Temple towns, balmy beaches, misty mountains—there are many ways to love Tamil Nadu. Rameswaram’s picturesque, quiet coast is perfect for ocean adventures without the crowds. Karaikudi is a perfect girls’ trip: think magnificent mansions, peppery cuisine, and sari shopping. Plus plenty of evergreen favourites, from hippie Pondicherry to Nilgiris’ tea estates and hilly trails.

India Getaways: 16 Reasons Why You Should be Holidaying in Tamil Nadu

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Longing to get far from the madding crowd? Bylakuppe, just a 4.5hr drive from Bengaluru, is the second-largest Tibetan settlement in India. It was set up by monks in the 1960s. Sign up for simple living—views of fields and hillocks, little cafes with momos and thukpa, and plenty of time to read, walk, and think.

Bylakuppe Diaries: Discovering a Piece of Tibet in South India

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A village in South Korea has been reviving its local fishing industry with an industrious little collection of penis-shaped paraphernalia, from totem poles to benches. One thing’s sure—visitors can’t get enough.

What's That You Say? A Penis Park?

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Three stays perfect for the summer, Bengaluru: they're rustic, leisurely, and in the lap of nature. Lounge around in the garden, at the veranda, or by the pool. Eat meals made from garden veggies, watch folk performances, and keep an eye open for resident wildlife. They’re all an hour or two away, perfect for a quick getaway.

Bengaluru Getaways : Blissful Rustic Stays for the City-Weary

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Some of them even have fascinating folktales linked to them. (Via Scroll)

Watch these stunning sights of Meghalaya that can only be seen from 4,000 feet in the sky

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Dilliwallahs, a 6hr drive away, near Corbett National Park, is a homestay with a telescope for stargazing, a luxurious pool to beat the heat, and lavish brunch spreads. Perfect for the Holi long weekend.

Homestays We Love: The Homestead, for Wildlife and Farm-to-Table Meals

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Some of our most unforgettable journeys begin just outside our comfort zone. Angadibail village in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, is off Google Maps, and has little mobile coverage. But for city folk, it’s the perfect place to immerse in nature—take baths in stream water, sleep in machans in the fields, and forage for kokum with the locals. Kokum harvest season’s coming up in...
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Harvesting Kokum and Life Lessons with Karnataka’s Ancient Tribes

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On a planet that’s mostly underwater, few of us have seen its mesmerising wildlife or navigated its dramatic landscape. Take five to meet glowing lionfish, billowing octopus, and humpback whale on a feed.

Photos: Dancing Octopus, Blooming Jellyfish, and Other Deep Sea Treasures

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Today's #NGTDailyShot was taken in Kerala on the occasion of Karkidaka vavu bali, when men make offerings to their ancestors.

Photo: Ajayan Anat

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There’s nothing like the deep stillness of the Himalayas for quiet time. The village of Phukchung in Spiti serves a very specific purpose—offering meditative silence to its residents, particularly Buddhist monks and nuns who retreat here. In fact, at this homestay with glorious mountain views, the monks actually built a prayer hall during their retreat. It’s an open invitation to contemplation.

Mountain Getaway: Rustic Comforts & Himalayan Views at The Hermitage, Spiti

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Want a Rajasthan holiday that’s more than camel rides and desert camps? Churu, an old town that’s a six hour drive from Delhi, seems almost locked in time. The fabulous architecture includes grand old havelis decorated with gorgeous murals, chattris with roofs painted with mesmerising scenes of raasleela, and a temple with Belgian glass mosaics.

Churu Guide: Painted Havelis and Tantalising Markets in Rajasthan

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This summer, skip the same old sun, sand and surf. There are green beaches, sands that sing with the wind, and hot spring beaches where you can dig your own heated pool!

10 Unusual Beaches Around The Globe

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Cities hold fascinating secrets, some of which we barely notice though we pass by every day. Before Pondicherry drew its beer-happy, surf-loving crowds, it was home to kings and courtesans—one of whom affected the fortune of the French empire in India. Take two minutes to meet the seaside city as you’ve never seen it.

Meet Aayi, the Courtesan Who Inspired Pondicherry’s Official Emblem

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Every February, Kerala’s capital hosts the largest gathering of women in the world, at the Attukal Pongala festival. Millions dress up in their Kerala saris and take over the streets around the Attukal Bhagavathy temple, cooking up pongal or rice porridge as an offering to the goddess. It’s a day when Trivandrum burns with devotion, ignited by a fiery legend.

Join the World’s Largest Gathering of Women at Kerala's Fiery Indian Temple Festival

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Mussoorie was, and is, one of India's most fertile grounds for writers. (Via Scroll)

The ghosts of a literary Indian hill-station that haunt the writers of the present

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Visiting the site of a prehistoric civilisation comes with goosebumps. The Harappan sites of Dholavira and Lothal in Gujarat is nothing short of astounding, with their well-planned layout and beautiful sculptures. They even put immense effort into having running water in every household! Go now, when you can still see craftsmen make carnelian beads exactly the way they were made millennia ago

Shards Of Time From Harappan Towns In Gujarat

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Coming soon to a railway station near you: a whole train dedicated to spreading awareness about climate change. The Indian Railways’s Science Express chugs through the country with exhibitions on a particular theme, and this year’s focus on reducing carbon footprints and conserving energy is particularly apt for the vehicle. Find when it’s coming near you, and hop aboard for puzzles, games,...
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Science Express: A School on Wheels is Coming to a Railway Station Near You

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Today's #NGTDailyShot takes us to Meghalaya's crystal-clear Umngot River.

Photo: Kinjal Majumdar

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Send the kids away, pack your bags and get ready to rediscover your erogenous zones. No excuses—we’ve got love hotels in Japan and a Sri Lankan getaway with cocktails overlooking the jungle and hot jazz sizzling off the gramophone. Book now.

10 Sensual Couples Holidays

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Bharatpur is famous for its Unesco-approved bird sanctuary—now’s a great time to visit, before the searing heat of April. There’s more to the Rajasthani city though, including a mighty fort with impressive medieval weaponry and miniature art. Plus, it’s just a 3.5hr from Delhi—perfect for that Holi long weekend.

Bharatpur Guide: Birds, Forests, Forts, and Palaces

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