Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. While returning from our trip to Maldives in April, 2010 we stayed in Colombo for two nights and three days.
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 — Chourangi Giri, who discovered an image of the goddess Kali’s face and founded the original Kalighat temple. Chowringhee is one of the best addresses in Kolkata. It still oozes of the imperial heritage.
Mzaar Kfardebian — formerly Faraya Mzaar is a ski area in Lebanon and the largest ski resort in the Middle East. It was founded in the late 1950s. There are 42 slopes and 80km of piste spread across three distinct valleys — named Wardeh, Jonction and Le Refuge – plus a number of ski schools and a wide variety of options for snowboarding, snow-shoeing, ski-touring, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Pondicherry is affectionately known as Pondy, and has been officially known by the alternative name Puducherry since 2006. It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial heritage, Tamil culture, virgin beaches and the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities in a small but varied city. Pondicherry was designed on the French grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets.