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It’s strictly vegetarian, with delightful night food markets.
Slide show: See a range of street food and sophisticated plates alike.
Go where French and Indian fare meets white sand beaches.
Watch the dynamic cuisine of India sizzle and unfold.
The cuisine here evolved with ages of world spice merchants.
Slide show: The isolated Kodava people have their own way of cooking.
Slide show: Explore the cuisine of this city’s hidden, magnificent dining rooms.
Slide show: Spices have been traded in this Arabian Sea port for 1000+ years.
Slide show: Discover this culinary holdout of the French East India Company.
Slide show: “Street” food prevails in this carnival-like haven of beach vendors.
Must do: Take the family on this hike by soaring peaks.
Slide Show: This stretch of coastline begs for adventurers to hike its rugged beaches in hopes of a dolphin or sea turtle sighting.
Slide show: These ancient foothills are a playground for leopards, antelopes and a magical “dust hour”.
Slide show: These dry teak forests are protected grounds for rare Asiatic lions.
Slide Show: Snow leopards and their prey gracefully meander through these high valleys near Buddhist monasteries.
Slide show: Safaris here offer views of the Himalayan foothills and the Ramganga River.
Slide show: Take a safari in these grasslands and forests to spot a celebrated population of rhinos.
Slide show: This salt marsh features a wildlife sanctuary to harbor rare species amongst its grasslands.
The kids will swoon over these parks worthy of The Jungle Book.
Slide show: Indigenous people coexist with elephants, crocodiles, and a vast range of species.
Explore Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala
Slide show: This former royal hunting ground is one of the original “Project Tiger” reserves.
Slide show: Haunting mangrove forests cover this languorous delta where tigers roam and swim.
Slide show: These dark, remote forests host elephants, temples, and teak trees between the ancient trails.
These 30 caves delight historians of all ages with surprises galore.
Color itself is a muse in India, from Holi to handcrafted textiles.
Slide show: This one-time Mughal capital boasts Hindu, Persian and Indo-Muslim architecture.
Slide show: Visit this largest fort in south India for its enchanting limestone ruins.
Slide show: Learn about this most famous remnant of the great Rajput clans.
Find hidden treasures and meander through archaeological ruins.
Slide show: Persian meets Mughal elements in this octagonal tomb for the Mughal emporer.
Slide show: Rajasthan’s best-preserved city begs you to get lost in its alleyways.
This 15th century fort houses 365 temples and endless discovery.
Slide show: Read about this magical fortified city freckled with baobab trees.
Slide show: Shop, stroll, and take in the charms of this “Cultural Capital of South Karnataka”.
Slide show: This hill station is surrounded by crystalline lakes and eucalyptus forests.
Slide show: This “hidden” 16th-century town is tucked away in rural Madhya Pradesh.
Slide show: This soaring tower is carved with Quran verses.
Slide show: This wellness retreat was founded in the ‘60s as an experimental community.
Tibetan Buddhism thrives and begs a visit to this Himalayan outpost.
Slide show: In this desert oasis lies sleepy Pushkar, home of a camel fair under the full moon.
Slide show: This is where Siddhartha attained enlightenment under a bodhi tree.
Bring the kids to this Sikh holy spot, and lunch with thousands.
Slide show: Pilgrims come to this regal town to bathe in the calm river, perform puja and worship.
Slide show: Here, pipes echo against the Himalayas, heralding the call to prayer…and butter tea.
Mountain with over 900 Jain temples
Slide show: Hiding out here are some of the world’s best Ashtanga teachers as well as an Ayurvedic spa.
Slide show: At this Jain pilgrimage site, 600 steps up, rests the colossal iconic statue of Lord Gomateshwara.
Slide show: Shreyas means “all around excellence”, perfect for this spa, yoga center and organic farm.
Slide show: On these tranquil grounds, enjoy yoga practice, meditation and Vedanta yoga philosophy.
