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16 Christmas Destinations in India with Unique Customs and Culture!

There are census reports capping Indian Christians community at a minuscule percentage of 2.3 %. And then there is an ancient nation with billion people laughing at that report and brings out faithful from every nook and corner of the Indian subcontinent, especially during Christmas! Indian Christmas is unique in homegrown traditions and customs, vividly …

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In picture: Colors of Naropa Festival: A Photoblog

I love region specific festivals since they bring you closest to the people. Despite extreme geographic condition set amid a bleak mountain landscape, Ladakh’s population is a fun loving as well as colorful lot! Naropa festival is an initiative by Live to Love organization under the Drukpa lineage of Buddhism. Also referred to as the …

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Naropa Festival: Tracing Back Antiquity at the Kumbh mela of Himalaya at Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

The Naropa Festival at Ladakh, High Passes of Himalaya: Touching the Peaceful Soul of Ladakhi Culture A riot of colours splashed against the bleak mountains of highlands of Ladakh as the monks from Hemis monastery emerged from the fold of barren lifeless Ladakhi mountains. The relics dating back to antiquity, believed to be handed down to Naropa …

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Bijoya Sammiloni: A Trip Down the memory lane with Food Spread and Familia!

Post Puja depression is a real thing in a Bengali’s lifespan. And whom to blame? In the dingy old alleys of Kolkata, the festivities bring is an unprecedented light. It ushers the old metropolis with a much-needed splurge of energy, a measure to sustain the ensuing mellow winter, cruel summer and deluge rendering monsoon! Pin …

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An Essay on a Trip to Shillong and Meghalaya for a Week

Chasing the Scotland of the East: Shillong-Cherrapunji-Mawsynram tour for a week! We descended from the steeps of Bomdila,  Arunachali Himalayas rather quick and entered into the warm embrace of the Khasi Jaintia hillside in a day, fourteen hours of road-trip to be precise! Verdant landscapes and still bodied Umiam quickly formed a layer on our memory, …

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Bridging the Border: In Search of Bangladeshi food in Kolkata: Kasturi Restaurant!

Kasturi Restaurant: One of the Best Bengali Restaurants in Esplanade Area! I heard of Kasturi during my internship days in a famous Dharmatala hotel. It was a monthly ritual of the staffs to host an occasional party at Kasturi, despite them being working at one of the best Bengali restaurants in a star category hotel! …

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Finding the Best Assamese Thali from the High Roads of Assam: A Necessity of North East Roadtrip!

The Assamese Thali: Highlight of North East Roadtrip! Travelling Northeast India calls for long hours of being on the road! Which also means a handful of exciting meals. It is the roadside Dhabas en route Guwahati to Tawang where I tasted the best of Assamese food! An Assamese Thali is a huge spread of really good …

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Bonedi Barir Durga Puja of Kolkata: Photo-walk in the Century Old Heritage Houses Amid Celebration!

The Bonedi Bari Durgapuja of Kolkata: A Forgotten World? In a Durgapuja world of abstract themes, artistic prowess and the overwhelming feel of a grand carnival, the Bonedi bari Durgapujas of Kolkata beams with pride of heritage! For the uninitiated, Durgapuja was celebrated in the old Rajbari (the royal palaces), the elite families, most Hindu …

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How to Ride the Kolkata Metro Rail or Subway: Insider Tips from a Local Girl!

Metro Rail or Subway? What is in a name! The Kolkata Metro Rail is the underground (mostly) public commute system running since three decades and diligently connecting two parts of the city, north and south, Dumdum to Tollygunge. As the city of Kolkata grew with time with more people and started engulfing more spaces from …

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