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Editor’s Note Dear Reader,


ake a Holiday, if you want to remain healthy and stay happy! Latest research findings, shared by Dr. Bloom at ITB Berlin, confirm that people who spend their money on concerts, family trips or short breaks are happier than those who acquire material objects such as jewellery, clothing and electronic devices. The reason, she says, “One can compare a designer suit with an expensive watch, but not one’s diving holidays on the Red Sea with a colleague’s city break in Barcelona. What is more, experiences do not wear out over time.” Activities should satisfy people’s needs and it is the holidaymakers who should be able to choose them. Being able to make one’s own choices when on holiday is the key to a perfect break. Holiday Talk brings you several activity options to choose from in different countries. Activities to suit every taste and need: Glacier skiing in Austria or Canada or just partaking in the coffeehouse culture, ballooning over Cappadocia in Turkey, Safari trails or bungee jumping in South Africa, participating in Spanish festivities, e-biking in Switzerland or travelling through its streets on a segway, shopping at street bazaars… for others, indulging in fancy boutique stores, living in the lap of luxury, pampering themselves at wellness spas and working out the beer, wine and gastronomic delicacies of last night at the best gyms. Holidays can be so much fun! Save for them, go for as many as you can, but be sure you choose what you want to really do. Read for yourself and find out… Deepa Sethi

letter The destinations and attractions displayed in the cover story of Holiday Talk are truly ‘amazing’. Be it the rustic charm of attractions along the Chao Phraya River or shopping at Bangkok Malls, roadside stalls or the floating market. The images of sunny Krabi along with its plentiful natural attractions, white sandy beaches,crystal clear water has been well presented in the magazine.The picturesque Ko Samui with fabulous Beach Resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants and world class night clubs mentioned in the article will charm and surely appeal to its readers. Come to amazing Thailand and see for yourself!

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Travelling green in Switzerland

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MALAYSIA MEGA SALE CARNIVAL June 29 – September 1, 2013 Throughout Malaysia

Sale mania for shopaholics July and August are the months of the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival. This year’s carnival will have retail outlets, malls and shops selling everything from luxury goods to curios and souvenirs. Within this two-month shopping period, there are contests and prizes galore, in addition to the massive discounts. Note: If you are shopping for electronics, Malaysia is a great destination for buying products like cameras, mobile phones, MP3 players, DVD players, laptops and even electronic household items. Many of these products are manufactured in Malaysia making the prices a lot lower.



BALI KITE FESTIVAL July 21 - 24, 2013 Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia


Go there: Sanur is a 20 minute taxi ride from Bali international airport. It is well serviced by shuttle buses. For more details visit


NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL August 25 - 26, 2013 London, England

July 19 - 28, 2013 Boryeong, South Korea

Mud Marathons, wrestling, body painting This annual festival attracts more than 2 million visitors to Boryeong every year. You can participate in mud marathons, enjoy mud wrestling competitions, join in the coloured mud body painting contest and there is also a mud prison for those who want to serve (mock) jail time. Clean the mud-covered bodies by simply rushing into the sea in front of the festival venue. After sunset, the beach comes alive under the stars as there is music, street parades, cultural performances, concerts and fireworks display on the beach. Go there: From Seoul Central City Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Boryeong and then take a bus bound for Daecheon Beach. For more details visit


Send a message to God Enjoy this annual international festival in Padang Galak area, where traditional giant kites are made and flown competitively by locals to send a message to the Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. A competition is held for ‘New Creation’ kites (constructed from bamboo and cotton cloth) which includes detailed three dimensional figures representing the Hindu Gods. A gamelan orchestra plays music throughout the festival.


35TH BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA August 8 - 11, 2013 Bristol, United Kingdom

It’s sky time Witness an invasion of giant cartoon characters at this biggest hot air balloon event of Europe in the grounds of the Ashton Court Estate, close to Clifton Suspension Bridge. For four days, enjoy the daily Mass Ascent – where 100 weird and wonderful flying objects take to the skies all at once – and the ultra popular Nightglow, where an assortment of airborne balloons glow in time to music. There are balloon rides, food stalls, fireworks and a kids’ activity zone. Go there: By high-speed train services from London, South Wales or Birmingham and then use official Fiesta Bus Service.


ASAKUSA SAMBA CARNIVAL August 31, 2013 Asakusa, Tokyo

Caribbean themed carnival

Dance with half a million people

Enjoy a sea of colour as amazing floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets of London. Revellers are seen dressed in loud and garish costumes, with dancers taking to the streets. Sunday is the day for children and the next day is for adults. With the streets of London packed with street bands, Calypso music and food stalls, you will get to see some 50,000 performers and 40 sound systems. Go there: London public transport operates additional buses to serve the Carnival. Allow extra time for your journey as a number of local Tube stations are closed.

Watch the elaborately attired dancers on the streets of Asakusa for Japan’s largest samba carnival, shaking their tail feathers to the Brazilian beat as they work their way from Sensoji Temple to Tawaramachi Station. This Carnival attracts more than half a million people every year. Tip: Be sure to book your hotel in advance to secure prime locations. Admission to the Carnival is free, but the weather and the large crowd of spectators can heat up the area quickly. Pack a bottle of water and sunscreen before leaving the hotel. Don’t forget to carry earplugs if you have very sensitive hearing. For more details visit

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Austria Neelam Singh

In the very heart of Europe, Austria is a land of majestic mountains, tranquil lakes, fast flowing rivers and streams, deep forests, undulating meadows, charming villages and cities which still reflect the artistic grandeur of the old Austro-Hungarian empire.

Things you need to know... 000 0€0€€ 10110 100 CURRENCY - EURO LANGUAGE is rarely a problem, even in the most remote village, there will always be someone with sufficient English to help you.

VISA There are VISA 6 VFS centres in major Indian cities for Schengen visa.

FOOD OPTIONS Approx. 40 Indian restaurants, mainly in Vienna, Salzburg and Innsbruck

SHOPPING TIMINGS 9 am to 6 pm. Shops are closed on Sunday, only souvenir shops are open.


For activity enthusiasts Glacier skiing in the morning and water skiing in the afternoon, mountain biking on one day followed by a leisurely round of golf on next day, Austria has all kinds of combinations for tourists.

Vienna is a beautiful city, known for its historical buildings, not so much for its modernity. But once on the street, you will discover a lot of modern buildings and graffiti-covered walls.

LOCAL CARRIER Austrian Airlines. Duration of direct flight from Delhi to Vienna is approx. 7 hours (flight cost starting from approx. Rs 50,000 per person) Best way to commute within the country is by train.




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in Austria Vienna State Opera


The Vienna State Opera is one of the top opera addresses in the world – where you can enjoy the very best in first-class productions. It is located in the city centre and there is a dress code so make sure you carry something more formal than your holiday casuals. This famous stage offers over 50 operas and ballet works on around 300 days per season.



Vienna Museums Go to the Museums Quartier Wien, located in the middle of the city, where historic buildings are mixed with contemporary architecture. There are more than eight other museums to discover. In the evening when the museums are closed, you can move to one of the many outdoor restaurants and bars. It is fun and acceptable to enjoy a cold drink sitting down at the fountain with your feet in the water.

The Leopold Museum, housing the world’s largest art collection of Egon Schiele, is a must-see. Here you will find some of Vienna’s most fashionable bars and restaurants. Coffeehouse culture


You can’t leave Vienna without eating a strudel in a coffeehouse. These are where everyone from students to politicians to artists to bankers meet and socialise or simply relax with a newspaper. For a visitor, they’re the perfect place to feel the pulse of the Austrian people and plan your exciting day ahead.




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Look down from the roof of Innsbruck The Campanile, a 37m high glass tower provides breathtaking views to let your eyes roam over the city below. And should you wish to get married and are not afraid of heights, it provides just the right location. Following the ceremony, the honeymooners can enjoy their glass of champagne at the café ‘Lichtblick’ (bright view) on the roof terrace of the 7th floor.

Enjoy Innsbruck on The Sightseer. This new exclusive bus shows you the best sights in the city. With this flexible service you are able to get on and off the bus whenever you like.


Do not miss the Bergisel Ski Jump An architectural masterpiece, this outstanding sports stadium at the historic Bergisel Mountain rises majestically into the air towering over the city. It has the most modern ski-jumping facility across the globe with

At night time the ski jump is illuminated and continuously changes its colour

more than 28,000 seats for the public to enjoy the breathtaking ski-jumping experiences. Opening hours: June - October daily from 9 am - 6 pm, Tuesdays closed Ticket (adults): from Euro 9.00



The bathing lakes in Carinthia Carinthia is not known as Austria’s Riviera without reason. This Southeastern corner of Austria is blissfully warm in summer, providing excellent swimming and tanning opportunities at its many beautiful lakes. Facilities: bathing beaches, boat rental, campsites (nudist campsite), hotels. Water sports: sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving, crazy banana, tubing, parasailing, fishing and many more.

Alpine Golf Card The Alpine Golf Card covers a total of 28 golf courses in the Tyrol and Salzburg regions, many of which are located in some of the most magniďŹ cent landscapes of the Alps. There is also a group of hotels which offer special services and individual programs for golfers. They guarantee quality food and accommodation. The card can be purchased at all 28 golf clubs and in many golf hotels.




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Amazing Things to do in Austria Stay at the ‘Sound of Music’ film location in Salzburg Are you a movie buff? If yes, then Salzburg is the place for you. Home to the location of Sound of Music, the former Salzburg home of the real Von Trapp family is open to visitors for overnight stays. Plan a night stay at this famous villa, and relive the past.

Italia, where friendly staff will mix you a tasty but lethal cocktail from their extensive list. Do not miss a visit to the Sky Bar, a swanky cafébar, where tuxedoed waiters bring you pastries and coffee, or something stronger, situated at the top of Steffl Department Store. Getting up there means taking a lift from the street, which gives you a great view of St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

Shopping at the Palace

Trendy food joints in Vienna Motto is a stylish restaurant with the 70s inspired décor where the waiters sport Travis Bickle haircuts – but the prices are reassuringly un-chic. After your meal, head to nearby Bar

Viennese palaces once served as city residences for noble families, are now home to numerous interesting shops, particularly in the historic city center such as the Ferstel Palace, Harrach Palace, Dorotheum Palace, Dietrichstein Palace, etc.

Travel discounts ™ Vienna Card: Travel with the card and you will get more than 210 discounts and unlimited travel by underground, bus and tram. Rate: For 72 hours: Euro19.90 ™Salzburg Card: With this you can enjoy admission to all the sights in the City of Mozart, use of the public transportation network and get numerous other advantages. Rate: For 72 hours: Euro 36 ™Innsbruck Card: With the Innsbruck Card you get discounts on admission to Innsbruck’s most important sights such as the Hall Mint Tower and the Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Rate: Starting at a cost of Euros 31, it is valid for 24 to 72 hours.

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Disney magic

in Hong Kong

Enjoy a new era of Disney magic at Mystic Point, a new attraction opened at Hong Kong Disneyland this summer. It comprises the iconic Mystic Manor (first trackless ride), a themed photo area called Garden of Wonders, a new restaurant and a merchandise shop, each of which plays an important role in creating a fully immersive experience within Hong Kong Disneyland. So experience adventure full of surprises, special effects and theatrical wonders at Hong Kong Disneyland. For more details visit

Stay in a castle in Austria

For the first time Austrian castle Schloss Igls is available for ‘Exclusive Use’ for tourists. Located on the famous Igls sun plateau surrounded by 5,000 sqm of park and gardens, with a stunning view of the Nordkette & Patscherkofel mountains, this castle has opened its doors for discerning guests from around the world to serve as their private abode. It offers a unique setting for festive banquets in the company of family, friends or business partners. It can also be used as an exquisite wedding venue where official ceremonies can be performed. For more details visit

Swim with Sharks in Dubai

Enjoy ‘The Ultimate Snorkel’, a spectacular family activity allowing guests to swim with 65,000 marine animals, including sharks, fish and many species of rays in The Ambassador Lagoon, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, for only AED 225 per person with a complimentary snorkel and mask included as souvenirs. Experienced marine experts guide guests on a journey through The Ambassador Lagoon, an 11 million litre, 10 metre deep, marine habitat and underwater exhibit. Here, guests can watch the sea life peacefully and learn about fish species and ocean preservation. For more details visit


Explore Italy’s bone church

Have you ever heard of churches made entirely of bones? Visit Capuchin Crypt, Rome, Italy, named after the Capuchin monks. Its ceilings and walls are covered with the bones of 4,000 of them who lived there between 1528 and 1870. Apparently, the church was built on ground considered to be very sacred, so many people wished to be buried there. When there wasn’t any room left, the bones were dug up and placed in the underground chapels.

Open air dining on level 57 in Singapore

Sky on 57 in Marina Bay Sands hotel offers a bird’s eye view of Singapore and the bay. This towering hotel looks out on Singapore’s skyscrapers and the strange manmade ‘Supertrees’ of the garden of the Bay Park. Located at Tower One on level 57, the 12,000 sqft restaurant offers guests an unparalleled vista while they dine in a relaxed, sophisticated environment. For more details visit

Namdaemun gate reopens @ 24.2 mn USD in Seoul

Namdaemun, or South Gate, was the oldest preserved wooden monument in Seoul. Built in 1398, it was set on fire in 2008 by a man retaliating against the Korean government. While the stone base of Namdaemun remained after the fire, the wooden part of the structure was completely destroyed. The reconstruction took five years and $24.4 million USD to complete with the help of 35,000 different people. To prevent future fires, highly sensitive infrared cameras were installed, along with 152 sprinklers.


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to join World Heritage sites

The 3,776 metre tall Mount Fuji will be Japan’s 13th UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most popular tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists in Japan, it is an active volcano only 100 km from Japan’s capital Tokyo.

Sky-high dining in Venice

Enjoy ‘Dinner in the Sky experience’ at Hotel Cipriani in Venice along with an impressive view of the city. Tourists can join a party of up to 22 people for drinks or dinner on a platform hoisted 50 mt (164ft) above the ground. The platform, above the hotel’s swimming pool, features specially designed secure chairs and a table so that those ‘on board’ can feel as secure as possible. A three-course menu, lasting one hour including wine, costs Ð250 (£213) per person. For more details visit

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200 Buddhist monuments in Sukhothai, Thailand Sukhothai in Thailand is a World Heritage Site not to be missed for its magnificent Buddhist ruins. Known as the Sukhothai Historical Park, its main monument is the Wat Mahathat, a giant monastery with a temple and cemetery. The park consists of about 200 monuments, including stunning Buddhist temples, statues of Buddha and royal palaces. The park opens at 6 am, so get there early to experience the breathtaking early morning light on the stone monuments.


info talk Gold iPad for guests at The Burj in Dubai

The Burj Al Arab in Dubai, one of the mostluxurious hotels of the world, offers its guests a new privilege on arrival – a gold-plated iPad, worth £6,715. The iPads are specially engraved with the name of the hotel and contain software that acts as a ‘virtual concierge’, offering information on the hotel’s many services, which include private dining experiences and a butler. Guests need to return it on checking out.

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Hire Richard Branson’s heart in Australia Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson’s Australian residence, Makepeace Island, will be a more accessible and affordable option come the end of this year. The heart-shaped island can be hired in its entirety at times when Branson isn’t in situ. The 11-room primary residence, now available to private groups of up to 22 people, features a 500,000litre lagoon pool, a full-sized tennis court and pavilion, spa facilities, theatre, indoor bar and a two-storey, open-air Balinese Wantilan. Also, guests can sail or kayak around the 25-acre island, fish for bream and flathead, or arrange a river cruise. Per night stay on the island will cost around AUD$850 (£553).

School Holiday Getaways with Shangri-La

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts offer valueadded packages at 71 participating Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders hotels. The “School’s Out, Fun’s In” packages are available from June 15 to August 31, 2013, at 43 Greater China hotels, and 28 hotels and resorts in India, Australia, Fiji, France, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Sultanate of Oman and United Arab Emirates. A valid student identity card or teacher identity card must be presented at check-in. For more details visit


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Down Memory Lane Travelling is a way to experience different cultures of the world and expand the horizon of one’s mind. Frequent breaks rather than extended holidays are crucial to maintaining good health. One long summer holiday cannot compensate for a whole year of hard work and overtime. In order to remain healthy the important thing is to relax on a regular basis. Holiday Talk tells its readers how to get the best out of their holidays. In addition to information on various destinations for long and short breaks, the magazine also has expert travel advice and extensive vacation offerings, including Hotels, Resorts, Cruises, Special Travel Packages, destination activities and much more. Down Memory Lane highlights the best things to do and experience in the countries already covered in its previous issues.

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1 Glacier travel on the Ice Explorer

Enjoy this 80-minute journey on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on Massive Brewster Ice Explorers that are designed for glacial travel and led by an experienced driver-guide. At mid-point, the passengers can also safely step out onto the glacier.

Tours depart every 15-30 minutes from the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre.

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2 Touring Canadian Vineyards

Discover the Canadian wine regions that converge onto the Fraser Valley, Okanagan Valley and the Niagara Peninsula. You can hike through winding backcountry roads, perfect rows of vines, clear blue lakes and quiet tasting rooms where the winery owners still pour generous samples.

