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Think eating out in Kashmir, and you think of cosy restaurants with carpeted flooring, wood panelling and a sumptuous wazwan spread. A fantasy-themed cafe – one dedicated to the iconic Game of Thrones, no less – is a clear break-away from this norm. This is what makes the Winterfell Cafe on Boulevard Road by the Dal Lake an exciting new attraction on Srinagar’s map. Set up by two friends, Kamran Nisar and Ummar, Winterfell Cafe Srinagar is not just a tribute to the most legendary TV series of our times but also a glimpse into the refreshing new outlook of Kashmir’s youth or at least a section of it. I had first learnt about this GoT-inspired cafe while researching an article on fantasy-themed restaurants in India, and it had been on my radar since. So when a trip to Kashmir materialised, a meal at Winterfell Cafe Srinagar went right at…

Twelve days to go (13 for fans in India) until the final battle for the Iron Throne begins. Everyone who has revered and loved the fantasy magnum opus that Game of Thrones is (and that’s everyone who’s ever seen the show, be it early birds who caught the first season when it aired in 2011 or those who joined the party late and binged on all seven seasons within a fortnight) is gearing up for the final season with a trip down memory lane in their own way. Think re-watching all the seasons before season 8 premieres, coaxing spouses, best friends and siblings to get on the bandwagon, sourcing GoT inspired memorabilia and revisiting the pages of George RR Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice. We thought of stirring up the nostalgia just a notch higher with these real Game of Thrones filming locations snapped and screenframed by Germany-based…

This cathedral in Girona, Spain, served as the filming location for The Red Keep – where the King of the Andals and the First Men resides with his family and holds his court within King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms – in the seventh season of Game of Thrones. Rabiah Kahol shares this picture of the seat of power and the all-alluring Iron Throne in the show from her Europe travels.

Situated by the Adriatic Sea, Croatia is a land abounding in unspoilt beauty. If you are Game of Thrones fan, you’d know what we mean. The quintessential Mediterranean dream of balmy days spent around sapphire blue waters flanked by walled towns steeped in history, islands speckling the sea, beaches with dazzling white pebbles, and long stretches of virgin coastline. These are just some of the reasons that make travel to Croatia aspirational: Travel to Croatia for a Deeper Game of Thrones Fan Connection Of course, we are leading with the one thing that has put this quaint European destination on the world travel map. The country serves as the central setting for the iconic fantasy series. As the ultimate battle for the throne commences and ushers the end of an era, every Game of Thrones fan could stoke a sense of nostalgia by travelling to Croatia. Now, you can’t call yourself a fan…

The thing about TV shows that we come to love is that they become a part of us or we become a part of the lives and stories of our beloved characters existing in a parallel universe. If you’ve ever dreamt of escaping into this parallel reality, maybe have coffee at Central Perk or dine at The Westeros, you are just an outing away from making that dream come true. Here are some interesting restaurants inspired by Game of Thrones and other popular TV shows that’ll make the fan in you scream with joy: Game of Thrones A fantasy drama that now borders on to a religion unto itself, Game of Thrones has succeeded in translating the onscreen passion underlying its theme in the way fans feel about the show and its characters. Everyone knows what it means when ‘Winter is Coming’, irrespective of whether they follow the show or…