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Catching sight of tigers in a jungle safari happens only when Lady Luck is smiling on you. Subhasri chronicles the nail-biting wait before she could sense three majestic male tigers patrolling their territory, so carefree.

A Tiger Encounter... That Wasn’t
A Tiger Encounter… That Wasn’t
Catching sight of tigers in a jungle safari happens only when Lady Luck is smiling on you. Subhasri chronicles the nail-biting wait before she could sense three majestic male tigers patrolling their territory, so carefree.
Ruinsara Lake Trek: Travelogue of a 6-Year-Old Mountain Ninja
Ruinsara Lake Trek: Travelogue of a 6-Year-Old Mountain Ninja
Arin is a student of Class I. An avid traveller at his tender age, Arin set off on the exhilarating Ruinsara Lake Trek in Uttarakhand with his mother Papiya — a challenging trek for a 6-year-old. Enjoy his narrated travelogue — an adventurous journey through the alpine forests, waterfalls, river and green meadows.
Chail Chalo! A Sylvan Escape in Himachal
Chail Chalo! A Sylvan Escape in Himachal
The LnC-Silhouette team set out for Chail for our annual trip this year. Here's a look at this mesmerising hill station in Himachal Pradesh, up in the sylvan hills of the Himalayas. We named our trip "Chail Chalo!" 😊🚍🚗
Valley of Flowers: A Slice of Paradise
Valley of Flowers: A Slice of Paradise
Discover paradise in Uttarakhand's Valley of Flowers. A kaleidoscope of colorful blooms, enchanting treks, and serene beauty awaits.
Where Devotion Meets Grandeur: ISKCON Temple in New Delhi
Where Devotion Meets Grandeur: ISKCON Temple in New Delhi
Devotion meets grandeur at Delhi's ISKCON Temple. Rahul Dang takes a tour of this spiritual abode to check out its rich history, ongoing events, and the essence that attracts hundreds of devotees from across the world.
Experience Monsoon Bliss in Lavasa: A Scenic Escape from Pune
Experience Monsoon Bliss in Lavasa: A Scenic Escape from Pune
Escape the city and embrace monsoon bliss in Lavasa! Experience breathtaking scenery and tranquility, just a short distance from Pune.
Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Uttarakhand
Explore the Enchanting Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple in Uttarakhand
A spiritual haven amidst nature's splendor, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple in Uttarakhand is an experience that nourishes both the body and the soul.
Kerala's Padmanabhapuram Palace and Its History
Kerala’s Padmanabhapuram Palace and Its History
Kerala is a small state in South India but immensely rich in natural splendour, architecture, culture and crafts. NS Rajan writes about Padmanabhapuram, the small territory belonging to Kerala, which lies intriguingly ‘inside’ the state of Tamil Nadu. Rajan explores its riveting history — a king and his 400-year-old palace, built entirely of wood, its intricate and bewitching woodwork, antiques and the sylvan grandeur — all of which make an absorbing story.
'Go West Odyssey — How I Saw America in 19 Days': In Conversation With NS Rajan
‘Go West Odyssey — How I Saw America in 19 Days’: In Conversation With NS Rajan
Go West Odyssey: How I Saw America in 19 Days, published by Blue Pencil in November 2022, is the maiden book of NS Rajan. In a conversation with LnC Editor-in-Chief, Antara Nanda Mondal, Rajan talks about how he came about writing his first book at 87, his experiences, memories, and plans. The pictures used in this article are from the book.
Karavali: The Awe-inspiring String of Golden Beaches
Karavali: The Awe-inspiring String of Golden Beaches
"Karavali" in Kannada, means 'Sea Coast'. True to its name this stretch of land along the southwestern coast of India is dotted with golden beaches, ancient temples and picturesque landscapes. Rajan NS takes a tour of this sun-kissed coastline.
Thousand Islands of New York – Where Glamour Embraces Penury
Thousand Islands of New York – Where Glamour Embraces Penury
Haimonti Dutta pens a memorable trip to the picturesque Thousand Islands archipelago. More than eighteen hundred in number, these islands on the St. Lawrence river straddle the border between the United States and Canada.
