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Christmas in India: 4000 steps, camels and sleeping amongst lambs

Reminiscing about a Christmas past today, a Christmas in India. You’ll pardon the photos – they’re from the days of 35 mm-film in rolls. Remember those? We rarely travel over the holidays. It’s a sacred time of sorts – not in the conventional meaning, but in the sense that it’s home time. It takes a […]

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Colours of Rajasthan, Diwali and hill forts

Wandering around Jaipur during Diwali, my friend and I came across a colony where the celebrations were in full swing. We, though complete strangers, were invited in to join.

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World at a Glance: Humayun’s Tomb

Like the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s tomb is a property worthy of special protection. And like the Taj Mahal, it’s a grave. And just as Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his late, much-loved wife, this tomb was built by Humayun’s widow, Biga Begum, in memory of her late (and equally-loved, one must assume) […]

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Silent Sunday: Hawa Mahal – Palace of Winds

The pink palace Hawa Mahal – Palace of Winds – in Jaipur, Rajasthan

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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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