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ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Bukhara is an icon in Delhi. The award-winning restaurant is almost always full, as the guests are always full on kabobs and giant naans (flatbread). Bukhara's specialty is tandoor-cooked cuisine prepared in a traditional clay oven. Try the...
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
Holi is a Hindu celebration that occurs at the end of the winter season on the last full day of the lunar month Phalguna, generally in February/March. As bonfires are lit to signify a devotion to Lord Vishnu, the God of Preservation, people gather...
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Shop No:A/16, Inner Circle Road, Rajiv Chowk, Block A, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Established in 1926, Wenger's is an icon in Connaught Place. It is one of the oldest bakeries in Delhi offering breads, patties, cakes, pastries, cookies, and chocolates. I usually order a slice of almond cake or chocolate lasagna, though the...
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I have a special place in my heart for Punjabi by Nature. Maybe it is because I ate here during my first trip to India seven years ago. Maybe it is because the food is so incredible that I return each time I visit Delhi. Or perhaps it is because...
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1862 A, Chandni Chowk, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Ghantewala Halwai is an icon not only in Delhi, but all over India. Established in 1790, it is considered one of the oldest sweet shops in the country. Ghantewala has served Mughal Emperors, dignitaries, and of course the locals and tourists who...
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Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Hanuman is a Hindu deity and a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. He is a Vanara (half-monkey, half-human) who has supernatural powers and can morph into alternate shapes. The Hanuman Mandir near Connaught Place is not only a sacred...
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77, Mathura Road, Friends Colony West, New Delhi, Delhi 110065, India
Name the award, and most likely it has been presented to Indian Accent: Top 100 Restaurants Worldwide. 50 Best Restaurants in Asia. Best Restaurant in India. Best Fine Dining in Delhi. Best New Indian Restaurant. Best North Indian Restaurant. And...
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Ground, International Trade Tower, American Plaza Block “E”, Lala Lajpat Rai Rd, Nehru Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
Let's be honest. It's so much fun to say the name of this restaurant. Inflections aside, Oh! Calcutta undeniably has the best Bengali food in Delhi. Oh! it's delicious! Their specialty is seafood, but definitely try the Koraishutir Dhokar Dalna...
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1, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, Gokalpuri, Institutional Area, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
If you are unable to make a trip to the residence of the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India, pay a visit to the Tibet House in Delhi. Also titled the Cultural Center of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibet House was founded in 1965 to preserve...
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Kaccha Bagh Area, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Rickshaw rides are common in Chandni Chowk, the vast and crowded market in the Old Delhi quarter, but book a comprehensive rickshaw tour for an immersive experience that lasts longer than 15 minutes. Witness the architectural marvels,...
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1170/15B, Kushabhau Jejurikar Rd, Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411005, India
Pune's Pataleshwar Caves date to the 8th century, when they were cut out of rock and dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva. They are protected by the government as historically and culturally important monuments. Shiva's victory over demons is...
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Ganpati Bhavan, 250, Budhwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002, India
Pune has an abundance of temples and sites of historic and religious interest, but it's said that the Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple is the most visited of them all. Dedicated to the Hindu god Ganesh, this temple has an over-the-top...
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Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030, India
Perhaps Pune's most iconic landmark, Shaniwar Wada is a former palace built in the early 18th century for peshwa rulers. Though a series of fires over the centuries have destroyed most of the complex, the fortified walls remain, as do several of...
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One Mobile, Shop No 5, Survey No 147, Karve Putla Chowk, Next To Tms, Karve Road, Kothrud, Kothrud, Rahul Nagar, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra 411038, India
The Western Routes is a tour operator that specializes in taking visitors on lesser-known routes to places off the well-beaten tourist trail. While the company offers walking tours in Pune proper, excursions to more natural, wild areas are also...
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On Thursday evenings in Delhi, grab an auto rickshaw to Hazrat Nizamuddin for some outstanding (and free) Sufi music just after dusk.
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Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Every morning, the Sassoon docks in the Colaba district of Mumbai fill with locals, young and old, who load baskets, bowls, and crates with all manner of Arabian sea life. I stood mesmerized watching women in beautiful bright saris balance heavy...
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Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
There are just under 7 billion people on this earth and, as far as I can tell, all of them were in Bombay for Diwali this weekend. Ever since the deadly terrorist attack of 2008, the Gateway of India has been surrounded by barricades and metal...
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Marine Dr, Mumbai, India
Catch a Mumbai sunset from the west-facing 3km sea wall known as the "Queen's Necklace". You won't be alone. Lovers sit two by two, enjoying a quiet moment alone before returning to their families. Groups of school friends take photos and buy cups...
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292, Koregaon Park, North Main Road, Ragvilas Society, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India
Bang opposite the swanky new Starbucks stands a Pune landmark, the German Bakery. This once bohemian hangout has undergone a chic transformation of its own. Three years ago, an attack on the property forced the establishment to shut down, but...
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Film City Rd, Film City Complex, Aarey Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400065, India
Mumbai is the home base for the Hindi Film Industry, popularly known as Bollywood, and one of the most iconic industry locations is Film City. Film City is spread across 500 acres, and on most days employs hundreds of artists and technicians. Set...
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Naya Basti, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India
The air becomes crisp as you climb through the National Parks of West Bengal, India, towards this magical town perched up in the mountains. Your method of transportation: a soot-coughing toy train that snakes up the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway....
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Western Marg, Near Saket Metro Station, Said-ul-Ajaib Village, Freedom Fighter Colony, Saiyad ul Ajaib, Sainik Farm, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Stimulate your senses at a 20-acre space designed to reconnect humanity with nature. The Garden of Five Senses offers modern art sculptures, herb gardens, bamboo courts, pools of water lilies, and a solar energy park. Smell the almost 200...
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Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
While working on a university study abroad project in Dharamsala, we got word that His Holiness the Dalai Lama would be returning from Australia and we could have the chance to see him drive by on his way back from the airport. We eagerly rushed...
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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Overwhelmed by the poverty, the density of the population.

Astonished by the kindess of the people of India.

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Anjuna, Goa 403509, India
I had finally settled down on the beach after a grueling yoga class on the shore of Anjuna, just down from the amazing market, when a girl with the most stunning green eyes appeared as if in a vision from behind the cow. She instantly sat down and...
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McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India
Photographing the Dalai Lama in India was a dream come true. I'd been teaching photography in Dharamsala for 3 months and lived right down the street from him. But that didn't mean I got to see him very much. It's very difficult to get near the...
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Munnar, Kerala 685612, India
Wanding around "Smelly New Delhi" (as I affectionately called it), I daydreamed about the fresh air and open roads of Munnar: a high-altitude town in India's southwest that abounds with green hills. Through coconut groves and around elephant...
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Jogibara Rd, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176219, India
At the edge of Mcleod Ganj sits the lovely Him View Hotel. Away from the city center, the area is very quiet and peaceful. The hotel is run by three sisters who take great pride in the well-kept and inviting hotel. Each room is named for one of...
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Sayyaji Rao Rd, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India
The Mysore Palace is an amazing piece of architecture. In fact it is India's second most famous tourist attraction after the Taj Mahal according to Wikipedia! The palace is a definitely a "must see" on any trip to South India. It is worth every...
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Tungsung Basti, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India
The views from your suite—of the Kanchenjunga Mountains, the hills of Sikkim, or the Rung Dung River—might make it hard to leave, but it’s worth it to learn about every stage of tea-making on a tour of the fields and factory. A tasting reveals the...