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I grew up watching movies showcasing a picturesque landscape, with large valleys, snow-capped hills, green meadows and a waterfall in the background. Last Easter, I got a chance to experience the view, this time not through a lens. My trip with my friends to Iceland was indeed by far the best that I took. Iceland is known as “the land of Vikings”, located in the midst of ice and fire, literally. Owing to its geographical location, between two continents of Europe and America, it is formed over the mid-Atlantic ridge (and if you don’t know what it means, you will, once you visit this beautiful island country). Before you plan a vacation to Iceland, don’t forget to pack all your warm clothes even if you visit during the summer. It is a cold country with strong wind currents due to its oceanic cover. It is advisable to rent a car…

Paragliding is right at the top of things-to-do for anyone who loves a good adrenaline rush. The anxiety and excitement of being pushed off a cliff, the exhilaration of floating about and gaining a bird’s eye view of the earth you tread on is an unmatched experience. Namrata Mandal Banerjee shares her experience of paragliding in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.

The butter-smooth highways of Rajasthan make zipping past its sandy landscape a delight for anyone with a penchant for driving. Having practically driven across the length of Rajasthan, covering a distance of 800km from Sri Ganganagar and going through Bikaner, Pushkar, Ajmer and Jodhpur, we finally made our way to Udaipur well past sundown. The cool, calm breeze and a light drizzle was a welcome change to the sweltering heat that had kept us company during our 12-hour drive, rendering the car’s air conditioning ineffective. We rolled down the windows and let the earthy scent fill us with an instant sense of repose. Bone-tired from the long journey, we headed straight to our accommodation and crashed in for the night. Udaipur – Of Palaces and Havelis When we woke up early next morning, the rain had still not abated and the pleasant breeze set the tone for our day-long explorations…

If the fantasy land of Croatia stirred has some wanderlust in you – it’s hard to believe otherwise – here is a detailed rundown on everything you need to know about travelling to Croatia from India, to make sure you act on your plans sooner than later: Visa Requirement for Travelling to Croatia from India The first and foremost consideration for any foreign travel is the visa. Indians can travel to Croatia on a Schengen Visa for a stay not exceeding 90 days in a 180-day period. If you do not intend to visit the rest of Europe and want to limit your travel to Croatia alone, you can get a short-stay visa or C-visa for travelling to Croatia from India. The details of the visa requirements are available on the Embassy website. You can also make an enquiry at the Croatian embassy for more details. Weather in Croatia The country…

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 idea of a vacation in the southern part of the country is almost always synonymous with a quintessential coastal holiday – lounging on the beaches, soaking up the ocean breeze and splashing your way through the waves. In between, destinations like Munnar, Thekkady, Ooty are the mainstream choices for those who wants to stir the flavour of the hills to their southern escapades. But South India has a lot more to offer to those willing to seek out the lesser known. One such destination is Kodaikanal – popularly known as just Kodai – situated in the Dindigul hills of Tamil Nadu. This beautiful getaway with lush green hills, thick forests and a misty atmosphere has earned itself the title of ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. Kodaikanal, which means ‘the gift of forest’ in the native language, has an allure of a picturesque, laid-back hill town that has everything you need…

Different people have different ideas of Spiti. Some imagine it as a land of rugged mountainous terrain and a cold desert much like the neighbouring Ladakh region, others as a region dotted with quaint villages, lush green surroundings, rivers, streams and waterfalls, and others still as an arduous adventure destination with unforgiving trek trails. Interestingly, all of these descriptions are on-point. Spiti is all of this and much more. Besides abounding in raw natural beauty, the region is a cultural extravaganza in its own right. The name Spiti, which literally translates to ‘The Middle Land’ owing to it being located between India and Tibet, is the perfect summation of the character this unique land. Influences of Tibetan Buddhist and Indian cultures have so seamlessly blended together that it is hard to tell them apart, giving birth to distinct lifestyle unique to this region. So if a Spiti trip is on…

You’ve probably read to death about the mainstream must-see destinations in Kashmir, right from Gulmarg to Pahalgam, Sonmarg and Srinagar. I wanted to explore the beauty of Kashmir from a different vantage point. If you too are looking to indulge in similar sights that are off the beaten path, this look-back at my journey through Gurez Valley will inspire you to explore the hidden gems of Kashmir. My research on the terrain and topography of the region helped me zero in on exploring the untouched beauties around North and South Kashmir. Choosing the road less travelled path and being one with nature is a wonderfully liberating experience. I believe it is “better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times”. Planning this trip to Gurez Valley on my own turned out to be a challenge, as most of the areas don’t have proper connectivity via phone or…

Beauty of Ladakh is truly mesmerizing …When I say the word slowly in my mind and I find the essence of it lingering in my brain, followed by what seems like the most picturesque surrounding and a gush of cold, fresh air with calming sounds of the sacred drums that monks use for their daily evening prayers, in the background. This is what I got back from my numerous visits to Ladakh; the culture, the beauty, the sweet faces and the serenity – precisely what makes it the paradise that everyone wants a piece of. Leh is the first place that comes to mind when one talks about Ladakh and rightly so, with it being the most developed city in the region with the availability of almost every facility (even 4G now!).It cannot be denied that Leh has its own sweet charm but it is a grave mistake to limit the…