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Are You Ready To Join the Pillow Fight Club?

November 17th, 2009 by

The folks over at have recently released a fun, new flash game to take your mind off work and test those pillow fighting skills you’ve developed over the years! Not only that, but by playing the game (and possibly finger smashing your keyboard at the same time), you are in the running to win amazing prizes in the form of free accommodation in any hotel of your choice! Awesome!

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Six Reasons to Visit the Charming Chinese City of Chengdu

July 29th, 2009 by

Though not as well known as the glitzy and glamorous city of Shanghai or the historical sight filled capital city of Beijing, Chengdu which is the capital city of the Sichuan province has its many special attractions which qualify it as a must-do on any visit to China.

Giant Pandas

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Gorge On Six Delicious Indian Sweets

July 1st, 2009 by

Indian food is quite popular outside the subcontinent. Several  cities all over the world now have Indian restaurants that serve Indian food which is almost as good if not better than the Indian food that is found in India itself. Given this wide ranging popularity of Indian food, it is rather surprising that  Indian sweets haven’t managed to secure the  kind of widespread appeal that dishes like ‘chicken tikka masala’ and ‘tandoori naan’ (the most ordered dishes in Indian restaurants anywhere) seem to enjoy.Indian Sweets

One of the reasons for this according to me, is  that the quality and taste of these sweets  is very different outside the borders of the Indian subcontinent. Perhaps these differences stem from the ingredients which are used in the preparation of these sweets. Most Indian sweets are made with ample amounts of milk, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. These ingredients though widely available outside India, have subtle differences in taste and texture which perhaps contribute to the differences that arise in the finished product as well.

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Mango Madness In Mumbai

April 25th, 2009 by

As the month of March gives way to the month of  April, people who live in countries which have long hard winters usually look forward to the advent of the season of spring with much eagerness. However in India, it is not the change of season that excites the populace during this period, for the Indian subcontinent located as it is in the tropics doesn’t really experience the drastic change in seasons as do other countries. All over India and especially in the country’s financial capital of Mumbai, people eagerly look forward to the end of the month of March as it heralds in the Indian mango season which usually extends until the end of May and early June.The King of Fruit

Indians are extremely fond of the this juicy and heavenly fruit which appears only for three months of the year ,when the many mango trees whose long and narrow shiny leaves are otherwise used as accouterments in Indian  religious ceremonies get heavy with their precious bounty. India is the world’s largest producer of mangoes and it produces many varieties of this soft and juicy delight which is absolutely adored by much of its population.
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Relax And Rejuvenate In the Sunshine State of Goa

February 14th, 2009 by

Calangute Beach The beach front paradise of Goa is located on the Western coast of India. Goa is the smallest state India and the coastal state has a natural border in the form of the Arabian Sea. Goa has long 105 km coastline that is made up of many simmering sand beaches and quaint villages which are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. The state is often referred to as India’s  Sunshine state as the Goan people who live here are generally  happy laid back folk  who believe in enjoying life while following a philosophy of ‘Sosegad’ . The word ‘Sosegad’ is derived from the Portuguese word ‘Socegado’ meaning tranquility. It is fitting that the Goans should follow this policy as Goa was a Portuguese colony for nearly four centuries.

Goa became a haunt of the hippies and the flower children in the 1960’s as they reveled in the tranquil atmosphere of this congenial state where the sun always shone and the beach sands glistened in the cool sea breeze. These hippies with their liberal care-free lives and their ideals of free love often scandalized the locals but over time they got accustomed to them so much so that some old hippies in fact settled down  in Goa.  They can now sometimes be seen at Goa’s famed Anjuna flea market which is held every Wednesday at the beach town of Anjuna. The flea market   is a major tourist attraction as it attracts traders from all over India who congregate at the flea market to sell their wares which include mirror work embellished apparel, brass ware, glassware, silver jewelry and much more.
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The Mighty River Ganga

January 10th, 2009 by

The mighty river Ganga which is also known as the River Ganges is greatly revered in all of India. I recently had a chance to witness this reverence first hand as I visited two holy towns Haridwar and Rishikesh both of which are located in the foothills of the Himalayas through which this mighty river flows on its way towards the plains. Much of India’s rich civilization and culture has in fact developed along the banks of this great river as a result of which the river is worshiped and held in high esteem by the Hindu population of India.

