A niche segment of tourism is Dark Tourism, which includes Prison Tourism or Penal Tourism. The desire for Dark tourism often arises from the morbid curiosity of death and disasters. While this type of tourism has become more popular only since the last few decades, one must know that it has been in existence even centuries ago. One example of this is the huge popularity of gruesome gladiatorial fights during ancient Roman times when people travelled miles to witness these fights, or the huge crowding at medieval public executions, those during the guillotine beheadings of the 18th and 19th centuries as also the morbid Victorian-era morgue tours. Hence it is simply ‘old wine in new bottle’.
Prison tourism refers to the act of visiting erstwhile or even working prisons or prison museums, experiencing the life of a prisoner at various prisons, decommissioned or not, against a certain payment under a scheme introduced by the government in association with the prison authorities. It is claimed that visiting these places helps the tourist to establish a connection with the sufferer who once lived here and suffered the torture or punishment. Prisons, as a part of dark tourism, highlight the places of incarceration and suffering. Some former prisons have been turned into museums now, while some are popular for day trips wherein visitors get to know the interesting history behind, and yet others double up as hotels or provide a very unique ‘Feel the Jail’ experience where visitors pay to live the difficult life of a prisoner for a day. And the most interesting fact is that, there is growing demand for such kind of tourism!
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A gastronomical trip to Kashmir
Kashmiri cuisine has been influenced by the cuisines of the Mughals, the Arabs and the local style of cooking of the Kashmiri pundits. While most of the signature delicacies of the region are non-vegetarian, there are many interesting vegetarian dishes to try as well. In the non-vegetarian dishes, mutton, chicken or fish is the main ingredient. There is abundant use of spices like cardamom, fennel, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and saffron giving the food not only exquisite taste but also rich aroma. In this article we bring to our readers 16 ‘must try’ items from Kashmiri cuisine.
Goan Curries: SEVEN CURRIES TO TRY WHEN YOU'RE IN GOA
Admit it, Goan cuisine is comfort food in itself, hitting all the right notes, while simultaneously bringing all the essential nutrition to the table!
FENI: Goa's Magic Concoction
Come March and every corner of Goa is teeming with the sweet aroma of ripe Cashew apples. Goans get ready to not only roast the cashew nut, but also to brew Goa’s favourite elixirs - Urrack and Feni. While Urrack has a very short shelf life, Feni can be stored and aged for up to 10 years! Just like wine, the more you age the Feni, the pricier it gets. A delicious drink replete with fruity, pungent and earthy aromas, Feni gets at least half of Goa’s population reminiscing nostalgically. It is an emotion stronger than wine or whiskey and it has us and many tourists, swooning over its unbeatable goodness in all its myriad flavours!
10 Must Visit Food Streets Of India
India as a country enjoys huge diversity in every aspect, be it in terms of languages, communities, religions, looks of people, geographical terrains, weather conditions, and so on. In such a diverse country it was but natural to have a great diversity of cuisines too. As a result of the diversity of races, communities and religion, the impact of geographical advantages and restrictions and prolonged exposure to various external influences over many centuries, the various regions of the country has been able to develop a unique culinary portfolio. As such there is nothing like Indian Cuisine in general, it is a group of cuisines coming together, viz., South Indian cuisine, Punjabi cuisine, Rajathani cuisine, Goan cuisine, Kashmiri cuisine, Bengali Cuisine, Maharashtrian cuisine and so on. A great way to explore this diverse food portfolio is to visit the local street food markets while visiting different towns and cities across the country. These street food markets are heaven for foodies. They have a character of their own and you are ready to give up the idea of dining in a upmarket restaurant in order to grab that experience of eating amidst all that chaos and being a part of that character for a while.
Darjelling: The Foodies' Paradise
Darjeeling, also known as the Queen of Hills, has a colonial past. Back in the days when Calcutta used to be the capital of the British Raj, Darjeeling happened to be the most coveted hill station for the Gora Sahibs and the Mems. It was only an overnight train from Calcutta, followed by a 12-hour journey on the toy train from Siliguri. Even to date, the place is covered with buildings of the colonial era, which are now occupied by government offices.
Dream DESTINATION FOR EVERY BIKER
The sky-high mountain passes of Ladakh, accompanied by the barren landscape, the picturesque views composed of lakes and mountains, and the deserted roads beckon bikers for the experience of a lifetime. It indeed is a dream destination for every biker.
Caravan trip-On the road with a pet
Amit Singh aka Desi Tourist is a travel vlogger who recently made a long caravan trip with his pet pug Popu. The trip was not only rejuvenating because it came after months of staying home during the lockdown, it was also one of realisations about the relation between humans and their best friend – dogs. Team Touriosity loved this idea of a caravan trip, as well as travel with a pet. So we interviewed Amit for an insight into his unique experience. Following are excerpts from the interview:
Luxury travel In The Deccan Odyssey
Experiences sometimes crystalize into key memories that we can dig into and extract a handful of happiness from - as many times as we wish. And I can close my eyes anytime and let the Deccan Odyssey slide show play.
PRISON TOURS as part of Dark Tourism
One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one will only in time come to hate. In this there is also a residue of belief that during the move the master will chance to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and say: “This man is not to be locked up again, he is to come with me.” – Franz Kafka in Blue Octavo Notebooks.
THE KILLING FIELDS
CHOEUNG EK Site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge (killed between 1975 and 1979) near Phnom Penh, Cambodia
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT With Liz and Scott in tow, Cameron is taken to the PCPD for processing. He insists he is innocent and only grabbed the gun because Britt was being kidnapped. Jordan reviews G.H. security footage, which confirms Cam’s account. She drops the charges. Relieved, Liz talks with Scott about whether to tell Cam that Peter, not Jason, killed Franco. Cam overhears and is rocked. He heads to Josslyn’s and apologizes to her for wrongly accusing Jason. She accepts, but is jarred when he describes holding a gun on Jason. Cam can tell that there is still a distance between them and laments to Liz that he’s lost his best friend. Joss voices a similar sentiment to her dad.
GH: ALEXIS FACES THE MUSIC
Tensions are running high for Alexis and her loved ones when the disgraced and disbarred attorney, who is facing charges of attempted murder for her stabbing of Dante, arrives for her sentencing.
ASTEROID SAMPLES ESCAPING FROM JAMMED NASA SPACECRAFT
A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said.
US SPACECRAFT TOUCHES ASTEROID SURFACE FOR RARE RUBBLE GRAB
A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth.
FRIENDS AND ENEMIES: Dan Tipton and Johnny Tyler
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HOSPITAL + CHECK-IN
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November shakedown to Bermuda
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Matthew Perry - Off The Rails
A VETERAN OF MULTIPLE STAYS IN REHAB, THE FRIENDS STAR SHOCKS ONLOOKERS WITH HIS DESTITUTE APPEARANCE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD.