Skip Croatia, and instead visit the ‘Real’ Balkans this time

It’s the unofficial beginning of summer, and the rising temperatures mean your social mediascroll will soon be overrun withinfinity pools inSantorini, the cliff-hugging villages of Cinque Terre, and the blooming lavender fields of Provence. Or, if your friends are especially on-trend, the sunburnedterracotta roofs of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. “Croatia is huge,” says Andy Ross, head of product for the 40-year-old adventure travel companyExodus Travels. In recent years, he’s seen the country shift from an up-and-coming destination to a “very, very well-known” quantity. It is now the company’s fastest-growing European market….

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BJP-PDP split: Kashmir could fracture more in this state

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. The balance of national interest and political interest is always a tricky play in security situations. By that shifting rubric Jammu and Kashmir could be eyeing more violence and fracture. The formal withdrawal of support on 19 June by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to its partner in Kashmir’s chaos, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will have feathered that future. It could also cauterize Kashmir and offer electoral gain—for the BJP, that is. For four years, the…

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Visit this place in Argentina for the best combination of luxury and nature

It was about 8 pm, and a cacophany of chirping birds and cicadas filled the inky darkness. If a large animal—a tapir, perhaps, or a jaguar—snapped branches or scampered through the bush, it would have been hard to hear it. My ears strained, my pulse quickened, as I surveyed the dense jungle ahead with a flashlight, waiting to spy a flash of green eyes… Not many visitors make it to this part of northeastern Argentina, despite its Urugua-í Provincial Park being just a 2.5-hour drive from Iguazu Falls, one of…

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Your next holiday should be to this ghost town in China

Blanketed with greenery, the ghost town is perched atop cliffs looking west into sea mists obscuring the horizon. Abandoned homes ravaged by weather and creeping vines stand silent but for the surf, the whine of mosquitos, and birdsong. This is Houtouwan — Back Bay in Mandarin — an abandoned fishing village engulfed by nature on the far eastern island of Shengshan, 90km off the coast of Shanghai. Small groups of tourists on a recent weekend braved muddy footpaths through overgrown lawns to chase foggy photographs and answers to the question:…

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India to have 500 million internet users by June this year: Experts

India’s internet user base will hit 500 million by June this year and by 2020, the country will have more than 700 million smartphone users, according to the industry experts. Mobile phones will emerge as the preferred device for online shopping by 2020, accounting for 70 per cent of total online shopping, said the experts at the seventh edition of the India Internet Day in Delhi held on Thursday. The conference was organised by TiE Delhi-NCR, the world’s largest network of successful entrepreneurs and professionals — attended by over 500…

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This ‘death cafe’ in Bangkok lets you lie in a coffin to get discounts on drinks

Dying for a cup of coffee? You will feel at home at Bangkok’s new “death awareness” cafe, a macabre, Buddhist spin on the themed-cafe craze where customers are urged to confront their own mortality — and live better lives as a result. With drinks called “death” and “painful” on the menu, and a skeleton splayed out on a couch in the corner, the meet-your-maker theme is alive and well at this open-air lunch spot in the Thai capital. But the centrepiece of the Kid Mai (Think New) Death Cafe experience…

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Israel on your mind? This is the only food guide you’ll ever need to plan your travel

It’s Thursday night and Tel Aviv is hopping. Diners are lining up outside of Port Said restaurant; the sidewalk is filled with drinkers. It’s a similar story nearby at Santa Katarina. If you haven’t booked a table, good luck. Across town at the Salon, it’s even more lively. The dining room is jammed and the terrace is packed with people smoking, chatting on their phones or waiting for a table. Many are doing all three. Despite the specter of confrontation as Iran entrenches itself near Israel’s border with Syria, Israelis…

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Wine, waterfalls and hiking trails make this place the perfect holiday spot

The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine. The region’s geology has given rise to a wine industry that’s growing in both number and reputation, with more than 40 wineries within a 40-mile (60-kilometer) stretch. In 2004, the Columbia Gorge was designated an American Viticultural Area, a wine grape region distinguished by geographic features. Here’s a look at the gorge, the wine region and wineries, along with what visitors need to know about…

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This is how a Lamborghini supercar gets home delivered in India

Driving a brand-new car from the authorized dealership to your home is a really special, one-of-its-kind experience, innit? But what if your spanking new ride is wrapped up, loaded on a flatbed truck and delivered to your doorstep? You can see something similar in the video we have below – a new Lamborghini Huracan Performante is delivered to the doorsteps of its rich (and enviable) owner in Hyderabad. It’s not uncommon to see these brand new exotic cars being transported to their owners on a flatbed. The cars have a couple…

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This summer, beat the heat and visit the best spots in Rajasthan. Here’s how

Summers in Rajasthan have become more enthralling — courtesy night tourism, which is taking tourist numbers in the lean season to new heights in the desert state. Colourful lights sparkling bright under the dark sky create a unique contrast, enhancing the beauty of spectacular palaces, gardens and museums. Night tourism allows travellers to visit the major attractions from 6 pm till 10 pm, and was taken to check the dwindling number of tourists during the summers, when the sweltering heat during the day is a deterrent. Introduced by Rajasthan Tourism,…

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