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Travel Photographer Meets Serious Trekkers

Travel Photographer Meets Serious Trekkers

Next morning, as we all got into the coach to get back to Kochi Airport, during the journey we formed a WhatsApp group – Stairway to Heaven Trail. It has been over fifteen months since this trail happened. But, till date, the group members continue to interact with each other with genuine fondness. This trail through the Western Ghats ended up connecting people’s hearts, and this travel photographer has become an integral part of this group of serious trekkers!

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Akko Crusader Fortress – Designed Repurposing of Space

Akko Crusader Fortress – Designed Repurposing of Space

  The first-ever Festival of Places (7-9 April 2017) is currently on in Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi. Incidentally, I was invited to speak here on its inaugural day (7 April). The proposed topic was – ‘A Change in the way We Think, Talk and Use Public Spaces’. This article is a gist of my talk there. It uses Akko Crusader Fortress as an excellent example a deliberately designed repurposing of space. Akko Crusader Fortress – Designed…

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Feeling Like Royalty At Hotel King David Jerusalem

Feeling Like Royalty At Hotel King David Jerusalem

Feeling Like Royalty At Hotel King David Jerusalem – Travelure © For the third consecutive time, TBEX invited me as a speaker. This time, the invite was for speaking in TBEX International, Jerusalem. While the conference was for 4n/4d (including the Speakers’ party), my total stay in Israel was for 9n/10d. Dan Hotels, Israel’s premier chain of hotels, hosted me in three of their properties. These were – Hotel Dan Panorama (Jerusalem), Hotel Dan Carmel (Haifa) and Hotel King David…

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Do Not Die Without Going To Jerusalem

Do Not Die Without Going To Jerusalem

  My hosts in Jerusalem – Hotel Dan Panorama & Hotel King David (Crown Jewel of Dan Hotels). Click HERE to check out their properties.  Coming Soon – My Review of King David Hotel During the recently concluded TBEX International in Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Post interviewed me (See the article HERE). Just before wrapping up the interview, the senior correspondent asked me about my feelings about Jerusalem. I had just smiled and said – ‘Do not die without going to…

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SAN THOME BASILICA, CHENNAI

SAN THOME BASILICA, CHENNAI

March 2017 issue of JetWings, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways, carried my San Thome Basilica (Chennai) image in their regular B&W section – Radar. San-Thome-Basilica-Chennai Portuguese explorers built this 16th-century basilica over the tomb of Saint Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. In the late-19th century, the British rebuilt it in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture, as a church with the status of a cathedral. It is said that the San Thome Basilica is one of the three…

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SUN TEMPLE, MODHERA, GUJARAT

SUN TEMPLE, MODHERA, GUJARAT

February 2017 issue of JetWings International, the in-flight magazine of Jet Airways (International Sectors), carried my Sun Temple image in their regular B&W section – Radar. Sun Temple was heavily plundered by the Muslim invaders, but its glorious architecture still stands tall! Sun-Temple-Modhera-Gujarat Lying on the banks of River Pushpawati, the Sun Temple was built in 1027 ad by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty. It was dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. Once there was an idol of Surya…

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AGRA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS – THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNUSUAL

AGRA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS – THE UNKNOWN AND THE UNUSUAL

  This article was published in an NRI-focussed publication (NRI Achievers) in September 2013. Agra and its surroundings – the unknown and the unusual Much has been written about Agra. But I am still venturing to write this piece. My recent trip to Agra was to experience the unusual. Besides one customary visit to the Taj Mahal, the other activities were not what any tourist would normally engage in. Let me share the details. Unique Saviours While driving towards Agra, just…

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