The sound of Salzburg

The Sound of Music is the kind of film that defies both superlative and age. Starring the inimitable Julie Andrews, the movie won five Academy Awards back in 1966, and to this day, remains the third highest grosser in Hollywood. It turns 50 this year, and clearly, nobody is immune from its charm, not even…

This winter, take a walk

This winter, discover India on foot: lose yourself in its narrow lanes, bargain at local markets, drink chai at street stalls and talk to locals. Customised walking tours are now a major attraction in many big cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Varanasi and Bengaluru. And, these are no random strolls around the old town…

The perfect Sikkim itinerary

The small northeastern state of Sikkim was once rightly dubbed ‘the hidden kingdom’ after a book (1971) by the same name by Alice Kandell. The mighty Kanchenjunga, considered a benevolent protector, dominates the region, making itself visible from various points within the state. Take a tour around the highlights of Sikkim. Begin at Gangtok What…

48 hours in Amsterdam

There is something special about Amsterdam in springtime. The Keukenhof gardens are open for a couple of months, as the tulips paint the landscape in brilliant colours. The city is on party mode all through April in anticipation of Holland’s biggest holiday – Queen’s Day, on the last day of the month. If you are…

Where to eat on your Roman holiday

When in Rome, eat like a Roman. And to know how and where, read on. This appeared on the Conde Nast Traveller website last month – where to eat on your Roman holiday *** When in Rome, eat like the Romans do. Your safest bets are usually any of the places where locals eat. Even…

A vegetarian’s guide to Prague

When you’re a staunch vegetarian (not even eggs, thank you) and you want to feast on the world’s very many attractions, immersing yourself in cultures that don’t understand the concept of vegetarianism can be daunting. In many East Asian countries fish sauce and shrimp paste are equated to vegetables. Even if you ask for vegetarian…

The magic of Mandu

In Mandu, every brick, every building, every nook and cranny whispers stories about the legendary love of prince Baz Bahadur and Roopmati. Though this love story unfolded in the mid 16th century, Mandu itself took shape in the hands of the Parmar kings in the 8th century. Mandu was originally called Mandapa Durg, meaning ‘a…

Shopping in Florence

Florence must be one of the loveliest cities I have ever visited. Sadly, I had only a few hours to wander around its cobblestone streets, where each turn held a delightful surprise. The best I can do here is to put together a few photographs to showcase the town’s beauty and the grandeur of the…