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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

Iceland's Northern Lights require patience, warm clothes

Iceland offers plenty of attractions, from the geothermally heated Blue Lagoon and the Strokkur geyser reliably spitting a plume of steam several metres into the air every few minutes to whales. But a chance of seeing Northern Lights sits high on most tourists list of places to visit and things to do.

Japan to Iran: Top 10 places for Christmas-free Christmas

For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, be it for religious, personal or ideological reasons, and are looking to escape the frenzy of the holiday madness, consider countries like Japan, Thailand and Turkey.

For all you snow bunnies: Eight best skiing destinations in India and abroad

This winter, enjoy the drop in temperature by chasing the snow. Ardent travellers from around the world are making most of the chilly season by hitting skiing destinations. Here’s a list of places that you can visit for some downhill fun.

Cooled stadiums to sea breeze: What to expect, what not to expect at Qatar's World Cup

The 2022 World Cup in the oil-rich Gulf nation is shaping up as a unique experience. Qatar has vast riches to deliver its World Cup bid slogan: "Expect Amazing". But will women, gays and beer-drinkers will feel comfortable here? We can't wait to find out.

Get ready for Doctor Who roller coaster, Benedict Cumberbatch-filled Sherlock ride

Fans of Doctor Who and Sherlock may want to block out some time in 2020. The BBC will be bringing some of its popular TV shows and characters to life at a new £2 billion theme park that’s expected to open in North Kent in 2020. Get details.

Cold comfort: And the award for Europe's best ski resort goes to…

France dominates a new ranking of best ski resorts in Europe, with the award-winning Val Thorens taking the top spot. With more than 600 km of runs, 99% of which is situated above an altitude of 2,000 meters, Val Thorens in the French Alps is also located at the highest point of the 3 Vallees.

Western Railway turns 150: A look at iconic eateries around its stations

Over the years, these eating joints have undergone many makeovers — iconic stalls have turned into eateries, famous juice centres have become air-conditioned multi-cuisine restaurants. We take a local from Churchgate to Borivali to visit some of them.

Poland, Bollywood's new Switzerland: Of old-world charm and world-class studios

Poland is beautiful, it's exotic, it's unique and it's got a certain sense of style which you'll see nowhere else. We're not saying it, A-listers from Hollywood and Bollywood are. Here's how foreign film-makers are getting increasingly seduced with this land of '1,000 locations'.

Don't let jet lag ruin your trip, follow these 6 smart tips

All of a sudden, you're wide awake in the middle of the night but you can barely stay awake for dinner. Yes, jet lag can nearly ruin a trip and totally throw you off but one can make it less terrible by following a few simple steps.

Proof: Christmas is not the same around the world

Don’t just shop, eat or visit museums during your big winter vacation; we let you in on some Christmas celebrations you’ll want to be part of.
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