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Rakshabandhan with the Army on the high lands of Ladakh

By Nikita Abhyankar Every year on Rakshabandhan and Bhaidooj, I go jumping to my brother, superficially choosing these days to celebrate our relationship. Some cynics always commented, “Why do you need a day to celebrate love for your brother?” I would have remained oblivious to the answer for my question had I not come across an article on Lakshya Foundation, and how its founder is assisting civilians to Ladakh for Rakshabandhan. My chat wit...

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Changing times, changing food; 10 off-beat Onam recipes

India, a country of 29 states and seven Union Territories, is abundant with several festivals, majority of which fall during the harvest season owing to the agrarian culture of livelihood. The diverse land pattern also provides opportunities for foodies like me to explore the various food patterns around the country. And since Onam is here, let’s talk about Sadhya, an elaborate vegetarian feast from Kerala traditionally served on a banana le...

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Varanasi Diaries

By Aditya Kunte During my time in Varanasi, I have tried my level best to capture the essence of the ghats that I find so alluring. Photo: Aditya Kunte My trip to Varanasi began with an extremely hot, bumpy, crowded, and not to mention a very aggravated bus ride from Lucknow. It was the kind of trip that made me question my sense of self-importance (I had my first experience of a monkey bite, but more on that later). But it was also the kind...

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Off Beat Travel Diaries: Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

By Amruta Dhamorikar Situated close to the city of Pune, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the easiest escapes for a traveler. And so during a long weekend of four days, I found myself longing for the wonderful dense forests of Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the Khed and Ambegaon talukas of Pune district, it was created for the protection of the state animal of Maharashtra – Indian Giant Squirrel in the year 1984. ...

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#AdventureNme Contest Results: What is adventure for you?

#AdventureNme blogging contest     So far nobody has been able to explain what the definition of Adventure would be. Us ambitious lot at AdventureN made a few efforts and asked people around, “What adventure means to you?” with #AdventureNme. Far from what we expected, the answers from people ranged from being philosophical, crazy, hilarious and pretty insightful! This came from a college-goer: “#AdventureNme is clearing...

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Riding the Ashtavinayak Yatra

- Bharat Lele Among all the millions of Gods and Goddesses in the Hindu mythology, the elephant-headed God Ganpati is one of the most loved and revered and completing the Ashtavinayak Yatra every year since the past 12 years is a matter of joy for me and my fellow riders. The Ashtavinayak Yatra route map (Photo: ashtavinayak.info) To provide with a basic idea of the Ashtavinayak Yatra for those who are unaware, this Yatra involves a vis...

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Growing is a part of everyone’s life and there are many who help us in that period of growth, growth could be in any area. But when we announced our first photo contest we had you guys who actively took part in our #AdventureClick contest and we must say bravo to you guys for making it a success. We have so far had a lot of entries and we cannot tell you how happy we are to judge them. It is time for those who haven’t given #AdventureCli...

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Quest for the Western Tragopan

By Shraddha Mehta Inside the Great Himalayan National Park (Photo: Shraddha Mehta) It was late March when me, along with a few friends realised that it was high time we needed a break. And the first thought that popped in our minds unanimously was, ‘The mountains are calling and I must go,’ a proverb widely used by John Muir. Photo: Shraddha Mehta A Himalayan trek, away from Pune’s dry March heat seemed welcoming and thus was made...

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