The Golden Gate Bridge
The Charms of San Francisco
Rajan NS loved visiting San Francisco and when he parted from it, he wistfully sang to himself: “I left my heart in San Francisco”. Take a trip through one of the world's most beautiful cities and its charming sights with Rajan.
Odeon of Herodes
Amazing Athens
The historic city of Athens with its towering ancient monuments has an old world charm. Ramendra Kumar and his wife Madhavi give us a glimpse of the lively, awe-inspiring experience they had there.
Cruising in a houseboat (Kettuvallam in Malayalam) on the backwaters of Kerala is really a delightful and unforgettable experience.
Kerala: A Series of Vignettes
A tribute to God’s own country, Kerala in short verses, inspired by the memories of our honeymoon almost 14 years back. This series of short poetic vignettes are part of the author's book 'Woman And Her Muse' (Authorspress, 2016)
The Old World Charm of Montreal and Quebec
The Old World Charm of Montreal and Quebec
Driving down from Ontario, through Montreal to Quebec and back the same way gives you an experience of stepping into a quaint world of rich history, great food and artistic creativity on display. Enjoy the journey.
My Trip to Uttarakhand: Travelogue with Sketches
My Trip to Uttarakhand: Travelogue with Sketches
This is 9-year-old Shubhankar's first travelogue with sketches on his trip to Uttarakhand where he visited Jim Corbett National Park and Nauchikiatal.
My Trip to Switzerland and Paris
My Trip to Switzerland and Paris
Kid's Travelogue: 7 year old Maitreyee Pujari takes you on a beautiful journey through Switzerland and Paris recounting her delightful and fun experiences.
Palace of Mysore
5 Famous Historic Buildings of India
We take you through top 5 historic buildings of India that will leave you speechless.
7 Amazing Places to Visit in Mussoorie
7 Amazing Places to Visit in Mussoorie
Mussoorie is an ideal holiday destination with scenic cliffs and foamy falls. We list 7 of the most amazing places in Mussoorie that are mesmerizing.
The Goa Diaries: When A Pleasant Surprise Went Unpleasant
The Goa Diaries: When A Pleasant Surprise Went Unpleasant
We took the map from the hotel and set off. What a wonderful weather, what bursts of rain, what greenery and what Goan music! I fell in love with the music.
Figure 2: The entrance to the Mulakunnathukavu temple
A Hidden Gem: Mulakunnathukavu Temple in Thrissur District
Haimonti Dutta explores the mesmerizing beauty of Mulakunnathukavu Temple in Thrissur District, one of the lesser known temples of Kerala tucked away amidst paddy fields, banana and jackfruit plantations and coconut trees.
Small and vulnerable, they are hunted on sea, from the skies and on land by several predators.
Raj Swaroop meets The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor), the foot-tall residents of Philip Island, which houses their largest conservatory. And pens a travelogue with a difference that makes your heart go out to these timid, nervous creatures who have their own struggles to face and overcome.
10 Family Travel Tips Guides Won't Ever Tell You
10 Family Travel Tips Guides Won’t Ever Tell You
In this column, Avijit Das Patnaik focuses on family travel with 10 tips keeping in mind touring inexpensive countries (Asia, Middle East, East Europe).
Pangong Lake
My Magnificent Trip Through Mesmerising Ladakh
This place is truly paradise on Earth. The water is so clear that I can see the lake bed. This lake is situated at a very high altitude of 14,000 feet. Eleven-year-old traveller Rounak Das takes you on a journey with him through Leh and Ladakh.
Buchenwald Concentration Camp was one of the first Nazi camps built near Weimar in 1937, with prisoners brought from all over Europe and the Soviet Union.
Dark Tourism – Another Way to Understand Travelling
Dark Tourism is a challenge to understand what life truly is and what it was. Human civilization is never complete without death or bloodshed.
Hundreds of cranes roosting in the cornfields and along the Platte River
The Wings Of Spring
To witness a timeless rite of spring. we took a short trip west of Lincoln to see the famous spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes of Nebraska.
Cappadocia is said to be derived from Persian language, when the region was called as “katpatukya” meaning “Land of Beautiful Horses”
Travel Tip: Where To Holiday In Summer 2015?
