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6 top tea destinations in India

  Pxhere India has given many gifts to the world, including its cuisine, saffron and other spices, and its world-famous teas; in fact it remains one of the world's largest tea producers of tea in the world. Commercial cultivation of tea was started in Darjeeling, West Bengal during the colonial era of British rule. Nestled amidst the region's lush green slopes (top), there are many tea estates found in this region, many of which offer guest bungalows and the chance to freely roam among the…

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Seven Things To Know Before You Plan A Trip To Taj Mahal, Agra

Agra houses the beautiful Taj Mahal, which is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. None the less Taj Mahal adds to the beauty of Agra and made Agra one of the most sought after tourist’s destination in Uttar Pradesh.Well,well if you dreamt to witness the beauty of Taj and haven’t been yet, you are surely missing on something very grand and beautiful; and we would suggest you to plan a trip ASAP!Here are those SEVEN things that you must be aware about before you plan a trip to Taj…

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11 of the top spots to visit in India

      India is of course a vast country with vast differences in geography, culture, religion, language, cuisine and other culture, which is a rich mixt of the past and the present ranging from ancient Vedic heritage to cutting-edge architecture and more. Though there are many places that are worth visiting in India, I have listed 11 places which are my personal favourites for an awe inspiring holiday.   read post    

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Gulab jamun in '5 of the Best Baked Desserts from Around the World'

Sakaman If you were to imagine the best dessert or baked item in the world, then your favourite would likely be very different from your friends and family members. From childhood treats to family recipes, there are many foods that are personal to each individual and this is especially true when it comes to desserts. Sugary, sweet treats hold a lot of nostalgia for most people and often these bakes and desserts use influence from local flavours. A lot of these “desserts” are actually classed…

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  • A excellent summing up of nearly two dozen of India's most compelling destinations: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/best-places-to-go-in-india-2023
    The 23 Best Places to Go in India in 2023
    For just-opened wellness retreats, luxury river cruises, and crowd-free beaches, according to the editors of Condé Nast Traveller India.
  • And now here's a tasty look at some of the best dining spots in Bombay/Mumbai, from The Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/where-to-eat-in-mumbai-india?via=ios
    Our Tips on Where to Eat in Mumbai, India
    This megacity has long been at the crossroads of numerous cultures, and curious readers with an appetite are the beneficiaries.
  • Medical tourism in India is booming as never before, and the Hindustan Times just published an overview of the sector and top five destinations: https://www.hindustantimes.com/lifestyle/travel/medical-tourism-in-...
    Medical Tourism in India: Top destinations, scenarios and all you need to know
    India in recent years has emerged as a major hub for medical tourism and is now considered among the top 6 medical value travel destinations in the w…
  • An interesting look at agritourism in India and what states can do to promote it: https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/how-states-can-give-a-...
  • Just caught an interesting article from the BBC as to the special role India's resorts play for some of its political parties. Curious? Check it out: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-61905894
    Maharashtra: What is India's 'luxury resort politics'?
    In India, politicians are often whisked away to fancy resorts at the time of a crisis - why?
  • With a millennia-old medicine history, this country now ranks 10th as a destination for people looking to travel for medical treatment, thanks to its combination of 21st-century health modalities, strong pharmaceutical sectior, and its traditional systems of holistic health and wellness. A few months ago, India-based Financial Express take a look at the country's current situation and trends, and it's an enlightening read: https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/medical-value-tourism-in-india...
    Medical value tourism in India: What makes the country a leading Medical Tourism Destination
    The latest initiative of the Ministry of Tourism in this sector is to formulate the Draft National Strategy and Roadmap for Medical and Wellness Tour…
  • In the Gujarat state city of Ahmedabad, the ashram where Mahatma Gandhi lived from 1917 to 1930 has been preserved as one of modern India's most sacrosanct sites - even if it's been vastly whittled down in size. But now there is an outcry over plans by nationalist prime minister Nahendra Modi to overhaul the ashram at a staggering cost both to make it flashy in a very un-Gandhi-like way but also with a sinister agenda:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/25/a-flashy-theme-park-o...
    ‘A flashy theme park’: outcry over Modi’s plans for the Gandhi ashram | World news | The Guardian
    The site Mahatma Gandhi lived at during 1917-30 is getting a very costly makeover many think is meant to distort his legacy
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    Hearty congratulations to Bharat on dipping a toe into the 21st century when it comes to LGBT rights, overturning an antiquated symbol of colonialism that even its former colonial master had long left behind. The question is, how will the court's lofty language be translated into practice? That's what this New York Times piece explores: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/world/asia/india-gay-rights-ruli...

    For Gay Indians, Landmark Ruling Is Just the Beginning (Published 2018)
    Gay activists in India celebrated the end of a ban on consensual gay sex, even as they prepared for the next battles in advancing gay rights.
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