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

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‘Tis the season to Ski away the blues

Seen as the prime time for sloping down snowy slopes, the northern regions beckon more keenly than ever, with skiing resorts and heliskiing infrastructure.

Snowfall begins frequently descending on the Himalayas and places like Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, bringing with it the finest scenery, quaint market towns and obviously the best layer of snow to sand and surf.
Published on Dec 30, 2023 04:22 PM IST

A definitive guide to the Crown Season 6 filming locations

St Andrews University and the Dartmouth House are just two of the many iconic places that served as the cinematic film set for the sixth and final season.

Filming took place in and around Scotland, England, Mallorca, Paris and more to recreate many pieces of Princess Diana’s personal story, and the cinematography received widespread acclaim, inevitably boosting footfall in the destinations.
Published on Dec 30, 2023 04:09 PM IST

When is the Winter Solstice and how is it celebrated across the world?

Astronomically, the winter solstice is when the Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted (23.4 degrees relative to the orbit) and the farthest away from the sun.

The official celebration will take place on Friday 22 December and for those who cannot attend, it will also be livestreamed on the official English Heritage YouTube channel.
Published on Dec 29, 2023 12:48 PM IST

Unwrap the magic at these lesser-known Christmas destinations in India

Surrounded by cathedrals decked out with holiday light displays and streetside Christmas markets, these Indian cities are as festive as it gets.

Dating back centuries, the festivities around Christmas are unique in each country and while celebrations in Western and European countries are commonplace, in India, the national holiday calls for week-long celebrations in many cities.
Published on Dec 29, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Different New Year's traditions around the world

Froma daring ice-cold plunge in Scottish rivers to a glittery ball-drop in NewYor k, here’s howthework bids adieu to the old andwelcomes the newinunique ways.

Post Hatsuhinode, millions embark on visits to temples and shrines during the following three days, Fushimi Inari Taisho in Kyoto being one of them.
Published on Dec 28, 2023 10:57 PM IST

The ultimate ‘Archies’ itinerary for Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Unfolding against Ooty's scenic grandeur, the resort town faultlessly served to create Riverdale's enchanting backdrop.

According to data from the tourism department, approximately 3,359,298 tourists have been recorded till November.
Updated on Dec 28, 2023 05:52 PM IST

The sensory transcendence and warmth of Nabemono

The comforting, versatile flavours of this Japanese winter dish can be prepared without the tedium of an hour-long prep or following a recipe to the T.

Notably, nabe hot pots often bear the names of the cities or provinces where they originated, providing a culinary glimpse into the local culture.
Published on Nov 27, 2023 03:22 AM IST

These tourist villages have been called ‘best in the world’ by the UN

With the rise of second-city travel—the concept of skipping the popular city—these destinations can also serve as offbeat getaways on your next adventure.

The Huascarán National Park, home to Peru's highest peak, Huascarán, surrounds Chacas, offering opportunities for trekking and exploration.
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 02:50 AM IST

Now you can find yourself a US Poultry turkey on the frozen aisle

White meat enthusiasts can now incorporate premium poultry choices, diversifying their palate and leaning on an alternative source of protein for their diet.

The increased accessibility of these high-quality products is anticipated to catalyse a transformation in India’s culinary landscape.
Published on Nov 21, 2023 03:39 PM IST

How to make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey

A festive and flavorful Thanksgiving turkey is no ordinary bird; it's the culinary delight that continues to delight long after the holiday feast is done.

As Thanksgiving’s popularity grows in India, culinary establishments are seizing the opportunity to introduce themed delicacies.
Published on Nov 21, 2023 01:39 PM IST

An ode to the ‘Doyen of Indian Hospitality’

Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi, Chairman Emeritus of the Oberoi Group passed away on November 14 morning, leaving a legacy that will inspire people for years to come.

Among his many accolades was receiving India’s second-highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibushan, in 2008.
Updated on Nov 21, 2023 12:35 PM IST

An insider's guide to Greek cuisine

Discover the rich tapestry of Greek cuisine, from recent triumphs at global cheese awards to lesser-known culinary anecdotes.

Digging deeper into Greece’s culinary tapestry reveals a mosaic of tastes, traditions and cultural nuances that define its gastronomic identity.
Updated on Nov 19, 2023 07:34 PM IST

A traveller’s guide to international festivals in November

For culture vultures who want to fly out and abroad, here are some of the best events lighting up the month of November.

The Niagara Falls Festival of Lights transforms the falls into a dazzling display, utilizing over 3 million LED lights.
Published on Nov 15, 2023 01:37 PM IST

The ultimate travel guide for the ICC World Cup 2023 in Dharamshala

The ongoing cricket ICC World Cup 2023 has renewed tourists’ interest in exploring the hill town and its expansive culture.

Located in the Kangra district, Triund offers a captivating trek with Kangra Valley and Dhauladhar range views.
Published on Oct 28, 2023 04:57 PM IST

The 5 best fall trekking trails in India

From exploring the remote grasslands of Yuksom to charting winding routes of Mt Everest, here are some autumn-approved trekking escapades.

Ali Bedni Bugyal is a stunning alpine meadow situated at approximately 3,354 meters (11,004 feet) above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India.
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 04:05 PM IST

Kon'nichiwa or Hallo? First, pay a tourist tax

From Bhutan revisiting its tourist tax policy to Iceland expanding taxation, here’s a guide to navigating the new era of taxed travel.

Tourist Tax
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 04:03 PM IST

Best places to visit in and around Shantiniketan

In Shantiniketan, locals and visitors are celebrating the peaking charm of monsoon and in a first, its awaited recognition on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Tagore Memorial Museum (Rabindra Bhavana) Photo: Sneha Chakraborty
Published on Oct 09, 2023 11:25 PM IST

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
Updated on Oct 04, 2023 04:30 PM 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
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