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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 …

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India: South

India currently has 32 sites protected on the UNESCO World Heritage list and a further 46 submitted on the tentative list. While it’s not possible to visit all in one trip to the sub-continent, it certainly is a great incentive to keep coming back. I thought it would be good to take a closer look at the protected sites. So …

Pilgrimage in the Hills: The Chota Char Dham

As thousands of pilgrims make their way through the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, I thought it would be interesting to explain the Chota Char Dham. This pilgrimage is held every year, and due to treacherous weather conditions, only open for a few months between May and October. Meaning the small four abodes, this pilgrimage takes people to the …

Exploring Old Delhi one more time

While it was hard to leave Bhutan after such a fabulous and heartwarming experience with Ambassador Wangchuk and his family, Delhi was beckoning. I boarded my flight from Paro and headed straight into the thick of Old Delhi. The heady scent of spices and vibrant colors swirled around me as I made my way through Chandni Chowk to Haveli Dharampura.  Built in …

Horse Safari into Leopard’s Country India

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My Bhutan Adventure (Part 2)

My Bhutan adventure continued with very special gourmet experience. I was invited by the owner’s of the Lingkhar Lodge to have a delicious lunch at a local Culinary school. The owner had decided to take the course herself so she could offer her guests a wider range of authentic dishes. It was certainly scrumptious, a real treat! With a full belly we …

My Bhutan Adventure (Part 1)

While it was difficult to tear myself away from the mystical deserts of Rajasthan, the hills of Bhutan were calling my name. Traveling via Delhi, I flew to Guwahati in Assam where my driver Gempo, guide Tenzin and Ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk’s nephew joined me. The Ambassador and his wife Sangay were meeting me near the Bhutanese border. This was the wonderful …

Where to find the best lassi in India

Nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold lassi. Made with yogurt, it can be found flavored with everything from cardamon to rose water or even mango, depending on how much of a traditionalist your lassi walla is. Whether you stop at the roadside for a quick glass of goodness before continuing on for your day, or have a creamy cup …