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Elephanta Caves

Contemporary to Ajanta and Ellora, these caves are now a UNESCO World Heritage.

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Flirting with Ghosts of the Past

During its days of glory, the buildings of Fatehpur Sikri were inlaid with marble and semi-precious stones that reflected the dying rays of the setting sun a phenomenon that convinced the first Englishman to visit the complex that the entire city was up in flames.

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Life is a Beach in Goa

The unfathomable aromas of beach shack kitchens waft on the salt-laden sea breeze … Life is a carnival on the beaches of Goa.

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A Gwalior Serenade

As one wanders around the fortress, it reveals its secrets slowly, grudgingly; the stones seem to speak and lay bare the fort’s soul.

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Chanderi The Fabric of History

Closer to Chanderi, the road plunges through a dense forest where, according to folklore, a not so honourable king abandoned his queen as she did not take kindly to his philandering ways

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Hampi On the Cusp of Time

Hampi was so desirable in every way – she combined elegance and grace with power and riches – that it led to her eventual ruin.

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The Nectar of Life at Haridwar

The Maha Kumbh dates back to the creation of the universe. According to Hindu mythology, the devas and the ashuras once decided to set aside their eternal differences and together retrieve the Kumbh (pot) that contained the nectar of immortality from the depths of the ocean.

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Haridwar Cameos

Seeing the torrent of unadulterated devotion being poured into the surging river as it sweeps by, one starts to understand why Haridwar, more than any other place, is deemed to be the true home of the river Goddess Ganga

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Once Upon a Time in Shimla

Perched above the dust and turmoil of the plains, Shimla, snuggled under sentinel deodars and dotted with cottages and gardens, delighted the ruling elite.

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Adab Hyderabad

The Charminar itself is a monument of architectural splendour, built in the Qutb Shahi style characteristic of Hyderabad. It is adorned with delicate stucco ornamentation and its four minarets create a graceful, fluted structure

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The Magnificent Pink City and More

The city traces its origins back to the war lord Tej Karan who made the strategic hills around the city his stronghold. In 1592 one of his descendents, Maharaja Man Singh, who was a navratna (one of the Nine Jewels) in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar started to build magnificent hilltop citadel of Amber.

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Jodhpur On the Doorstep of the Thar

Jodhpur is a city on the edge of a desert where a glowering mountaintop fortress, replete with glittering rooms, dominates the skyline, and men with curling moustaches and multi-hued turbans, and women in swirling ghaghras add to the magic.

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Turtle Bay A Rustic Adventure land

Turtle Bay Beach Resort is located in Trasi, a coastal village about half a km off the Bombay/Goa/ Mangalore National Highway No. 17.

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Kedarnath Pilgrims Progress

Kedarnath is the most arduous yet satisfying of the four stage Char Dham pilgrim trail, considered to be the most sacred by Hindus.

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Gently Down the Stream

The backwaters of Kerala stretch from Kochi all the way down to Quilon. There are smaller backwaters at Kovalam/Trivandrum in the south and Calicut in the north.

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The Bold and Beautiful in Khajuraho

But there is more to Khajuraho than erotic sculptures which constitute only about six percent of the temple carvings

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Kumaon Road Odyssey

Occasionally one may run into a rural traffic jam – thanks to boyish shepherds herding their flocks of goat and sheep from one green meadow to another. After a long wait punctuated with a few impatient honks, you are on your way once again.

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Kumarakom - Adrift On The Backwaters

One of the highlights of a Kumarakom holiday is sailing down the backwaters in houseboats that have been ingeniously grafted onto traditional rice boats knows as kettuvalloms.

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Lakshadweep- Diving in Wonderland

The voyage of discovery had only just begun. Soon you would be flying like a bird across the face of underwater mountains and cliffs and thrilling to the sight of beautifully hued fish playing around in blooming coral flowerbeds.

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Shivpuri A Back to Nature Serenade

Shivpuri is part of MP’s golden triangle that includes Gwalior and Orchha, an enchanted settlement studded with ancient monuments. Jhansi, Datia and the Jain temples of Sonagiri fall within the circuit.

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On the Track of Englightenment

The seven-night Buddhist circuit of Indian Railways’ Maha Parinirvan Express starts and ends in Delhi. In addition to the main stops on the Buddha trail including Lumbini in Nepal, the itinerary includes Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and the Hindu pilgrim town of Varanasi

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Cherapunji A Bridge Too Far

Indeed it still surprises us that these bio-engineering wonders are still one of Cherapunjee’s best kept secretes.

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Mussoorie Past Lives

Mussoorie is an important stop on the way Yamnuroti, one of the important pilgrim stops on the holy Char Dham circuit.

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Dhanaulti Rocks

Dhanaulti is part of the char dham circuit of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri. It can also be part of a smaller circuit of Haridwar, Mussoorie and Rishikesh.

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Nagaland The Flight of the Hornbill

Dimapur, on the border with Assam is the main airport and railhead in Nagaland.

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Kuch Kachchh Art Hota Hai

For years the arts and crafts of Kachchh were contained within what was largely a closed social system of the region.

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Meandering in Malabar

A plantation trek into the neighbouring hills is a heady cocktail of rich fragrance of cinnamon, lemon grass, tea and coffee. And the landscape is painted in a million shades of green

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Past Forward in Old Delhi

The Red fort built by the great Mughal Shah Jahan also presided over the death of the Mughal Empire and the ignoble exile to Rangoon of its last poet-king Bahdur Shah Zafar. The Sound and Light show though a trifle passé brought history to throbbing life, gilded it and nurtured it.

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Paradise Islands

That night the ship heads back to Cochin and reality. The island-hopping cruise is brief but it does give one a flavor of paradise.

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Osian Deserted Desert Village

Osian (or Osiyan as the Railways spell it) station on the outskirts of the town lies between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Rajasthan state transport and private buses connect the Osian to most major cities in the state.

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Chail A Princely Preserve

Nostalgia aside, Chail has many trekking trails that run across the hill resort like veins on a knotted hand. One is to Choor Chandni mountain which romantically translates to The Mountain of the Silver Bangles where one can almost feel the silence. The only sound that one hears is of pine needles rustling in the soft breeze.

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The Greening of the Blue Mountains

Kurambadi lies on the lower slopes of the Ooty- Mettupalayam Road that snakes through pristine forests dotted with a tea and spice plantations.

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Custodians of A Royal Past

Camel carts pass in stately convoys, aimless cows saunter amidst the crazy chaos of cycle rickshaws, buses, trucks and two and three wheeler scooters.

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Morning Glory in Chaukori

The road from Almora winds across explosively lush valleys and pine shrouded hills whose deep green depths brimmed with a kind of eternal silence. The air is thick with the scent of the forest and the calls of unseen birds.

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Morning Glory at Kausani

Once in Kausani, nestled amidst dense forests atop a narrow ridge, the three pronged peak of Trishul and the twin peaks of Nanda Devi greet visitors.

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Famous Ghats of Varanasi

Essentially another unplanned Indian city, Varanasi started to assert her distinctive personality as one nears its famous ghats where a sea people surge across the steps that lead down to the river.

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Sarnath Turning the Wheels of Life

After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha thought it only fitting that he share his new knowledge with the five sages who had accompanied him through the six years of fasting and meditation before they parted ways on the sandy banks of a river just outside Bodhgaya.

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