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  • 13 tips for backpacking India

    13 tips for backpacking India

    March 14th, 2016Helen Abramson
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    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. But you’ll need your wits about you, and preparation is key – here are our top tips to making your journey as smooth as possible. 1. Eat where the locals eat... Read more »

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  • Video: top 5 things to do in Kerala

    Video: top 5 things to do in Kerala

    February 23rd, 2016Colt St. George
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    We sent Rough Guides editor Rachel Mills to the southernmost tip of the Indian Subcontinent to research Kerala for the upcoming Rough Guide to India. From tea estates in lush green hills to sultry palm-fringed backwaters, plus a host of deserted beaches, she dove beneath the surface and immersed herself in the region’s natural wonders, lavish festivals and heavenly South Indian... Read more »

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  • 20 brilliantly colourful pictures of India

    20 brilliantly colourful pictures of India

    February 22nd, 2016Tim Bird
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    Professional photographer Tim Bird shares some of his incredible pictures of India.  I’ve been fascinated by everything to do with India from about the age of 13 when I first heard the sitar being played on Beatles records. These days I’m an India addict. I’m involved with a small Finnish-based NGO, Tikau Share, which focuses... Read more »

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  • Hyderabad: India’s most up-and-coming city

    Hyderabad: India’s most up-and-coming city

    January 6th, 2016Nick Edwards
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    A fascinating, fast-developing city in southern India, Hyderabad is one of India’s up-and-coming tourist destinations. Co-author of the Rough Guide to India, Nick Edwards, gives us an insider’s guide. The rapidly growing metropolis of Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad occupy a fascinating place somewhere between India’s past and future. The old town is by far... Read more »

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  • Undiscovered India: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered India: 7 places to get off the tourist trail

    December 23rd, 2015Helen Abramson
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    Despite India’s vastness, foreign travellers tend to clump together in a relatively small number of well-known regions or cities, leaving plenty of destinations to the more intrepid few who are willing to take the challenge of escaping the tourist trail. Here’s a selection of our favourites: 1. Climb to spiritual highs in Palitana, Gujarat Gujarat... Read more »

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  • Andhra Pradesh: India’s unknown backwaters destination

    Andhra Pradesh: India’s unknown backwaters destination

    December 21st, 2015Nick Edwards
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    In search of somewhere a little more adventurous and lot less travelled than the famous backwaters of Kerala? Head to the Godavari Delta on the eastern coast of Andhra Pradesh, where you’ll find a rich area for exploration says Nick Edwards, co-author of The Rough Guide to India. The mighty Godavari, second only in length to the Ganges,... Read more »

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  • The delights of Dharamsala: discover India’s “Little Tibet”

    The delights of Dharamsala: discover India’s “Little Tibet”

    November 5th, 2015Nick Edwards
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    Ever since the Dalai Lama and his entourage escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 and were granted a new home in the district of Dharamsala, in India’s Himachal Pradesh, the area has been a magnet for travellers and truth-seekers alike. In fact, rather than the mundane, workaday lower town of Dharamsala itself, it... Read more »

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  • South Indian food demystified: 10 dishes you need to try

    South Indian food demystified: 10 dishes you need to try

    October 13th, 2015Malavika Bhattacharya
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    Tandoori, naan bread, butter chicken and rich vegetable curries are delicious, but these north Indian staples are just a fraction of the country’s diverse culinary offerings. To get a more complete picture, you also need to head south. South Indian cuisine is vastly different – think steamed, spiced and coconut-flavoured. The South Indian states of... Read more »

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  • Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    Budget trips: 20 of the cheapest places to travel

    August 21st, 2015Emma Gibbs
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  • The most beautiful places in India

    The most beautiful places in India

    July 23rd, 2015Rough Guides Editors
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  • 15 things everyone learns travelling in India

    15 things everyone learns travelling in India

    July 7th, 2015Helen Abramson
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    India varies greatly between its 29 states. Yet there are some things you’ll discover no matter where you are or how long you stay in the vast Subcontinent. If you’ve been to India at least once, you’ll relate to a few of these lessons we’ve learned over the years… 1. The street food is incredible... Read more »

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  • Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    Quiz: can you name these famous sights?

    March 20th, 2015Jessica Sinyor
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    Do postcards and travel posters paper your walls? Do you pride yourself on your travel knowledge? We’ve selected ten of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights around the world to put you to the test. Can you identify the famous sight from the picture? Be warned, sometimes places can look surprisingly similar…

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