World’s Most Scenic Train Rides

Technicolor greens, brilliant saris, ancient temples: these are my clearest memories of riding India’s South Eastern Railway many years ago. I still recall the rickshaws and rivers full of locals bathing, as the tropical landscape…


All the Tea in Darjeeling

I traveled to Darjeeling, in northeastern India, to smell tea leaves. Seriously. But I went with Steve Smith, the CEO of Tazo Tea. Smith’s mission in life is to find the most succulent leaf, from…


Bengali serial unit shoots in Kalimpong

Persuaded by several people that the Hills were limping back to normalcy, the unit of Bengali serial ‘Kusum Dola’ took a chance and landed in Kalimpong. The risk seemed to pay off, at least on…



All about Pelling

Located in the state of Sikkim, Pelling is a very prominent hill station well-known for its natural splendor and serenity. It is situated at a distance of just 10 Kms from Geyzing which is the…


Top getaways from Darjeeling

After you are done exploring the queen of the hills and want to deviate a little off the beaten track, there are plenty of places to visit near Darjeeling which are even more beautiful and…



India has 3 New UNESCO Sites, Including a Mountain

UNESCO recognised the world heritage value of three more sites in India: the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh designed by architect Le Corbusier, the ancient Buddhist ruins of the Nalanda University in Bihar, and the Khangchendzonga…


Pet on the move

ALERT: PET ON BOARD! It’s hard prepping your pets for a holiday you’re about to embark on. Your cat might pretend she doesn’t care, but she’ll look at you accusingly when you roll your suitcase…


Six ways to stay in Gangtok

When in the capital of Sikkim, choose from family-run hotels, palace hotels and hotels with great views of the Kanchendzonga and Gangtok valley! Mid-range: Hidden Forest Retreat Set in three acres of what is virtually…