Beat the summer heat with Canada’s special Ice wine, made from grapes that have been allowed to freeze while still growing on the vine.

Buggy to see 3 Tundra Polar Bears Wapusk National Park, Churchill

While there are different ways to see Churchill’s polar bears, the most unique are local tundra buggys, designed to move smoothly over snow and ice. They also protect passengers from curious or hungry bears. One can stay at a wilderness lodge built on the bears’ migration route or take a canoe trip on the Seal River.



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Safari Trail

The to see the Big 5 Kruger National Park-Spread across two million hectare of wilderness, it is the best place to witness the ‘Big Five’ - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. Entree fee: ZAR 160 Gauteng Nature Reserve-Located less than an hour away from Johannesburg, the Lion and Rhino Park provides excellent recreational and accommodation facilities. Cheetah Outreach facility-Experience the excitement of a personal encounter with domesticated ambassador cheetahs, located 25 minutes from Cape Town. Here, you get an opportunity to meet adult ambassadors and cubs under 18 months. The animals can be viewed from a safe distance. (Entry rates ZAR10 during the weekdays and ZAR5 on weekends)

2 Luxurious stay at Sun City

Located two hours from Johannesburg, it’s a sprawling complex of luxury hotels, restaurants and Vegas-style shows on the edge of Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Excellent hospitality fit for a king and luxurious accommodation await at Sun City’s Palace of the Lost City. Take a ride down the Lazy River, surf the waves in the wave pool or soak up the sun on the palm-fringed white sand beach of the Valley of Waves. Adjoining Sun City is the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which hosts the Big Five. For more info visit

WORLD’S THIRD HIGHEST BUNGEE JUMP Experience a never-felt-before rush at the Bloukrans Bridge, located near Nature’s Valley, Western Cape, and take the plunge of 216 mt into the gorge below.

gorgeous drive on the 3 AGarden Route

A coastal corridor on the western coast of South Africa, it provides a landscape of tall trees, curving coastline, mountain hideaways, artist communities and modern malls. Its hidden destinations on its side roads are the secret of this region. Don’t forget to look seawards for the southern right whales, the humpback, bottlenose and common dolphins, and even killer whales that frolic close to shore, especially near Plettenberg Bay. Must Carry: Binoculars, camera, raincoat and swimwear.

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belly dancing Head to the Caravanserai, where along with your dinner, Turkish singers and dancers regale you with their antics. The belly dance here is very popular. And for all this you shell out a cool 100 TL.

DID YOU KNOW? Popular Bollywood movies shot in Turkey

Ek Tha Tiger Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani Game Guru

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rock churches in

Cappadocia Göreme Open Air Museum, 15 minutes walk from Göreme village centre, houses rock cut Byzantine churches, paintings and frescoes. In the summer months, avoid visiting the museum mid-day.

Entry Fee - 15 TL


Discover the eight-level

underground city in Anatolia and you will be fascinated on how people lived in order to escape from the prosecution of the Roman Empire. It has a tunnel about 8 miles long that leads to another underground city of Cappadocia, Kaymakli. Make sure you are not claustrophobic and you don’t have a bad back as you will be bending down to get around the low and narrow rooms

and cellars.

Cappadocia and the sunrise 4 See from a Balloon at 1000 ft

You will be in awe with this natural beauty, with a view of the mountains from every corner of your eyes. The tour is approximately for an hour and the balloon can accommodate 16-21 persons. Tour cost - 150 Euro per person



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DO NOT MISS The battle of tomatoes happens in the small town of Buñol, an hour outside Valencia. Thousands of people gather on the streets of the tiny town to fling tomatoes at each other. Date: Last Wednesday of August


Biggest Spanish in the world

Art Collection

Visit the three museums of art and history Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Our Tip: A visit to all three museums in one day can be quite tedious, so plan to do this in two days. Also, to avoid paying a separate entry charge at each museum, avail of a museum pass that offers discounted rates for all three museums.

Flamenco 2 dancing in Seville and


The guitar, clapping rythms and traditional songs accompany flamenco dancers in Spanish attire. We got a glimpse of this dance form in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, but watching it live in the place the dance form was born is an experience by itself!



Football Fans

The Heavan of all football clubs is based in Spain. So a visit to the Real Madrid Club and the Barcelona Club is a ‘must’ for any sports enthusiast. And who knows, you might get a glimpse of Messi, Christiano Ronaldo or Casillas…

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Ramya J S D’Rozario

Tapas Tapas includes a variety of appetisers or snacks. Originally served only with drinks, today Tapas has become an important part of meals and can be as a meal itself. At most restaurants before your meal arrives, you will be served Tapas made of cherry tomatoes mixed in olive oil and served on bread.


A Mediterranean Inspiration

This issue, HolidayTalk travels across the world sampling the ‘must-eats’ from 5 countries. Sip richly brewed coffee at the Austrian coffeehouses amidst the local hum-drum, dip your Churros into a cup of chocolate and try South Africa’s Bobotie, a perfect mix of Indian, British and South African cuisine on one plate.



Arguably the most famous dish in Spain, there are several varieties of Paella with the popular ones being seafood, chicken and mixed Paella. Be prepared for a 20-25 minutes wait after you order your paella as this dish is usually cooked according to your order.

Churros are deep-fried Spanish doughnuts, dipped in hot chocolate, dusted with sugar and come in the shape of a loop or strips. Found easily on roadside carts or stalls, Churros are crunchy on the outside and soft from the inside.



Muktuk Muktuk is a common dish of Northern Canada, a region influenced by Inuit diet and preserved food. It is made from the blubber (fat) and skin of the Bowhead Whale and can also be enjoyed with soy sauce.

Canada is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup.

