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In Photos: In #Serampore, a former Dutch and English colonial city that was once the cradle of a renaissance, @ksinha78 captures the many achievements of the past, and the ways in which the former glory of this port town in #WestBengal is being restored. #WorldPhotographyDay

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Photo by: Kounteya Sinha

#NGTIIndiaCalling: 18/31
Parvathi Nayar (@artistparvathinayar) on discovering the ancient origins of a river in #Chennai.
Chennai’s Cooum river is routinely described as stinky and polluted. It was startling to hear it being called “holy,” on my trip to discover both the real and the mythical sources of the river in the summer of 2016. The road trip, some 70-odd kilometres outside Chennai, also led me to several temples, including the wonderful old Sri Singheeswara Temple at Mappedu. I learnt that the Cooum was once part of a holy sangam of three ancient rivers; that there is a Koovapuranam, a text that sings its virtues; that the dusty Kesavaram Dam prevented the Cooum from being a free-flowing river in the city, and so many other arresting details, lost to time and memory. The trip, part of my research for a public art project, allowed me to reimagine the river that continues to flow, against the odds. #Travelbytes

Photo by: Parvathi Nayar

To escape #Ubud, which is filled with tourists chasing Eat, Pray, Love-like experiences, @inciteinsightinside signs up for a day-long bicycle tour amid lush rice terraces in the highlands of #Kintamani

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Photo courtesy: Bali Eco Tours

#DoForKerala

#Kerala, India's tranquil southern paradise, has been facing continuous heavy rainfall leading to floods across the state. More than 300 people have lost their lives, and over 2,00,000 have been displaced in shelters and camps. The forecast predicts more rain. Floods and landslides have destroyed entire villages and towns, with people stranded in neck-deep waters in their own homes. Hospitals, too, have water levels rising till the first floor.
Here's what you can do to help:
Log on to keralarescue.in for details of how to contribute online to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, resources needed, and helpline numbers.
Online contributions can be made via portals like Paytm, BHIM and Tez as well. 
NGOs like Goonj have tied up with Amazon and Big Basket. You can buy essentials needed from these sites or apps and send it directly to the NGOs working on ground.
Do your bit to help. #KeralaFloods

Luxury hotels, delicious food and old world charm mixed in with picturesque beaches and one of a kind pearl diving experiences, Bahrain is a mixed bag of all things exciting and beautiful #BahrainOursYours

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#NGTIIndiaCalling: 17/31
Ananya Bahl (@ananyabahl) on watching wrestlers in action in Mezoma, #Nagaland.
The silence could be cut with a knife. In #Mezoma, a village about 21 kilometres from Kohima, it seemed like the rain had washed the hamlet clean: there was no human or animal in sight. Suddenly, I saw people—chattering, hooting, and clapping—approach from all corners. Like metallic creatures in sci-fi movies, they eventually enveloped the playing field in front of me. The crowd’s anticipation for the wresting stars was infectious.
No movie could have prepared me for the experience of watching a wrestling match live. Stressing on how wrestling is bigger than cricket in Nagaland, I was taught the popular chant by excited spectators after which, invitations to eat axone chutney and rice with the players followed as though I had personally put in efforts to wrestle! #TravelBytes.
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Mourning the loss of an annual ritual of watching flamingos in Mumbai was short-lived when @maps.stamps.memories discovered that amidst the urban sprawl of swanky skyscrapers, #Dubai hides a secret flamboyance of flamingos.
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Photo by: KARIM SAHIB/Contributor/Getty Images

#NGTIIndiaCalling: 16/31
@pallabiii on climbing high and quashing fears in #Rajasthan.
One August afternoon last year, I found myself standing in front of what seemed to be the most majestic wall I had ever seen. I was looking at the bastion of bricks that forms the famed wall of the Kumbhalgarh fort in Mewar, Rajasthan. Snaking along the arching Aravallis, the wall—said to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China—extends over 36 kilometres around the perimeter of the fort. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort, built by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century, stands equally resolute, reminding the modern traveller of the grand designs of Rajput architecture. I could only compare this mammoth structure to life itself: hulking, wondrous—at once a product of the past and the present. Climbing up to the top despite a drizzle left me giddy with a life lesson: Fear, for most parts, is an illusion. I imagine the builders of the wall would have agreed. #TravelBytes
Photo by: Sebastian Wasek/Dinodia Photo LLP

#NGTIIndiaCalling: 15/31
Kounteya Sinha (@ksinha78) on getting life lessons from kids in Shantiniketan, #WestBengal

I saw these kids when walking along the Kopai river on a hot March day in #Shantiniketan, home to Rabindranath Tagore’s dream institution Vishwa Bharati University and the wandering folk singers of Bengal, the Bauls. I sat on the bank to take photos just as they decided to step out of the water. Unknowingly, they created a formation that reminded me of the famous illustration “The Road to Homo sapiens” or “The March of Progress.” The image lasted only a while as they changed their mind and jumped back in for half an hour before running home to get ready for school. The playful boys reminded me why I travel: to see how alive the world around us is. I thought about city kids who often spend mornings with homework and it seemed like the excited bunch in front of me was trying to teach me a lesson: never forget to have fun, even if it’s for a little while. #TravelBytes
Photo by: Kounteya Sinha

From the tallest mountains to the deepest waters, India's topography can very well be a microcosm of the world. Every landscape—the arid deserts of Thar, the blue waters of Andamans, the rainforests of Northeast India, or the grasslands of Kaziranga—is home to diverse forests and wildlife. This #IndependenceDay, celebrate #India and its bodiveristy in these 15 stunning photographs.
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Photo by: @dhritiman_mukherjee

This Independence Day, watch the unravelling of an #UntoldStory like no other, through a voice that needs no introduction. Catch the premiere tonight on @natgeoindia at 9 PM, with the iconic voice of @amitabhbachchan taking us on a 245-year-old journey through the rich history and heritage of The President’s Bodyguard!

#NGTIIndiaCalling: 14/31

Sutirtha Lahiri (@thewoodowl) on olive ridley turtles nesting on Rushikulya beach, #Odisha

Diligently, she dug into the sand, taking care to make it deep enough for the eggs. At 2 a.m., starlight swept up Odisha’s Rushikulya beach. The only other source of light was my torch, shining gently on the olive ridley turtle which, after a round of meticulous preparation, was finally ready to lay her eggs. It was late February, the season for mass nesting or arribada (arrival in Spanish), and I had travelled with friends to witness this special phenomenon that occurs in select places worldwide. After over an hour, there they were—a nest of leathery, cream-white eggs! Like others spread out across the beach that night, our momma ridley then headed back to a dark sea, leaving behind a trail of bioluminescent organisms as she tossed her flippers. #TravelBytes

Photo by: Dhritiman Mukherjee/Dinodia Photo LLP

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