Review - Travel & Tourism

Rock City ( Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama) United States

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One fine summer morning we drove up the hills of Tennessee to reach Lookout Mountain, the most popular attraction of Chattanooga. Once atop the mountain, we were also in Georgia; geographically, Lookout Mountain belonged to Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama and to see all these three states and four more, we first reached Rock City.


Sherlock Holmes in Switzerland

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The whole world is talking about Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes-A Game of Shadows and I am particularly raving about the most charming Dr.Watson (Jude Law). The film is said to be based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Final Problem’ and after watching the film I fondly remembered my trip to Meiringen. 


Ikra (Russian Caviar)

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Ikra or the Russian caviar is culled from the sturgeon as it moves to fresh water to spawn in adjoining rivers, from its habitat in the Caspian Sea. The most prized ikra are Beluga, Ossietra, and Sevruga, in descending order of quality — and demand! Not surprisingly, it’s also fabulously expensive as the best caviar is from sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. 


Songjiang (Shanghai, China) The Traditional City

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It was love at first sight with Songjiang, a stylish city, just about an hours drive from Shanghai. Full of fresh air and with loads of attractions tucked away in every nook and corner, this was an ideal place for visitors who would like to spend the weekends on day trips.


Taj Mahal (Agra, India) The Epitome of Love

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Under the Mughal Rule during the 16th and the 17th century, Agra was the capital of India and since the first half of the seventeenth century it has been the home to the most fascinating monument of the world which till date reign supreme; the Taj Mahal.


Fajita (Tex-Mex delicacy)

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Fajita resembles our very own ‘Calcutta roll’ but not wrapped so meticulously. The combined dish of Texas and Mexico also means ‘a little strap.’ The history of Fajita is a little inhuman;


On the shores of the Mediterranean - Alexandria (Egypt)

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Magnificently blue-green waters have an instant soothing effect on the mind. In this case the soothe factor came from the visual charm of the vast desert meeting the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea at historic Alexandria. 


Rezala (Mughlai Food) From the Kitchens of the Nawab

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A few weeks back I was watching Satyajit Ray’s film Shatranj ki Khiladi and quite enjoying the fact that the nawabs had so much time to laze around and gorge on some exotic nawabi khaana. Well, I was certainly thinking of Wajid Ali Shah who was known to be foodie. When he came to Calcutta, it is known that he brought all his chefs and cooks to supply him his daily dose of food glorious food. 


Alcazar Show (Pattaya, Thailand)

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“No see Alcazar Cabaret?” came the question with a broad smile. “I beg your pardon?” I surprisingly asked the lady at the travel desk of Dusit Resort of Pattaya. I was not ready for this funny question. “Alcazar, Pattaya’s culture show” was the prompt reply. The name Alcazar always reminded me of Tintin’s friend, General Alcazar. No one in Pattaya could tell us why the renowned dance programme was named so. 


Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja

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Name of the Puja Committee : Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja Committee,
                                               5/1, Kashi Bose Lane, Kolkata – 700 006.

History Of this Puja          : It was the foregoing time of 2nd World war. In the year of 1937, the British empower stopped the puja at ‘Simla Bayam Samity’ in North Kolkata, which was mainly organized by some freedom – fighters. They came to Kashi Bose Lane CIT park along with some local enthuastic youths & residents & arranged & started the Durga puja at Kashi Bose Lane ground, but in the time of 2nd World War (in 1939), this tune of had been loosened for one year due to the socio-economic situation. But then , this durga puja continues till now with adding various dimensions to Kolkata Durga Puja Festival & enriches the significance of Bengali culture world wide. In 2012, Kashi Bose Lane Durga Puja Committee will be going to celebrate 75th year i.e. the Platinum Jubilee year to poise the projection to the masses & to develop a well entrenched tradition in Bengal rather in Indian socio-economic landscape for attracting visitors from far & wide and also for winning their hearts. The main objective of this puja is to provide the message of peace to the masses with endless joy, prosperity, love & happiness forever.

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