HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

For a feel of real Rajasthan head to Churu

It is the 'gateway' to the Thar desert, boasts of untapped desert experiences and spectacular painted havelis, and yet, Churu — a sleepy town on the border of Bikaner, has never been on the list of 'go to' places in Rajasthan.

Manipur: The place where polo was born?

Britishers may have introduced polo to the world, but Manipur claims they taught them the game. The sport died out during the communist era, but is now catching up again. A look at the space it gets in the state's cultural calendar.

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'.

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