Gangasagar | Where the river meets the sea

The Kapil Muni Temple

Gangasagar is a charming tourist destination, which attracts both pilgrims and adventure lovers. Nestled in one of the delta islands is Gangasagar. Also called Sagardwip or Sagar Island, it is one of the largest islands on the Ganges delta and holds immense religious significance. Gangasagar has acres of silver sand and clear blue sky, and the calm sea to spend the time in tranquillity.

Chowringhee, Kolkata

There is no direct flight from Bagdogra to Ranchi. We are having a stopover in Kolkata. We checked in at the Peerless Inn, at Chowringhee. Chowringhee is a neighbourhood in central Kolkata steeped in history, it is a business district, as well as a shopper’s destination and entertainment-hotel centre. ‘Chowringhee’ is believed to be named after a yogi…

Earthquake jolts Sikkim

A severe earthquake rocked Sikkim on Sunday evening resulting in at least 20 deaths and injuries to several others. The earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale which hit the east and Northeast region, was the biggest in 20 years. The epicentre of the quake was 64 km from Gangtok in Sikkim, causing major damages…

Two faces of social networking

Twitter saved lives in the tragic moments after the Mumbai blasts last month and Facebook gave a platform to the Egypt-Libya uprisings. Blackberry Messengers seems to have dimmed the spotlight on the capacity and reach of social networking when it was used to induce violence and mindless looting in the Britain riots over the past…

Sarhul Festival

Sarhul is one of the grand festivals of tribals in Jharkhand. This annual festival is celebrated during the spring season when trees and other elements of nature are worshiped. Sarhul literally means ‘Worship of Sal’. Sarhul festival is dedicated to Dharti mata — Mother Earth.

Faraya Mzaar-Kfardebian | The largest ski resort in the Middle East

Today was our last day of meetings. After completing the closing session, we rushed to the mountain. Faraya is the name of the village just below the actual slopes in Ouyoune El-Simane; however the whole area is located in Kfardebian village which includes the best equipped and most popular resort of Lebanon, the Mzaar Ski…

Met Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

While returning today from Ranchi to Baghdad, I just walked across the great Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at the Indira Gandhi International airport, Delhi. He is a renowned Indian classical musician. He has been giving his performances internationally for 50 years! He has been awarded the second highest civilian honour – Padma Vibhushan…

Harissa | Our Lady of Lebanon and Lebanese Cedar

Harissa is an important Lebanese pilgrimage site high above Jounieh, located at 650 meters (2130 feet) altitude from the coast and 20 km distance from Beirut the capital city of Lebanon. We went up the hill by aerial lift — "Téléférique". There's a lovely view of Jounieh Bay as we go up the gondola. OUR LADY OF…

Jeita Grotto | The longest cave system in the Middle East

Jeita is an extraordinary site which could be one of the wonders of the world but remains an intimate experience. The Jeita caves are solutional karst caves which have formed over millions of years due to the dissolution of limestone. The grotto has strategically positioned coloured lights that showcase the stalactites and stalagmites in all their crystalline glory.