Although Mysore has seven palaces, its best-known and arguably most stunning is the Ambavillas Palace, known commonly as Mysore Palace, in the city’s Old Fort. While other royal residences stood at the cite of what is now Mysore Palace, the current building was commissioned in 1897 and completed in 1912. This glorious structure was built […]
With its multitude of white marble palace, temples and traditional buildings in various shades of pastel, Rajasthan’s lakefront city of Udaipur is arguably one of the country’s most romantic destinations. The hotels here range from ramshackle backpacker guesthouses to ultra-luxurious converted palaces. Here are a few of Udaipur’s most opulent hotels: Taj Lake Palace The […]
Held in Jaipur every January, the Jaipur Literature Festival is arguably India’s most important literary event. Now in its ninth year, this annual event features Q&A sessions, panel discussions, readings, and lectures featuring some of the most respected contemporary writers from around the world. Past delegates have included Pico Iyer, Alexander McCall Smith, Vikram Seth, and Ian McEwan. The Lit Fest has also seen its share of controversy, most notably in 2012 when Salman Rushdie was forced to cancel his appearance after receiving death threats (although the Satanic Verses author did speak at the event in 2007, when it was considerably less publicized).
Ever since the 1960s, Goa has been known as a party destination, particularly among the bohemian backpacker set. Although the state’s party scene has certainly become more organized and established since the days of wild beach parties, there’s still a ton of nightlife, ranging from small drum circles and trance parties to enormous club […]
Also known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is a historic beach town around 55 km south of Chennai. This ancient town was once a major port during the Ptolemic era, connecting South India to other Asian port towns. Today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts thousands of visitors who come to see its numerous ancient temples and rock carvings.
Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of holistic medicine, has been practiced on the subcontinent for thousands of years. Like many “alternative” forms of medicine, the system looks at the body as a whole and interconnected system and medicines and treatments can be both preventative and curative. Considerable influence is placed on diet, lifestyle, and the balance […]