Slide show: Among palm groves and rice paddies lies this Ashtanga haven.
Buddha reportedly founded Buddhism here on the Ganges.
Stay with the family in a tree house…on a tiger reserve.
8,000 feet into the Himalayas, this cabin is remote and otherworldly.
Slide show: Many sit on the edges of India’s safari parks.
Slide show: These floating palaces originally shuttled British to Kashmir in the summers.
Slide show: This Himalayan respite is one part luxury, one part spiritual.
Slide show: Relish an authentic glimpse of everyday village life from a converted rice barge.
Slide show: Unwind on an unfolding river journey in remote Assam.
Slide show: Chic, modern versions of colonial-style tented camps abound.
Slide show: This hotel spa feels far away, but lies moments from the New Delhi airport.
Slide show: Enjoy a weeklong stay aboard the luxury Maharajas’ Express.
Slide show: From this lavish lakefront resort, hear peaceful temple bells.
Slide show: Experience this fairytale mashup of Moorish, Oriental and Florentine design.
Slide show: Many were originally palaces, forts and havelis.
Slide show: This grand city begs you to slow down and enjoy little luxuries.
Check in to this ornate Art Deco palace with elegance nonpareil.
Days in this French colonial outpost are quiet and breezy.
Slide show: Experience the colorful artists’ studios in Thanjavur.
Slide show: These elaborate “story-play” performances go throughout the night.
Slide show: This vast 12th-century fort hosts an annual Sufi music festival.
Slide show: 6th-century carvings and paintings dedicated to Jain and Hindu gods.
Slide show: This was the 15th-century center of Indian textiles.
This island was called the “City of Caves” for good reason.
Slide show: These 8th century monasteries and temples were carved into rock slopes.
Slide show: The temples are prime examples of Indo-Aryan architecture.
Slide show: See crystal chandeliers, Ming vases, and vestiges of aristocratic life.
Slide show: This museum is a former royal palace tucked within the Mehrangarh fort.
These special ruins reveal an old seaport replete with art.
Slide show: Called the world’s largest open-air gallery, Shekhawati’s havelis don’t disappoint.
Slide show: The palace and its city are painted with color and joy.
Slide show: Coast through grassy plains, past rice terraces.
Slide show: This Tibetan Plateau looks up to towering Himalayan peaks.
Slide show: Discover ancient camel train routes between dunes.
Slide show: Off the mainland, Havelock Island’s pristine beaches inspire divers and snorkelers.
Slide show: The aerial experience starts with a climb uphill to the fort.
Slide show: This remote white desert has salt flats, flamingos, and nomadic peoples.
Slide show: Meander through villages and forests to the music of bird songs.
Trek from monasteries to mountain villages.
Slide show: 19th-century jungle lanes beckon off-road cyclists.
Slide show: This is a bio-diverse Eden on the border of Burma.
Slide show: Meet the locals, sleep in a tent, and enjoy the countryside.
Loop and wind through mountain landscapes with the family.
Take a retro-style motorbike tour over the Himalayas.
Slide show: This high-altitude ancient Himalayan kingdom is unlike anything on Earth.
Slide show: Stroll terraced land between mountain peaks and glimmering lakes.
Ask a local where to get your chart drawn and your leaves read.
Find your inner ground in these Buddhist Himalayan hills.
Ayurveda in India: Live Well Every Day
This old-school yoga practice flows to your breath’s rhythm.
See how Ayurvedic health principles guide local dishes.
Decamp with the whole crew here for sun, sport and style.
Trek through meadows between towering mountains.
Shiva watches over these waves and local yoga retreats.
Celebrate Christmas Day in Goa, where much of India’s Christian population.
A Bengali folk music festival featuring the music of the Bauls, the.
Around 2,000 dancers gather for this celebration of the Chhau dance form of.
This village just outside of Udaipur is the perfect place to shop for local.
Contemporary, traditional and folk arts are celebrated at this free annual.
