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Since childhood, words like pyramids and mummies always used to enthrall us. All the story books written on and films made on Egypt, even those boring text books of History used to declare that nothing in our planet is as old, as big and as mysterious as the great pyramids of Giza, and needless to... Continue Reading →

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Temple-towns of ancient era were not only about big temples, rather a kind of cultural hubs, practicing and showcasing multiple sorts of art-forms like music, dance, drama, literature, painting, sculpture, food, and textile and so on. History shows us how a stable and prosperous ruler with good aesthetic sense used to encourage all possible aspects... Continue Reading →

A trip to Dawki, Shnongpdeng and Darrang, three villages alongside the crystal-clear river Umngot flowing through Meghalaya was nothing but a fascinating visual treat for us. At first let me introduce these places through our framed memories: https://youtu.be/M0XP0fkAIUQ How to be there? Dawki, a small village of West Jayantia Hills, Meghalaya is situated on India-Bangladesh... Continue Reading →

There are places in Meghalaya which have more appealing natural beauty than Mawlyngbna; but strange things drag us more; more than just visual pleasure. When I typed Mawlyngbna in Google image search, most of the photographs I found were of a riverside rocky plain, full with multiple bowl-shaped holes. That looked impressive! Beside the River... Continue Reading →

Travelling is not just seeing of sights. Sound matters! Darkness fell over the village, while we arrived at Kongthong, a small hamlet in the Khasi hills of Meghalaya. As soon as we got down from the car, we heard a high-pitch sound like birds chirping! Then again, another sound! And another! Yes! Here we come!... Continue Reading →

1. Face the Ancient Wonder: The Great Pyramid of Giza I don’t think any introduction is required for this signature wonder of Egypt! The Great Pyramid of Pharaoh Khufu, along with the pyramids of Pharaoh Khafre & Pharaoh Menkaure is located in Giza, near about 20 kms away from the capital city Cairo. To know... Continue Reading →

Locality where minorities reside seems compelling; a chance to explore their distinctive tradition, rather their attempt to keep hold of that, in spite of intentional or unintentional blending with majorities’ culture & lifestyle. That was our key motivation of visiting Coptic Cairo area of Old Cairo, home to Egyptian Christians (Coptic = Egyptian).  Legend says... Continue Reading →

To hear the heartbeats of a city, I visit markets. I watch people; observe what they do and how; hence try to assume the mass-nature and lifestyle. So wherever I go, markets are always in my must-visit list. Here I am portraying few markets of Egypt and going to explain what I think about them.... Continue Reading →

A cleaning staff of the ladies’ washroom of Cairo International Airport touched my hair and said “You Indians have beautiful hair quality!” I do not take much care of my hair, so was surprised, still felt good. I smiled her back, said ‘Thank you’ and in no time, found her demanding ‘Baksheesh’(tip) for this appreciation!!!... Continue Reading →

Like other North African countries, Egypt also owns a share of Sahara, the greatest desert on earth.  The river Nile, flowing almost straight from south to north has divided the Egyptian part of Sahara by two segments – Western Desert & Eastern Desert.  The Western Desert is mostly rocky desert, with a smaller sandy part.... Continue Reading →

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