Ludwig II’s fairy tale castle

During my trip to Europe, one of the destinations I had planned to visit was Neuschwanstein Castle. I thought it would be just another historical building, but it is so much more than that.

Fall season in America / A gallery of flaming colours

This year, all the precursor conditions—chilly nights and sunny, warm days—were in place for a fabulous fall foliage season.

Of stories from tidal villages by a vanishing forest and a fast-rising sea

Maybe it was Anita Desai’s book The Village by the Sea or was it that movie My Japanese Wife—I do not remember so clearly now—that had us all riled up during that short four-day long journey down to the last villages of the Sundarbans.

Days and nights under the midnight sun

Known for its overwhelming natural beauty and incredible ice formations, Alaska, the largest state (in area) of the United States is home to a multitude of geological wonders.

Vacation in Alaska: Flight seeing tour of the Denali Mountains

Alaska may not fit the bill for what most people envision as a vacation, but it has been on my family’s bucket list for a long time.

In the land of pandas and hand-rolled noodles

A fading yellow line separates the growing throng of people behind me from entry into the People’s Republic of China. In front, a


I had never gotten around to writing about Sathkhira, at least not as a travel destination. Maybe because travelling to this saline land

Travel / Clouds aren’t fluffy and other revelations at Meghalaya

During the Eid holidays, I went to Meghalaya through the Tamabil-Dawki border with seven friends. On our way to Sylhet from Dhaka,

Bengali girl in Bosnia

When I was 12 years old, I was a wide-eyed girl in sixth-grade history class, learning about the First World War—how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a young man by the name of Gavrillo Princip triggered a war in Europe and plunged the world into chaos.

Witness to the Wars and the Walls A day in Berlin

If you are arriving in Berlin from a more pristine, more conventionally “charming” tourist city, prepare to be shocked. Berlin is filthier than Amsterdam, less organised than Vienna, less flamboyant than Budapest. Even compared to its German counterparts, Berlin is

Of Dragons and Dynasties: Bhutan Uncovered

Often during holidays, I am torn between my desire to travel far and wide and go back to the comforts of my home and family in Bangladesh.

Prague Bohemia's Rhapsody

After the most traumatic academic year of my postgraduate legal studies, I decided to reward myself with a budget friendly Europe trip.

Rousing Rio

Rio is a city of varying extremes, encapsulated in wild rainforests and beaches; a metropolis of skyscrapers and shantytowns; a cosmopolitan steeped in history. I explore its many aspects through a series of articles on the city. This is the second of three.

Beautiful Barcelona

Barcelona is hard not to fall in love with regardless of how many times I visit. With its rich cultural history and easily accessible location between the panoramic Mt Montjuic and the Mediterranean Sea

The Secret to Never Forgetting Lisbon

We reached Lisbon late one afternoon. It was a time of long summer days when the sun sets at half past nine. The half an hour drive to the city took us through wide boulevards bordered byJacaranda trees in full bloom, and road islands marked by statues commemorating national heroes.

Beach Bums in Rio

Rio is unlike any city I'd been in before: not just geographically, where the urban sprawl gives way to fine, sandy beaches and rainforest covered hills with sheer drop down to stunning lagoons, but also culturally as it exudes a vibrant yet laid-back vibe.

The manly man's survival guide to Chatuchak Market, Thailand

What is it? One of the biggest marketplaces in Thailand for bargains on anything from clothes, food, pets to soap, electronics and phallic shaped toys in every imaginable colour.

Ciudad del Este - A window into Paraguay

Ciudad del Este, Paraguay's second largest city, is famous. But perhaps not for the more conventional reasons. Set on the tri-border with Brazil's Foz do Iguaçu and Argentina's