Kokata, the British trading capital

India’s second-biggest city is a daily festival of human existence, simultaneously noble and squalid, cultured and desperate, decidedly futuristic while splendid in decay. By its old spelling, Calcutta readily conjures images of human suffering to most Westerners – although that’s not a complete picture of this 350-year-old metropolis. Locally, Kolkata is regarded as India’s intellectual,
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Sikkim was its own mountain kingdom till 1975 and still retains a very distinctive personality. The meditative, mural-filled traditional monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism coexist with Hindu shrines of the ever-growing Nepali community, both religions creating some astonishing latter-day mega-sculptures to adorn the skyline. Hassle-free and warm-hearted, it’s a state that’s all too easy to fall
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Trinco Blu by Cinnamon is the perfect getaway for guests seeking to indulge in the unmatched serenity of some of the most beautiful beaches of the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. If you are seeking a bit of sea-side adventure, booking your holiday at Trinco Blu will not disappoint. The magnificent hotel offers a complete
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Bihar’s chaotic capital sprawls along the south bank of the Ganges for 15km, just east of the river’s confluence with three major tributaries. Patna has a couple of worthwhile sights but it’s a noisy, congested city that’s used mostly as a transport hub, or as a base for day trips to sights in northern Bihar.
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Norwegian Cruise Line has a range of family-friendly itineraries to choose from for your next holiday, including destinations in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and more. If you’re looking for something closer to home,Norwegian Jewel’s forthcoming Asia Pacific sailing season is also not to be missed, providing an excellent opportunity to discover the local region with the
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Lately, Canberra has been staking a claim for the title of ‘coolest little capital’– and we’re not just talking winter temperatures. Where else could you chill out in with fresh ground coffee, before spotting kangaroos in the capital’s reserves then taking in some of the nation’s best culture? National Gallery of Australia The nation’s extraordinary
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In a first, the government today came out with guidelines for adventure tourism in the country,governing activities such as mountaineering, bungee jumping and scuba diving to ensure that they are conducted in a safe manner. The guidelines cover 15 land-based, seven air-based and seven water-based activities. Ministry of Tourism, along with the Adventure Tour Operators
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Kyoto is old Japan writ large: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons.Fushimi Inari-Taisha With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this vast shrine complex is a world unto its own. It is, quite simply, one of the most impressive and memorable
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Kyoto is old Japan writ large: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons. Fushimi Inari-Taisha With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this vast shrine complex is a world unto its own. It is, quite simply, one of the most impressive and
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Best known globally as the ‘Vegas of China’, the Macau Special Administrative Region is indeed a mecca of gambling and glitz. But the city is so much more than that. A Portuguese colony for more than 300 years, it is a city of blended cultures. Ancient Chinese temples sit on streets paved with traditional Portuguese
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