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An insiders View from Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh

An insiders View from Vashisht, Himachal Pradesh

I’ve had the pleasure of calling Himachal Pradesh, the Northern Indian state where they grow the best apples and where the Tibetan Government-In-Exile is located, my home for the past…

David Vaala’s ‘Ladakh’

David Vaala’s ‘Ladakh’

Many books have been published on the high altitude snow kingdom of Ladakh, but few as wonderful as this new tome by photographer David Vaala, whose 5 year immersion has…

Unique India tips from some of the world’s top tour operators

Unique India tips from some of the world’s top tour operators

Dal Lake Kashmir My favourite place in India is Kashmir, in particular Dal Lake. The scenery of mountains and lakes is stunning, and there is something magical about being away…

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 true insiders…

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, this book…

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 found at…

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, but all…

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 so popular…

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