Category: UNESCO Heritage

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My Journey Of A Lifetime | Spiti Valley In The Himalayas

I read about Spiti. Over and over and over again. As I read, I felt that I had known this place all along, although Himachal Pradesh is far removed from Bengal, the region I come from. I haven’t been in Spiti, but Spiti had been in me ever since I could remember. It is the journey of my lifetime that I want to experience

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Prague On Your Plate | Article In BBC GoodFood ME

A foodie’s diary in the historical city of Prague in December… and a Christmas winter wonderland thrown in! The December issue of BBC GoodFood ME carried an article of mine which traces out my culinary journey of Prague – from street food to fine-dining and all the way to the Christmas markets to an exclusive restaurant that I had visited while I was in Prague. Do read though!

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Istanbul In Pictures | Until Dusk Do Us Part

We love travelling and although each place that we’ve visited holds a special charm for me, Istanbul left me spellbound. I found the city absolutely fascinating – a myriad of art, culture, cuisine and religion. It was like a kaleidoscope and put my senses on an overstimulated mode {reminding me very much of Kolkata, the city that I come from}. The charm of old … Read More Istanbul In Pictures | Until Dusk Do Us Part

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Grand Bazaar, Istanbul | Drenched in Turkish Tea And Sugar Cubes

From the moment we landed in Istanbul to the time we left, the two things that come to mind are the constant servings of Turkish tea and Turkish coffee – everywhere and at all times. This post handles only Turkish tea. Turkish coffee, for me, is too much and too strong to handle. Entering the Grand Bazaar or the Kapali Carsi (Kapalıçarşı, meaning covered … Read More Grand Bazaar, Istanbul | Drenched in Turkish Tea And Sugar Cubes

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites That I’ve Visited | Tracking My Foot Prints

My love for the decadent past Sometimes I feel that I haven’t travelled much. At other times when I sit back and ponder, I realise that though there are many places in this world that I haven’t yet seen, I must have been blessed enough to have seen and travelled this far. With each little step I take, I realise that the World Awaits … Read More UNESCO World Heritage Sites That I’ve Visited | Tracking My Foot Prints

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Bori Tarkari/Beans Curry & Maithili Art – Chitwan, Nepal

Though I don’t run my household in the manner of taking Geography lessons, but subconsciously our kitchen does turn into a lab. Probably I must have done a Geography Major in my previous birth. I believe in the concept of Reincarnation according to my own convenience. When I cannot explain any particular characteristic (bad or good) in myself, I push the ’cause’ to my … Read More Bori Tarkari/Beans Curry & Maithili Art – Chitwan, Nepal

Tharu Village Walk in Chitwan, Nepal – Innocence In Their Eyes, Joy In Their Faces

Chitwan Part 2 Our stay in Chitwan was memorable not only because it brought us incredibly close to nature but also because it gave us the opportunity to show the Z-Sisters a different world altogether. During our stay there, one evening we went to the nearby Tharu village where they the Z-SISTERS were confronted with some extreme but essential life moments. [Tharu is an … Read More Tharu Village Walk in Chitwan, Nepal – Innocence In Their Eyes, Joy In Their Faces

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Machan Paradise View in Chitwan, Nepal – Gift Wrapped & Preserved For Each Tourist!

We travelled almost 8 hours by car. Meandering and sometimes very dusty, these snaky Himalayan roads run through the mountains and along a few rivers and their tributaries. We stopped several times. For refreshments (read toilet-breaks), clicking pictures, collecting pebbles as mementos from the banks of the Trisuli river, for Mr Driver to freshen up, to visit the Manakamana temple in the Gorkha district, … Read More Machan Paradise View in Chitwan, Nepal – Gift Wrapped & Preserved For Each Tourist!

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Budha in Nepal – Where The Buddha Can Only See!

As I transcended on the second part of my spiritual and religious journey in Nepal, I realized that the first part of the journey reflected a strong orientation of Hinduism in Nepal, while the 2nd part of the journey was reflected by elements of Buddhism. Though both the journeys were markedly different, they joined hands to form an unusual assimilation which is very unique … Read More Budha in Nepal – Where The Buddha Can Only See!

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Mahasthan Ghar, Nepal – The Abandoned Women Amidst Many Prayers

I have always maintained from the very beginning that I will refrain from expressing my personal opinion on politics and religion in my writings that might reflect any bias or hurt any religious/cultural/spiritual sentiment. Having grown up in the multicultural Kolkata we have participated in all festivals from all religion. My previous writings dwell deeply on this aspect (Article 1, Article 2). But I … Read More Mahasthan Ghar, Nepal – The Abandoned Women Amidst Many Prayers

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Rôshogolla or Rasgulla – Bengali’s Own Sweet

We are just 2 days into the Bengali New Year and what better excuse can there be than this to share a bit of Bangaliana (everything Bengali) with everyone – the ones who are already familiar with Bengali culture and tradition and also those who are absolutely uninitiated to it. But where to start and how to start? When you grow up amidst a … Read More Rôshogolla or Rasgulla – Bengali’s Own Sweet

In The Land of Paella – Valencia, Spain

Our Spanish escapade starts with Valencia. Situated on the Turia River, this is the third largest city in Spain. Why Valencia? It comes 7th on the list of the best cities to visit in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville, San Sebastian, Bilbao and then Valencia. I guess I am a bit weird – I always support the losing team when I watch a match … Read More In The Land of Paella – Valencia, Spain