India by Luxury Train

BY CSMI STAFF WRITER The Maharajas Express is the most recent and unarguably the most luxurious tourist train in India with finesse at par with the Orient Express of the West. The Maharaja Express can be introduced as one of the most popular luxury trains running on Indian rails. Maharaja Express is an amalgamation of style, luxury, lavishness and grandeur. Since the keyword here was … Continue reading India by Luxury Train

Riding the Royal Enfield Bullet

BY RAV DEKA Every year, several hundred wheel-crazed travellers arrive in India with plans to explore the subcontinent on a motorcycle – riding over the frozen Himalayas or through the sweltering heat of the Rajasthan desert to the humid greenery of the south. Some sign up for an all-inclusive guided motorcycle safari, others just rent or purchase a machine and find their own directions. But … Continue reading Riding the Royal Enfield Bullet

The Seven Pagodas

BY RASHMI SINGH Mamallapuram, also called Mahabalipuram or Seven Pagodas, is an historic town, in northeast Tamil Nadu state, in south eastern India. It lies along the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal 37 miles (60 km) south of Chennai (Madras). The town’s religious centre was founded by a 7th-century-CE Hindu Pallava king—Narasimhavarman, also known as Mamalla—for whom the town was named. Ancient Chinese, … Continue reading The Seven Pagodas

Following the Hippie Trail

BY RASHMI SINGH The hippie trail is the name given to the overland journey taken by members of the hippie subculture and others from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s between Europe and South Asia, mainly from Turkey through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, to Nepal; an alternative route ran from Turkey to the Levant. The hippie trail was a form of alternative tourism, and one … Continue reading Following the Hippie Trail

Delightful Ooty

BY VIRESH RAY Nestled amidst Nilgiri hills, Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a top-rated tourist destination. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company, the Queen of the hills is a picturesque getaway. Dotted with tea gardens, serene waterfalls, winding country lanes, and charming colonial architecture, Ooty is the perfect respite everyone. … Continue reading Delightful Ooty

Leave The Roads, Take The Trails

BY ANJALI HIREGANGE “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” mused the philosopher-poet Khalil Gibran, and that was exactly what I was gifted upon my winding travels in the South Indian ghats of Palani. Having alighted at a little town called Perumalmalai, right after the Kodaikanal stop, I made my way to … Continue reading Leave The Roads, Take The Trails

Footloosing Frontiers

BY ARUNDHATI GHOSH Episode 1: Borders as Rivers, Rivers as Bridges Ichhamoti is a woman seeped in desire. When a river that flows across the border of two nations born out of the pain of partition, the struggle for freedom and the suffering of millions, carries that name, it takes on many worlds of meanings. Ichhamoti meanders between India and Bangladesh, rippling down right atop … Continue reading Footloosing Frontiers