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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, …

A horse safari in leopard country

Imagine feeling the wind in your hair as you gallop through the desert on the lookout for leopards. It sounds like something straight out of a movie but it could be your reality. With a diverse landscape, from deserts to jungles to idyllic lakes, Rajasthan is an exciting destination for any horse rider. While the horses take center stage, the leopards …

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India: Central

Traversing the centre of the country you will find ancient temples and caves that hide secrets of a world since past. Ajanta Caves Dating back to the 2nd century BC, the Buddhist cave temples at Ajanta are a testament to their craftsmanship.Over the next 8 centuries more caves were added to the region, and others decorated with paintings and sculptures, …

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India: East

While the eastern part of the country is often considered off the main tourist trail, it has some wonderful natural and architectural treasures that warrant a trip all of their own. The five UNESCO protected sites in the east are: The Sun Temple of Konark In the state of Odisha, just a short drive from the seaside town of Puri …

The UNESCO Heritage Sites of India: North

It’s almost impossible to visit the north of the country without coming across at least one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the most famous one of all. Here’s all the protected sites in the North India. The Taj Mahal The world’s most romantic building needs no introduction. This white marble mausoleum was built in the 17th century by …

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India: West

The west of Indian encompasses the tourist meccas of Rajasthan and Mumbai so naturally it has some magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. The states of Gujarat and Rajasthan are dotted with incredible buildings and archaeological artefacts. Continuing our series here’s the places that have attracted protection: Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park In Gujarat about 150km from Ahmedabad is the wonderful Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological …