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  • Middle Rhine River: Wandering through wine country

    Come on board with UDAY K CHAKRABORTY for a unique wine tasting tour, amidst the breathtaking vistas of the middle Rhine River It was as if the gods had decided to give us an object lesson on the difficulties of making wine in northern latitudes. As we stood on the banks of the Rhine, still…

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  • The tranquil charm of Hyderabad

    While its monuments remind one of a bygone time, a sense of genteel charm still lingers in the city, writes UDAY K CHAKRABORTY Hyderabad combines the riches of its multi-cultural past with the progressive face of the future. The lifestyles of the north and the south, Hindus and Muslims, combine to produce an enchanting atmosphere, best…

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  • Sensuous Sevilla is where Spain’s soul lies

    Uday K Chakraborty finds this beautiful Andalusian city is where Spain’s soul lies According to my Spanish friends, the Andalusia region is the heart of Spain. It is home to what most people think of as Spanish: the Flamenco, bullfighting and matadors. From Madrid the long road to Sevilla passed mostly through the countryside, given…

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  • Daring to delve into Dantewada, an ‘idyllic hinterland’

    Known today more as a militancy afflicted zone, Uday K Chakraborty finds Dantewada is actually an idyllic hinterland with many historical attractions The popular perception about Dantewada’s law and order situation has resulted in most of us forgetting what the area was known for – an idyllic hinterland with undulating hills, deep shaal forests, waterfalls emanating from…

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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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