOME BUSES, LOVELY TRIP Get on to Hop On Hop Off buses and enjoy a tour of the city Photo: Varsha Yeshwant Kumar

Bangalore on a bus

Bangalore Rounds Hop On Hop Off, launched last month, takes passengers on a joyride through the city’s heritage sites, entertainment spots, lakes and gardens »
The Marble Bridge
chennai, July 11, 2014

The addictive flavours of history

The first thing that rouses me is the warm light flooding my cozy room. It's not quite 4 a.m. in Køge, a modest town 39 km from Copenhangen. This is, after all the Nordics; hence the lon... »  
Sana Rizvi
July 8, 2014

On an endless ‘workation’

In 2009 Sana Rizvi quit her job as an event marketer and decided to backpack for a while, like many people do, to see the world and have new experiences before coming back home. What makes her tri... »
Sayoji Goli with Medha in Andavadoaka
COIMBATORE, July 4, 2014
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Holidays with a heart

Sayoji Goli, 28, still smiles thinking of his recent holiday. The former finance professional decided to take a break before travelling abroad for an MBA. Sayoji and his wife Medha zeroe... »
The menu was set: Madhra, rice and aloo-matar, all of which Bobby cooked in fresh batches as new customers came in.
chennai, July 4, 2014
melange: Fork in my luggage

Memories of a happy tune

It is strange how at times you find the simplest of food, served at the right time and by the right person, forming the most delicious of your memories. This account is not as much of the food as i... »
Deserted roads in Franz Josef.
chennai, July 4, 2014
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The charm before the storm

The camper van ahead of us blows away into the field. We watch in shock and disbelief as the fierce wind upturns it and drags it through half a mile. Our hulk of a bus quivers like a frightened ki... »
June 29, 2014

Horsing around

Chants, medieval walls, colourful flags, sweat, horses, and, above all, passion. These are what a traveller will find in Siena during one of the most famous events in Italy: the Palio of Siena. »
OFF BEAT EXPERIENCES Body painting on a pulikkali artiste Photo: K.K. Mustafah
KOCHI, June 27, 2014
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A new side to Kochi

Stereotyped tourism seems to be wearing the lustre off sight-seeing forcing travellers to seek out newer and fresher varieties of experiences. This is evident from an increase in the number of to... »
The gilded bronze Buddha on the hills of Thimphu watches over his domain with a benign eye, ensuring prosperity and peace.
chennai, June 27, 2014
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The land of infectious happiness

The snazzy Drukair plane slides through what seems to be a narrow gap between the green mountains and comes to a halt in front of the quaint terminal at Paro Airport, Bhutan. Smiling officials wav... »
CARE FOR SOME DEEP FRIED FOOD? Don’t miss bajjis at Malgudi Tiffin Centre
June 23, 2014

Look around, before you board

While most people look on an airport from the functional point of view — as a transit area when you are going from point A to point B, they are the first, last and sometimes only view of a city you... »
Silver Cascade is a waterfall that serves as a gateway to the mountain resort town.
Chennai, June 20, 2014
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Chocolate, cheese and memories

An old, fading black-and-white photograph of a grinning 12-year-old on horseback on the grassy banks of the misty Kodai lake has always been a source of great amusement for my children. They would... »

It’s worth it

Chillies, cheese and curiosity

Watch your step

Travelling alone?

Srinagar all over again

The pilgrim’s progress

Riding free

The birth of a royal barge

Deep fried heaven in Rishikesh

Based on the popular Shrek franchise, Far, Far Away is perhaps the largest of all zones at the park.
chennai, July 11, 2014

From a land far, far away

‘Far, far away,’ read the signboard outside the castle. We had indeed travelled far, far away to reach there. It took us more than two hours and all possible modes of transport – the metro, a taxi... »
Arjun Bojja's capture from his travel
Hyderabad, July 5, 2014

Study, save, travel

As children, we travel with parents, make a scrap book and then maybe write an essay on ‘where I travelled during my vacations’. By the time we reach high school, scrap books graduate to albums fo... »
The reception area in Anantya Resorts in Kanyakumari district.
Thiruvananthapuram, July 4, 2014
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Encounter infinity inside a plantation

In the heart of the plantation region in Kanyakumari district, nestling in the foothills of the Western Ghats and on the banks of a tranquil blue lake is a slice of serenity. A place where sunligh... »
This museum showcases the collection of Nizam Osman Ali Khan, the seventh and last Nizam and also his father’s (sixth Nizam’s) wardrobe. Photo: Aruna Chandaraju
chennai, July 4, 2014
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The Nizam’s new clothes

I had heard of the world's longest walk-in wardrobe. Also of exquisite caskets and models....all displayed somewhere in a museum in Hyderabad. This was all that was stowed away in my memory. Like... »
Scenes from the Rubenhuis, where the legendary Flemish Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens once lived, painted, and now lies in a tomb in a cathedral not too far from the station. Photo: Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty
July 3, 2014

And Rubens lives on…

What better way to introduce a city to a first-time traveller than throwing a teaser at the point of entry itself? The 109-year-old imposing Central Station of Antwerp is my doorway to this beautif... »
New Delhi, June 29, 2014
Down Memory Lane

Crimes of passion

The murder of two jewellers of Dariba Kalan, in separate incidents recently, is the continuation of an old pattern of crime which can be traced to the 18th Century. During the reign of Mohammad Sha... »
Rebak Island comprises of pretty, quiet and not-so-wavy beaches, thick tree cover populated with hornbills and antelopes.
chennai, June 27, 2014
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Where sights give you shivers

It’s usually the case that grand catch-phrases of tourism ministries are often over-the-top. Almost always, there is a significant gap between what is claimed and what the place actually is. So, as... »
IN TUNE WITH NATURE Trekkers making their way through the dense greenery on the Simhachalam Hill range Photo: K.R. Deepak
Visakhapatnam, June 27, 2014

Of trekking and the joy of discovery

At almost 3,800 feet above sea level atop a cliff, you feel you are on top of the world, quite literally! As she sat in her tent overlooking the hill ranges of the Eastern Ghats, relishing a local... »
The neighbourhood might have transformed into a swish yuppie belt but there are still little corners that Izu will help you discover that keep that era alive — from wall graffiti, to the famous Victorian house that was the base for the Grateful Dead to the spots where Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin hung out.
chennai, June 20, 2014
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If you are going to San Francisco...

There’s more than one reason why San Francisco is one of America’s most visited cities. The Golden Gate might be synonymous with the city but there’s a host of eclectic experiences waiting in ever... »
Snapshots of Las Vegas.
new delhi, June 15, 2014

Besotted by Mayanagari

As I flipped through various magazines on my flight to Las Vegas, I couldn’t help but wonder what keeps this desert paradise ticking? The glitz and glamour of Las Vegas is something that has been s... »

Vignettes from a forest

An epic holiday with the children

All roads lead to Govinda

The five that came in from the cold

The Hungary - Tagore relationship

Meaningful holidays are here

Always game for travel

For want of a throne, tourists are won