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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014

Monsoon special: chasing the rains in remote India

Abandon your city and its overwhelmed sewers this season. Go where you'll fall in love with the monsoon again. Brunch got a panel of four travel bloggers and photographers to show you the way.

Museum of Sex gets New Yorkers in the mood

A flirty exhibition inspired by the naughtiness of an old-fashioned British or French funfair, is a hit attraction in New York this summer. Visitors are flocking to the Museum of Sex to jump up and down on giant inflatable breasts among other mildly titillating and fun things.

Halal tourism takes off in Japan

Prayer rooms, hijabs made from local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are appearing in the largely homogeneous country as tourism bosses wake up to the demand from Muslim travellers.

German airport rolls out world’s first robot parking valet

Named Ray, the robot was put to work recently at Dusseldorf Airport and operates like a forklift, picking up cars and positioning them in one of the dedicated 249 spots reserved for the automated valets.

Germany's Heidelberg is a pocketful of charm

Far removed from the daily grind of industrial towns, this precious nook has been lovingly preserved and is truly worth exploring. It has been a venerable seat of learning since 1386 and it harbours an atmosphere of learning and excellence, far removed from the daily-grind of industrial towns.

Find Delhi's monuments at click of a button

Seeing his son download apps on his mobile phone, this Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officer had a brainwave - to create an app for Delhi's monuments, both well-known and obscure, so that tourists could keep this information "handy" as a "self guide".

Kyoto voted the world's top destination

Japan's Kyoto has been named the top travel destination in the world by readers of Travel+Leisure magazine in the US, knocking last year’s winner Bangkok clear off the top 10 list. Santorini in Greece is voted the best overall island in the world.

Australia emerging as new casino hotspot

Australia is emerging as the latest hotspot for casino operators as they look to attract Asia's high rollers to the gaming tables as well as its pristine beaches and popular centres like the Great Barrier Reef.

Oregon: only hours from Napa Valley, but a world away

While Napa Valley and Sonoma are renowned for their world-class wines, tasting trips there generally come attached to luxurious digs, spa treatments, $25 tasting fees, Hummer limos and standstill traffic. But four hours from it,

Caribbean hotspot Belize: a surf and turf vacation

It has a major advantage in reeling in the holidaymakers - spectacular Mayan ruins tucked away in lush jungle. Its ancient appeal draws in backpackers eager for adventure as well as divers ready to gawk at its bustling reefs or plunge into its turquoise waters.
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