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Shekawati— Open-Air Art Gallery

Shekawati— Open-Air Art Gallery

A 30,000 sq km open-air art gallery, for-gotten with the passage of time, is now being rediscovered as an upcoming tourist destination. The place: Shekawati in the semi-arid, northwest region of India’s Rajasthan. Unlike in the state’s capital city of Jaipur, where...
Softly Glow the Butter Lamps

Softly Glow the Butter Lamps

It’s my second morning in Mcleod Ganj, and I am not yet used to not seeing Indians everywhere I turn. It is almost surreal! A wispy sort of late autumn breeze runs over my face and over my shoulders, making me feel stiff but cheerful. I climb down the steps of my...
Rama’s Stepping Stone

Rama’s Stepping Stone

When I decided to include Rameswaram Island on my itinerary to south India, my travel planner in New York didn’t encourage the excursion: Most Westerners simply didn’t go that far south. Rameswaram was remote, actually next-door to Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, and...
Off The Beaten Track

Off The Beaten Track

I am a sucker for travel destinations. Given a chance, I could pack a backpack and travel round the world with pleasure. Even when I go on my annual sojourn to India where my primary destination is Hyderabad, I cajole my family into discovering the glories of Andhra...
Trip To Adventure Island

Trip To Adventure Island

An island named after the legendary bird of paradise was nowhere to be found either on the tourist brochure of “Exotic Orissa” or in the colorful literature printed by the Chilika Development Authority. We would have missed Rajhans altogether if it had not been for my...
Siriska

Siriska

The fact that Rajasthan, the land of kings, has long been one of the greatest tourist attractions of the country, is undoubted. The princely states of Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Bikaner in Rajasthan transport tourists into an era of royalty and magnificence now...