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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 …

What to see and do in Kolkata

As Durga Puja approaches all eyes in India look towards the city of Kolkata, as it is here that the most fervent celebrations happen. But there’s a lot more to the capital of West Bengal, here’s my tips on the best things to see and do in Kolkata. Take yourself back to the times of the British Raj Kolkata has some of …

The great list of things to do in Jaipur

The capital of Rajasthan is the perfect place to spend a few relaxing days or have a quick stopover before heading into the desert. Regardless of how long you have, there is plenty to see in the Pink City. Here’s my list of the the best things to do in Jaipur The Palaces No visit to Jaipur is complete without …

A guide to Onam Festival

Onam is one of the most popular festivals in the southern state of Kerala. It is traditionally celebrated over 14 days as people welcome the return of the mythical King Mahabali. This year Onam is held from September 4, with the main festival day being September 14th and continuing through until September 16th. To greet their king most homes decorate …

The best things to do in Kerala

Kerala isn’t called God’s Own Country for nothing. With its lush, verdant countryside, golden beaches and fascinating culture, there’s so much to explore. But where do you start? If you’re planning a visit to the southern tip of India, here’s some quintessential experiences that shouldn’t be missed. Take a cruise on the backwaters The backwaters of Kerala are an essential part …

How to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in 2016

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival held in honor of the elephant-headed god Ganesha. As the remover of obstacles, Ganesh is revered and much loved. He can be found in households, shops and even on the dashboard of your black and yellow cab. Over 10 days in August / September the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi takes over villages, towns and cities, …

11 places to visit in Mumbai

While Mumbai is known as the financial capital of the country it also has some interesting and diverse sites, as well as some of the country’s most fascinating architecture. Here’s some of my favorite places to visit in Mumbai. 1. The Gateway of India This iconic landmark was created to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in …

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India: National

There are some UNESCO World Heritage sites in India that are so huge they transcend geographical borders. These are the fascinating mountain railways that lead to some of the country’s best hill stations and the natural wonder that is the Western Ghats. The Mountain Railways of India Three railways make up this protected site. All are important to the social, …