Ladakh Stay: Sleep Amid Towering Mountains and Apricot Orchards in Nubra Valley

Ladakh Stay: Sleep Amid Towering Mountains and Apricot Orchards in Nubra Valley

The vastness of Ladakh’s Nubra Valley can give even the most seasoned travellers a bit of an existential crisis. Its hulking mountains and endless skies have a tendency to make you feel very small. Stare into the distance for a while, and before long, you’ll begin to question your place in the Universe. It’s the Continue reading Ladakh Stay: Sleep Amid Towering Mountains and Apricot Orchards in Nubra Valley

Third Rock From the Sun: Exploring Ladakh with the NASA Crew

Third Rock From the Sun: Exploring Ladakh with the NASA Crew

“Don’t cry,” I told myself as the setting sun bathed the snow-capped Himalayan peaks in front of me in shades of dull gold. Puffy grey clouds punctuated the darkening blue sky, whilst Tso Moriri Lake shimmered like a diamond covered blanket in the mountain’s shadow. I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed in that moment. It Continue reading Third Rock From the Sun: Exploring Ladakh with the NASA Crew

New Spider Species in Karnataka Resembles Sorting Hat From Harry Potter

New Spider Species in Karnataka Resembles Sorting Hat From Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling’s magical world filled with wondrous creatures might be closer than we think—Karnataka, to be specific. A group of Indian researchers recently announced the discovery of the Eriovixia gryffindori, a tiny spider that looks uncannily like the Sorting Hat from novelist J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series. For those less magically inclined, the creature Continue reading New Spider Species in Karnataka Resembles Sorting Hat From Harry Potter

Urban Safari: Exploring Mumbai’s Histories and Mysteries in a Jeep

Urban Safari: Exploring Mumbai’s Histories and Mysteries in a Jeep

“Mark Twain once stayed in a top-floor suite at this hotel,” our guide Bharat told us, pointing at a building across the street from the artsy Mumbai enclave of Kala Ghoda. “And Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s founding father, used to come here to play billiards.” We scrutinized the structure obediently, looking for signs of its Continue reading Urban Safari: Exploring Mumbai’s Histories and Mysteries in a Jeep

Airbnb has a New Service, and it has Nothing to do with Apartments

Airbnb has a New Service, and it has Nothing to do with Apartments

Airbnb, the website and mobile app, has become incredibly popular with travellers seeking accommodation on their trips abroad and within the country. Now, they want to be more than just a go-to for rentals and homestays. With Trips, a new feature in the Airbnb mobile app, they put travellers in touch with immersive local experiences, Continue reading Airbnb has a New Service, and it has Nothing to do with Apartments

The Best Places in India and South East Asia for Snorkelling and Diving Holidays

The Best Places in India and South East Asia for Snorkelling and Diving Holidays

If you think our planet’s terrestrial wildlife is fantastic, wait until you duck beneath the waves. The Earth’s oceans are a vast wilderness where fantastic beasts swim, crawl, and shuffle through ever-changing landscapes. Graceful whales, inquisitive turtles, candy-coloured coral gardens—they all thrive in the warm, tropical, crystal-clear waters around South East Asia. Listed below, are Continue reading The Best Places in India and South East Asia for Snorkelling and Diving Holidays

Why the Filipino Islands of Coron Should be Your Next Holiday

Why the Filipino Islands of Coron Should be Your Next Holiday

The Coron cluster of islands is home to some of the brightest seas, skies and corals I’ve ever seen. Blazing blue waters meet a flashy white sky at the horizon, as jewel-toned fish swim through neon corals. The island cluster is part of the western arm of the Filipino archipelago. Coron is actually the name Continue reading Why the Filipino Islands of Coron Should be Your Next Holiday

Wildlife Photography Lessons, Live from India’s National Parks

Wildlife Photography Lessons, Live from India’s National Parks

“How I wish a leopard walks down when I’m talking to you folks,” wildlife photographer Sudhir Shivaram says to the camera, while standing on a tree-covered slope on the outskirts of Karnataka’s Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve. For the past few days the award-winning photographer has been live broadcasting his adventures in the reserve on Continue reading Wildlife Photography Lessons, Live from India’s National Parks

From Kebabs to Karaoke: The Offbeat Guide to Bollywood in Mumbai

From Kebabs to Karaoke: The Offbeat Guide to Bollywood in Mumbai

There are many memorable pairings in Indian cinema—Raj Kapoor and Nargis, Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, and Mumbai and Bollywood. The city is home to the Hindi film industry: iconic film scenes have been filmed on its seaside promenades, and superstars have made their homes in its upscale neighbourhoods. It isn’t Continue reading From Kebabs to Karaoke: The Offbeat Guide to Bollywood in Mumbai