Category archives: Place

Cashless villages in Telangana return to cash

As many as 250 out of the 380 villages in Telangana state which were declared as ‘cashless transaction’ villages post-domonetisation have returned to cash transactions. The initial enthusiasm for cashless transactions has faded within 10 months due to poor internet connectivity in semi-urban and rural areas. The easy availability of cash in banks and ATMs has also prompted the people to return to cash transactions. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao […]

Beyond Machu Picchu: Top 13 things to explore in Peru

Whether it’s an experienced traveller or an enthusiastic backpacker, thousands of tourists visit Peru for a peek of its undeniably awe-inspiring archaeological star attraction – Machu Picchu, but the fact is that Peru is a country replete with hidden treasures waiting to be explored and experienced. Look past the mesmerising sight of stunning vistas atop the majestic mountain peaks of one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and you will find […]

A tragedy that was waiting to happen in Mumbai

Friday’s stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone Road railway station, renamed as Prabhadevi road, was a tragedy that was waiting to happen. For five years I travelled to Elphinstone, to my former office, the Daily News & Analysis newspaper, and the station would scare me. It was evident to me, way back in 2005, that the south end bridge was way too small and it could lead to a tragedy. And today, […]

Mughals to machines: How Ramlila lived through ages in Delhi’s streets and royal courts

One Dussehra morning in the 19th century, Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar watched as a Neelkanth bird (Indian Roller) was set free from Lal Quila. According to memoirs of Munshi Faizuddin, a noble in the court of the Mughal emperor, it was among several rituals that were observed to mark Dussehra at the Delhi fort. The memoir Bazm-e-Akhir says that on the Dussehra afternoon horses with gold and silver saddles […]

World Tourism Day 2017: Best weekend getaways in India

The world is a beautiful place and every country has something special to offer when it comes to tourism. On the occasion of World Tourism Day today which happens to fall near a long weekend, here’s a list of the best weekend getaways in India! Kasauli If you love hill stations then this is a place you must visit! Apart from the other beautiful hill stations such as Nainital, Shimla, […]

India's 'Great Banyan', A Tree Which Has Been Growing Non-Stop For The Last 255 Years!

The oldest citizen of the city, the 255-year-old Great Banyan at the Indian Botanic Garden, Shibpur – is, well, greater than ever before. In fact, the garden’s grand old crowd-puller has increased its girth by a massive two acres in a little over 30 years, forcing its caregivers to create a larger boundary railing to hold it in. In 1985, when a fence was installed around the tree, it covered […]

This Chinese village built a giant QR code with trees in a bid to attract more tourists

China has a weird obsession with QR codes and it seems they can’t have enough of it. In China, more than half of the population uses QR codes to make monetary transactions. From malls to street vendors, usage of QR codes is quite widespread. Taking their love for the special barcode to a whole new level, a tech-savvy village in northern China decided to build a giant QR code in […]

Mexico's 7.1 magnitude earthquake kills at least 149, search on for survivors

At least 149 people died after a devastating earthquake of magnitude 7.1 hit the city late on Tuesday, collapsing buildings and spreading panic on the anniversary of 1985 quake that claimed lives of 10,000 people. As per reports, about 49 buildings crumbled following the massive quake with rescuing teams retrieving nearly 20 million people. People trapped under the debris forwarded WhatsApp messages to families and relatives asking for help. While […]

Oakville Diwali Gala 2017 in a true Canadian style.

The Oakville Diwali Gala one of the most sought after events in the Halton region of Ontario, Canada. Traditionally dressed guests, members of The Oakville Hospital foundation, friends and families were all in attendance to celebrate the festival of lights in it’s true meaning, to give , share and shine upon. Organised for the noble cause of securing state of the art equipment to assist The Oakville Hospital Foundation (OHF), […]

Why One Must Visit Rajgarh In Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is one of those states which never disappoints its visitors in any manner. The state is the perfect mixture of places which are meant for the spiritual inclined, for the lovers of nature, for the adventure seekers, for those people who would just wander around the place doing nothing. . . in short, Himachal Pradesh is an one-stop destination for all the requirements. Rajgarh is one such place […]