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I happened upon this moment at a night market in Jaipur, India, which has some of the best shopping for beaded crafts, jewelry, ceramics, carpets and textiles. This jewelry stand in Johari Bazaar was crowded with women interested in the necklaces,...
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B1/163, Nagwa Road, Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
Varanasi is a city of beautiful chaos. Located on the banks of the Ganges River, it's one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and also one of the holiest. The river is the pulse of the city and it's worth setting your alarm...
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Outside Chandpole, Cheerwa, Ambamata, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
During my travels in India, I stayed at all sorts of places -- grungy inns, Taj resorts, and everything in between -- and my favorite locations where by far the mid-level hotels known as Heritage Hotels. These are former palaces and are most...
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Kolivery Village, Vidya Nagari, Kalina, Santacruz East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400098, India
We walked from the light into what felt like an underground world of silk and chiffon, where Indian shopkeepers sat on raised platform beds and beckoned us to discover their unique worlds of color. There is sari shop after sari shop, no two alike,...
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City Palace, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
Spread out over several acres in the heart of Jaipur’s old town, the rose-hued City Palace complex reflects the influence of several rulers, starting with the 18th-century Maharajah Jai Singh II, who planned and built the outer walls, and...
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Mathura Road, Opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Look familiar? The Taj Mahal continued the tradition of architecture that began largely with Humayan's Tomb in Delhi. Made from red sandstone (like much of Delhi's famous landmarks), the tomb was built in 1562. Go inside the tomb for a look at the...
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Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India
Next stop after a visit to the Taj Mahal is the Red Fort. Check out our welcoming sentry!
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Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan  had the truly magnificent white marble...
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Inside you can find Musamman Burj, where Shah Jahan (erected Taj Mahal) spent the last 7 years of his life under house arrest by his own son. He had a view from there to Taj Mahal. Inside the fort is also Diwan-i-Am, this hall was meant for the...
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Taj East Gate Road, Near Taj Mahal, Paktola, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
If the Taj Mahal were a performance, The Oberoi Amarvilas would be the front-row seats. Just a few steps from the eastern gate of India’s most iconic monument, this luxury hotel is full of Mughal-inspired design, from the marble accents to...
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Agra Fort, Rakabganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282003, India
The first red sandstone fort of North India was built in 1565 by India’s greatest Mughal ruler, Emperor Akbar. Its royal audience halls, immense stone courtyards, marble mosque and private royal chambers give us a glimpse of the grandeur of...