At Learning & Creativity I will give one travel tip per month ... and at the right time.. enough to buy your tickets cheap, early and start building the excitement! So my recommendation for summer 2015: Turkey & Greece
Mount Eden - the view of Auckland breathtaking from the top with the Tasman Sea on one side and the Pacific on the other
The Kiwi Country: New Zealand
Friendly and helpful, the locals are wonderful people with a smile always on their lips. The Kiwis make New Zealand even more beautiful!
Red Pagoda with Miniature Buddhas and Arahats
Hong Kong: A Tourist’s Delight
Giant Buddha at Lantau, the scenic beauty of Repulse Bay and Stanley Market, Lamma and Cheung Chau islands (fishing villages), Man Mo temple, Temple Street, Ladies Market (Mong Kok), Ocean Park, Disneyland, Victoria Peak and various museums showcasing the past and future of China - there's so much to see in Hong Kong.
Panchgani: 'Land of Five Hills'
Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani
Mahableshwar welcomes the tourists with an old-world charm plus modernity and natural beauty. Once the summer capital of Bombay Presidency during British Empire, Mahableshwar is one of the most popular hill stations of Maharashtra.
Breathtaking Ladakh
Lose Yourself in Leh and Ladakh
Ladakh, India, is dotted with beautiful monasteries and blessed with serene lakes, captivating valleys and lots more, that make it one of the most stunningly beautiful places in the world.
Naini lake is the heart of the hill station
Uttarakhand Delight – Ranikhet – Nainital
Ranikhet Ranikhet is a small Hill station is located In Almora, Uttrakhand. The place has bristling good old fashioned military atmosphere. With peaceful walks and breathtaking...
Coonoor is known as the Hidden Valley
The Magic of the South – Ooty and Coonoor
Ooty Rolling hills, tea gardens, eucalyptus trees and lush greenery all around! No wonder Ooty is called – the “Queen of Hills”. Do you know Ooty is short for Udhagamandalam?...
Rishikesh: City Of Saints
Rishikesh – Mussoorie – Dhanaulti: Spiritual Retreats
Rishikesh Popularly known as City Of Saints, the holy town Rishikesh is a must visit place for devotees. The city has always been a legendary part of Garhwal. According...
A view of the Teesta River valley near Kalimpong.
Pic: Anuj Kumar Pradhan (Wikimedia Commons)
Picturesque Darjeeling and Kalimpong
Darjeeling Summers can be unbearably hot. Why not head to the cool environs of Darjeeling – the “Queen of hill stations”? Nestled in the Mahabharat Range or...
The Christ Church
Shimla – Kullu – Manali: Alluring Sense Of Calm And Peace
Shimla Think of hill stations in India and Shimla immediately comes to mind. A name almost synonymous with hilly retreats, Shimla has for several hundred years now been playing...
Mesmerizing North-East – Shillong & Gangtok
Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is one of the most stunningly beautiful hill stations in India. Located at an altitude of 4,908 feet above sea level, Shillong is known as the "Scotland of the East” because of the rolling plains in the town. The greenery, waterfalls and the rolling plains make Shillong nothing short of a paradise on earth.
Magnificent view of lake
Srinagar – Gulmarg – Pahalgam: If There Is Paradise, It’s Here!
Srinagar Surrounded by lush greenery and mountains; Srinagar is often called as the “Venice of the East”. Nestled on the banks of the Jhelum River, Srinagar is...
Lonavala Hill station, India
Pic: Arjun Singh Kulkarni (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)
Breathtaking Lonavala – Khandala
Lonavala and Khandala are beautiful hill stations known for scenic views, majestic forts and several places for sightseeing.
The beautiful Maota Lake and Kesar Kyari
Jaipur, The Pink City: A Dream Destination
Jaipur, the city of the royal Rajputs, enchants you as Archisha takes you on a tour through its majestic forts and palaces.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nayan Grand Mosque is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Where Grandeur Combines Serenity
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the UAE and the eighth largest mosque in the world.
Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral with the statue of Emperor Alexander II of Russia in the front.
Helsinki, Finland: The Land of the Midnight Sun
L&C presents a tour of Helsinki, Finland: Land of the Midnight Sun. Historic landmarks, nature and islands, Helsinki has much to offer its visitors.
Holiday Vacation - Europe Calling!
