I write about travel, food, arts and culture, books, development, and social media for a range of Indian and international publications, including BBC Travel, South China Morning Post, Silverkris, The National, Conde Nast Traveller and Mint, among others. And in my spare time, I writes blog posts...
Tucked away in the folds of the Himalayas, Bhutan generally manages to stay under the radar. In the larger world, knowledge about this small Buddhist kingdom-turned-democracy is limited. Bhutan may be best known for its unique Gross National Happiness metric, which is used to measure the welfare of its citizens in lieu of traditional economic measures. For foreigners who visit, the country’s mountain landscapes prove memorable.
Two hours from Coimbatore lie the Nilgiris, also known as the Blue Mountains. Here, you’ll find the hill station and bustling small city of Ooty – an anglicised abbreviation of Udhagamandalam. A former summer capital under British rule, its striking mountain views and cool sub-tropical climate mean it remains a popular holiday destination. Nearby, the district of Coonoor also offers beautiful heritage buildings and verdant surrounds. Sample both worlds with this weekend itinerary.
You have risen at the crack of dawn and dragged yourself through the sleepy streets of Agra to see the Taj Mahal at sunrise. You have followed in the footsteps of Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey and countless tourists, to get that iconic shot on the stone bench facing the edifice. And you have listened to your guide prattle on about the romantic legends surrounding 17th century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s monument to his deceased wife, Mumtaz Mahal. So, what next?
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Selecting a term
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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