An Essential Guide to Charming French Cafes in Puducherry

By Amruta Shetty

Puducherry, fondly termed “Pondi” is often frequented by seekers of solitude, history lovers and leisure travelers alike. Steeped in a rich colonial history with traces and impact of the Dutch, English and the French evident even today, Puducherry is a magical melange of old world charm and modernity. Apart from its awe-inspiring beaches and distinct colonial architecture that transports you through time, it also plays host to several cafes that transport you back to a time when the breaks were longer, meals savored, food loved. A lazy day at a quintessential French cafe is undoubtedly among the most fulfilling pleasures in this lovely town. Unfortunately, the slow-paced lifestyle is slowly disappearing and so are the cafes. Before you start yearning for a simpler time where you could make a whole day out of visiting a cafe, here is a quick guide to all the charming French Cafes that capture the essence of this seaside city.

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Best Party Places in London

By Saroop Pillai

If Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Palace of Westminster and Tower of London are the places that first cross your mind when you think of London, you are a knowledgeable person with an inclination for historical landmarks and popular tourist attractions.

If bar hopping, attending DJ parties and visiting swanky clubs are things that you are looking forward to the most while in London, you are 100 percent a party animal and this article is exactly for you.

The nightlife of a city can decide its popularity and the inflow of tourists. A large number of people visiting cities like Las Vegas, Amsterdam, Seoul, Ibiza, Bangkok, and Miami every year is a proof of the fact that outstanding nightlife is an excellent contributor towards drawing tourists from across the globe. While exploring the cultural points of interest, historical landmarks and museums are important, you cannot say that you have seen it all until you experience the nightlife of a city.

London, a melting pot of different cultures and one of the most developed cities in the world, is also one of Europe’s hottest destination for party lovers. With pubs and trendy nightclubs dotted across the city, it can be difficult for one on a vacation to decide where to head to. Prepare your itinerary, and put on your party boots as we bring you a list of the best party places in London.

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Top 5 Beaches of Bali

Fishing boats dot the waters near an idyllic Balinese beach. (Source: Pixabay)

By Prateeksha Guruji

In a world where the likes of Mauritius and Maldives have often reigned over as the most visited tropical destinations among honeymooners and solo trippers, Bali’s rise as one of the most coveted tourist locations has been exceptionally phenomenal and rightfully so. Dramatic temples, striking green forests and of course the unceasing spread of white sand strips and glimmering blue ocean waters, the islands of Bali are no less than a paradise.

While Bali is blessed with volcanoes and clandestine villages, it is undoubtedly its beaches that have bottled the essence of the islands for ages. Some tucked away in the distant recesses while some bustling year-round with enthusiastic visitors, it is the pristine and divine beauty of them that has attracted travelers from the farthest corners of the world. Among the assemblage of its coastal riches, here are some of the best and unmissable shorelines that the islands have to offer to its guests.

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Top Must-See Places in Meghalaya, India

Meghalaya’s wondrous rain drenched landscape. (Source: Rajesh Dutta @ Flickr)

By Advaita Raut

Fondly termed as ‘the abode of the clouds’, this magical northeastern state lives up to its name and how. From wind-sculpted cliffs and a vibrant culture, to cascading rice terraces and gossamer waterfalls, Meghalaya is nature’s gift that keeps giving.

They say, to truly experience the magic of Meghalaya, you must visit it twice. Once, during the monsoons, when rains spectacularly lash this rustic land, deepening its verdure with every shower; a time when waterfalls gush with a renewed fervor, and the land awakens to the call of the skies. The other time is during the winters, when the place holds you in a rapture unlike any other. Warmed beautifully by the mellow winter sun, vast, gold fields yawn lazily under a bright blue halo of skies. All around the year however, the East Khasi and West Jaintia hills roll endlessly and languidly, beckoning you to explore hidden corners.

Here is a list of places you must add to your itinerary on your visit to Meghalaya.

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Vineyards of the Deccan Plateau – A Cityseeker Guide

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By Mili Doshi

The fact that the Deccan Plateau is known as a veritable “El Dorado” of vineyards, wineries and wine resorts is rather unsurprising. However, one only has to look beyond the much exalted terrains of Nashik, Pune and Sangli to unearth the seemingly unsung vineyards of Karnataka, which over the years, have begun to cause quite a stir in the Indian winemaking industry. What we have today is a tapestry of superlative wines birthed on the undulating, soil-rich landscapes of Nandi Valley, Krishna Valley and Kaveri Valley. Once the ground of monumental South Indian empires and legends, the state of Karnataka has transformed into what now stands as one of the country’s pioneering wine-growing regions, foreshadowing flourishing times ahead which could put Indian wines on the international radar. Without further ado, we take you through the many vineyards of the state.

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