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India’s six best spring destinations

Updated on Feb 28, 2024 02:54 PM IST

Mid-February to late April is the ideal time of year for mild-weather hikes through blooming fields, open-air festivals, tea picking and more.

From hiking routes, indigenous cultural programmes and views that make you want to spring into a spring mood, these destinations just might inspire you to take a spring break.

The 25 best things to do in Vietnam

With Vietnam claiming the “World's Leading Heritage Destination 2023”, here are 25 bucket-list experiences you can try in the land of the “Ascending Dragon.”

Budget Friendly: Vietnam is a great international trip for anyone on a budget. It is a backpacker-friendly destination with several hostels at affordable prices.
Published on Feb 25, 2024 05:52 PM IST

Vibe 25: The first set of emojis were released in 1999 in Japan

In 1997, a Japanese broadband service released a phone with 90 emojis, including the first poop emoji.

176 set of emojis were released in 1999 in Japan
Published on Feb 18, 2024 09:15 PM IST
ByAbigail banerji

Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles, and more feature in college curriculums

We take a look at singers who have college courses taught on them, their techniques and marketing

Taylor Swift(Instgram)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 08:28 PM IST
ByAbigail banerji

Vibe 25: India marched for love during its first Pride Parade in Kolkata in 1999

Attended by 15 people, India's first-ever pride parade took place on July 2, 1999 at Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata.

Participants of India's first pride parade that happened in Kolkata
Published on Feb 16, 2024 05:07 PM IST

Mumbaikars to witness three K-pop bands perform in Korean festival over weekend

K-Pop bands BlackSwan, GreatGuys and Ablue will make music lovers swoon with their choreographed moves and melodious voices

Blackswan, an all-girl Korean pop band
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 05:07 PM IST
ByAbigail banerji

Around India, with love: Delve into the scenic beauty of these romantic places

On V-Day, check out our list for those looking to ditch the cliché for their next romantic getaway

Jawai, Rajasthan(Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 09:32 PM IST

A Town? more like Rajasthan’s open-air art gallery!

Ramgarh Shekhawati, a hamlet that holds within itself tales of history, tradition, art and Vedic culture.

The tomb like structures are called Chhatris. They are made in the memory of ancestors and reflect Vedic art, philosophy, mythology and more.
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 07:29 PM IST

Island sunsets to northern lights: Romantic travel plans to make for V-Day

With February 14 coming up, earmark these picture-perfect trips to embark on with your loved one

Making those last-minute travel plans for Valentines' Day? Here's a look at some romantic spots to visit (Shutterstock)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 02:21 PM IST
By Ismat Tahseen

How to do a romantic underwater proposal on Valentine's Day

With Propose Day tomorrow and Valentine's Day coming up, here's how to ensure a smooth, deep dive into sealing your love.

Wat-er romantic way to say ‘marry me!'(Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 04:05 PM IST
By Ismat Tahseen

Sites associated with Lord Rama and how you can visit them today

Looking to experience the sacred land of one of the most worshipped Hindu deities? A spiritual pilgrimage to these cities must be on your radar.

Prayagraj is also well connected by road with buses by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) available from Lucknow and Delhi.
Published on Feb 06, 2024 06:33 PM IST

Trips every traveler should take at least once

Here’s a #5Before25 guide to bucket list activities perfect for any 20-something’s next trip.

Located in Townsville, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, these installations by Jason deCaires Taylor featuring the Ocean Siren on The Strand and the Coral Greenhouse at John Brewer Reef are the perfect examples of immobile art that’s emotionally moving.
Published on Feb 06, 2024 04:39 PM IST

Lunar New Year celebrations in Asia attract travellers from around the world

With a tenfold increase in international travel, more people are taking advantage of the relaxed visa policies to explore Asian destinations.

It will be further amplified by the busiest travel day of the season, the eve of Reunion Day, which falls on February 8th.
Published on Feb 05, 2024 03:41 PM IST

Is the Aurora Borealis officially the most sought-after experience in 2024?

A bucket list stape, the astronomical phenomena came out on top in a recent American travel technology company survey.

Some other experiences on the survey included a tour of Egypt’s pyramids (36%) and a walk along the Great Wall of China (33%).
Published on Feb 05, 2024 02:12 AM IST

Saudi Arabia’s first luxury train service will launch by the end of 2025

Titled ‘Dream of the Desert’, the 40-cabin train is being developed in collaboration with Italy's Arsenale Group.

Rendering of ‘Dream of the Desert’, scheduled to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2025.
Published on Feb 02, 2024 04:17 PM IST

Sustainable travel destinations to visit in 2024, island edition

We bring you island destinations in the Indian Ocean where you can immerse yourself in conservation practices while enjoying a memorable holiday.

