BELGRADE – A BALKAN BEAUTY

Visit Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia, for an immersive walk from the country’s turbulent past to its liberated present

Let's meet by the horse
“Let’s meet by the horse” 
If someone in Belgrade tells you this, you must know they are referring to the sculpture of Prince Mihailo Obrenovic III riding a horse. It is one of the most popular meeting points in the city. 

A famous thought expressed by Serbian writer Duško Radovic says, “Whoever was lucky enough to wake up in Belgrade this morning can consider that he has achieved enough for life today. To insist on anything more would be unseemly.”

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BIKANER – A CITY OF GOLDEN SANDS & STARRY SKIES

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For me, the desert town of Bikaner has always been synonymous with famed Bikaneri bhujia! Overshadowed by its celebrity cousins – Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, the remote town in Thar desert remains fairly under-explored as a holiday destination. The ravishing red is lost somewhere, amid hues of blue, pink and golden! However, only when I happen to explore the vibrant city on a long weekend break with my partner, I discover that it has a lot more to offer other than the sev-like, crunchy snack packed in shiny foil packets.
After alighting the small Air India flight at Nal airport which is also the Bikaner Air Force Station, we are on our way to Narendra Bhawan which is around 16 km from the airport.
Local woman in Bikaner
During the drive, we see camel carts treading on clean, wide roads, independent houses (each one constructed in its own unique style) awash with colour and village belles sauntering in flowing skirts, with a ghunghat drawn over their faces, right till the chin. Our very first impression of Bikaner says a lot about the flavour of the city! We are delighted to see that it has a genuine untramelled vibe and a certain rustic charm.

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