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Agra City Guide

While most visit Agra just to catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal in all its splendor, and rightly so, the city has many other fascinating sights that make it well worth more than a whistle-stop tour. So if you’re visiting Agra to see the most romantic building on earth, take your time and enjoy these other splendid places as …

April S and John C

YET ANOTHER SATISFIED CUSTOMER And it isn’t easy for me to be satisfied. I am a professional photographer and my wife is an interior designer and we have traveled to a lot of wonderful places on this planet. We have traveled for both work and pleasure, but India was going to be a personal adventure. I have never met Susan …

Kathi H

We have been home now and back to normal. Already missing India. Thanks for the wonderful trip and of course the gifts at the end of the tour. It definitely was a seamless tour with everyone in the right place at the right time. They really do a wonderful job. We had some friends there at the same time and …

India’s Best Dance and Music Festivals

The Dravidian culture in the south of India is exemplified in its dance and music. Rich, soulful and bewitching, whether in classical or modern forms, it is captivating. This love of dance and music isn’t limited to the south of the country though, North Indian regions have also created their own magical forms of expression. One of the best ways …

India’s Best Art Fairs and Festivals

India has encouraged artists from all disciplines and backgrounds for centuries. Many of their works can still be seen in temples, mausoleums, and even caves across the country. So it’s no surprise that modern India also welcomes artists from all heritages. Here are some of the best arts festivals across the sub-continent. Kochi-Muziris Biennale Held only every second year the …

What to see and do in Kochi

While Thiruvananthapuram (previously known as Trivandrum) is the capital of God’s Own Country, visitors flock to Kochi as the cultural heart of Kerala. Settled by the Arabs, Chinese, Dutch and European Jewish communities over time, Kochi still reflects a melting pot of sights, scents and sounds. It’s this diverse history that makes this small town fascinating. In this post I …

Six things to do in North East India

North East India is one of the most remote parts of the country. Bordering Myanmar, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal, these states are also culturally diverse and fascinating. As they are a little off the beaten track there are less tourists, which can make a visit to this part of India even more enriching. Here’s my pick of the top …

How to celebrate Diwali

I believe Diwali is the most exciting festival in India. Homes are illuminated with twinkling fairy lights and the streets are blanketed in the brilliant golden hues of marigolds. Aside from the southern state of Kerala, Diwali is celebrated with fervor across the country. The history to Diwali harks back to the mythological story of the Ramayana. After Lord Rama defeated the …

What to do in Udaipur

Udaipur is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Set on the banks of five lakes, it has no shortage of breathtaking vantage points and magical palaces. Founded in 1553 as the new capital of the Mewar kingdom, it is steeped in history. Whether you have a  week or only a few days, here’s what you can’t miss in …

A Portrait of the Indian Experience with John Isaac

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How to celebrate Dussehra

Once the nine nights of Navratri ends the festival continues with Dussehra. Celebrated on the tenth day, Dussehra represents the victory of good over evil, when Lord Rama defeated Ravana, the demon king in the Ramayana.  Traditionally people burn effigies of Ravana in spectacular fashion, but each region puts their own special spin on the festivities. This year Dussehra will …

Where to experience Navratri

The festival of Navratri (or Nine Nights) is currently in full swing. It’s a celebration of the mother goddess so it’s only fitting that it’s enjoyed with dancing in full color. Devotees young and old put on their most beautiful outfits and head to huge venues, both indoors and out, to display their best garba (dance) techniques. The outfits The most …