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Expansive meadows and rolling hills, saffron plantation and tulips in blossom, still lakes and foamy rivers…who wouldn’t want to explore the land that’s earned itself the title of ‘heaven on Earth’. But the first question that comes to mind when considering a trip to this wonderland is – is it safe to visit Kashmir? Given the turbulent atmosphere in the state, these concerns are not unfounded. Yet, thousands of people land here, year after year, to grab a slice of this heaven. Since tourism is a primary source of revenue in this landlocked and disturbed region, the government and the locals do everything in their power to ensure the safety of tourists. That said, there have been a few isolated incidents where tourists have been trapped due to an unforeseen spate in the tension between the forces and the separatists and even found themselves caught in the crosshairs of angry…

Getting on a plane to explore the world beyond the place you call home is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Sometimes the cushiness of our comfort zones and more pressing demands of our personal and professional lives blur the desire to travel out of focus. I, for instance, have been yearning to embark on a solo trip for a few years now but not having the heart to leave my little one behind just makes me put off the plan for another day. For each of you who can relate to this feeling of wanting to go and finding reasons not to, here are some travel-themed accessories to surround yourself with and stoke that wanderlust like never before: Scratch Map It is a world map covered with a shiny foil layer. The rule is that you scratch off everything destination you’ve been to and create a…