Conquer the imposing Le Morne Brabant, traverse the rainforest of the Black River Gorges, or indulge in the adrenaline rush of ziplining across Chamarel’s kaleidoscopic landscape.
Published on Feb 01, 2024 11:33 PM IST

Travel goes pink: Japan's Cherry Blossom festival is the place to be

Here’s a scenic peek into this event considered to be the harbinger of Spring.

Blossoming charm: The Cherry Blossom Festival is Japan’s ‘cherry’ on top!(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 04:29 PM IST
By Ismat Tahseen

Inside the world's largest cruise ship… it's hot, luxe and huge!

With 20 decks, 40 restaurants and bars 7,500 guest capacity, it's set to redefine luxury travel in 2024.

A view of Icon of the Seas, hailed as the world's largest cruse ship (Royal Caribbean)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 02:37 PM IST
By Ismat Tahseen

Thai Airways unveils new luxury flight service from Kochi

Beginning March 31st, this new addition will add up to a total of 10 flights a week between the two cities.

These three weekly flights are offered by Thai Airways and will depart from Bangkok at 21:40 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, arriving in Kochi at 00:30 the next day.
Published on Jan 27, 2024 01:10 AM IST

All you need to know about Thailand’s annual national park closures

TAT has announced their National Park closing schedule, informing visitors of the dates on which entry restrictions will apply in 134 out of the 156 parks.

Khao Yai National Park
Published on Jan 27, 2024 12:31 AM IST

Travel to Hawaii? Tourists may soon have to pay a tourist tax

The proposal is one of the many ways Hawaii is planning to combat overtourism.

“A Climate Impact Fee on visitors would provide the needed resources to protect our environment and increase awareness of the impacts of climate change,” said Gov. Green.
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 12:07 AM IST

National Tourism Day: Bollywood actors share their must-visit place in 2024

Beaches that glow at night, tiger trails and heritage architecture — steal a page from the celeb bucket list

On National Tourism Day, January 25, Bollywood stars' reveal the Indian travel hotspot for your bucket list
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 06:22 PM IST
By Ismat Tahseen

How to be sustainable at music festivals

Here are some ways that music festivals can be more environmentally conscious

Music festivals can be environment-friendly(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 06:14 PM IST
ByAbigail banerji

Sustainability is only for the rich? Think again

Making planet-friendly choices whenyou travel is a matter of making the right choices. Here’s how to make a positive impact on any vacation you undertake.

According to a Sustainable Travel Research report by a leading travel company, 83% of Indian travellers want to make the switch to more sustainable choices, but 64% feel that there are not enough options to choose from in the first place.
Published on Jan 22, 2024 04:28 PM IST

Air rage on the rise in India: How to stay calm

In the wake of recent events at airports and on flight, experts share tips on how to deal with this.

There have been rising cases of air rage in India (Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 06:07 PM IST
By Ismat Tahseen

Experience Ayodhya like never before

According to the data shared by travel agencies, Ayodhya is on the top of travellers' bucket list. Here are the unique aspects and destinations in Ayodhya.

According to various estimates, Ram Temple in Ayodhya is likely to see traffic of between 300,000 to 700,000 people in the first week post inauguration.
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 04:17 PM IST

These are the best apps for travel planning in 2024

Here’s a roundup of some expert-recommended applications that will make your upcoming vacation a hassle-free affair.

From flight search engines that scours hundreds of airlines to find the cheapest flights to documenting apps that convert your photos into memories, here's a handy list of you need that are a must-download.
Published on Jan 17, 2024 02:15 PM IST

Go stargazing under the night sky

Astronomy camps are making for the leisure getaway away from the grind, under a shimmery carpet.

Anyone can enjoy this hobby and it's increasingly being taken up by city folks who want to discover the skies and learn and learn something new, while also destressing.
Published on Jan 16, 2024 11:20 PM IST
By Ismat Tahseen

The fervour of Swifties is driving up travel interest across Europe

According to data provided by Barcelona-based travel service agency eDreams ODIGEO, there’s been a massive uptick in air travel demand for the ‘Eras’ tour.

In a statement given to Reuters, eDreams confirmed a six-fold jump in flight demand to Stockholm between May 17-19.
Published on Jan 16, 2024 11:08 PM IST

How to get the best deal on a hotel room?

Going down the hotel booking rabbit hole can often lead to long hours of research, hundreds of Google searches and juggling multiple apps.

With so many factors at play, knowing exactly when to start looking for accommodations can be a challenging task.
Published on Jan 16, 2024 10:41 PM IST
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