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Crossing the border into Laos, first stop: Vientiane

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Our long bus journey started in Hanoi, in a sleeper bus of ok quality. I had no idea how long it would take and hence I decided to kill the time by sleeping as much as I could. Next day, early morning at around 5, our bus took a long halt. Getting up to see what was going on, I saw a number of buses and trucks on a muddy track, surrounded by green mountains and ever-present mist. Finally, our driver announced that it was the border crossing checkpoint! We got down of the bus, passports in hands, looking for…

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Virupaksha Temple at Hampi – An Architectural Marvel

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The Virupaksha temple is one of the most important structures located amongst the ruins at Hampi. Hampi is about  12kms from the town of Hospet in Karnataka State.  Hospet is about 419 kms from Bangalore by train. The ruins of Hampi have been accorded the status of the UNESCO World Heritage site and are under the protection and maintenance of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The temple has surprisingly survived destruction in the hands of the invaders since the battle of Talikota in the 16th century when many of the monuments were systematically destroyed or defaced by the invading armies.  Today,…

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Searching for the Heart – Day 1

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“Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.” This quote by notable economist E. F. Schumacher summarizes how a group of enthusiastic explorers set out to find a path to reach a water body only seen by eye in the sky – a satellite. “Where Eagles Dare” is a group of people who like to take adventure to the next level in the form of high altitude hikes, walking and riding on ice and being the laps of Himalayas in the most unusual seasons. Browsing through Google Earth, group founder Tilak Soni…

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A day in the imperial city of Hue, Vietnam

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Palaces, temples, pagodas, royal tombs, culture and cuisine. This is what “Hue” is famous for and attracts numerous tourists every year. Our bus from Hoi An took about 4 hours to reach Hue and immediately we were surrounded by touts telling us about cheap hotels. Checking into the cheapest hotel we could find, we set off on foot to explore the town in the evening. You are always hungry in Vietnam and so first thing we found was a decent restaurant serving vegetarian food. The restaurant had an imperial splendour and food served was straight out of royal cuisine. The…

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Ganesh Temples at Hampi

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Hampi -“The Lost World” or “The Lost Empire “or “The World Forgotten” whichever way you call it the place is replete with structures of amazing architectural beauty that defies description. Had been to Hampi to see the magnificent structures and the architecture of the Vijaynagara Empire now spread over an area of approximately 350. sq. kms. It would be impossible to cover this place in a matter of a few days that we spent there. This is a World Heritage site and thanks to the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) who is maintaining and guarding this place assiduously.  Had it…

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Continental GT- Royal Enfield Cafe Racer Overview

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Royal Enfield, a part of the Eicher Motors has expanded its motorcycle range in the country with the launch of 535 cc Continental GT. Café racers of the 1960s and Royal Enfield’s own 1965 Continental GT—the first mass produced café racer of its time—have been the main design inspiration for the current Continental GT. RE is definately going to have a different league after the launch of Continental GT as an international product. It unveiled first in London in the end of August, priced at pounds 5200 in UK, euro 6,350 in Europe and $7,200 in the US. The Continental…

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Photographer of the Week: Ingrid Stainier

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                                                This week we are sharing “Ingrid Stainier ” “Photographer of the week“. Born on April 1974, the Belgian artist Ingrid Stainier discovered her interest for photography at the age of four years old.  As a teenager, she discovered Morocco during a family trip and fell literally under the charm of this country. In 2010, she flew to India where thanks to the practice of photography, Yoga and writing, she found a new energy. In 2011, she came back to her first…

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#ShadesofGoa – Goa Tourism Contest

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  Photokatha has tied up with Goa tourism for “Shades of Goa” You can participate here :  http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c You can also participate here : http://a.pgtb.me/lXJ8kV #ShadesOfGoa Photo Contest: Terms & Conditions The contest is open to all users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – You can participate on Twitter and Instagram by uploading your clicks of Goa with a mention to us at @photokatha , @Tourismgoa and the hashtag #ShadesOfGoa – On Facebook you can enter the contest with above mentions here : http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c – Multiple entries accepted by a person – Group entries not allowed – Anyone found to use multiple accounts to…

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Suryagarh Hotel – Experience the unexplored (Preview)

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We are visiting Suryagarh soon to experience the magnificent combination of luxury and great picturesque of Thar desert. This is part of our Rajasthan road trip as well. We would be in Jaisalmer by 17th and then we would be sharing live experience as well. The majestic Suryagarh is situated in Jaisalmer. Designed like an 18th century fort, the luxurious hotel features beautiful courtyards and grand Rajasthani architecture. An indoor pool, fitness centre and free Wi-Fi are available. Suryagarh is 15 km from Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, while Jaisalmer Fort and Patwon-ki-Haveli is 16 km away. Jaisalmer Airport is 5 km from the…

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Lonely Planet: ‘Escape Express Ride”

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            Lonely Planet India has launched ‘Escape Express’, a digital campaign with an objective to drive engagements on Lonely Planet India’s website (www.lonelyplanet.in) and social media channels.   Escape Express got launched on 1 August 2013 and will be live till 31 August 2013.   This one month campaign takes you on a virtual journey to destinations around Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.   The campaign starts from Delhi moving onto the cities of Mumbai and Bengaluru and ends with users sharing their ‘Escape Diary’ of memorable trips.   Winners will get hosts of exciting prizes. The first…

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Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

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                        How many of you havent been for Hot air balloons Ride! What if you get to see millions balloons together?   Do you wana see millions of balloons in air? The world’s largest balloon festival (Oct. 5-13 this year) is a visual delight with whimsical balloons of all shapes and sizes floating over the Albuquerque, New Mexico landscape. Visitors can ride in a balloon and learn about aeronautics from exhibits. “It’s almost like going to a science museum that’s really beautiful,” The 200 acres of grass and booths…

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