India Travel Guide

Photo story: celebrating Holi festival in India's Braj region

Photo story: celebrating Holi festival in India's Braj region

The vibrant hues of Holi are recognisable the world over, but this time-honoured Hindu festival of colour has its roots firmly in the subcontinent. In the cities of Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Barsana and Mathura some of the most spectacular Holi celebrations take place, transcending their religious origins and uniting people from all over the globe.

Three vegan Indian dishes to try from chef Romy Gill's new cookbook, Zaika

Turmeric pancakes, jackfruit sabzi and poppy seed cakes: these are the flavour-filled vegan bites inspired by West Bengal.

Tales of the tiger: searching for big cats in India’s wildest state

To travel across Madhya Pradesh is to taste India’s untamed heartland, where national parks teem with wildlife and stories of Bengal tigers are on everyone’s lips. An expert in the art of stealth and secrecy, however, it’s a beast that proves hard to seek.

A voyage through Assam: cruising along India's Brahmaputra River

A voyage through Assam on the tempestuous Brahmaputra River provides an indelible experience of India, although a sense of adventure and an open mind are essential for navigating the cruise’s twists and turns.

Is Bengaluru India's most exciting city for vegetarians?

It’s known for being India’s tech capital, but Bengaluru is also arguably the country’s best city for vegetarians and vegans, with a truly vibrant meat-free dining scene.

Life on the water: human stories from Kerala's palm-fringed backwaters

The waterways of the Indian state teem with birdlife and the rhythms of rice production. But beneath the surface, the Periyar National Park and the tranquil Vembanad lake are finding a balance between the needs of agriculture and nature.

Photo gallery: celebrating Holi festival in India's Braj region

Magenta, yellow, crimson, blue — the vibrant hues of Holi are recognisable the world over, but this time-honoured Hindu festival of colour has its roots firmly in the subcontinent. In the cities of Vrindavan, Nandgaon, Barsana and Mathura, in the Braj region of Uttar Pradesh, some of the most spectacular Holi celebrations take place, transcending their religious origins and uniting people from all over the globe
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India: Rice Pudding with Cardamom and Bay Leaf

Filling and warming, try this twist on a classic – inspired by Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

A neighbourhood guide to Mumbai

Mumbai’s spectacularly diverse neighbourhoods are home to everything from glitzy Bollywood studios to grand architecture and a national park that’s famed for its leopards. 

William Dalrymple on how living in India has changed him

William Dalrymple didn’t set out to become Britain’s leading chronicler of Indian history, but a chance trip to the subcontinent started a lifelong obsession. Thirty years on, he’s still living in Delhi — a city with a “tangible sense of history”.

Warming dhals to zingy salads: an interview with Romy Gill

Chef and food writer Romy Gill sought inspiration from the food of her childhood in West Bengal for her debut cookbook, Zaika. It celebrates regional, vegan Indian dishes, from warming dhals to zingy salads.
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Top five wellness experiences in the Himalayas

We round up the best stress-free experiences at Ananda in the Himalayas.

Photo story: streetlife in the blue city of Jodhpur

The bright blue walls of Jodhpur are a striking, improbable contrast to the umber sands of the Thar Desert. Capital of the ancient kingdom of Marwar and the second-largest city in Rajasthan, the ‘Blue City’ has a fascinating heritage, having played a crucial role in the history of India, from the days of the Mughal Empire to the British Raj. The Jodhpur of today has a young, energetic population whose vibrance is matched only by the colour of the city walls.

Explore the Indian city of Lucknow, whose streets are alive with smoke and flame

In Lucknow, meat takes centre stage. A kebab isn’t a simple skewer but a melt-in-the-mouth dish with noble origins; buffalo is slow-cooked overnight, ready for breakfast, while the perfect biryani can reduce a restaurant to silence.

Delhi: A maharaja’s metropolis

A seat of power for hundreds of years, India’s capital has been invaded, ravaged and restored several times, emerging as a historical enclave of architectural wonders. Sample the street food, tap into its modern art scene and wander along the walls of the resplendent Red Fort

A guide to the chaotic and soulful city of Kolkata

Look beyond Kolkata’s colonial past and you’ll find the colourful street food stalls of Grey Town, the Hooghly’s buzzing riverbanks, and a cafe culture alive with spirited debate. The Bengali capital is no faded museum piece.
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Top 6 experiences not to miss in Gujarat

Tucked away on the west coast of India, the state of Gujarat is a treasure trove of unique experiences

The world's best food destinations in 2019

Whether it’s an Italian temple of gastronomy or an Indian veggie paradise, some places seem to have good food woven into their DNA. From Mendoza to Mysore and Bologna to Beirut, we pick out some of the best destinations for food lovers

India: Life and death in Varanasi

Everyday scenes alongside the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India, prove death can sometimes be nothing to bat an eyelid at

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