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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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A good time to visit London? Now!

A good time to visit London? Now!

London! I saw some. I missed some. So, London keeps calling me back. When am going to plan a visit again? The answer is ‘Right Now!’ Want to know why? Then, read on! A good time to visit London? Now! It was summer of 2012. My elder daughter, who was just 20 then and was doing her graduation with an offshore London School of Economics-affiliate (LSE-affiliate) college, got selected to do her summers in London. It was going to be…

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Vivo V5 – For Captures After Pack Up

Vivo V5 – For Captures After Pack Up

Vivo V5 – For Captures After Pack Up Pack up is a jargon that photographers and filming crews use. It is a bold announcement of ‘end of the work for the day’. It also means that the equipment may now go back to the storeroom, as it won’t be required again till the next work shift starts. Even as a travel photographer and a solo worker, there is a time of the day when I announce ‘pack up’ to myself….

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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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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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Asus ZenFone 3 – From trepidation to trust

Asus ZenFone 3 – From trepidation to trust

This post has affiliate links. While these links help me run this site and provide free content to my readers, my views remain completely unbiased. Asus ZenFone 3 – From trepidation to trust A camera phone for those who don’t dig photography? By virtue of my being a travel photographer, be it an offline traveller gathering or an online travel forum, I normally face a simple enough question from my traveller friends who do not enjoy struggling with the technical…

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The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

After TBEXStockholm, VisitSweden had organised a 2-night/3-day fam trip to Luleå for us. In Gammelstad, a restaurant we dined in blew my mind! This is an account of that experience by a non-food blogger! Here’s a candid admission (and the food-lovers are welcome to shower me with brickbats) – I normally do not write about food. In fact, for me, food is a necessary evil we have to waste time on during our travels. In my nomadic stints, I make…

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