48 hours in Hampi | The perfect itinerary

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Why Hampi? Hampi is an immensely underrated heritage town—underrated by Indians ‘coz the foreigners seemed to have made it their playing field. The town is drop-dead beautiful and awe-inspiring. Every nook has an architectural wonder, not unlike Rome or Pompeii, with scores of stories etched on its stone walls. The […]

A weekend at Varkala

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About Varkala Varkala is a coastal town about an hour and a half’s drive from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, with relatively unharmed beaches, and cliffs that stand adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The town is also famous for a 2,000-year-old Janardana Swami Temple, located close to a beach that’s called Papanasam […]

Kumarakom: Top experiences

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We were in Kumarakom (Kerala) this rain-soaked weekend and even as I write this—from a staid, cloistered hotel room—I yearn to be back…to feel the silky-soft green of the leaves, marvel at the nodding lotus stalks and undulating undergrowth on the backwaters, protest at the resounding scream of the Cicadas, savor […]

7 days in Ladakh | The perfect itinerary

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Know before Ladakh or La dags—the Land of Mountain Passes—is located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir extending from the Kunlun mountains to the Great Himalayas. The Indus river flows through Ladakh, and Leh is its capital. Ladakh is a two-thousand-year-old kingdom of Tatar herders who learned to grow barley and few other crops like peas and […]