India’s First Step Towards Regulating Tourist Traffic Is Under The Scanner, But Why?

 

The Indian government’s decision to limit the total number of domestic tourists to 40,000 a day inside the Taj Mahal has led to conflicted emotions across the world. Do we need a special privilege to visit our own cultural heritage? The question that needs to be highlighted is a much bigger one. Continue reading “India’s First Step Towards Regulating Tourist Traffic Is Under The Scanner, But Why?”

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Hampi: Story of A Ruined Citadel

Episodes about the Vijayanagara Empire in the television show Bharat Ek Khoj by Mr. Shyam Benegal (based on Jawaharlal Nehru’s Discovery Of India) – that I loved watching on Doordarshan during my growing up days – had developed a deep curiousity and fascination about the empire in me; and I had always yearned to visit the ruins of Hampi – capital of the 14th century Vijayanagara Empire. Imagine my joy when I visited Bangalore this year for a conference and realized that this was the perfect opportunity for me to make my childhood dream come true. Continue reading “Hampi: Story of A Ruined Citadel”

Do Humanitarian Responders Qualify As Responsible Travellers?

As the world faces more frequent and severe disasters, humanitarian workers find themselves busier everyday – facilitating and implementing humanitarian responses in disaster affected communities across the globe. As a humanitarian professional, I too have had the opportunity to travel across India and Nepal over the last nine years – contributing to communities and experiencing local cultures, although quite differently from other responsible travellers. Continue reading “Do Humanitarian Responders Qualify As Responsible Travellers?”

Raipur, Chhattisgarh: Land Of Gonds, Bhils And Surprises

As a development professional, I often get to visit places that an urban traveller wouldn’t generally consider for a holiday. One such instance was when I was required to visit the capital city of Chhattisgarh (a young state situated in the centre-east of India), Raipur, for some last-minute meetings at the Ministry. The one-and-a-half day visit was surely not enough to explore the growing city in its entirety but I did get a glimpse into the surprising blend of traditional and modern life. Continue reading “Raipur, Chhattisgarh: Land Of Gonds, Bhils And Surprises”