Holiday Vacation – Europe Calling!
There can be no better time to pack your travel bags and head to a family holiday vacation that begins with Christmas and ends at welcoming the New Year at your favorite location.
Sagrada Familia is a magnificent basilica, known for its detailed exterior and interior design.
Barcelona, Spain: A Magical Journey
Bracelona in Spain is home to many UNESCO world heritage sites and several rich architectural marvels of renowned Catalan architects.
This bus service had been recommended by the friend who had made Bangkok his home
Around Bangkok In 80 Hours
I had 80 hours to kill in Bangkok and I was hoping to make the most of it. By habit, I rushed to board the bus only to realize it had plenty of empty seats!
Bridge to southernmost point of continental Asia
Singapore : Where Nature And Urbanism Co-exist In Harmony
The English name of Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura, hence the customary reference to the nation as the Lion City. Singapore is the world's only sovereign city-state that is also an Island Country. It lies in Southeast Asia off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Pulau Ujong, is its native name. Tourism in Singapore is a major industry in Singapore. It has one of the world's lowest crime rates. Transport in Singapore exhaustive including the well-known Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system. Popular tourist attractions include the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Singapore is a premium shopping destination as well with its various shopping belts Marina Bay, Bugis Street, Chinatown, Geylang Serai, Kampong Gelam & Arab Street, Little India, North Bridge Road, Orchard Road.
Herodus Atticus from the Acropolis.
Athens, Greece: A Tour Into The Ancient
L&C brings you a virtual tour of Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece with a glorious history spanning 3,400 years!
Mirror image of the rows of coconut trees on the still waters of the vivacious Vembanad Lake
Best Places To Go In Christmas Vacation
We queried our travel enthusiasts who are perpetually affected by wanderlust, and here’s their list of the best places to go in christmas holiday
The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights were named by the French scientist, Pierre Gassendi, in 1621.
Aurora Borealis: Amazing Natural Illumination In Norway
An aurora is a natural, colourful light display in the sky particularly in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. The most reliable chances to see the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are from Fairbanks(ALASKA), and above the Arctic Circle. The Aurora Belt in Alaska's great Interior and Arctic Regions are among the most active in the world. The Aurora is typically at their most frequent in late winter or early spring but can be seen throughout the winter months on nights with clear skies. In November, December or January one can experience short day light hours which provides a unique experience of viewing Aurora Borealis.
Virgin Mary fountain - A beautiful fountain built in the end of 19th century.
Zagreb – The Blend of Old and New
The historical part of Zagreb boasts of magnificent palaces, churches, museums and more.
Colourful and Pretty houses at Riomaggiore - Cinque Terre, Italy.
Cinque Terre – Charming, Beautiful, Mesmerizing!
A visit to Italy is incomplete without exploring Cinque Terre that lies in the Liguria region of the country.
Munnar, Kerala: Abode Of Tranquility
Munnar, Kerala: Abode Of Tranquility
The major attractions at Munnar are Sienna village, Mattupetty Dam, Kolukkumalai, and Nilgiri Hills among others.
The Vivekananda Rock looked imposing as we stood in a long queue to get tickets for the ferry.
Kanyakumari: A Voyage Into Spirituality
Surrounded by hills, banana plantations, paddy fields, and vast greenery; lies the picturesque Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu.
Let’s Explore a New Destination This Diwali
Let’s Explore a New Destination This Diwali
Here are some of the popular travel destinations that you can explore during Diwali season.
Outlining the town of Darjeeling - A view from our hotel room
The Dreamy Land of Darjeeling
Our sightseeing began with Darjeeling Ropeway that connects the "North Point" in the town to Singla, which is on the banks of the Ramman River.
Advaita Ashram in Mayavati was inaugurated in March 1899
A Little Pilgrim’s Progress: Travelogue of a 7 Year Old
The Advaita Ashram in Mayavati is more than 100 years old. It has a big garden and green hills and valleys all around. Read the travelogue...
Everything is pious, peaceful and pure in Lansdowne.
Lansdowne: Pious, Peaceful and Pure
Developed by the Britishers as a training center for Garhwal Rifles, Lansdowne despite being connected with civilization through different modes of transport is still untouched by the heat of commercialization.