India holidays

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Secular pilgrims: why ancient trails still pack a spiritual punch
Where kings and abbots walked, tourists now follow. Are these increasingly popular trips just another holiday or are we getting more religious?

Peter Stanford

28, Mar, 2021 @9:29 AM

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Mumbai: a virtual tour through books, film, music and food
India’s most cosmopolitan city offers a dramatic blend of Bollywood idols, opera, street stalls and gripping tales of the underworld

Taran N Khan

22, Mar, 2021 @6:30 AM

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I ate three in a row: the Bombay burger, India’s favourite fast food – plus the recipe
Vada pav – spiced potato balls in a soft roll – is the quintessential Mumbai street food. BBC presenter Leyla Kazim devours the city’s best

Leyla Kazim

01, Mar, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Pongal is comfort food for south India’s harvest season – plus the recipe
Pongal is both a harvest festival, which starts today, and the rice and dal breakfast dish eaten to mark its arrival

Shoba Narayan

14, Jan, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Jasbinder Bilan: Heading ‘home’ to India freed my creativity
The children’s author grew up in the Midlands, but the tastes, sounds and smells of her family’s Punjab homeland were the inspiration for her stories

Jasbinder Bilan

20, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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My journey around India in 80 trains
Monisha Rajesh had a complex relationship with her parents’ homeland, until she saw all of Indian life played out on the country’s railway

Monisha Rajesh

05, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Travel through a lens: Cat Vinton's best photograph – Sonam braves winter on the Tibetan plateau, India
Our new series of travel photos that tell a story starts with this portrait of a young nomadic girl who herds animals on the world’s highest plateau

Cat Vinton

03, Nov, 2020 @10:44 AM

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10 of the best books set in India – that will take you there
Tired of narratives that obsess over spices, colours and cows on the road? These books, all by Indian writers, paint realistic pictures of the country’s geographical, cultural and political landscapes

Monisha Rajesh

16, Jun, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Taking a Toto trip in West Bengal: an electric rickshaw adventure ride
Returning to Chandannagar, our writer’s Toto e-rickshaw journey brought back happy memories, and prompted optimism about the eco benefits of this increasingly popular form of transport

Sheela Banerjee

01, Aug, 2019 @10:00 AM

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The jewellers of Jaipur's Johari Bazaar – a photo essay
Unesco has named the capital of Rajasthan, India, a world heritage site, partly for its jewellery and artisanal traditions, which continue to thrive on one of its main commercial streets

Harry Johnstone, photography by Christopher Wilton-Steer

11, Jul, 2019 @10:52 AM

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A river ride to Rishikesh: India's new adventure capital
Rishikesh shot to fame when the Beatles arrived, in search of enlightenment. Half a century on, the area is attracting a different kind of seeker – those after rapids, zipwires and mountain treks

Mark Johanson

16, Jan, 2019 @6:30 AM

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Getting the hump: Pushkar camel fair changing from trading post to heritage event
In Rajasthan, India, officials hope tourism will help preserve the dying art of camel decoration as livestock trading at the famous fair declines

Jesse Onslow

28, Nov, 2018 @6:30 AM

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