Although India’s smallest state is at its most happening during the winter months, visit Goa in the off-season and you’ll get a better feel for the local culture. Though the off-season is often hotter or rainier, especially in monsoon (late spring), the beaches are much quieter and the roads less crowded. If you happen to […]
Just north of Pondicherry, in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Auroville is a large-scale international community with residents from around the world, some of whom have lived in the self-described “universal city in the making” since its establishment in 1968. Today, over 2,000 people from around four-dozen countries call the township home, and many […]
On the eastern banks of Lake Pichola, Udaipur’s City Palace is among the city’s most popular attractions, and for good reason. Construction on this sprawling palace (Rajasthan’s largest) started in the mid-16th century, and the next four centuries saw numerous additions and remodels, and the palace today is a compound of interconnected royal buildings rather […]
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).