Poutine It is a Canadian dish originally from Quebec, consisting of French fries, topped with thick brown gravy and cheese curds (solid parts of soured milk, can also be eaten alone). This dish was also referred to as the ‘lumberjack’s food’ due to the high calorie content.

Western Canada is dominated by English influence. The vineyards of British Columbia are extremely popular, especially ice wine. Seafood is widely consumed here, such as the Pacific salmon, mussels, oysters and crabs.

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Melody on a Plate


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Bobotie Similar to a British shepherd’s pie, the minced meat in a Bobotie is curry-based with an egg-topping, and often served with a chilibased sauce. The dish is extremely complex with its milk-soaked bread and garnished with dried fruits, usually raisins and apricots.


A Multi-cultural Cuisine


Boerewors A typical African sausage, ‘boer’ means ‘farmer’ in Afrikaans and ‘wors’ - sausage. Coarse mince meat mixed with spices is shaped into long curly sausages and then barbecued. The traditional ones are generally long spirals, and served with a type of South African porridge made from maize.

Liqueur after Dinner Amarula, South Africa’s popular cream and marula spirit, is considered as one of the world’s hottest bar brands .

Viennese Coffeehouse The Viennese coffeehouse is not just a coffee joint; it is a way of life. When you order coffee, be specific. Apart from the well-known espresso, cappuccino and mocha; one can opt for Eiskaffee – cold black coffee with vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream; Kaffee Maria Theresia – Mocca with orange liqueur and whipped cream, etc.

Salzburger Nockerl An icon of Austrian cuisine and specialty of Salzburg, this dessert has four soft peaks resembling the mountains of Salzburg, and a light dusting on the soufflé symbolises the white-capped mountain peaks. The golden dumplings are very filling and sometimes served with raspberry sauce.



‘Kabob’ (kebab)

A Cuisine fit for Kings

Kebabs are by far one of the most famous dishes of Turkey, renowned world over. Turkish Shish (sis) Kebabs and Doner Kebabs are famous. Adana Kebab, commonly eaten in southeastern Turkey, is served over bread (type of roti) and accompanied with roasted bell peppers, tomatoes and onions. Do try the Beyti Kebab which is served with tomato sauce and yoghurt.

Dolma A popular vegetable dish, it consists of vegetables stuffed with spiced rice or grains. Some may also add meat. Those vegetable dishes cooked in olive oil are served cold and most often do not contain meat.

Turkish Delight (Lokum) Made primarily from gel of starch and sugar, these sweets are found in many shapes, sizes and flavours. Generally served in small cubes, Turkish Delights are dusted with icing sugar to prevent it from sticking.

Baklava A popular Middle Eastern dessert, it consists of layers of phyllo pastry intermixed with nuts and sugar syrup. Pistachio baklava is well known in the south eastern Turkish city of Gaziantep.



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Travelling green in

Switzerland Peden Doma Bhutia

The New Indian A few years ago Indians did not seem very experienced while travelling, they were very cautious about what they ate, how they travelled. Today it’s very different, they are more experienced and curious, they try the food, the wine, explore places, try out adventure sports, etc. They now blend in, they take trains on their own, travel by public transport, by foot, on e-bikes... as more and more younger people are travelling, they are coming out of their comfort zone and exploring more and becoming adventurous.

The magic of

Urs Eberhard, Executive Vice President Markets & Meetings, Switzerland Tourism


The Old Town of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is encircled by the Aare Loop and offers a stunning view of the Alpine panorama.

Gourmet - Rickshaw City Tour

Don’t miss the Bears in Bern

Go on a luxurious tour of Bern – riding a three-wheeled rickshaw, throw in some Swiss cheese fondue, a cold meat platter or a brunch with a glass of Prosecco during the tour and you have a moveable feast. Note: The tour costs 160 CHF for one person and 190 CHF for 2 persons and lasts for 60-90 minutes.

500 years of the Bear symbol All around Bern you see tiny reminders of bears, be it in buses, pictures or souvenir shops. They also have a spacious Bear Park, which initially started as a bear pit. This year is the 500th anniversary of Bern’s symbol. Did you know?: The name Bern (which means Bears) is said to have been got from the first animal the city’s founder was able to hunt down in the woods.

e-biking Cheese Route Discover cheese making at the Emmental Cheese Farm by e-biking across the farm. You can opt for a short tour of 35km or a longer one of 78km. The flyer e-bike comes equipped with a GPS feature for your smartphone. Note: For half a day the rent is 37CHF and the rent for a full day starts from 50CHF. Tip: Avoid speeding while on an e-bike and if you are not too confident about cycling you’ll be better off taking the bus/car.

Switzerland offers excellent luxury and back-packing facilities to cater to tourists looking for creature comforts or adventure.

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offering breathtaking panoramas Set on the shores of Western Europe’s largest lake and surrounded by snow-covered peaks, Geneva offers a grandiose vista of MontBlanc, Europe’s highest summit. Discover the labelled landscapes in the Lake Geneva region which guarantee sustainable management aimed at preserving these magnificent areas.

Did you know In Lausanne, every day of the year the watchman announces the hours from 10pm-2am from the steeple of the cathedral. This tradition has been kept alive for more than six centuries.

Did you know The water jet in Geneva shoots 140 m into the sky. You can see it from the beach in the city centre or take a boat cruise on the lake, also offering a view of the Mont Blanc.

Explore Geneva on a segway While travelling to the time of Calvin and of the Reform on this guided tour in the Old Town of Geneva, segways (the twowheeled, self balancing, battery powered vehicle) are the best way to travel through the narrow and steep streets. The tour lasts for 90 minutes and it costs 90 CHF per person. Tours can be organised every day and the departure schedules are daily 10 a.m., 12 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jura and the Alps Between the two mountain chains of the Jura and the Alps, there are two regional natural parks the Jura Vaudois Regional Nature Park and the Gruyere Paysd’Enhaut Regional Nature Park. Around 500 km of pedestrian trails cross through pastures of stunning beauty.

