Sneha Chakraborty

Sneha Chakraborty writes on travel, food, culture, gadgets and lifestyle for the Daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Sneha Chakraborty

Hotel prices skyrocket in Ahmedabad ahead of the ICC World Cup

Digital travel platform Agoda has reported a 1,702% surge in searches for stays in Ahmedabad.

A person opening a hotel room
Updated on Sep 22, 2023 12:32 PM IST

Traversing through India’s border tourism destinations

Civilians, including tourists, are now permitted by the army to visit Kaman Post and Bridge along with several other regions in the state.

Border Tourism
Published on Sep 18, 2023 12:29 AM IST

Chocolate, chilli and carbs may be the best cure for jet lag yet

According to new research conducted by Australian airline Qantas, your favourite food items can help you shake off jet lag after long-haul flights.

One of the more interesting conclusions they found is that meals featuring specific ingredients like chilli and chocolate led to reduced jet lag and increased quality of sleep among long-haul passengers.
Published on Sep 08, 2023 01:17 PM IST

Will the 20% TCS rule impact your trip abroad?

Dreading shelling out an additional 15% for your next overseas trip? Here's what the rule is all about and what to do instead.

TCS which is short for Tax Collected at Source is an amount charged by the seller of a service, in this case, travel agencies, which is over and above the sale amount.
Published on Sep 06, 2023 03:14 AM IST

Modern artisanal cocktails that go back to Indian roots

Come for the masaledar mixology and stay for comforting sips of spirits infused with all-too-familiar flavours of the country.

Rear view (left) is a tequila-based cocktail flavoured with aromatic ingredients such as black garlic from Assam, honey, ginger, and lime while Waiting List (right) is a coconut fat-washed, tequila-based cocktail with house-made curry leaf soda and curry leaf salt.
Published on Sep 06, 2023 03:00 AM IST

Where flavours run in the family

We delve into Indian food business partnerships where brothers and sisters are rewriting family legacies.

Carlos Lindner (Unsplash)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 11:43 AM IST

Your next itinerary, courtesy of AI

The integration of AI in the travel industry, facilitating data-driven travel plans and customised dining recommendations, is making journeys hassle-free.

Beyond travel search engines, AI technology is making hotel stays more comfortable.
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 03:17 AM IST

Explained: What is passport power and what does India’s improved ranking mean for travellers?

Passport power is a crucial factor that determines a country’s ability to facilitate hassle-free international travel for its citizens. The Henley Passport Index, a widely recognized ranking system, evaluates passports from around the world based on the number of visa-free destinations they grant access to. Recently, Singapore claimed the top spot, while India witnessed a notable rise in its ranking, reflecting its improving global mobility.

 (Agus Dietrich)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 10:02 PM IST

The cultural and culinary rise of ramen

Though understood to be a Japanese specialty, ramen has taken on diverse avatars, including the Korean adaptation ramyun/ramyeon, the rising popularity of which could be attributed to the spread of the Korean Wave.

Diego Lozano
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 04:29 PM IST

The subtle (and slow) art of bikepacking

The allure of ditching luggage carriers and carbon-emitting transport for multi-day adventures on your bike has brought a new wave of travellers to some old and new destinations.

 (Sudhanshu Verma)
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 05:03 PM IST

What to do in Istanbul and Nevşehir, Turkey’s most multifaceted cities

With a massive uptick in inbound travel—an 88.03 per cent increase in travellers from India in April alone—Turkey has emerged as one of the most popular destinations in 2023. Here’s a guide to plan your journey to two of its buzziest cities that came out as top choices.

What to do in Istanbul and Nevşehir, Turkey’s most multifaceted cities
Updated on Jul 13, 2023 03:41 PM IST

The good and bad of air frying food

Air frying is known to lend food a crisp texture, sans the oil. But, air fried food could also have harmful effects on health in some cases. Here’s what the experts say.

 (Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 12, 2023 01:50 AM IST

Great escapes for the monsoon season

From backcountry explorations in Madhya Pradesh to nature reserves in the Sahyadri mountain range, or slow travelling through Gujarat’s arid landscape, be inspired by these expert-approved monsoon holidays.

Great escapes for the monsoon season
Updated on Jun 28, 2023 12:05 PM IST

The rise of India’s artisanal cheesemakers

An artisanal-minded generation in the country is taking the caseiculture movement to the next level by handmaking international cheeses varieties alongside signature flavours that complement the Indian palette.

Cheese wheels placed on wooden shelf (Photo by Katrin Leinfellner on Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 10, 2023 03:47 PM IST

It’s never too late to quit: Ex-smokers share inspiring stories

A growing tobacco smoking crisis is sweeping across India, and according to the latest WHO report, among the estimated 1.1 billion smokers globally, 100 million are from India. This figure will is projected to almost double by 2025. As we observed World No Tobacco Day on 31st May which aimed to raise awareness about alternative crop production for tobacco farmers with the theme “Grow food, not tobacco”, we spoke to former smokers and how battling the addiction changed their life.

It’s never too late to quit: Ex-smokers share inspiring stories
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 04:48 PM IST

Micro cuisines take root in India’s mainstream food scene

Chefs across India are celebrating lesser-known dishes from our diverse micro cuisines, helping them get national recognition

Micro cuisines take root in India’s mainstream food scene
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:11 PM IST

A pawsome guide for jet-setting with your furry sidekicks

With IRCTC launching an online booking facility for dog-cat tickets, exploring the great outdoors with your furry family just got easier.

A pawsome guide for jet-setting with your furry sidekicks
Updated on May 24, 2023 11:28 PM IST

Decoding Indian charcuterie boards with an international accent

Some of the busiest have been crafting charcuterie boards, overflowing from samosas to parippu vadas hailing from southern India. Take a look.

Decoding Indian charcuterie boards with an international accent
Updated on May 25, 2023 12:13 AM IST

Chaat couture: Gourmetfication of the quintessential curbside snack

Chefs are celebrating humble Indian street food with luxe pairings, vibrant flavours and imaginative presentations.

Gourmet caterers are making chaat a personalised experience by tailoring them for people with food-related restrictions. (Photo: Art of Chaat)
Updated on May 18, 2023 06:01 PM IST

Italian cuisine: A celebration of rustic yet elegant flavours

Vincenzo de Luca, Ambassador of Italy to India gave us an insight into this delightful fare that lays out the essence of godere la vita (enjoying life)

Italian cuisine: A celebration of rustic yet elegant flavours
Updated on May 03, 2023 02:11 PM IST
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