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Highlights of India: from Lakeside Towns to Sultry Beaches

Jaipur palace

India offers travelers a vibrant escape from the hum drum of the western world and now that Emirates offers flights to India there is no reason not to visit this invigorating land. From the calm backwaters of Kerala, to the colorful market stalls of Old Dheli’s Khari Baoli and the paradisiacal shores of Goa, India will envelop you [...]

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Sri Lanka: Ancient Past, New Peace

After decades of intense civil war and a devastating tsunami, peace has finally returned to Sri Lanka, an island of millennia-old temples and timeless ruins. By: Candace Rose Rardon | Originally published in WildJunket Magazine April/May 2012 e isn’t blinking. My eyes stay fixed in this impossible staring contest, willing the figure in front of [...]

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Agra, India

Children along the streets of Agra, India.

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Amritsar, India

The Golden Temple of Amritsar, India.

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Dharamsala, India

Tibetan prayer wheels in Dharamsala, India. Dubbed Little Tibet, Dharamsala is home to thousands of Tibetan refugees including the Dalai Lama. It’s an intriguing place that has drawn me deep into the Tibetan world and stirred my soul.

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Panorama of the Red Fort in Agra, India

A panoramic view of the Red Fort in Agra, India.

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Fatehpur Sikri, India

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

A colorful religious ceremony taking place in the mosque of Fatehpur Sikri, India.

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Culinary Travel: Delhi’s Finest Trio

A table at Bukhara, Northwest frontier restaurant

On the last leg of our month-long India sojourn, we were treated to the finest cuisine Delhi had on offer. Bursting with vigor, flavors and smells, Delhi has in many ways imparted its character to its diverse and internationally-influenced cuisine. Unlike most small towns and cities in India, …

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Tibet in Exile: Dharamsala, India

town of Dhramsala, India

As our bus crawled into the misty highlands of Dharamsala, we felt like we had left India behind. The humid heat and raucous chaos were all gone, only to be replaced by cool mountain air and calm serenity. Tibetan monks stroll languidly through the town’s narrow alleys. Since …

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World’s 7 Most Scenic Drives

Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road in Melbo

// As much as I enjoy taking local buses and trains, one of my favorite ways of enjoying a country leisurely is driving through the countryside, soaking in the landscape and scenery. Especially in massive countries like Australia, driving from one region to another gives a real sense of he back country. A recent driving [...]

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A Grand View of the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

Home to the world-famous Taj Mahal, Agra has gained worldwide fame for its impressive works of architecture. As the second corner of India’s popular Golden Triangle along with Delhi and Jaipur, the city is rightfully an essential stop for visitors to India. But aside from the Taj Mahal, few …

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Faces of Rajasthan, India

A lady in Thar Desert

“The colors of Rajasthan never fail to captivate,” a local man once told me. A region blanketed with bright tie-dyed saris, mirror-studded cloths and artful patchworks, Rajasthan epitomizes India at its most exotic. Besides the extravagant palaces, temples and forts, the people of Rajasthan have also given it a …

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India’s Royal Pink City of Jaipur

Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal

From the desert city of Jaisalmer, we continued our journey eastwards towards one of the most popular destinations in India. Along with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur forms the third corner of India’s tourist circuit, the Golden Triangle. At the heart of Jaipur lies the Pink City, an old walled …

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Photoblog: The Desert City of Jaisalmer, India

Jailsamer fort from the city

Poised at the edge of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer is blanketed in golden-brown sand, evocative of Arabian tales and legends. The town itself is a wonder: Studded with stone forts and palaces that resemble sand castles, the enchanting city is one of Rajasthan’s secret gems. Its sandstone ramparts, tanned to a honeycomb color …

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Contemporary Rajasthani Cuisine at Lal Bagh, Udaipur

Lal bagh restaurant building

The atmospheric lakeside city of Udaipur is full of surprises, especially for the first-time traveler in India. I’d long heard about the reputed fame of Rajasthani cuisine, known for its extensive use of a myriad of spices and condiments, so naturally I was curious to embark on a culinary tour here. From our …

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