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  • The magical city of Poland

    Krakow is one of those fairytale cities of Europe that transcends time, writes Uday k Chakraborty Krakow is Poland’s “second city”, though the natives think of it as the first. Krakow was Poland’s ancient capital long before Warsaw and it remained residence of the old kings. In reference to Warsaw, it is situated at the…

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  • Happy in Hanoi: The joy of being in Vietnam’s capital

    There’s something in the air that makes joyful in Vietnam’s cute capital, writes Uday k Chakraborty I knew this trip was going to be different and as soon as I walked out of the train station I wasn’t disappointed. My guide introduced himself and rather sheepishly admitted that there was no ‘real’ vehicle to take…

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  • Hampi: Exploring India’s fantastic heritage in Karnataka

    Renowned as ancient village of Karnataka, Hampi is one of the India’s fantastic heritage resting quietly in its splendid surrounding, writes Uday k Chakraborty After reaching Hampi when we found our pre-booked hotel, along with all others, had closed down due to a Supreme Court order, we were not really upset. During recent years these…

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  • St. Petersburg: Get captivated by the northern splendour

    Recently being rediscovered, the collections magnificent palaces in and around St. Petersburg is unparalleled anywhere else in the world, writes Uday k Chakraborty In their heyday, if the imperial palaces of Russia fell short of besting those of Europe for splendour and sophistication, it was not for lack of determination. Under the command of Peter,…

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  • Ile-de-France: Wander beyond the bustle

    Just away from the hustle of Capital Paris many pleasant surprises await in Ile-de-France, writes Uday k Chakraborty I have found with some dismay that Indian tourists, even repeat visitors, often go to places and sites that are restricted to what many European calls, “foreign tourist circuit”. They usually do not visit where Europeans themselves…

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  • Exploring Sikkim: A natural confluence of culture

    While its spectacular beauty attracts, Sikkim’s history and culture are worth knowing, writes Uday k Chakraborty  Whether one arrives in Sikkim by air or land, it is the mountains that first strike one’s eyes and heart. Just before the Bagdogra airport, from air you would be delighted by the mesmerising view of peaks of several…

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  • Exotic Yangon and its charming people

    Uday K Chakraborty feels the city’s exoticness is accentuated by its charming people Why Burma, when many Indians view it more with apprehension than interest? For us that was the very reason to visit Yangon, where monks and markets coalesce with sandalwood and spirituality in a city that still bears vestiges of its colonial past….

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  • Exotic Indonesia, and the stunning Indian influence

    While exploring Indonesia, Uday k Chakraborty marvels at its India influenced cultural life During my childhood I read how, during the golden era of Bharatvarsh, Indian religion and culture had spread to the distant lands of the Far-Eastern Asia. I also remember the annual ritual called Bali Yatra (meaning ‘Going to Bali’) practiced in costal districts of…

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  • San Marino is a tiny spectacle. Find out why

    Uday K Chakraborty is spellbound with the world’s smallest republic and its many attractions While not many Indians know about San Marino, many international travelers are keen to discover the spectacular beauty and quaint charm of San Marino. This oldest and smallest republic in the world lies 18 km from the Adriatic coast of north…

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  • Unravelling what Vietnam has to offer for tourists

    Uday k Chakraborty unravels Vietnam while traveling from its southern to the Northern end. In the Great Railway Bazaar, Paul Theroux travels the world by train, and Vietnam makes a deep impression: “Of all the places the railway had taken me since London, This was the loveliest.” And, one of the most apt symbols of…

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  • Exploring the Angkor Wat Universe

    Uday K Chakraborty walks in amazement amidst many attractions of Angkor Wat Archaeological Complex Also Read: 2017 has 14 long weekends and here’s perfect getaway for each  Everyone come Cambodia to see Angkor Wat, largest and most wonderful religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat, literally means “City of Temple”. Is a legacy of the…

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  • Manhattan – The pinnacle of urban buzz

    explores to find out that most of the attractions are free in this megapolis. One a wintry evening, my sister-in-law suggested that we visit Rockefeller Plaza to see the dazzling Christmas decoration followed by the Times Square,  where all roads of the city supposedly led to enable lakhs of revelers usher in the New Year…

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