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The rich, opulent and sumptuous world of the Mughals awaits any explorer wishing to feast their eyes on some exquisite treasures. The doors have opened on this great dynasty, which was soaked with wealth, glory and bloodshed, its culture and art kept preserved as if frozen in time. The British Library invites you to their much talked about exhibition, which weaves the Mughals’ tale through the displays.
Coconut Noodle with Chicken (Ohn-Noe-Kaut-Swe) is one of the popular dishes that Burmese people usually offer at religious donation ceremonies or on special occasions.
Some of the most memorable travel experiences are the unplanned, serendipitous ones. It was our good fortune to be in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu at the same time as a grand wedding in a local Chettiar family.
As she enters the tented ballroom, there are gasps of admiration from the dancers inside. Heads turn to admire the shimmering beauty before them. She steps gently into the room, perhaps a shade of candyfloss pink lingering on her china doll-like face. Her brown velvet eyes twinkle as she smiles, whilst someone stationary in the corner whispers “What a dream she looks”. You have just glimpsed Lady Curzon and her peacock dress.
What better way to experience a country than by traveling its highways and byways by car? Driving allows one to see not just notable sights, but also where people live, work and play—places off the tourist track.
The lights flickered on, and slowly the items began appearing from the dark. Dust rested on the surfaces as if the place was awaking after a thousand years. It was like Aladdin’s cave. Everything was glimmering, but it was not gold or silver - it was blue. All shades of blue from the colour of a summer’s sky to the dark ink of a fountain-pen. The palette belonged to the famous blue pottery of Jaipur, in Rajasthan.
Year 2012 marks a significant record for Laos’ tourism industry. This beautiful and beguiling destination has attracted 3.11 million visitors in the last 11 months, the highest figure ever recorded in the history of the country.
New Year celebrations are embraced by many cultures – it is a time to start new ventures, send out the old and bring in the new, and look forward to the nearby future which is full of promise. Where better to witness, and join in, with these festivities than South East Asia? This blog invites you on a mini journey through this fascinating and culturally rich area.
Sitting cross-legged on the floor, I am surrounded by travel books and an open atlas. A squeal of excitement bubbles up inside my chest. The prospect of travelling gives me a thrill, thanks to the travel bug which bit me a few years ago. My hand comes to rest on India, my fingers gliding across the paper where the country is printed. There is almost a magnetic force; a connection.