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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • The treasure vault of ancient Egypt

    Many of you know or have at least heard of the Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London or the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

  • The Mighty Iguazú

    Looking down, I saw what resembled a mossy carpet, its tight weave separated only by the muddy Paraná River, snaking its way through the vast stretch of jungle.

  • In The Land Of The Pharaohs

    These are the voyages of one intrepid couple. Our nine-day mission: to explore strange new places. To seek out new cultures and an old civilisation. To boldly go where few Bangladeshis have gone before! Queue music!


    It wasn't supposed to go this way, but it did. My bus from Cologne to Munich took five hours longer than it was supposed to and, as such

  • Montevideo Musings

    What we'd thought would be a breezy two-hour bus ride from the coastal town of Colonia del Sacramento to the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo, quickly turned into a four-hour affair.

  • Ming's man-made marvel

    The Great Wall of China stands as a testament of human endurance and perseverance. Few things in this world can compare to this awe-inspiring architectural feat. I knew I had to go and see it on my recent trip to Beijing.

  • The Muted Delights of Colonia del Sacramento

    The ferry, a much smaller vessel than I'd expected, bobbed up and down as it cut across the Rio del Plata. We were en route to Colonia del Sacramento—a quaint coastal town in Uruguay.

  • Taiwan: In the heart of Asia

    The name Formosa dates back to 1542 when Portuguese sailors sighted an uncharted land and included it in their maps as the "beautiful Island." It's a destination that I have always wanted to visit.

  • The tiny Island nation in the Mediterranean

    Cyprus is a beautiful little island in a very strategic position in the Mediterranean Sea. It has been influenced by many diverse cultures, languages and people.


    The barrios of Buenos Aires has been split into three parts: Monserrat & City Centre, Palermo & Recoleta, and La Boca & San Telmo. This is the third instalment in the series.

  • The marginalia of Paris

    It's a tale as old as time—Paris as a city of stories. Not just because of the published literature flowing through it ceaselessly, but also the rues, boulevards, bridges, gardens, and buildings royal and ramshackle which contain stories of all those who have passed through them.

  • The Barrios of Buenos Aires

    I had originally tried my hand at learning to speak French but failed spectacularly. So, I turned to Spanish, a seemingly more manageable language, where I could, at least, pronounce the words I was reading.