Meditating at the Banks of the River Ganges

The Ganga which is responsible for the fertility of nearly forty percent of India’s agricultural land begins its journey in the higher Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh at the Gangotri glacier which is a vast expanse of ice situated 14000 feet above sea level. This glacier is the source of the River Bhagirathi which continues to join the River Alaknanda whose waters are formed from the melting ice of several Himalayan peaks like the Nanda Devi, the Kamet and the  Trishul to form the River Ganga at the town of Devprayag. Read the rest of this entry »

Raining Camels At The Pushkar Camel Fair

November 5th, 2008 by

The tiny town of Pushkar located in the north western Indian state of Rajasthan becomes the cynosure of all eyes in the month of November each year when it hosts its popular camel and cattle fair  called the Pushkar Camel Fair which attracts visitors from all over the globe. The town of Pushkar  is located at the edge of the Thar Desert and is situated just 11 kms away from  the city of Ajmer which is another well established stop on the Rajasthan tour circuit. In fact when tourists choose the visit the Pushkar Fair in Rajasthan, they often try and combine their trip with a visit to many other well known Rajasthani cities like Jaipur , Udaipur and Jodhpur which are famous for their many exquisite palaces and ancient royal grandeur.

The Pushkar Lake

The holy town of Pushkar

The picturesque town of Pushkar is set in a valley which is surrounded by hills and sand dunes and has in its midst a beautiful lake which has many legends associated with its creation. One such legend states that Lake Pushkar was created when the Hindu god Lord Brahma dropped a lotus flower during his quest to find a tranquil spot to perform a  religious ceremony. The spot where he dropped this lotus flower became the beautiful lake of Pushkar .Yet another legend tells the story of a battle between Lord Brahma and a demon called Vajra Nabha who had killed Lord Brahma’s children, the lord then used the lotus flower as a weapon to fell the demon and one of the petals fell in the valley to form the Lake Pushkar. The town of Pushkar is actually regarded to be an important pilgrimage spot for Hindus and the sacred Lake of Pushkar was at one time surrounded by nearly 500 temples though many of these temples were destroyed when North India came under the rule of the Muslim Mughals. Read the rest of this entry »

The 9 Most Dangerous Olympic Sports

August 5th, 2008 by

Sports and safety have come a long way. Just look at the evolution of gear in American Football. What started out as leather helmets and minimal padding has grown into high grade composite helmets and a veritable suit of armor for the upper torso. That being said, players still get hurt, sometimes badly. Some may claim technology will someday render sports completely safe. But then one may ask, “What’s the point?” Sports are all about pushing performance and physical endurance to the limit. If there’s no physical risk then is it even a sport? As long as sports exist, there will always be some danger. With the Olympics coming up in Beijing, some are more dangerous than others.

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Unexpected Highlights

June 26th, 2008 by

Sri LankaSri Lanka weaves an amazing mix of attractive highlights – exotic wildlife, ancient ruins, temples, beaches and rolling tea plantations.

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Read more about other attractions in our Sri Lanka guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Sri Lanka tales section.

An Exotic Experience

June 26th, 2008 by

exotic plantsSample rural bliss in one of the most beautiful lakes in Southeast Asia. Myanmar’s Inle Lake is lush, pristine with its charming paddy fields and floating villages.

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Read more about other attractions in our Myanmar guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the Myanmar tales section.

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Temple in New DelhiExhibiting remnants of 7 ancient cities, is the capital city of India, New Delhi. Immerse yourself in the intense culture that Delhi has to offer through its many attractions, including shrines, temples and museums. Bellhop Picks: Read more about other attractions in our India guide. See what fellow travellers have to say in the India tales section.
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