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The Veerabhadra temple in Lepakshi, India (also simply known as the Lepakshi Temple), isn't the easiest place to get to. It's a 120 km journey north of Bangalore through rural villages. Your best bet for getting there is to hire a driver for the...
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Kochi, Kerala, India
Cochin also called kochi is a bustling town with lots of places to sit back and enjoy. Take a boat ride at sunset and see the scenic fishing nets that line the shore.
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Kazhuthumuttu, Thoppumpady, Kochi, Kerala, India
We were promised a "sunset boat ride" with our romantic package at a resort in Cochin. The resort itself left much to be desired, but this boat ride was absolutely gorgeous. A 75+ year old man wearing a turban around his head and a twinkle in his...
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Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
Summer in India (its monsoon season) with our three kids had too many highlights to count. But our first stop in Udaipur left such an impression, it deserves special recognition. Located in the state of Rajastan, Udaipur and its Lake Pichola are a...
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Hanuman Ghat Road, Outside Chandpole, Pichola, 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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Pushkar, Ajmer, Rajasthan 305022, India
The beautiful and sacred town of Pushkar is a complete treat for nature lovers. Positioned finely in the lap of nature and ornamented with the serene and stunning lakes, the sacred town of Pushkar is a perfect holiday spot for all. According to...
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Brahma Temple Rd, Ganahera, Pushkar, Rajasthan 305022, India
One of the things I love about India is the faces, there are so many interesting people, intense eyes, fascinating facial hair etc. they wear evidence of life on their faces and its fun to imagine what the stories behind those eyes must be.
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Sayyaji Rao Rd, Devaraja Mohalla, Shivarampet, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India
These are pots of powdered paint displayed in Mysore Market. This market is one of my favorite places in India because of the beautiful fruit and vegetable stalls, friendly vendors, and the air of vibrancy and decay that makes India feel both old...
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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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1st Main Road, 1st Main Road, Raghavendra Nagar, Raghavendranagar Extension, Ghousia Nagar, Mysuru, Karnataka 570011, India
Earlier this month I traveled on business to Bangalore, India for the first time. I had one free day to explore so I decided to visit Mysore. The first stop was Shri Chamundeshwari Temple and it is a sight to behold. The detail is so intricate and...
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New Shelter Premises CHS, Plot #119, 1st Road, Khar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400052, India
Sanctum carries vintage-style home decor, including distressed-wood chests, floral cushion covers, and a bar table fashioned from a street vendor’s pushcart. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
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Shop No 8, Gokul Regency, Thakur Complex, Kandivali East, Mumbai - 400101, New Saibaba Nagar, Hemu Colony, Bhagat Colony, Kandivali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400101, India
Drashta, the boutique of Mumbai-based fashion designer Drashta Sarvaiya, sells silk brocade skirts, brightly printed dresses, and beaded accessories, such as wrap belts made with semi-precious stones. This appeared in the November/December 2012...
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Janki Kutir, Juhu Tara, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049, India
My first time eating Bhel Puri had to be from the best spot in Mumbai, naturally. This crunchy and tangy savory snack was the perfect start to a day of street food tasting.
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Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu 603104, India
Drive south on East Coast Road for temples, carvings, and the Bay of Bengal.
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1/387, Princess St, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India
India boasts many traditional regional dance forms, but kathakali, with its elaborate, colorful costumes and masks is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive. With roots going back to ancient Hindu temple plays (some think as far back as the 2nd...
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Parade Road, Fort Kochi, Kochi, 682001, India
The first of Fort Cochin's slew of heritage hotels, Malabar House has been in operation since 1996, though its history dates all the way back to 1755, when it was commissioned by a Dutchman. Today it's one of the most sought-after places to stay...
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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Known as The Blue City for its many homes painted to denote them as Brahmin residences, Jodhpur is a chaotic hodgepodge of blue blocks at the foot of mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Interspersed with the sacred color associated with Lord Shiva, the city...
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Bhagat Ki Kothi, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
I loved just wandering the streets of Jodhpur, located in northwest India in the region of Rajasthan. The area is known for its brightly colored textiles and fabrics and it was a feast for the eyes to see people strolling the streets, bedecked in...
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Clock Tower, Girdi Kot Front Gate, Rawaton Ka Bass, Ghantaghar Market, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
The lively local Sardar Market near the clock tower in Jodhpur's city center was a great place for aimless wandering. I passed up the spices (although the friendly spice dealers did their best to entice me), tea, and rolls of glossy sari fabric...
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Hampi, Karnataka 583239, India
The ruins now stand over arid, dusty land. If I was not fiddling with my camera, I was arranging my scarf.
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Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh 283110, India
Located not too far from the ever-popular Taj Mahal, the city of Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once the capital of the Mughal Empire. The quiet, deserted city is also a shining example of the Mughal architecture that...
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Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh 283110, India
Believe it or not, there is actually more to do in Agra than just see the Taj Mahal. An hour outside of the city you will find Fatehpur Sikri, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I took a harrowing one-hour cab ride to see one of the best-preserved...
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
So grateful was Mughal Emperor Akbar to the saint he believed blessed him with three sons that he built a City of Victory 40km west of Agra with Salim Chishti's tomb as its centerpiece. Constructed in the mid-16th century, Fatehpur Sikri was the...
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Bodhgaya, Bihar, India
Brightly colored flowers line the Cankamana, or the Jeweled Walk. These raised circles indicate where the lord's feet rested. Bodhgaya, India
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Bodhgaya, Bihar 824231, India
This small sculpture sits at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India—a popular place for both Buddhists and Hindus because the site is said to be where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment. Today the Mahabodhi Temple's grounds are filled...