At one end live those who are in a temporal wrap (some that are ancient yet surviving), and at the other are people who are so modern that they are leading the way of living lightly and have the smallest ecological footprint. It is this spectrum of people that makes travel what it is meant to be: understanding ourselves and our place by experiencing the other.
When the Covid pandemic hit in early 2020, of the moving parts that make up the Indian tourism industry — the traveller and tourism enterprises — had a voice, choice, and agency. The voice to turn the crisis of the pandemic-induced lockdown into an opportunity to rethink, reset, rebuild, and advocate for relief. The choice to pivot into new digital opportunities while sheltering at home. Or to diversify, re-imagine and recast themselves with newly positioned products for a changed world of travel. Many community tourism enterprises that work with such destinations and communities had to fold or morph.
Despite growing access to smartphones and the internet, the lack of digital skills and tailored opportunities in rural areas in India held people back.
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Embracing the warmth of the city and its people SIMRRAN GILL trace history and culture in Mysuru
Raw AND Masked
While in Jagdalpur, UTTARA GANGOPADHYAY enjoys a slice of scenic forests of Bastar, picturesque waterfalls, including the Niagara of India, and natural limestone caves
OF HISTORICAL Legacy
Delving deeper into India’s history, UTTARA GANGOPADHYAY cherishes the culturally rich small town offerings
A LABOUR OF LOVE
Yes, its sweeping, picture-postcard views will take your breath away. But look closely, and you’ll discover so much more in Ladakh. Precious, priceless textiles, traditional handmade crafts and superfoods that nourish the soul
CULTURE & COAST
With only 24 hours in the city, SIMRRAN GILL tries to cherish and walk the colonial and contemporary era line finely
With the backdrop of Tiger Hills, actor Sidharth Malhotra sits down and talks to Lachmi Deb Roy on his Kargil experience during the shoot of Amazon Prime’s 'Shershaah’ being the first Bollywood film to be shot in Kargil
On the road again
IT’S BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR SINCE I travelled anywhere outside Sweden, but, finally, last week, I did. It wasn’t a long journey, nor was it new to me. It was a day trip to Copenhagen. It is a city that I keep going back to since I first visited it in 2006.
When In Doubt, Go Find Out
I SPENT THE SUMMER OF 2017 IN NORTH-EAST INDIA, riding nearly 11,000 kilometers across Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Nagaland.
24 Hours In Indian Cities
If you only a few hours at your disposal, here is Team OT’s backpacking guide through various cities to make the best of it
Wear A Mask And Wash Your Hands!
United States 1918
THE GAME CHANGER
INSIDE DHD’S RECORD-SETTING DURAMAX
Meet the winners of our first America’s Best Pet Pals contest. Warm fuzzies guaranteed!
Building Community Through Education
KIRAN BIR SETHI is changing the experience of childhood in Indian cities through her education curriculum and initiatives to build healthy relationships between students and their communities. Here she is interviewed by KASHISH KALWANI.
Granny Chic Galore!
A homeowner’s holiday décor is an homage to Christmas at her grandma’s house.
NATURAL FOOD: Sources Of Retinol
Retinol considered the queen in skin care as it increases collagen production, which is a very important aspect in delaying skin aging.
INDIANA NOTIFYING 750K AFTER COVID-19 TRACING DATA ACCESSED
Indiana health officials said they are notifying nearly 750,000 state residents that a cybersecurity company “improperly accessed” their personal data from the state’s online COVID-19 contact tracing survey — a description the company disputed as a “falsehood.”
What is My Stereo's Gender?
Readers will recall, distressingly, that I have tried their patience on just about every topic that marginally relates to audio. LP grooves, CD bumps, flat response, boomy bass, warm recordings, cold binary bits—I have waxed philosophically on all of them. Which bring us to today’s audio topic: gender.
One of my closest friends in my hometown had a love marriage, which many considered to be a rebellious act against our small society.
Contentment - THE ART OF REMOVING AND CREATING HABITS
DAAJI continues his series on refining habits, in the light of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga and current scientific and yogic principles and practices. Last month, he explored the first Niyama of purity, shaucha. This month he shares his insights on that pivotal human quality – contentment, which is known in Yoga as santosh.
Carlyle's Goyal Brings India Lessons to Infrastructure, Energy Investing
POOJA GOYAL, 41, brings a unique personal insight to Carlyle Group Inc., where she leads the renewable and sustainable energy team and co-heads the infrastructure group.