For tourist the beaches of Bali, Gili, Lombok and the pristine lagoons of Raja Ampat islands have been the mainstay of travel itenaries along with a temple trip thrown in the middle at Java or Ubud. But for a keen traveler this nation of 16,000 islands has much more to offer. Continue reading 10 things one should not miss in Indonesia
Built in stone or in steel, bridges in Iran are much more than just structures joining two edges of landmass. I have visited such two of the most admired bridges, one from 1600 AD and the other built in 2014. Both built centuries apart carries the same thought, bring people together and building a community. … Continue reading Building bridges in Iran
Vank Cathedral is one of the many churches in Iran’s prosperous and very prominent Armenian Christian city of New Julfa The monument is a mix of many architectural styles and is a visual treat to all. Continue reading Frescoes in Gold and Persian Blue
The food on my plate in Iran was play of myriad colours and textures where sweet and sour both are appreciated equally. Flower petals are used extensively in cooking and fruit pulps are mixed in meat curries. Tea is better than water and smoking for everyone is allowed. Continue reading After kebabs and koftas…
Persia, as we have read in our history books has influenced vastly the culture of Indian subcontinent. So my trip to Iran was an attempt to visit this impressive civilisation against all odds to discover the arts and its makers in their own land. Once we landed we figured that the fear or the threat to not enter this terrain was not from any external environment but it comes from within our soul. Here are a few facts that surprised and even amused us at times.
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