India + Sri Lanka
Collected by John Kwiatkowski
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...
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
When I was leading bicycle trips through Rajasthan, India, I always looked forward to our final fews days in Udaipur each rotation. I loved to wander the market streets in that golden hour just before sunset. The light brings out the richness of...
Devisinghpura, Rajasthan 302028, India
Meet the local transportation team at the Amber Fort in Amer (a town 6.8 miles from Jaipur), in the Rajasthan state of India. Located high on a hill and built in 1515, these friendly representative pachyderms make for a great trip up and into the...
Baba Kharak Singh Marg,, Connaught Place, Hanuman Road Area, Raja Bazar Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
There is nothing fancy or flashy about this popular garment shop in Connaught Place - and that is just how the locals like it. Its unassuming exterior leads to a space filled with woven and fashion textiles. The outlet, established in 1956,...
22, Janpath Bhawan,Janpath, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Many locals believe that no trip to Janpath is complete without a visit to DePaul's. The hazelnut-flavored cold coffee is served in a glass bottle with a straw. Nothing fancy, but delightfully refreshing and creamy—especially during hot summers....
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...
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...
Building No 8, Community Center, Community Center, 8, Block A, New Friends Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110025, India
Pebble Street is a local watering hole nominated for "Best Bar Beer" in Delhi. At the end of a long work day, locals descend on this pub for good brew and conversation. One of their tag lines? "I got 99 problems and beer solves all of them." Happy...
50 A, 2nd Floor, Hauz Khas Village, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
If you don't have the opportunity to catch a short flight to Kathmandu, check out Yeti in the bustling HKV. The traditional Himalayan kitchen serves momo's, a Nepalese comfort food. The dough is thicker but still melts in your mouth, followed by...
Shop No. 9A, Atmaram Mansion, Scindia House, Connaught Place, Atul Grove Road, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Welcome to Rajdhani, also known as "that yummy Thali place." A Thali is a round platter that serves a selection of various dishes. Traditionally, a proper Thali offers six flavors on one plate: spicy, salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and astringent....
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...
9, Fatehabad Rd, Tourist Complex Area, Near Man Singh Palace, Bansal Nagar, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
After traveling in the north of India for two weeks, I do admit that some of the food was starting to feel monotonous. Delicious, yes. But also monotonous. That is why I was so glad to find Dasaprakash on a side street in Agra. This well-kept...
No. C 16, Bhagwan Das Road, Panch Batti, C Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
The line at the ticket booth for Jab Tak Hai Jaan, the new Yash Chopra filck, was already down the street when I arrived at the majestic Raj Mandir Cinema an hour before showtime. Luckily, that was the men's line; the separate women's line, which...
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...
Johri Bazar, Gangori Bazar, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302003, India
Johri is Hindi for jeweler, and you’ll find plenty of examples at this Indian bazaar. Rajasthani brides visit before their big day for the Crayola spectrum of saris. Pick up impossibly soft pashminas and silver-threaded sandals, too. No wedding...
54, Lane Number 2, Ajmer Road, Gopal Bari, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
The sister property to the Hotel Pearl Palace, beloved by backpackers, offers the same warm hospitality but with grown-up digs. Local craftspeople created a regional look for each of the eight spacious suites. One room replicates a bhunga house...
Opp Bairwa Petrol Pump Purani Chungi Agra Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India
The Monkey Palace (Galwar Bagh) has a quiet serenity that stands in stark contrast to the chaos of the nearby streets of Jaipur, the Pink City. Wandering through the temple you can feel eyes on you almost immediately. These two quietly peered at...
Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
One can only imagine the royal gossip exchanged behind the pink sandstone screen of Jaipur's Hawa Mahal when women of the royal household gathered on the upper floors of the five-story palace to watch street festivals below while they remained...
Narayan Singh Rd, Kanota Bagh, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302004, India
Palm Beach, meets Jaipur meets the Greek Aisles. The most bold and thoughtfully designed bar and restaurant I've been in this year. Located in the Gardens of the Nirain Niwas Palace, this turquoise jewel box glimmers like the drinks themselves in...
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