Shahbandar Café | A traditional cultural café

Shahbandar café is one of Bagh­dad’s few remaining traditional cultural cafés. Since opening its doors, Shahbandar café had become a hub of Baghdad’s intellectual life, drawing poets and politicians to its wooden benches and photo-lined walls.  The café still stands, a testament to the resilience of the country and the capital, Baghdad, even if so much has happened here. From British rule to modern-day Iraq, Shahbandar has lived through the birth of a nation, the toppling of its monarchy, decades of domination by Saddam Hussein, the drama of the US-led invasion and the bloody chaos that followed.

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Sorshe Ilish | Hilsa in Mustard Gravy

Sorshe Ilish: Hilsa in mustard gravy at Bijoli Grill, Banaga Bhavan, New Delhi

Sorshe Ilish (Hilsa with mustard gravy) is an authentic Bengali dish made with mustard seed paste. It’s a traditional Bengali dish. The dish is popular among the people in West Bengal and Bangladesh. Nothing is more blissful than a plate of steamed rice with ilish fish with mustard gravy. The flavour of mustard and the taste of ilish is just made for each other. Anyone fond of fish, will truly obsess over the Ilish for the rest of their lives.

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Blissful dining at Barbeque Nation

Kebabs & Tikkas | Barbeque Nation, New Delhi

I am presently staying in Delhi and my parents came to visit me recently. I have always been excited about live on-the-table grill as I have never had a chance to have one at an authentic restaurant before. We booked a table in Barbeque Nation at DLF Saket via their mobile app. We reached the Barbeque Nation at 19:00 hours where we were welcomed and escorted towards our reserved table.

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North Sikkim | Day 3: Lachung-Zero Point-Yumthang-Gangtok

Lachung and Yumthang are the two most picturesque places in the whole of Sikkim. The bounty of the nature, sky-kissing mountains, green meadows, flowing river, hot spring make Yumthang valley a tourist’s dream place to visit and to enjoy the beauty without any sort of infringement. Yumthang Valley also embraces the renowned Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary with 24 species of Rhododendron.

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North Sikkim | Day 2: Lachen-Gurudongmar Lake-Chopta Valley-Kala Patthar-Lachung

Gurudongmar lake is located at a surface elevation of 17,800 ft (5,430 m) and covers an area of 290 acres making it the largest lake in the whole of Sikkim. The India-China border is just a few kilometres away from the lake. This lake is considered very sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus. Guru Padmasambhava (8th century) and Guru Nanak (15th century) had blessed this lake.

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North Sikkim | Day 1: Gangtok-Lachen

Sikkim is a land of exotic waterfalls. The Dzongu area and the road between Lachung and Mangan in North Sikkim are blessed with the maximum numbers of waterfalls in Sikkim. Numerous waterfalls astride the main road make the trip to North Sikkim extremely picturesque.

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