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India: Five of the Best

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A travel journal to India by phileasfogg

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Quote: The images of India are many. Colour. Culture. Fakirs, mysticism. Some is blatantly incorrect; some is a skewed portrayal of a country where nothing’s black and white. Some is true. The world’s seventh largest country is a vibrant, unpredictable chiaroscuro, with loads to experience. Here are five of the best.

India: Five of the Best

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Overview

The Hawa Mahal, Jaipur Photo, India, Asia
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What do I say about the highlights? They all depend upon your priorities.There’s loads of history - the national capital Delhi itself has over 2,000 designated historical monuments, and there’s no end to the temples, mosques, churches, mausoleums, forts, palaces, villas, colonial bungalows, and more scattered across the country. Top-of-the-mind recall: the Taj Mahal; the Qutub Minar; Gwalior Fort; Amer Fort; Golconda; the Mysore Palace; the Portuguese villas of Old Goa…some are literally hundreds of years old, some just early 20th century. India’s other big offering is nature and wildlife - almost each state in the country has its own nation...Read More

Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel

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Hotel | "The Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel"

Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel Photo, India, Asia
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On the fringes of the formidable Thar Desert lies the Neemrana Fort Palace hotel, India’s oldest heritage hotel. Built in 1464, this was the 3rd capital of the descendants of Prithivraj Chauhan III (A famous ruler killed in a battle with the invader Muhammad Ghori in 1192). Neemrana stands on a hill in ten levels, and is an imposing combination of whaleback roofs, jharokhas (carved windows), jaalis (stone filigree screens), and balconies. A ruin till it was renovated by French experts in the 1990s, Neemrana blends medieval and modern, East and West. The rooms, each one unique, are scattered across the entire palace. Ours was the Geru Mahal (`Terracotta Palace’- its walls are p...Read More

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Neemrana Fort Palace Hotel
Village Neemrana
Rajasthan, India

The Temples of Mahabalipuram

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Freize at Mahabalipuram Photo, Mahabalipuram, India
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The southern Indian state of Tamilnadu has a very rich heritage- whether it’s mouthwatering cuisine or exquisitely glossy silk saris, these people know how to do it- and have been doing it in grand style for the past God knows how many centuries. And way up there on the list of things they’re good at is temple architecture. All across Tamilnadu are fabulously carved, frieze-decorated temples which are certainly nothing less than the result of divine inspiration!Anyway, to cut things short- the temples at Mahabalipuram are the ones I’m going to be talking about here. My parents and I were on a ten-day tour of Tamilnadu and its neighbouring state, Karnataka (more on this later) and Tamilnadu’s capita...Read More

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Corbett National Park

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Corbett National Park Photo, Uttarakhand, India
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A childhood spent in Madhya Pradesh – the setting for Jungle Book- should’ve prepared me for anything the jungle might offer- including the experience of staring straight into the mesmerizing golden eyes of a tiger.One of India’s finest wildlife reserves, the Corbett National Park is a great place to see wild boar, wild elephant, spotted deer, birds, langurs, and – if you’re lucky – the Royal Bengal Tiger. What’s better is that it’s just 247 km from the national capital, New Delhi. Corbett lies in the Himalayan foothills- dense forests, thorny lantana, and vast grassland. The Ramganga River, full of fish and long-snouted gharial crocodiles, runs through it all.Established in 1936 as t...Read More

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Corbett National Park

Uttarakhand, India
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The Glory of A Wazwaan

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If you should be ever offered the opportunity to attend a Kashmiri wedding, or any other celebration which calls for a feast, grab it! The traditional Kashmiri feast, known as a wazwaan, is a treat not to be missed, even though getting hold of one outside of Kashmir may be a trifle difficult. To begin at the beginning, Kashmir is a land very different from the rest of India. The mangoes and bananas, the coconuts and oranges of areas further south are missing from this state, and the staples here are rice and meat- and lots of meat! The `original’ wazwaan (alas rarely encountered now) was a showcase of the Kashmiri fondness for meat, with close to 36 courses being served, 95% of them ...Read More

The Gompas of Ladakh

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Hemis Gompa Photo, India, Asia
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Ladakh, in India’s northernmost state, Jammu and Kashmir, is an arid, bare land, and for miles altogether you’ll probably see nothing but bare- and brilliantly coloured- mountains. And then, just as you go turn the bend along a mountain road, you’ll see a gompa, precariously perched on the hillside, clinging on seemingly through sheer willpower.Gompas- Buddhist monasteries- are the equivalent of the temples and mosques you see in more southern parts of India. They tower, with whitewashed, wooden-windowed facades, over tiny villages, and are more often than not a virtual treasurehouse of interesting and ancient arts and crafts. The gompas are always rectangular- in typical Tibet...Read More

India: An Introduction

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I was eighteen when I first went abroad. I was to participate in a competition, for which I ended up traveling close to 24-hours almost nonstop, until I ended up at my destination, quite worn out. Arrangements had been made for me to stay with a family, a wonderful lady and her two equally likeable daughters, and all three of them had turned up at the airport to meet me. We exchanged greetings, they bundled me into their car, and we set off towards their home. Small talk - the drippy weather, the bumpy flight, the dim chance of it clearing up within the day - ensued. And then, all of a sudden, as we stopped at a traffic signal, waiting for the light to turn green, one of the girls said, "Do you ha...Read More