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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

Summer isn’t the best time to visit Elephanta Caves, but if you don’t mind the humid coastal weather, summer can also be a good time. We visited in April and found the heat and...

Things to see and do in Darjeeling

Spring and early summer (March – May) are the best times to visit Darjeeling. This hill station remains pleasantly cool during these hot summer months that leave the rest of the country scorched.  Sea...

Gudi Padwa or Ugadi 2016

When: April 8, 2016 Where: Maharashtra, Karnataka and Manipur Gudi Padwa is the Maharashtrian New Year. This festival is also celebrated in Karnataka and some other parts of South India where it is called...

Vadakkunnathan Temple

Shiva here is popularly known as Vadakkunnathan (The Lord of the North). His abode is the Kailash in the Himalayas. Since the Himalayas are to the north of India, this name probably refers to...

Dak Bungalows

There is something incredibly charming about hills and forests. They inspire awe and fear. Staying at a Dak bungalow is a great way to experience the hilly life. The state of Uttarakhand has several...

Mussoorie: The Queen of Hill Stations

Uttarakhand has two hugely popular hill stations – Nainital and Mussoorie. It is hard to say which one is the best. Perched on a 2km high hilltop, Mussoorie is called the ‘Queen of Hill...