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 from the heat of the plains in this calm and tranquil region.  I particularly love staying on the houseboats – where you are immediately transported […]

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 approach, with it’s handmade paper editions and true local knowledge. For most travellers, however, the main stream publications of Lonely Planet, Rough Guides or Frommers […]

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 describes how Dervla, and her 5 year old daughter Rachel, meander slowly from Bombay to the southernmost tip of India. It’s the kind of armchair […]

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 the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin in East Delhi, an important pilgrimage centre for Sufis. Old Delhi is the city’s most atmospheric quarter: a rabbit warren of […]

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 of these pale into insignificance compared to Tarquin Hall’s iconic Punjabi super sleuth. Just now, the fourth in the seminal Puri series of novels has […]

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 – travel to a place, do something fun which you wouldn’t have gotten to do elsewhere, and live your life to the fullest. If you’re […]

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 communities, the Marathi community is one, an Indo-Aryan ethnic group that inhabits the Maharashtra region and state of western India The Marathi people believe in great simplicity during […]

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 deliciousness as India! Made in conditions of often dubious hygiene, the sheer panache and enthusiasm of Indian snack food vendors quickly overrules and squeamishness. Washed down with […]