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Kolkata, West Bengal, India
No one gets moving too early in this scorching city, so you are likely to enjoy brunch (and occasionally dinner) at Bomti’s. A mainstay of the Kolkata intellectual community, Surajit “Bomti” Iyengar serves authentic Bengali meals in his elegant...
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Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071, India
Dedicated to Queen Victoria, Victoria Memorial Halls adds sparkle to my city Calcutta (Now Kolkata) the former Capital of British India. Designed by Sir William Emerson, this memorial hall has has elements of Mughal architecture (The Minars and...
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Kumartuli, Hatkhola, Kolkata, West Bengal 700005, India
In the workshops of Kumartuli, a district of Kolkata, workers sculpt figures of female gods from straw and mud dragged out of the holy Hooghly River. These workshops are amazing - and with a little persistence you can walk amongst the workers as...
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12, R.N Mukherjee Road, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
For the regulars, route 36 tram is a journey to unwind. It meanders through the greenest parts and the broadest roads of the city. Where other cities have given in to faster cars, Kolkata holds her trams close to her heart. The cars run by the CTC...
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Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Taking pictures of people as they go about their daily lives... This cab driver turned around as we were walking by.
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5, Chittaranjan Ave, Esplanade, Chandni Chawk, Bow Barracks, Kolkata, West Bengal 700072, India
The Coffee House near Kolkata University & the street full of booksellers is a vibrant stop full of college students & book publishers drinking inexpensive coffee and chatting about politics. No wifi, laptops or chai masala in sight.
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2/2, Council House Street, Opp Dewars Garage, Lal Dighi, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
In St. John's Church, where Warren Hastings led the expansion of British East India Company from (around 1770), there is a famous Scottish organ that is only played by one organist in all of Kolkata. Johnny Purty is the guy. We chatted with him...
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Kamla Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110007, India
Kamla Nagar is one of the more traditional markets in Delhi. I have visited several times and rarely encountered other tourists, especially not group tours. Located in Old Delhi, Kamla Nagar is where the locals shop for everyday goods including...
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Bangla Sahib Rd, Near GPO General Post Office, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
India, a land of religions and traditions, is one of the most populated places I have visited. With so many people, the belief in karma, and overwhelming poverty, it was an amazing experience to attend a service at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Sikh...
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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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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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Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
New Delhi is a bit of a concrete jungle, and the chance to start each morning in the green space that is Lodhi Garden was a welcome way to find balance amid the hustle and bustle. The gardens were built around the tombs of Sayid and Lodhi rulers,...
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Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
With over 200 million Muslims in India, the country has no shortage of mosques. Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, was commissioned by Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the iconic Taj Mahal for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal....
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Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Delhi's Qutub Minar, at 72.5 meters or 238 feet tall, is the tallest tower in India. Built as an Islamic monument in the early 13th century of red sandstone and marble, the minar is not without controversy. Some believe the tower...
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India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India
India's Arc de Triomphe stands at the center of the historical and political area of New Delhi. It stands between Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Red Fort, and on India's Republic Day the parade passes right through the center.
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Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India
Few sites evoke as much emotion as Raj Ghat. Perhaps it is owed to the influence and inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi and his worldwide movement of nonviolence. Raj Ghat is a memorial to Gandhi, commonly considered the Father of the Nation. A black...
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Khari Baoli Rd, Gadodia Market, Katra Pedan, Fatehpuri, Old Delhi, Delhi, 110006, India
Wander a bit west of Chandni Chowk market and just shy of a full sinus awakening and make a left into an unsuspecting, yet unforgettable building. Wind terrace-by-terrace, step-by-step, to the inner sanctum of chili pepper heaven - watching out...
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Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Situated high on a hill, and overlooking Maota Lake, is the Amber Palace. This is one of the most popular places to visit in the Jaipur area. It is also one of the 'coolest' places to visit as well. This holds true for two main reasons: 1) water...
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Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Rising from a rocky hillside 11 kilometers (almost 7 miles) northeast of Jaipur, Amber's formidable fortress was financed with war booty when it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1592. More palace than fort, the magnificent edifice testifies to...
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There are so many wonderful sites to see in Jaipur, but one not to be missed is the fruit and vegetable market in the old city. Brimming with vendors selling everything from mangoes to cucumbers to tomatoes and pineapples. It's a scene to just...
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Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
Janta Mantar, a Jaipur park for the space-and-time-inclined, was built in the early 1700s by the Maharaja Singh. The UNESCO World Heritage site, located in the old city, contains 20 large stone astronomical instruments designed...
