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The Best Indian Guidebooks for your suitcase: Our Verdict

The Best Indian Guidebooks for your suitcase: Our Verdict

Guidebooks are getting more complex these days: some of them are moving purely into the digital market, others such as the Love Travel Guides offering a sort of…

Eland Reissue: On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India

Eland Reissue: On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India

A great event, this month, to see Eland reissuing On A Shoestring To Coorg: An Experience Of Southern India by the indomitable Dervla Murphy, now 84. Set in 1973,…

Qawalli at the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi

Qawalli at the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi

Qawwali, or Sufi devotional music, is practised around the world, but there are few places so atmospheric, nor offering such a fine example of the art as that…

A New Vish Puri Novel hits the shops, we interview Tarquin Hall

A New Vish Puri Novel hits the shops, we interview Tarquin Hall

Here at theindiaphile we are huge fans of India’s greatest detective, the inimitable Vish Puri. Oh yes, there have been great literary detectives: Poirot, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes,…

Epic Holidays for Thrill-Seekers in India

Epic Holidays for Thrill-Seekers in India

The new age traveler doesn’t just want to see pretty sights – he wants to experience the destination as completely as possible. And that’s what makes adventure travel…

The Magnificent Wedding Trousseaus of Marathi Brides

The Magnificent Wedding Trousseaus of Marathi Brides

As we all are aware of the fact that India is a land of different cultures, and boasts of a number of communities and religious groups. Among such…

5 Classic Indian Street Snacks To Set your Taste Buds on Fire!

5 Classic Indian Street Snacks To Set your Taste Buds on Fire!

No country on earth offers such a mouth watering array of street foods, combining influences from myriad cultural and ethnic traditions into such a simmering medley of spicy…

Our favourite Non Fiction Books about India published in 2013

Our favourite Non Fiction Books about India published in 2013

It’s been another amazing year for books about India. Alas, Jhumpa Lahiri didn’t win the Booker but that’s for her next book. Here are our top recommendations for…

Yoga: The Art of Transformation – A Major New Show at the Smithsonian

Yoga: The Art of Transformation – A Major New Show at the Smithsonian

Currently on show at the Freer Sackler gallery, the Smithsonian’s museum of Asian Art, is the most exciting major shows ever attempted on yoga. From temple sculptures, icons,…

India’s astonishing diversity: Rachel Hammel takes us on a tour of her favourite sites

India’s astonishing diversity: Rachel Hammel takes us on a tour of her favourite sites

When you think of travelling in India, certain images come to mind: gold-studded palaces, synchronized Bollywood dances, blistering heat and humidity, crowded intersections, decrepit slums. India is all…

places to stay

Sher Bagh Luxury Tented Camp in Rajasthan

Sher Bagh Luxury Tented Camp in Rajasthan

This month’s Mahout newsletter alerted us to the newly revamped Sher Bagh Luxury Tented Camp in…

Jawai Leopard Camp in Western Rajasthan

Jawai Leopard Camp in Western Rajasthan

Situated in the gloriously pretty Aravalli Hills, near Bera in Western Rajasthan, and created by the…

5 places to stay in Delhi, India

5 places to stay in Delhi, India

So you’ve arrived in Delhi, now where do you stay? Indiaphile offers a how to…

Samode Haveli Hotel, Rajasthan, (Golden Triangle)

Samode Haveli Hotel, Rajasthan, (Golden Triangle)

Samode Haveli Hotel, Rajasthan is an Indo-saracenic town-house that’s perhaps ultimate place to stay within…

Indian travel reviews: Udai Bilas Palace in Rajasthan

Indian travel reviews: Udai Bilas Palace in Rajasthan

In the second of our profiles of Rajasthani Palace hotels, Indiaphile looks at Udai Bilas,…

Indian travel reviews: Heritage hotel Devi Garh in Rajasthan

Indian travel reviews: Heritage hotel Devi Garh in Rajasthan

Encompassing most of the Thar desert, Rajasthan is India’s largest state, and also one of…

spa & ayurveda

What is Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy?

What is Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy?

For those not familiar with the term, Panchakarma (literally meaning “five actions”) is the word for the five different procedures used in Ayurveda which are believed to purify…

Indian spas: Ananda in The Himalayas

Indian spas: Ananda in The Himalayas

Ananda Spa India is a very special place. Nestled on a 100-acre Himalayan mountain estate set amidst wild sal forests, overlooking the holy Ganges, close to the towns…

tours

Build your own India trip, without the hassle!

Build your own India trip, without the hassle!

India Travel Plan puts you in charge, with their unique India travel concept. You can build your own india trip itinerary…

Riding with the Maharaja: Destindia takes Piers Moore Ede on an extraordinary holiday in Rajasthan.

Riding with the Maharaja: Destindia takes Piers Moore Ede on an extraordinary holiday in Rajasthan.

As the most popular destination for British travellers, Rajasthan can occasionally feel like a well trodden path. It’s even become something…