Tag: Culture

Lakshman Sagar: A Kaleidoscopic Escape

As reviewed for The Hotel Guru: Inspired by the kaleidoscopic colours of Indian this 19th century former hunting lodge is not your average rural Rajasthani stay. Twelve cottages (each with their own private plunge pool) are dotted around a 32 acres and a man made reservoir. The sound of peacocks resonates throughout the grounds from sunrise til sunset, interrupted only by the chattering of … Read More Lakshman Sagar: A Kaleidoscopic Escape

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Nomadic Luxury in Nagaland: The Hornbill Festival

Piece published in SUITCASE magazine. My Bell 412 helicopter searched for the helipad, a spherical silhouette on a patchwork of multicoloured terraced houses, slung out on a ground of undulating forest. I felt like Elizabeth Bowen, a lone female entering the Land of the Head Hunters – albeit by much more modern means. In these far-flung reaches of eastern India lies Nagaland, a region shrouded in … Read More Nomadic Luxury in Nagaland: The Hornbill Festival

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10 Signs You’ve Become Culturally a Delhi-walla

Piece published on Matador Network: Having spent the last year and a half living in Delhi I’ve come to the realisation that… I’ve become culturally a Delhi-walla. You may not have been born and bred here, but if you’re guilty of the following, you too have become a Delhi-walla: You refer to everyone (bar your actual family) by the title of close relatives: Aunty, … Read More 10 Signs You’ve Become Culturally a Delhi-walla

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The Chamba Camp, Thiksey: Nomadic Luxury At Its Best

Published on The India Tube: A former playing field of “The Great Game” Ladakh was once considered a destination so remote “only your best friend or worst enemy will visit you”, or so the local adage goes.  But with daily flights from Delhi to Leh, it’s now a firm favourite for a long weekend getaway from Delhi. And The Ultimate Travelling Camp really is … Read More The Chamba Camp, Thiksey: Nomadic Luxury At Its Best

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The 33rd Kalachakra: The Greatest Buddhist Gathering, Ladakh

Yesterday saw the first day of the 33rd annual Kalachakra in Ladakh, hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The largest annual gathering of Buddhist in the world, with over 150,000 pilgrims set to attend it promises to be quite the gathering. With a break of 38 years since the last Kalachakra was held in Ladakh it is most likely to be the His … Read More The 33rd Kalachakra: The Greatest Buddhist Gathering, Ladakh

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Jodhpur: A Hotel Guide

Working in travel one has to be sympathetic towards almost any whim, requirement and diet fad of a client. Life and people are full of surprises but when trying to second guess someones preferences it is necessary to (like it or not) pigeon hole. Luckily I am very familiar with each of the extremes. On the one hand we have myself: I will literally … Read More Jodhpur: A Hotel Guide

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Thursday, the New Friday: Dargah in Delhi

Fancy spending an evening trying to sing along to a bunch of songs you want to, but don’t understand? No, it’s not Korean karaoke; it’s the Thursday night dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. After spending what felt like forever winding our way through a labyrinth of market stalls and men in thobes, without warning the narrow passages opened up into a tented canopy with pristine … Read More Thursday, the New Friday: Dargah in Delhi