Take virtual tours of Warsaw, Bogota, Venice... with real-time guides
The Times of India Mumbai|June 18, 2020
Mumbai: For his birthday celebrated last month during the Covid lockdown, Gurgaon-based Dr Vinayshil Gautam was joined by his daughters—one in Singapore and the other Toronto—and relatives in the UK, for a “tour” of St Petersburg in Russia.
Manju.V@timesgroup.com

The unexpected trip was the grand finale of the surprise party his Singapore-based daughter, Tanvi Gautam, had planned. Going on a holiday during the lockdown isn’t easy, but she had only one hurdle to cross —that of matching time zones of Canada, Singapore, the UK, India and Russia—to select a suitable hour for the visit. For, it was a virtual trip, done on the Zoom app, but with a tour guide in St Petersburg who walked around with a phone camera.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the newspaper

MORE STORIES FROM THE TIMES OF INDIA MUMBAIView All

1st crew boards China's space station

Jiuquan: Three Chinese astronauts on Thursday flew to an unfinished space station in China’s first crewed mission since 2016, expanding the country’s already growing near-Earth presence and challenging US leadership in orbital space.

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 18, 2021

India Collapse After Shafali, Smriti Heroics

Reminding everyone about a certain Virender Sehwag with her bold and exciting strokeplay, teenage sensation Shafali Verma fell just four runs short of a well-deserved century on Test debut.

2 mins read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 18, 2021

Putin Praises Summit Result, Calls Biden A Tough Negotiator

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday praised the outcome of his summit with US President Biden and called him an astute and shrewd negotiator.

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 18, 2021

Test For Sena: Cog, BJP To Oppose Property Tax Hike

Mumbai: The BMC’s bid to hike property tax by 14% has turned into a political hot potato with Congress and BJP saying they would vote against the proposal, putting the ruling Shiv Sena in a tough spot barely six months before civic elections.

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 18, 2021

Private Hosps Submit Data On Vax Stocks, Requirement

Mumbai: Private hospitals have to reveal their vaccine stocks to the Brihan Mumbai municipal corporation (BMC) and try to exhaust them at the earliest by vaccinating more, civic chief IS Chahal said on Thursday.

2 mins read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 18, 2021

Choksi Knew Probe Agencies Were Closing In: New CBI Chargesheet

Mumbai: A series of moves made by fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi two months before the first FIR was registered against him in February 2018 has led the CBI to conclude that he had prior knowledge about the impending criminal proceedings. “Hence, Mehul Choksi fled the country on January 4, 2018, with dishonest intent, to evade the process of law,” the CBI said in its supplementary chargesheet against Choksi and 21 others.

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 17, 2021

In Chinese Minister Presence, Rajnath Backs Free, Open SCS

Takes Swipe At Pak For Export Of Terrorism

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 17, 2021

Which Is The Right Yoga Mat For You?

The yoga mat — a permanent fixture at gyms and yoga studios — has gained unprecedented importance during the last two years, as we turned to home workouts to remain fit in the lockdown.

3 mins read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 17, 2021

Ex-Min Sunil Deshmukh To Quit BJP For Congress

Ayodhya brings Hindutva ex-allies to blows at Sena Bhavan junction

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 17, 2021

State's Daily Cases Go Past 10,000 Again, City Sees 11-day High (821)

Mumbai: Maharashtra and Mumbai reported an increase in Covid-19 cases on Wednesday but a dip in fatalities. After reporting under 10,000 cases for the last two days, the state reported 10,107 cases on Wednesday. Mumbai saw almost a 50% rise in cases as compared to the last two days, with 821 cases registered.

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
June 17, 2021
RELATED STORIES

UNITY IN A WORLD OF DIVERSITY

BRIAN JONES explores unity in a world full of challenges and diversity. Through different analogies and his own personal experience with meditation, he finds effective ways to achieve unity through the silence of the heart.

6 mins read
Heartfulness eMagazine
May 2021

Keep Singapore's Books Clean

The city-state wants to prove it’s safe not just for wealthy tycoons but for investors, too

3 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
March 15, 2021

José Jeuland 2020 BIG SURPRISES

It was the end of 2019, welcoming the year 2020 when I told myself that it would be a great year

3 mins read
Lens Magazine
December 2020

Keeping Up With the Lees

SINGAPORE IS NOT A MODEL FOR AMERICA.

10+ mins read
Reason magazine
January 2021

On the Rise

Premium economy soars in popularity and profitability for airlines.

5 mins read
Global Traveler
Class Act 2020

What You Don't Know About...Singapuras

Good Things Come In Small Packages

6 mins read
Cat Talk
June 2020

Pushing the BOUNDARIES of Creativity

The studio offers unlimited options and creativity.

3 mins read
Lens Magazine
May 2020

Do You Really Want a Flying Car?

It's the year 2020. So where are all the flying cars? The vast majority of people still get to work and school in boring, ground-bound cars. Not to mention buses, trains, and bikes.

2 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
May/June 2020

Leading the Way

Singapore balances priorities as it forges a sustainable future.

7 mins read
Global Traveler
April 2020

Felipe's Mexican Taqueria

Everyone has a handful of go-to restaurants they count on for consistently delicious dining experiences.

3 mins read
OffBeat Magazine
February 2020