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Find clothing, accessories, and home decor from India’s coolest designers at Hot Pink’s boutiques in Narain Niwas Palace and Amber Fort. Its hanging fish-scale lamp by Thierry Journo of Idli Design is covered in gold leaf. This appeared in the...
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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Looking out from the fort I was captivated by an elephant caravan taking workers, supplies and tourists to the top. With the city as a backdrop it transported me back in time and I was blissfully lost in the moment.
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Near Taj Mahal, Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Nagla Devjit, Nagla Devjit, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The opposite side of the Yamuna River is a good place to view the Taj Mahal in peace and quiet. My visit was only disturbed by a persistent postcard seller who chased me across the muddy flats at the side of the river for quite some time before...
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Purani Mandi, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
Timeless monument to love. Go in the early morning to beat the crowds and the heat.
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Harha, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
The aarti ceremony (the offering of the light) is held on the banks of the Holy Ganges River in Varanasi India as the sun goes down. The chanting and prayers are held along the ghats (steps that go all the way down into the river.) The best place...
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Lane No. 8, Gangotry Vihar, Nagwa, Lanka, Gangotri Vihar Colony, Nagwa Lanka, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005, India
We spent four days in Varanasi visiting the site of a facility designed by David Adjaye to be built by Nest for the artisan silk weavers of Varanasi. We left the hotel at 5:00 one morning to see sunrise on the Ganges.
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Aayushman, Sa. 15/146-1, Sarnath, Dara Nagar, Bazardiha, Maheshpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
To see the magic weavers at work say "yes." when the merchant asks if you would like to visit the men weaving these tapestries. A dyeing art, this method will eventually be no more. as automated computer programs replace the small teams of two...
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Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
The ancient site of Sarnath near Varanasi, brings Buddhist worshipers from all over the globe. This little girl was wandering around the immense stupa while her mother was meditating near by. There are poor women sitting on the other side of the...
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Hill Cart Rd, Limbugaon, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734101, India
To ride the Darjeeling Limited is a very novel experience. It takes forever (8 hours) as a form of transport up to Darjeeling, so save time and ride it for an hour or so departing from the Darjeeling railway station. En route, you can feel every...
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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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Leh, Jammu and Kashmir 194104
I came to Ladakh, in northern India, to explore the 20,000-foot peaks and ancient monasteries the area is known for. A two-day detour to volunteer at the Jamyang School, which the Dalai Lama founded to provide free education to local children,...
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Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India
This five-star hotel is one of the most iconic in Mumbai. Catch a glimpse of its grandeur with a seaside stroll along P.J. Ramchandani Marg, before wandering around the nearby Gateway of India for a “very India experience.”
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No. 14, Nargis Dutt Rd, Union Park, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052, India
Olive is iconic in the city. It’s been around 12 years, which is a lifetime in Bombay, and it’s the place to meet and dine in Bandra. I think it helps that we constantly reinvent ourselves with new dishes and theme nights. But I have to say that...
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Backbay Reclamation, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Organized chaos of ritual laundry in Mumbai. The open air Dhobi Ghat at Saat Rasta {seven roads} is a timeless tradition.
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Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The best time to visit Mumbai's iconic Gateway of India is just after sunrise, when parrots and pigeons fly overhead, the streets are still relatively quiet, and the sky casts a golden haze over the waterfront in Apollo Bunder. Built to honor King...
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Chelsea explored Colaba Causeway to gather souvenirs from her trip. “The vibrant saris and kurtas are incredible. I bought some for all my friends’ kids." Lose yourself amidst the sea of food vendors and shopping stalls; it's near impossible to...
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Mani Bhavan, Hughes Rd, Gamdevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400007, India
Mani Bhavan is a simple old-style, two storied building in Mumbai. Whenever Mahatma Gandhi was in Mumbai between 1917 to 1934, he stayed here. It is now converted into a museum and research centre. It belonged to Shri Revashankar Jagjeevan...
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Chowpatty Seaface Road, Near Savitri Phule Girls Hostel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004, India
In the urban gargantuan that is Mumbai, one forgets that it is a city by the Arabian sea. Take a walk along Marine Drive in the Coloba district to feel a little more space. For visitors to India who have read "Shantaram," this stretch of street is...
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Gruyères, Switzerland
Could there be a more glorious setting for a cheese's origin? These pastures surrounding a hilltop village (Gruyères) crowned with a castle (the Château de Gruyères), happy Swiss cows grazing with views of the Alps all around,...