Travelling to Iran

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Tourists have made it a habit of portraying Iran as an unbelievable miracle in the forbidding Middle Eastern desert — an ironic development for a country that has held a central position in the geography, history and politics of the region for millennia. Iranian hospitality and their loving nature can smother an unsuspecting traveller. Honed

What it’s like to visit 53 countries in 12 years?

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In the past 12 years, I’ve travelled to 53 countries; in the last two years, 13. When I stand in line at immigration, officers frequently raise their eyebrows and make statements such as, “Your passports open like an accordion.” What started off as fieldwork in my early years of anthropology training grew into an insatiable

The Best Paragliding spots in India

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“The government doesn’t consider paragliding a sport,” says Manoj Roy, president, Paragliding Association of India (PAI). Things are changing, though, with the PAI and the Billing Paragliding Association (BPA) having hosted the 2015 Paragliding World Cup (PWC) in October in Bir Billing, in the Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. Only eight Indians participated, so there’s

Gunehar: A Village In Himachal Pradesh That’s Also An Art Gallery

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Around two hours drive from the Dharamshala airport, off the highway leading to Mandi and nestled in the Kangra valley, is a small Himalayan village that is trying to make its presence felt on the Himachal tourism map, thanks to Frank Schlichtmann, a German Indophile who has lived here for nearly a decade. Gunehar was once a prosperous way-stop on the trans- Himalaya caravan route, but has since fallen into bad times.

Trekking The Inca Trail

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“People used to be travellers… Now they’re tourists,” writes Mark Adams in Turn Right at Machu Picchu, quoting his guide John Lievers on his trek along the Inca trails. The book is, in turn, my guide on my trek in the Peruvian Andes — a place where you can still get a flavour of how

48 hours in Copenhagen

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Go on a cruise This is the perfect way to soak in the city’s sights, as well as its seafaring past. Cruises start from the colourful Nyhavn (New Harbour) lined by picture-postcard, multicoloured houses. You glide along canals, passing old and new landmarks such as Christiansborg and Amalienborg palaces and the wistful statue of the

Road Trippin in Kyrgyzstan

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An upcoming guided motorcycle tour by an Indian travel start-up – Embarq Motoring Experienceswill take its participants through the vastly unexplored country of Kyrgyzstan. For those unable to place the former Soviet republic on the map, the country lies north of the J&K border, with Tajikistan separating the two countries. According to the founders of

Tata Ups The Ante With The New Hexa

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Eight years ago, Tata Motors was a very different company. It had just acquired Jaguar Land Rover in the hope that it would build better cars itself, someday. At the same time, it had another product called the ‘Sumo Grande’, a workhorse with a name to distinguish itself from its lesser brother. It was a