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Posts by Charles Victor

Ghost town in India: Kuldhara

We’ve been to spooky places before. From the eerie Museum of Toruture in Montepulciano to the spooky subterranean Catacombs in Paris. So while I was in Rajasthan scouting locations for a shoot, the chance to hop into a famous legend of Rajasthan Tourism – Kuldhara ghost town in India, I jumped at it. Roughly 18 kms from Jaisalmer, we took a left off the Jaisalmer-Sam-Dhanana Road to get to this much talked

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Bangkok Boutique Hotel: The uber-chic Oriental Residence

Driving from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Oriental Residence, a Bangkok boutique hotel, we couldn’t help but think back to all the time we’d spent in Bangkok (and Thailand) and how much we love the place and the people. We’ve been here more times than we can count and on each trip, there’s always something special we’ve taken back with us. Little did we know that we were on our way to

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Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Luxury Hotel That Outshines The Rest

We couldn’t look much further while looking for the ultimate Bangkok luxury hotel. The Mandarin Oriental is the oldest hotel in Thailand. La grande dame de Bangkok. Close to 140 years of elegant luxury. The hotel that has seen the likes of  Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham walk its hallways. And we were standing in its lobby, surrounded by smiles as large as ours, about to be checked in at an experience

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SWIG Hip Flask – Will travel for tipple 

The Swig Hip Flask that was recently added to our travel kit, couldn’t have come at a better time in our lives. At Different Doors, we enjoy having a good drink every now and then. I, probably more than Revati. And among our favourite things to do when we travel is to sample the local tipple. But as we find ourselves going off the beaten path ever so often, it

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3 Days in Bucharest – First impressions on a work trip

I love what I do with my day job and while I’m usually smiling through the long hours, pressure and blink-and-its-here deadlines, there are a few surprises that make me smile even more. Travel. Anyone who knows me knows I spend a lot of time travelling between cities because of my advertising career. I’m greeted on most flights with a, ‘Welcome back Mr. Victor’, the coffee guy at the departure lounge gets

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Gobi Gear Hoboroll Review: Packing for the outdoors

The Gobi Gear Hoboroll isn’t a concept that’s new to us. We reviewed their previous edition all the way back in 2013, so when the new one came by we were a little curious about what’s actually changed in it. After spending a few hours with it, we’re pretty sure the new one is definitely something to talk about. What is the HoboRoll? It’s an innovative packing system that’s perfect for

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Don’t Just Drive Through Tuscany – Secrets from our experience

If it’s a trip to Italy that’s on your mind, a drive through Tuscany probably ranks pretty high on the list of things you want to do. And sure enough, when we were planning our trip, we were both very sure we wanted to drive through the little hills and villages we’d seen during our research. We later discovered that there’s little that actually matches the experience of discovering these magical hill

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The Dubai Desert Trip: Anything but a safari

“What is the most frightening thing you guys have encountered on your travels?” That was quite an ominous question Ravi asked us around midnight, considering we were five adults and one toddler out in the middle of the desert with not a sign of civilisation all the way to the horizon whichever direction you looked. Little did we imagine while we were planning our brief visit to Dubai that we would be out

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Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary

Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary, a snorkel mask, and me. Who would have thought? Until a year ago, I didn’t know how to swim. And a lot of people I’ve admitted that fact to react rather incredulously, disbelief writ large on their faces. So I begin the usual story of how I grew up in a city in South India where most of us didn’t learn swimming (my brother, most of my

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An open letter to the people of the Barossa

Dear people of the Barossa, This is a letter of truths. And let me begin with the biggest one. You intimidated me. All through the days of slow driving through the Great Ocean Road, I had a nagging fear that seemed to grow with each small town we passed. What am I, someone pretty illiterate when it comes to wines, going to do surrounded by wine connoisseurs for 3 days?

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Barcelona Cooking – Part II: In Candido’s Kitchen

Readers on this site probably know food is a big deal for us when we travel. And I don’t just mean what we eat, I’m also referring to the little cooking we like to learn when we’re on the road. We did it in Paris and later in Bangkok, and we were raring to have a go at a cooking class during our trip to Barcelona. In addition to the

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