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  • In pictures: the little-visited treasures of South India

    In pictures: the little-visited treasures of South India

    March 7th, 2017Lottie Gross
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    After a week-long whistle-stop tour of central India‘s least-visited attractions, travel writer and photographer Lottie Gross shares her favourite photos. India is undoubtedly a beautiful country. It presents such an array of interesting scenes and stunning landscapes, taking pictures is irresistible. But this vast country also poses great challenges for photographers: there are so many... Read more »

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  • Indian trains: a traveller’s survival guide

    Indian trains: a traveller’s survival guide

    February 9th, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Pin The Himalayan Queen, the Grand Trunk Express, the Deccan Odyssey… the very names of India’s trains are evocative of timeless style and old-school adventure. Introduced by the British East India Company, tracks were first laid across the country in the late 1800s to transport troops. Only after independence in 1947 did the focus switch to... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous places in India?

    Quiz: can you name these famous places in India?

    January 24th, 2017Rough Guides Editors
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    India is an addictive destination. Go once and something will draw you back time and again. Perhaps it’s the food, maybe it’s the people, or it could well be the vast array of incredible sights there is to see. Reckon you’ve seen a few? See if you can name all these famous sights in India.

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  • A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    A first-timer’s guide to India’s Golden Triangle

    January 2nd, 2017Freya Godfrey
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    Pin From busy bazaars and hurtling tuk-tuks to tranquil temples and majestic mosques, the Golden Triangle is a fantastically varied introduction to the sights and sounds of India. This is the country at its noisiest and most chaotic, but chances are its colourful exuberance will leave you wanting to return again and again. Here’s a first-timer’s... Read more »

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  • 25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    25 years and 10 editions: The Rough Guide to India over the years

    November 30th, 2016Edward Aves
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    It’s 25 years since an adventurous quartet of Rough Guides authors set off for the Subcontinent to begin work on researching the inaugural instalment of The Rough Guide to India. After two years of intensive writing and painstaking editing, the first edition of the book thudded onto the bookshop shelves in 1994, weighing in at... Read more »

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  • The most romantic places in India

    The most romantic places in India

    November 25th, 2016Freya Godfrey
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  • Video: a 2 minute guide to India

    Video: a 2 minute guide to India

    November 15th, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    India has been captivating travellers for centuries – and it continues to enchant to this day. It’s a country that has it all: rainforest, desert, pretty beaches and impressive cityscapes. But where should you start? The Subcontinent is vast, and it can be difficult to decide how to tackle this fascinating country. We’ve put together... Read more »

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  • Lessons from the road: what it was like to write the first ever Rough Guide to India

    Lessons from the road: what it was like to write the first ever Rough Guide to India

    November 14th, 2016David Abram
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    With tales of parties, pristine beaches and pilgrims, David Abram tells all about what it was like to write the first edition of one of our longest-standing titles: The Rough Guide to India. How did you come to work on the first ever Rough Guide to India? I answered an ad in The Guardian, believe... Read more »

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  • The Western Ghats: one of India’s least-explored regions in pictures

    The Western Ghats: one of India’s least-explored regions in pictures

    November 8th, 2016David Abram
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    The Western Ghat mountains shadow India’s southwest coast, extending for a thousand miles from Gujarat down to the southern tip of Kerala. Despite running through one of the most densely populated countries on the planet, the range is amazingly empty and wild for much of its course. There are good reasons for this. In the... Read more »

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  • A taste of Kolkata: the foodie capital of India

    A taste of Kolkata: the foodie capital of India

    June 16th, 2016Shafik Meghji
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    India’s most underrated city, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is a far cry from its negative stereotypes: it’s friendly, attractive and home to some of the best – and most diverse – food in the country. Shafik Meghji picks out seven essential foodie experiences. 1. Pick up a kati roll Kolkata’s ultimate street food is the kati... Read more »

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  • Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

    Painting the town red, pink, green and yellow: Holi Festival 2016 in pictures

    March 24th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Every year, Hindus around the world celebrate Holi Festival: the festival of colours. The event attracts many non-Hindus to take part, too, with hundreds of people gathering to throw coloured powder at one another – a tradition supposedly started by Krishna as a young boy when he used to throw paint over the gopis (milkmaids). The result, of... Read more »

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  • 13 tips for backpacking India

    13 tips for backpacking India

    March 14th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    Pin Whether you’re hurtling along in a rickshaw, eating fantastic curries, kicking back on the backwaters or hiking in the mountains, backpacking India will always be an adventure. You’ll need your wits about you, and preparation is key – here are our top tips to making your journey as smooth as possible. Check out The Rough Guide to India... Read more »

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