Tag Archives: India

Qutub Minar: the leaning tower of Delhi

The 72.5-metre-tall red sandstone and marble Qutub Minar is the tallest structure in Delhi, and the tallest brick minaret in the world. It’s also an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture and one of the major sights in the Indian capital. When we visited, it seemed to be equally popular with foreign and local visitors. Construction [...]

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Colonial Delights in Goa

As you might know, I’m intrigued by Goa. Haven’t made it there yet, but here Julie Cheung shares an experience at a country house in this former Portuguese colony in India. Goa is a mystical land of monsoons, rice paddies, breathtaking beaches, intriguing markets and colonial history and I was lucky enough to experience the [...]

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Fatehpur Sikri: UNESCO’s Ghost Town

Akbar wanted Fatehpur Sikri to be the most beautiful city ever built. But style won over substance; no easy access to water. The city was soon abandoned.

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Add zing to your holiday in Goa’s spice plantations

Goa’s spice plantations provide more than just an afternoon’s diversion from the beach.You can also play Tarzan between the betelnut trees!

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Sunday snapshots – Sunrise at Taj Mahal

6:15 am Taj Mahal: romance and tragedy Even though it’s a mausoleum, a funeral mosque, the Taj Mahal must surely be one of the most romantic buildings in the world. But then romance and tragedy often seem to go hand in hand, don’t they? In 1631, Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, dies [...]

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Carnival of Cities for 1 June 2011 – from Abu Dhabi to Athens

Welcome! I’m happy to host this edition of the Carnival of Cities. After publishing the 18 May 2011 edition on Perceptive Travel Blog, Sheila Scarborough handed the baton to me. Without further ado, here’s a virtual tour of some of the world’s wonderful cities. Travel bloggers from around the globe presents:   Cities in the [...]

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Passports with purpose

Heard of Passports with purpose? No? Well, here’s the skinny: “Passports with Purpose is an annual Travel Bloggers’ fundraiser. In 2009, 90 bloggers participated and raised almost USD 30 000 to build a school in Cambodia. This year, USD 50 000 will be raised – to build an entire village in Tamil Nadu, India through [...]

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