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In the Shade of Mehrangarh Fort, The Blue Homes of Brahmapuri

From the ramparts of the medieval Mehrangarh fort, it is an expansive view all the way to the border of the Thar desert that shimmers yonder. Rows after rows of blue-tinted houses spread out...
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The Chai Story: A History of India’s Most-Loved Drink

This post has been made possible by a partnership with Kamalan. One of the oldest drinks in history and a staple in many South Asian countries, Chai is instantly recognizable in a variety of different...

Hampi: Poetry Etched in Stone

“I never saw a place like this,” wrote Nicolo de Conti, the Venetian merchant who arrived in Hampi in 1420, the first European to set his eyes on the Vijayanagara empire. Another century would...

Inside the Pushkar Camel Fair

Morning rises from the foundations of Pushkar's cracked and broken desert. The desert that appears to have no beginning and no end, its dunes simply merging into one another in silent waves. Today is...
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Exploring the Coorg Coffee Region

Into the coffee fields I walk through fields of blossoming coffee trees, where a thin veil of jasmine wafts through the air. Acres of shoulder-height trees bloom with delicate white flowers. The small clusters of...

Inside Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, The World’s Highest Plantation

My eyes are keen on Abu's elastic moving hands as he effortlessly pours the liquid from the steel glass lifted above his head, and catches it in the vessel held in the other hand....
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Awakening in Lake Pichola, Udaipur

The taxi from Maharana Pratap Airport took us to the edge of Lake Pichola, where complete silence greeted us after the colorful and chaotic streets of Udaipur. I felt compelled to be at peace...
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Exploring Kodaikanal Amid Mist and Sunshine

It all started with a sense of emergence, an escape from the back-aching burden of assignments as a writer and the many sleepless nights they caused me.  After the submissions were finally made, it...
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Indian Customs You Should Know Before You Go

India is a playground for the intrepid traveler, offering everything from diverse landscapes to cultural history through its temple complexes. You also have access to bustling, dynamic cities and world-renowned food and friendly locals....

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