Warrior Monks – The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar have captured my imagination ever since I can remember and I have spent numerous waking hours reading about them – some conspiracy theories, but some fascinating facts too.  So, it is of little surprise, when I found out about the existence of a temple connected to the legendary warrior monks in the... Continue Reading →

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All The King’s Horses And All The King’s Men

Today known as the home to the Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy – in particular, the world-famous Koh-i-noor, the Tower of London has a darker and bloodier past.  Cutting across 12 acres, this castle houses the main White Tower with two concentric layers of defence walls surrounded by an outer moat.  Designated as a... Continue Reading →

A Walk Down Thames

The mighty River Thames, that cuts across London is not only a prominent water feature of the city but also a cynosure of its art and culture.  Take a walk down the Thames on the South Bank and you will find art installations and artists who all have a story to tell. Here I have... Continue Reading →

Sights and Sounds of Notting Hill Carnival

A numb thumping sound catches my attention and I look towards my friend inquisitively, amused to see the same look on her face.  We are seated in a fairly, packed evening commuter carriage of the Circle Line, having changed from Metropolitan at Baker Street, headed towards my apartment near Tower Hill.  Just as the carriage... Continue Reading →

London: Music In The Air

Every nook and corner of London has one thing for certain - music.  It flows in the city's very fabric and blends seamlessly into its daily life.  Be it the weekend markets or the commute via the networks of tube stations, you can be sure to come across some form of melody floating by. These... Continue Reading →

The Call Of The Druk Yul: Bhutan

The Land Of The Thundering Dragon (Druk Yul) that is what Bhutan calls itself, and it is anything but that.  The name is derived from the strong gales that howl throughout this mountainous region, and yet in a dichotomy to its name, it is one of the calmest, serene, and most peaceful places I have... Continue Reading →

Of Waves, Winding Roads and Bells

“I didn’t quite like the place, there is something so artificial about it all”, I quipped on my very second day at Singapore.  In the moment that I forgot about my staunch travel manifesto – do not criticise any place, instead experience it all – I also managed to upset a few people.  Even though... Continue Reading →

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