Delhi-Perth return for only US$250 (Rs.16,856). No Kidding!

Delhi-Perth return for only US$250 (Rs.16,856). No Kidding!

In case you haven’t booked your year-end travel yet, read on and save! Delhi-Perth return for only US$250 (Rs.16,856). No Kidding! Lately I have been flying around a lot. Now, how much is ‘a lot’? Well, this year, I have done a little over 85,000 kilometers till now and the year is not over yet! Earlier, like you, I used to pay what any of us would be paying for a normal air ticket. But it is not so any…

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Avoid Sea View Club Room, The Leela Grand, Kovalam

Avoid Sea View Club Room, The Leela Grand, Kovalam

Background We had made a Sea View Club Room booking with The Leela Grand, Kovalam in January 2015. The 4-night stay would have left us poorer by approx. Rs.84,000 (~US$ 1,230 – i.e. US$ 307 per night). Around then, due to its financial mess, SpiceJet was cancelling many of its flights and this news was commonplace knowledge. Our flights on three out of the four sectors also got cancelled and thankfully, the news came to us at a time when…

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A Little Bit of Manila in my Eyes

A Little Bit of Manila in my Eyes

TBEX Asia 2016 took me to Manila. I was a speaker there – my topic being Architectural Photography (For those who may ask – “What is TBEX?” – well, TBEX is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals). Once I was in Manila, my mind went through a roller coaster of thoughts. Go on, read about them! A Little Bit of Manila in my Eyes I…

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Eerie, not abandoned – Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor Island, Philippines

Eerie, not abandoned – Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor Island, Philippines

TBEX Asia 2016 was recently held in Manila. Just before it commenced, Tourism Promotions Board, Philippines organised a pre-TBEX tour for us to Corregidor Island. As the first line of defense for Manila (Luzon Island), Corregidor was of strategic importance during WW-II. Additionally, it was an important WW-II base for the US Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). Eerie, not abandoned – Malinta Tunnel, Corregidor Island, Philippines Besides other ruins that tell the WW-II story of Far East, Malinta Tunnel bored…

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Discover how it is carved in stone – Rani-ki-Vav, Patan

Discover how it is carved in stone – Rani-ki-Vav, Patan

My image has appeared in Radar section of October 2016 issue of JetWings Domestic, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (Domestic sectors). Carved in stone, Rani-ki-Vav, Patan It is said that this stunning structure, Rani-ki-Vav (The Queen’s Stepwell), was built in 11th century as a tribute to the king and founder of the Solanki Dynasty by his widowed wife, Udayamati. This 64 metre-long stepwell is seven levels deep and is embellished with over 1,500 statues. The stacking of statues on…

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Waterfront Wonder – Opera House, Sydney

Waterfront Wonder – Opera House, Sydney

My image has appeared in Radar section of October 2016 issue of JetWings International, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (International sectors). Waterfront Wonder – Opera House, Sydney The infamous 1966 fallout of Australian Government’s project in-charge, Davis Hughes, and designer/architect Jorn Utzon, who envisioned the landmark Sydney Opera House, is widely known as ‘Malice in Blunderland’. Seven years later, Queen Elizabeth finally inaugurated the structure in October 1973. Today, it is one of the busiest performing arts venues in…

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A Tucked-Away Town – Gammelstad

A Tucked-Away Town – Gammelstad

My story, A Tucked-Away Town – Gammelstad, has appeared in October 2016 issue of JetWings International – the in-flight magazine for international sectors of Jet Airways. Exploring Sweden’s best-preserved church town, Gammelstad As we approached Gammelstad, the imposing Nederluleå Church filled the horizon. Our guide, a summer volunteer, pointed at the imposing structure and said, “This church was built by the Swedish to stake a claim on the territory rather than with the intention to propagate religion.” We had driven…

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Spot of Rajasthan en route Hills of Himachal

Spot of Rajasthan en route Hills of Himachal

A week back, I received an invitation from a PR agency on behalf of Ramgarh Heritage, a Rajasthani heritage property in Panchkula – they were going to host me for a couple of nights. Though I accepted the invitation, my mind was throwing up a few pertinent questions. On more than one occasion, I have found myself trapped in the so-called pseudo-Rajasthani boutique resorts; will this be another such instance? Or, Chandigarh folks reserve similar disdain for Panchkula that Mumbai…

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Social Media Oscars – OSM Awards

Social Media Oscars – OSM Awards

Outlook Group is a leading media house in India. They are normally on the leading edge of innovation in the field of news and communication in India. This year being their 21st anniversary, they have launched another ‘first’ in the country – the Outlook Social Media Awards (OSM Awards, pronounced ‘Awesome Awards’). More details about these awards are HERE and more details about Outlook Group are HERE. Social Media Oscars – OSM Awards The industry observers have already labelled these awards as…

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Lombok – Bali of 70s

Lombok – Bali of 70s

Here’s a sneak peak into Part-I of my series on Indonesia that appears in October issue of Smart Photography! Lombok – Bali of 70s In our second visit to Indonesia, we added Lombok to our itinerary. Since we had some free nights with Oberoi Hotels, the key reason that led to this choice was the presence of an Oberoi property on this island. After a short layover in Singapore, we landed in Bali. Though the flying time was just 8 hours…

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Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands

In September 2016 issue of JetWings International, my image from Kinderdijk, The Netherlands appeared in their regular BW section – Radar. Windmills at Kinderdijk, The Netherlands When you live seven metres below sea level, you need to keep the water out. The residents of Kinderdijk, a village about 12 km south-east of Rotterdam, deployed an ingenious technique for this purpose – an elaborate arrangement of windmills. Built around 1740, 19 of these windmills continue to survive and fulfill its original…

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