Street markets Away from the din of shopping malls, the towns bordering on the Lake Geneva perpetuate the tradition of street markets,

providing a meeting place for people from all walks of life. Each summer, the Market Square (the second largest market square in Europe) and the Place de l’Hotel de Ville comes alive every Saturday morning from 10am to 1pm. There’s also a lot of song, dance and folk music to entertain the crowd. You also get to taste the local vintages offered by a different winery each week. Tip: Most of the hotels, youth hostels and campsites in Geneva offer a Geneva Trasnport Card to their patrons that entitles them to use free public transport around the city on buses, tramways, taxi-boat for the entire duration of their stay.


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Great train connections From Zurich airport railway terminal you can travel in comfort to any destination in Switzerland and its neighbouring countries thanks to a total of 380 rail and 900 bus connections.

Zurich Airport app With this free app, iPhone users can obtain information about flights, shopping opportunities, parking spaces and travel regulations. Smartphone users on other operating systems can use the mobile website with key information about flights and the airport on

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Airport Ultra-modern infrastructure, short distances to and from departure gates, comfortable transfer and waiting areas and an attractive range of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as an exciting selection of tax-free and duty-free goods, Zurich Airport offers everything to make your journey as convenient and enjoyable as possible.

Friendly airport staff

Places to eat & drink

Named as the world’s best airport in the ‘20-30 million passengers’ category Zurich Airport has won awards for the best baggage claim service in the world and for the best airport staff in Europe.

You will find a wide choice of cafés, stylish bars and welcoming restaurants to relax and refresh yourself in Transfer & Shopping Zone A, as well as in all gate areas.

Free Internet access Both in the public zone and the passenger zone, you can surf for free with your smartphone, tablet or laptop. In addition, there are Internet stations around the airport where the Internet can be used for free for one hour. Note: Anyone wishing to use the Internet for longer can purchase additional time with a credit card. The free offer will reapply after 6 hours, so that passengers departing in the morning and arriving in the evening can take advantage of it.

Note: The shops and restaurants in the passenger zone usually open one hour before the first flight and close when the last flight is called.

Tax-free and duty-free shopping Zurich Airport has over 80 shops whichthat remain open year-round. Outlets are located in Transfer & Shopping Zone A and in all four gate areas, as well as in the baggage claim halls. A wide selection of perfumes, cosmetics, spirits and tobacco products are available at low duty-free prices.

Remember Passengers are not permitted to import any foodstuffs of animal origin, such as meat and dairy products, from non-EU or nonEFTA countries.


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INDONESIA with Vikram Madhok


Vikram Madhok, Managing Director, Abercrombie & Kent India Private Limited, talks about his recent visit to Indonesia and how this trip was an emotional experience for him. In this article, he narrates his stay at some of the best resorts of Indonesia and his favourite restaurants in Indonesian cities.

White-water rafting down the Ayung River in Ubudu is a thrilling activity and the best way to see Bali’s lush tropical rainforest. Nusa Dua Our first stop was at Amanusa Bali Resort which is located in the southern part of the island of Bali or we can say, across one of the finest golf courses along the the Nusa Dua beach ensuring privacy and serenity at its best.

Activities at the resort Amanusa offers options of hiring a luxury catamaran to nearby islands, complete with a barbecue lunch and beach activities. Instead we indulged ourselves in one of Amanusa’s cooking classes which starts with an early morning tour of the local vegetable and fish markets to select ingredients. Then we headed back to cook a few of Indonesia’s favorite dishes like Bakso, Ayam Goreng and Sambal and thereafter to enjoy our creations over lunch. For sightseeing, we went to the Uluwatu temple located high above the sea on an enormous limestone outcrop. The view from there of the sunset, the beach, the blue sea, the cliffs and the temple is breathtaking. My Tip: Arrive at 5 pm to see the beautiful sunset at Uluwatu temple and enjoy the Kecak fire and trance dance performance.

I suggest Explore the terrain of Nusa Dua in a relaxed manner by cycling along bougainvillea-shaded lanes, passing through villages specialising in various arts and crafts. Other areas of interest are the beach strips and streets of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur, full of restaurants and bars as well as antique, handicraft, fashion and souvenir shops.


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My pick of restaurants in Nusa Dua In Nusa Dua, Kayuputi in the Hotel St. Regis Bali serves amazing French, international and Asian fusion. At Seminyak, we loved Sardine and Ku De Ta. Sardine serves great fish and seafood, and it comes with an excellent view of the rice fields. Ku De Ta on the beach-front of Seminyak is by far the most happening place in the area. Located on natural rocks above the Indian Ocean, Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort in Bali is the island’s most glam sunset and after-dark destination.

Borobudur is best seen at dawn, when the air is fresh and full of birdsong. As the mist begins to lift, the sun scales the surrounding volcanoes and terraced fields, and highlights the stone reliefs and the many faces of Buddha. woodcarvings and the village of Celuk is home to Ubud

Lamak serves modern Asian and European cuisine with extensive vegetarian options. Must enjoy Cultural performance No visit to Ubud is complete without seeing one of the popular cultural performances in and around Ubud. We saw the Legong Dance at the Ubud Palace and other recommended performances are of course the Kecak fire and the trance dance that we saw at Uluwatu Temple. The Ramayana ballet and the barong dance are also very popular.

Our next stop was Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital. The Amandari Resort is perched on a high cliff above the Ayung River. Every evening, gamelan players perform from the music pavilion behind the pool and this is a magical experience.

A paradise for art and craft enthusiasts Ubud offers a wealth of arts and crafts with a myriad of small shops, art galleries, museums, painters’ studios and the colourful Pasar Seni market which trades in a wide range of clothing, sarongs and gift items. The nearby villages of Tegallang and Jati are noted for their

numerous jewellers, some of whom are known for custom-made jewellery pieces. South of Tabanan, in Pejaten, one can find traditional pottery.

