Adrift on Inle Lake

It is my first experience with a traffic jam in the middle of a lake. It is late in the afternoon, and life on Inle lake is almost at a standstill. The husband and I are nodding off on the boat, drowsy after a heavy lunch of crunchy fermented tealeaf salad and rice with green…

A perfect weekend in Tel Aviv

From pleasant weather to great beaches, friendly people to delicious food, Tel Aviv checks all the right boxes that discerning travellers look for. Throw into the mix some beguiling history, eclectic architecture and a vibrant nightlife scene, and it is not surprising why Israel’s second largest city is fast emerging as the party capital of…

Friday photo: Feeling Blue

Last month, I got the chance to visit the new St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in the unexplored southern part of the Maldives. I stayed in one of the overwater villas with a sunset view, with hammocks slung high right over the azure waters. It was a super pampered and relaxed three days, punctuated only…

A forest of temples at Prambanan

Continued from my evening experience of watching the Ramayana in Indonesia This was, in fact, my second trip to the Prambanan temple complex in the day. I had paid a visit as a typical tourist earlier in the morning, to take in the magnificent Hindu temples dedicated to the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva…

Watching the Ramayana in Indonesia

As the sun began to set and the yellow electric lights of the theatre came on, there was restiveness in the air. A large group of school children had arrived there a few minutes ago, apparently as part of a cultural excursion. Apart from these giggly kids and their harried teachers, most of the audience…

A quick guide to Borobudur

Although Indonesia is best known for the gorgeous island of Bali, the highlight of my trip to this country was the UNESCO site of Borobudur. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, in the world’s largest Muslim country. What more can I say? The best time to see Borobudur was early in the morning, I…

The Western Wall of Jerusalem: a photoessay

The Western Wall of Jerusalem is just that, a pockmarked limestone wall rising 60ft into the air. It is bleak and imposing, dwarfing the women praying in front of it. The genders are segregated here, as in most other devotional places in Jerusalem; the men and the women on either side of the makeshift barrier…

Friday photo: Israeli cuisine

I am just back from a week in Israel, having travelled through Haifa, Akko and Tiberias in the north, Jerusalem a its very heart and Tel Aviv on the West Coast and briefly floated on the Dead Sea. It is easily on the most fascinating countries I have ever encountered – the proverbial melting pot…