A contemporary music and arts festival featuring musicians and artists from.
Free festival where you can nosh on vegan food and peruse a cruelty-free.
A remote village festival celebrating the traditional arts, dance, music,.
Classical Indian dance festival with performances in the Konark Sun Temple.
A multidisciplinary festival for Indian and international arts, including.
Three-day festival at the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort, celebrating the art and.
Potters from across India convene to exhibit and sell their work, with top.
A three-day celebration of traditional arts and crafts in Rajasthan, taking.
A traditional craft bazaar and classical music performances take place.
A festival dedicated to the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Sahib..
The Islamic festival of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi celebrates the birth of the.
This harvest festival celebrates the culture of the Garo tribe of Meghalaya,.
Herders and traders from the surrounding region bring approximately 30,000.
The ancient city of Hampi comes alive for this three-day festival featuring.
An evening festival on the Ganges River, where people gather to chant.
A festival dedicated to the culture of the Kutch region of Rajasthan, with.
A free festival featuring many different styles of yoga and classical Indian.
This annual festival of lights marks the new year in the Hindu calendar, as.
Locals and tourists alike gather for a celebration of the culture of.
This festival is all about the local heritage of the notable city of.
A wellness gathering with yoga classes, sound healing, devotional music,.
This festival focuses on the historical culture of Marwar, a desert region.
Wildly popular folk festival in which local performers and internationally.
A celebration of Rajasthani song and dance, featuring cultural performances.
A celebration of the goddess Durga, during which people take to the streets.
A national holiday celebrating the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the.
A flower festival during the annual Navaratri festivities, in celebration of.
A chance to meet and interact with more than 100 authors from India and.
A popular outdoor music festival located in the scenic and off-the-beaten.
Polo matches, music, local dances, archery, river rafting and art.
One of the oldest reenactments of the famous Hindu epic Ramayana, this play.
A Muslim holiday commemorating the martyr Hazrat Imam Husain, grandson of.
As part of the festivities of the Onam Festival, hundreds of people dress up.
This exhibition celebrates art from multiple disciplines inspired by the.
A classical music and dance festival featuring artists from all over India,.
The elephant-headed god Ganesh gets feted in grand style for 11 days, with.
Highlights of this major harvest festival include several kinds of dancing,.
This colorful event kicks off the Onam Festival with a street parade.
A traditional cattle and craft fair featuring local songs, dances and.
A celebration of the birth of Krishna, an avatar of the god Vishnu..
Property disputes of the past are playfully reenacted with parody fighting,.
This popular festival is a celebration of Gujarat’s ethnic folk dancing,.
Snake charmers assemble with their king cobras and other snakes in woven.
A celebration of what Chennai has to offer, including heritage walks, food.
A day of celebration for Zoroastrians (many of whom live in Mumbai), in.
A celebration of India’s independence from British rule in 1947, involving.
The most popular snake boat race in Kerala, in which villagers’ race in.
A series of monsoon festivals primarily for married women, celebrated with.
This festival features a surf competition, music from around the world, yoga.
The village lights up as many people illuminate lamps at local monasteries.
In this festival, an oracle speaks through a local layman after he or she is.
The day of the guru, or teacher, is honored across India. You’ll find.
This 18-day journey takes serious motorcycle riders through rough terrains.
This popular festival is put on by the Pnar tribe of Meghalaya to mark the.
The first in a series of boat races in long traditional canoes in Kerala,.
A two-day festival commemorating Padmasambhava, one of the founders of.
A 200-year-old celebration of female energy and the Mother Goddess in which.
This Apatani tribe agricultural festival features folk songs and traditional.
Decorated chariots representing the deities Lord Jagannath, Lord Balarama.
This festival features popular and traditional music and dance from some of.
At least 500 varieties of mangoes will be available to sample and buy, fresh.
Sacred masked dances with ornate costumes and music take place during this.
