Travels with Surabhi

"I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list"

Iran Travel Diary – I Dreamed of Persia

In contradiction to the hostile coverage it gets in the media, Iran turned out to be one of the safest and most welcoming countries I’d visited with a vibrant artistic tradition going back thousands of years. One of the reasons… Continue Reading →

Cambodia Travel Diary – The Mysteries of Angkor

To an Indian, it’s a matter of great curiosity that the largest Hindu temple in the world should lie not in my own country but across the Bay of Bengal in tiny Cambodia. And so for me, exploring the ruins… Continue Reading →

Arunachal Pradesh Travel Diary – Ziro Valley and Tawang

Travelling through Arunachal Pradesh, I was able to experience the Apatani tribe’s way of life in Ziro Valley and Buddhist Monpa culture in ethereal Tawang. Arunachal Pradesh literally means “Land of the Dawn Lit Mountains” in Sanskrit. The largest state… Continue Reading →

Sikkim Travel Diary

I spent two weeks in the enchanting Buddhist Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim covering Gangtok, Lachung, Ravangla and Pelling. The tiny state of Sikkim is nestled in the eastern Himalayas bordered by four different countries on all sides : China, Bhutan,… Continue Reading →

Mexico Travel Diary – Markets, Murals and Mayans

The legendary ruins of Teotihuacan, Palenque and Chichen Itza in Mexico are a fascinating introduction to Precolumbian cultures. There are many unfortunate cliches which persist about Mexicans. That they’re all taco eating, tequila-swigging, mariachi playing “bad hombres”. And even worse… Continue Reading →

New Orleans Travel Diary

New Orleans…the birthplace of jazz with its air of elegant decay is a sultry mix of French, Spanish, African and Caribbean influences which is quite simply like no other city in America. I reached New Orleans on a rainy night… Continue Reading →

Morocco Travel Diary – Medieval Medinas and Camel Safaris

The highlights from my trip to Morocco were rambling through the medieval Medina of Fez and going on a camel safari into the Saharan desert… There is something of a dichotomy between what appears on the outside in Morocco and… Continue Reading →

Italy Travel Diary – All Roads Lead to the Romans

While Italy is an absolute treasure trove of natural beauty and culture, this travel diary focuses on three important sites of the mighty Roman civilisation: the capital Rome, and the resort towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Romans to me have… Continue Reading →

Argentina Travel Diary – Hiker’s Paradise in Patagonia

My journey through Argentina started in Buenos Aires and ended in Iguazu Falls but the piece de resistance was hiking in breathtakingly beautiful Patagonia. Argentina is a curious mix of the Old World and New. On one hand Buenos Aires,… Continue Reading →

Iceland Travel Diary – Winter Wonderland

Going to Iceland feels like stepping into a Hans Christian Andersen tale, I half expected to stumble across the Snow Queen’s lair as I explored its surreal moonscape in the perpetual twilight of late December. I’ve often wondered how much effect… Continue Reading →

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