Collected by Kathryn Gearheard
Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Rd, Jagdish Colony, Prem Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India
Situated on 32 acres of land on the outskirts of Jaipur—but still a quick drive from the city’s historic forts and palaces—this massive hotel mixes traditional Rajasthani style with modern amenities. Although there are a number...
40 Golimar Garden Nagar, Nigam Colony, Y Jaipur Golimar Garden, Tripoliya Bazar, Tripoliya Bazar, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
Jaipur is world-famous for their precious and semi-precious stones. Supposedly 80% of the world's semi-precious stones are cut in Jaipur. There are tons of jewelry stores throughout the Pink City, and it's tough to know where to go. I wanted to...
Outside Shalimar Complex, Church Road, Church Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
A jaunt to McD's in India sounds almost sacrilegious––almost. The thing is that it's actually a rather interesting experience. In India, the fast food chain is considered to be kinda swanky and the prices are relatively high, meaning that the...
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...
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...
132 Pankhabari Road Fatak, Kurseong, West Bengal 734203, India
Every morning India is brought to life with fresh hot chai. You can grab it everywhere. From the purveyor chanting “Chai, Chai, Chai!” as he works his way up the train to a tiny stall set up by the street corner. It is the life blood of India and...
P222/1, Strand Bank Rd, Fairley Place, BBD Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001, India
I attended the colorful Flower Market early one morning in Kolkata, India. The market is jam packed with people, vehicles and the ubiquitous flowers. The many species of flowers come in all colors and sizes. The scene is best described as colorful...
19, Amman Koil Street, Vadapalani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600026, India
One of the many highlights of a Chennai visit is the culinary experience. Chennai, in the south of India, has many different types of cuisine. Saravana Bhavan is a local joint where every visitor must stop by to sample the vegetarian local cuisine...
No.126,Santhome Road, Pattinapakkam, Mandavelipakkam, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028, India
Don't waste your time searching for utensils or a menu and instead follow my lead: Order a couple of idli, a vada or dosa and a cup of tea. Moments later you'll be presented with your order plus a rainbow of chutneys and sambar on a banana leaf...
Elliots Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600090, India
Going to the beach in Chennai, whether it's Elliot's or Marina beach, means more than just wetting your feet, or sitting on the beach. The crowds will vary whether you go during the day or in the evening. But the one thing that's constant is the...
Chennai, Palavakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
The National Art Museum situated in the Egmore village of Chennai houses it's most prized design and architecture outside of the gallery rather than in. The gallery was built in 1902, but has been closed due to damages, since 2002. This is by no...
Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Street painting festivals, popular throughout the world, take on a whole new meaning here in South India. Visit Chennai on the 9th through 12th of January and become entranced by the many art forms celebrated at the city's annual Mylapore...
Thrissur, Peechi, Kerala 680304, India
While I was in Southern Indian studying Ayurveda I spent as much time as possible with the elephants. One afternoon at a small elephant sanctuary, I ended up in a large pool-sized bathtub with a comic female elephant. She had some fun with me as I...
Beach Road, Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527, India
Mollify and unwind with a variety of delicious cocktails at the Leela Kovalam Resort in Kovalam, India. Relaxing beverages can be hard to come by in India. However, there is no better place to enjoy one than during happy hour at this ultra...
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...
Sawad, Bapunagar, Vadodara, Gujarat 390022, India
Ganesh Utsav, is a 10 day festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha (Elephant headed Indian God). It starts with bringing in the idol with full fervor at a community 'Pandal' (stall) or at homes. People thong various pandals to worship and at the...