Goans celebrate this Catholic festival, dedicated to St. John the Baptist,.
A fertility festival honoring the goddess Kamakhya, where you can see.
A battle reenactment on watery ground, featuring a thousand or more locals.
This festival celebrates the descent of the Ganges River from heaven to.
A 400-year old carnival in Sambalpur featuring folk dancing, folk music and.
Travel by toy train to Shimla to beat the heat and enjoy this long-running.
Taste fresh mangos and other dishes made from India’s favorite food at.
This 28-day pilgrimage and rite takes place during the rainy season in.
An important day for Tibetan Buddhists, this notable celebration begins at.
Perhaps the most important day for Buddhists, this full moon celebration.
Dhungri Mela is a gathering of the decorated local gods and goddesses from.
This international wellness expo brings together health practitioners and a.
A weeklong, free celebration of the best of India, including live music,.
Ramadan is a Muslim observance during which no food or water is taken during.
Set in the lush hill station of Ooty, this 16-day annual festival features a.
The yatra, or pilgrimage season, gets fully underway in the month of May,.
A tribal festival put on by the Ao tribe of Nagaland, with singing, dancing.
Held at the governor’s residence in Gangtok, this annual flower festival.
Some of the finest qawwali music is featured, in addition to regional folk.
Long-running music festival taking place as part of the celebration of the.
Bhangra dancing, folk music and Punjabi food are central to this celebration.
The festival of Ram Navami marks the birthday of Lord Rama, the seventh.
A popular festival in Madurai that re-enacts the wedding of Sundareswarar.
Features singing, dancing, music with traditional instruments, and cultural.
The Maharashtrian new year, featuring parades of floats on the culture of.
A celebration by the Konyak tribe, who were once notorious headhunters but.
In Asia's largest tulip garden, with over a million flowering bulbs. The.
A famous temple festival in Kerala featuring a procession of decorated.
One of the most important celebrations in Rajasthan honoring love and.
A colorful Hindu festival with parades featuring elaborately decorated.
The festival of colors, which is celebrated with the tossing of colored.
A 2-day water carnival in which decorated canoes carry temple replicas.
A traditional tribal festival focused on friendship that includes rituals.
A 10-day festival put on by the royal family of Travencore, including a.
See newly hatched, endangered Olive Ridley turtles take their march into the.
One of Kerala’s most well-known temple festivals featuring around fifty.
A bamboo harvest festival featuring a traditional bamboo dance called.
One of the largest yoga gatherings in the world, with thousands in.
Theyyam is a sacred dance ritual in which artists dress up and go into a.
The Khajuraho Dance Festival showcases dance styles from all over India for.
Among the world’s largest gathering of woman, with around two million.
Located on the site of the Pariyanampetta Temple, this event is the.
This free festival, located in sight of the Taj Mahal, seeks to recreate the.
Architecture enthusiasts will not want to miss seeing the famous painted.
Goa’s Portuguese-influenced pre-Mardi Gras carnival parade of colorful.
This popular free annual arts festival in the Kala Ghoda neighborhood.
Sufi musicians from all over the world convene to play mystical music that.
Thirty-two years running, the Surajkund Crafts Mela showcases 400 artisans.
This celebration of India’s high-end modern and contemporary art scene.
Also known as the Indian Rural Olympics, this sports festival celebrates.
One of Kerala’s best elephant pageants, featuring a parade of decorated.
Rub elbows with well-known Indian and international authors at the largest.
Well-known Odissi and Hindustani vocal and instrumental maestros perform.
This is a country-wide celebration of the poet Kabir and various other.
This is a unique opportunity to meet India’s wandering minstrels, the.
Sample pav bhaji, momos, chaats and other types of street food from all over.
Pongol celebrates the harvest in Tamil Nadu state, featuring a special dish.
Millions of colorful kites take to the skies to celebrate the sun’s return.
One of the largest music festivals in the world offering 1,500 performances.
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