My pick of restaurants in Ubud We enjoyed the Mozaic, where advance reservations are recommended. The amazing cuisine of Franco-American chef Chris Salans would be garlanded with Michelin stars had this been in Europe or America. My Tip: Eat here in the evening, as a meal can take a few hours, and tables are laid out in a magical candle-lit tropical garden. The second option is Lamak, you can sit outside in the lush tropical garden, looking

out at the bustling open kitchen, or at a romantic table upstairs in one of the few air-conditioned dining rooms in Ubud.

Spa indulgence Amandari spa offers a selection of wellness and beauty treatments which are either available in the privacy of guest suites or in a Bale overlooking the Ayung Valley.

Central Java Our last, but most spirited stop was Amanjiwo Yogyakarta. The location overlooks Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist sanctuary, in the rural heartland of Central Java. From the top gallery of Borobudur, one can enjoy panoramic views of Central Java. My Tip: Later in the day, visits can be made to appreciate the historic and cultural context of this enduring monument. A personal guide is a must as they bring to life the knowledge contained within the reliefs.

Must Visit Prambanan Another must see and only a few km east of Yogyakarta, Prambanan is an ancient Hindu complex incorporating hundreds of temples strewn across the plains In season, the Ramayana Ballet, Java’s classical dance theatre, is regularly performed at an outdoor theatre in Prambanan. For eating out we recommend nothing else but The Terrace restaurant at Amanjiwo which kept our taste buds delighted.


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Shahnaz Husain at the Cannes Film Festival

Recipient of the World’s Greatest Woman Entrepreneur Award, Shahnaz Husain is the pioneer and leader of herbal care in India. She is responsible for taking India’s Ayurvedic tradition to every corner of the globe. In April 2013, Shahnaz Husain went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA to share the experiences and views of a female entrepreneur and to discuss on the topic of ‘How to create a brand without publicity’ and women empowerment. She also attended the Cannes Film Festival 2013 in France and walked the red carpet for the premiere of Blood Ties, a thriller, directed by French Director Guillaume Canet. Shahnaz Husain shared some of her recent holiday experiences with HolidayTalk.

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Stay in vogue

while travelling

Deepa Sethi

Basic tips

There is always clothes to think about before going on a holiday. Looking smart is important for both men and women. HolidayTalk presents some smart dressing tips…

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compared to hard shell pads that can move out of place. The knee pads can be worn in warm or cold weather, on top of or underneath clothing. It can be washed and worn repeatedly, and is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.

The price for G-Form pad is INR. 2200 onwards & is available in all Firefox Bikes Outlets.




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R anbir Kapoor “Romance can happen anywhere” From Bollywood’s first family, film actor Ranbir Kapoor is slated to take his place as one of India’s leading superstars. In his latest film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani he has played a videographer for a travel channel. HolidayTalk, in a candid conversation, gets the star son to tell us about his idea of a perfect vacation.

59 I’m quite a lazy traveller If I get time, I like to go to New York or places that I know well because I always believe that there is so much to discover still in a place that you’ve liked. Over the years, I’ve become a wanderer and a bit of a dreamer. I love to travel alone. I’m very comfortable in my own company and I take several holidays alone. I like to get up late, walk around, take a book and sit down in a park and basically spend some time with myself. I also like understanding the culture and intricacies of any destination I visit in great depth.

I’d love to go into Space. Everyone seems to be going there, so why not me?

New York is my favourite destination with or without a girlfriend. I love the vibe and the energy of the city from when I lived there to study acting. Another favourite destination for me would be Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I stay away from adventure holidays… The roller coasters there are the maximum adventure I can take.

My idea of a romantic destination For me, romance depends more on who you are with, rather than where you are. As long as you are in love with the person, any place can become romantic, such as the winters in Delhi, and for instance Goa in February when it’s not so crowded. Romance can happen anywhere. For me, romance depends more on who you are with, rather than where you are.

My favourite hotels I’ll pick three from Mumbai itself, Taj Land’s End, Bandra, Grand Hyatt, Kalina and Taj Hotel in Colaba, which I think is the pride of our city. What makes a hotel appealing for me is the vibe when you enter it. Room service is very important, so, if a hotel manages to plate up a good burger, butter chicken or kali dal for me, then I’m very happy. What makes a hotel appealing for me is the vibe when you enter it.

My favourite food I always order two things in any restaurant – butter chicken and kali dal. If butter chicken isn’t available, then I make do with a tandoori chicken leg, some tadka dal,

A crazy travel story When we were shooting for Rockstar in Prague, we left the main city for one of the smaller centres and after a drive of three hours, we reached our hotel only to find out that there were just 4 rooms available for a film crew of 80! So we had to drive around for quite a bit finding other hotels.

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aloo jeera and bhindi, accompanied by garlic or butter parathas. If it’s a continental restaurant, then I generally go for a burger.

A memorable holiday I travelled to Goa with friends when I was 15, just after completing my 10th standard board exams and it was the first trip I experienced without my parents around. I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate on what happened in Goa! The trip changed the way I viewed the world.

Within India, I’d love to explore Madhya Pradesh as well as South India. Other then that, I’d love to visit Masai Marai in Kenya and go on a safari which I had done when I was very young and I would love to relive this. South America is another dream destination for me. And lastly, I’d love to go into Space. Everyone seems to be going there, so why not me?



