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Humayun's Tomb

India’s Golden Triangle: Beyond History, Culture, Food and Architecture

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

The most popular circuit amongst foreign tourists is the Golden Triangle, comprising Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.   Read more

India Architecture Food & Drink History
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Mehrangarh: Rajasthan’s Fortress of the Sun

By Sugato Mukherjee

To the discerning traveler, Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur is an intricate tapestry of half a millennium of history, intertwined with bravery and artistry. And a few dark secrets.   Read more

India Architecture History
Belgadia Palace photo courtesy of Belgadia Palance

Mayurbhanj: Odisha’s Hidden Secret

By Sugato Mukherjee

The stately manor that dates back to 1804 is the residence of the Bhanj Deo royal family that had ruled the princely state of Mayurbhanj in eastern India   Read more

India Experiences Luxury Travel History
Seagulls are yearly visitors at the start of winter. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

Varanasi: From There to Eternity

By Sugato Mukherjee

It was my first trip to Varanasi and I was a little disappointed. The squalor, the impossible traffic jams, and the pollution added up to dispel my romantic notions about the city that Mark Twain had famously said to be ‘older than history, older than tradition, and even older than … Read more   Read more

India Food & Drink History

Backpacking Through India

By Brita Penfold

A few years back, I had the opportunity to travel to India to go to my good friend’s wedding. It was a chance to get a glimpse of the culture that I just couldn’t pass up.   Read more

India Backpacking & Camping
Anietra catching the last evac flight out of India.

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 3 Final)

The conclusion of Escape from India during COVID-19 continues with Anietra sharing more of the roller coaster ordeal that took her and Ian from hope to hopelessness and back. Now she is confronted with the memories of the traumatic experience.   Read more

India Experiences
One of many police checkpoints where we got hassled. Photo: Anietra Hamper

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 2)

In Episode One of Escape from India during COVID-19, we introduced you to veteran journalist Anietra Hamper who was trying to escape from India after COVID-19 derailed her fishing assignment trip. Anietra and her fishing guide, Ian Henderson, were left stranded in India with only a narrow window to get … Read more   Read more

India Experiences
Junction-of-the-Sarayu-River-and-Mahakali-River-famous-for-golden-masheer-fishing.--in-Champawat. Photo: Anietra Hamper

Escape from India during COVID-19 (Part 1)

What was meant to be a four-week writing assignment to Nepal and India for veteran journalist Anietra Hamper, turned out to be an absolute nightmare for her and her traveling companion, Ian Henderson.   Read more

India Experiences

Offbeat India: A Pilgrimage to the Source of the Ganges

By Trixie Pacis

India cradles an ancient and spiritual culture that draws visitors from around the globe. Spiritual experiences in the country range from temple visits and yoga retreats to 10-day silent Vipassana meditations. While India is best known by tourists for wonders like the Taj Mahal, our six-month sojourn brought us to … Read more   Read more

India Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
A street in Mumbai's Dharavi Slum--one of the largest in Asia. Photo: Bianca Caruana (with permission from Be The Local Tours)

A Walking Tour Highlighting a Mumbai Slum’s Innovative Industry

By Bianca Caruana

Dharavi, in central Mumbai, is considered one of the largest slums in Asia, but deep within this neighborhood, below the shanty grey roofs, loosely comprised of scavenged, upcycled metal, lives a resourceful and innovative community that plays an imperative role in Mumbai’s city-wide waste management. I learned about this innovative … Read more   Read more

India Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility
Sunrise over Mahabaleshwar, India

Mahabaleshwar: A Tranquil Getaway in the Western Ghats of India

By Tania Banerjee

Sunlight streamed in as I parted the window curtains of the double-decker luxury bus my husband and I were taking from Mumbai to the popular summer destination of Mahabaleshwar, 264 kilometers East of India’s biggest city. Outside, low-hanging tufts of clouds touched the opulent carpet of green that rolled down … Read more   Read more

India Agritourism Off the Beaten Path History
Cows on Goa beach

Goa: It’s Not All About The Hippies

By Ivanka Yurchenko

Today Goa is mostly popular due to Arambol, its world-known hippie enclave that’s becoming more and more touristic with each passing year. Yet, there’s much more to Arambol than meets the eye, and there a lot of fun and interesting things to do in Goa apart from spending hours at … Read more   Read more

India Experiences Food & Drink
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8 Tips for the Solo Female Traveler in India

By Ivanka Yurchenko

Many people consider India an utterly unsafe place to travel alone, and while that may be true to some extent, there’s no denying the fact that this country is beautiful and each state has something amazing to offer in terms of sightseeing and cuisine. Besides, hundreds of people both male … Read more   Read more

India Insights Safety
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Darjeeling––the queen of the hills

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Gathering Darjeeling tea leaves.  Photo:  David Edwards India is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse nations in the world. To cover each region would require a 100  page book so we’ll just offer a snapshot into the country with special attention for one particular region. The most attractive … Read more   Read more

India Agritourism Food & Drink