27 October, 2020

Ethiopia Diary

Multiple direct flights, just six hours from Delhi, cool weather, excellent historical sites, great food, and friendly people.

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Ethiopia Diary
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2016-07-19T16:02:11+05:30
New African hotspot

It feels like we’re the first Indian tourists to visit Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, given the incredulous reactions in both countries. Not surprising. From Live Aid in the 1980s (remember that?), Ethiopia has evoked imagery of drought, famine and poverty. But a few years ago, a globetrotting editor from Delhi bruited to me this travel secret: multiple direct flights, just six hours from Delhi, cool weather (thanks to the highlands), excellent historical sites, great food, and friendly people. We weren’t disappointed. From the jaw-dropping rock-hewn churches in Lalibela—which I would rate as one of the wonders of the world—to the beauty of Gondar, known as the Camelot of Africa, and the baboons of the Simien mountains, we saw an exhilarating mix of history and nature. The food, always inj­era—a dosa of sorts, served cold with dollops of hot meat and veggies on top—was great, though it did get...

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