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Neha Dhupia

“I am like nine travellers in one” “Travelling opens up your mind a lot, it promises you so much,” says Neha Dhupia while talking about her travel mantra with HolidayTalk. “I’m like nine travellers in one. I can go from going hiking, living in a tent and backpacking to travelling first-class, staying in the suite room of a luxury hotel and ordering room service to travelling with excess baggage. When travelling in India, I travel really light and when travelling out of the country I travel with really heavy bags, because you want to get all the things that you can and take in all the things that you see. Also, I refer to a lot of websites before travelling. Being in the industry, you have the tendency to take luxury for granted, but I try not to get caught up with the fact that I’m an actor and I deserve everything that’s luxurious even on a holiday. If I’m going to Europe I don’t mind staying in a property that may not be equipped with every little luxury. In the same way, when I go to Italy I do have a meal at a Michelin star restaurant as well as have my 3-Euro pizza too.”

Canada - Something for everyone Canada gives you a picture-perfect shot in your camera, no matter where you go. I can say this because I’ve done a few adventure trips around Whistler, Victoria, etc. Whale watching is something that’s really fascinating. Canada as a country is really big on adventure sports.

Sushi - My favourite cuisine Well, the best Indian food that I can eat is what my mother cooks. However, a cuisine I really enjoy is sushi. I like experimenting with my food and while travelling I like experimenting with the local food of the country.

Neha’s must-carry list Camera, passport, Tones of sunscreen, Travel Insurance and a book about the country that I refer to at all times.

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I refer to a lot of websites before travelling.


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in Purushwadi, a 4-hour drive from Mumbai Anita Jain

An excellent example of combining rural, eco, responsible and adventure tourism along with having a never-before encounter with ‘Millions of Fireflies’. How about lying down below a tree in a pin-drop silent area with total darkness, watching a million fireflies lighting up the sky and no artificial light to damage the view or experience? When I was first given the option of spending my weekend in ‘Purushwadi’ (four hours drive from Mumbai, near Igatpuri), I was not really enthusiastic considering the travel time and village experience. However, the trip turned out to be more adventurous, full of fun and way above my expectations. Comfortable camping tents are placed in the middle of the jungle (about 0.5kms outside the village) on a mountain overlooking several other mountains and a valley with a view of a river and farms. Meals at a local villager’s home, sunset treks, local games, indulging in local day-to-day activities and taking a swim in the river were some of the highlights of my adventure. But the focus of my tour was – Shining Dancers.

Live the experience From afar, it looks like they are blinking simultaneously but when you get closer, you realise some blink 3 times per second (males) and some blink once per second (females). It’s almost impossible to photograph them because it’s just too dark to take photos without a flash, and if you take it with a flash you can’t see the light of the fireflies. So you just have to go yourself and live the experience…


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After a thrilling sunset trek experience with my fellow companions on the tour and our guides, we all sat below a huge banyan tree right outside our tent site. The sun was going down and we were busy chatting. Suddenly, everybody went quiet as they saw few glimpses of the beautiful fireflies dancing on the tree. With the campsite getting enveloped in the night shadow, more and more fireflies started dancing around. As there was no real light except fireflies and moonlight, I felt like sailing into the darkness. But when I looked at the countless fireflies above and around me, I was fascinated, staring into the dark I became a part of the moment created by the beautiful, tiny and yet majestic fliers. I watched their lights shimmer, as they appeared and disappeared in the night sky.



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42% Indian travellers opined that Complimentary bottled water is the most appreciated simple amenity they prefer in hotels.


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When exploring the world and enjoying the great outdoors, the last thing you want to worry about is bad hair day. While travelling you definitely face challenges with your hair, the right attitude and a few simple tips can make traveling a more rewarding experience. Dr Blossom Kochhar, ChairpersonBlossom Kochhar Group of Companies, suggests some ways to keep your hair maintenance to a minimum while jet-setting:

Get Groomed on the Go

When traveling try to find a great barbershop or salon and stop in for a shampoo, style, and shave. It’s a great way to relax and perfect yourself if you have an event that requires you to be well-groomed.

Hair Care Tips for Women ™Keep it simple: A vacation is not the time to try out that new twisted updo you saw. Stick to what you know and keep it simple. ™Let it ‘flow’: If you’ve never rocked to a true afro, now is the perfect time to try it! Let go of the ‘style’ look for a bit and set your curls free. ™Be prepared: Different climates can make your hair act foolish so make sure your bag is stocked with products to counter humidity, salt water, hard shower water, dry air and other damaging elements of nature. ™Get it done: If you truly struggle with styling your own ]V^g!ndjbVnlVciid\Zi^iil^hiZY$WgV^YZYegd[Zhh^dcVaan before traveling.

Hair Care Tips for Men ™Prioritise your items: Make a list of all of the hair, skin, and shaving items you use and cross off any items that aren’t completely necessary. šFWYaIcWbb0Look for products in sizes smaller than three ounces so you meet guidelines for air travel. This reduces the bulk of stuff you have to carry around. š8h_d]W>Wj0A good hat, if appropriate for your travel situation, can save you a great deal of time and be a stylish alternative to fussing the styling product before you leave the hotel. Pack a few different styles to compliment your wardrobe. š=[jW>W_hYkj0Before you leave, get a good haircut. This will make your hair easier to maintain while traveling. If you’re going for an extended trip, consider a short, low-maintenance cut that will look good with minimum care.

If you’re traveling for fun, then don’t think too much about your hair. Just relax and roll with it - the people you encounter are probably far less concerned about your hair than you are.



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Relaxation Therapy Vouchers for Kairali Ayurvedic Centre The correct answer of May-June Quiz is The Broken Chair in Geneva,

Switzerland. A work of art in wood by sculptor Daniel Berset, the giant ‘Broken Chair’ symbolises the campaign against landmines. To illustrate this combat, the Broken Chair stands on three legs, the fourth being splintered half way up. Made in 1997, it stands proudly at a height of 12m outside the European headquarters of the United Nations. We have received an amazing response from our readers and most of them got it right, so we had to draw from all the correct entries.

And the winner is Tajinder Kaur from Delhi. Tajinder has won two tickets of Zangoora show at Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon.



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