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The Glittering Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah, Agra – The Other Taj Mahal

The tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah seemed to me possibly the most unsung hero of Mughal Agra. A glittering jewel encrusted mausoleum, the first one to be made entirely of marble, when compared to the Taj Mahal (after all it is called the Baby Taj) what it lacks in size, it makes up for in style. The story of Itimad Ud Daulah Itmad Ud Daulah almost didn’t get his shot at

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Ghost town in India: Kuldhara

We’ve been to spooky places before. From the eerie Museum of Toruture in Montepulciano to the spooky subterranean Catacombs in Paris. So while I was in Rajasthan scouting locations for a shoot, the chance to hop into a famous legend of Rajasthan Tourism – Kuldhara ghost town in India, I jumped at it. Roughly 18 kms from Jaisalmer, we took a left off the Jaisalmer-Sam-Dhanana Road to get to this much talked

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The Taj Mahal, Agra – Do you believe in eternal love?

The Taj Mahal. The world’s greatest monument to love. One of the Seven Wonders of the World. India’s pride and glory. The most iconic Mughal structure. A tomb like no other, an eternal promise, a thing of beauty. One that has moved millions to tears, provided the backdrop for countless love stories through time, a symbol of hope and faith, that the great love, the kind that lives forever does

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How to Track a Tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, India

If you don’t spot a tiger in Bandhavgarh National Park, you’ve got the worst luck in the world. That’s the word of the jungle as far as Wildlife Safaris in India (circa 2015) go. Bandhavgarh is currently the reigning champion as far as tiger sighting in India goes, with a flourishing population of the royal feline. The stark contrast to Satpura National Park. Now there’s two things that contribute to

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Satpura National Park – India’s understated safari experience

When I think back to my time in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, it isn’t the tigers of Bandhavgarh or the romance of Kipling country that stands out vividly. It is a lesser-known, far more feral land that does. A raw tract of immense riches. One that lacks the popularity of resorts and lodges swarming with tourists. Instead, it exudes a silent sophistication that supersedes anything man- made. The land that introduced

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Our Pick of Top 10 Beautiful Souvenirs from India

Ours is the exotic land of ancient knowledge, Mughal riches and exotic spices. Why shouldn’t our souvenirs reflect this magic? Luxury Souvenirs from India. Does such a thing even exist? Shopping for souvenirs in India used to be anything but fun. We were so jaded by our multiple, highly unsuccessful trips to the usual souvenir shopping spots in Mumbai – Cottage Industries, Colaba Causeway etc. All we would find were the

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Kings Lodge Bandhavgarh, India – A Royal Safari Stay

Kings Lodge, Bandhavgarh was to be the earliest established of the Pugdundee Safaris properties we were visiting on our itinerary through the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, India. Naturally, we expected it to be the most hospitable, luxurious and well-run hotel. Getting There From the get- go, it didn’t disappoint. Stumbling out of our vehicles, sore backs and bottoms (the 8 hour drive from Denwa Backwater Escape in Satpura) we

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Kanha Earth Lodge, India – Embracing the land

This was Kipling country. And back at the lodge, I sat in the lounge, almost hearing his voice, narrating Mowgli’s escapades in my ears… Kanha Earth Lodge. Stepping into the main building of this property, I had to remind myself I was in Kanha, India and not Africa. Looking around, the lounge and dining room had a very hunting lodge-esque charm. Stone tiled walls, wide french windows, upholstery in warm hues, ethnic

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Denwa Backwater Escape, Satpura National Park, India – Another world, another time

Denwa Backwater Escape was magical. This is the first hotel review that I’m struggling with. (And if you’ve seen some of the places we’ve stayed at, you’ll understand the significance of such a claim). On a Safari trip in India where the stay takes an absolute backseat to animal spotting and nature trails, Denwa Backwater Escape managed to leave me speechless. The thing is, there aren’t physical characteristics of design or amenities

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First Timers Guide to Safaris in India – The 12 things you should know

The jungles of Madhya Pradesh were, for me, love on the very first safari. As I write this, I’m keeping my ears tuned for the sound of birds that I have begun to identify, I’m absent- mindedly brushing imaginary insects off my arms, I’ve got a yearning for the faint smells of musk enveloped by lush green vegetation and even the bumpy bone rattling drive through the jungles. But that’s

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5 Amazing Luxury Offbeat Stays in India – You can win one!

If you know us, we’re constantly on the lookout for unique boutique properties or villa rentals when we travel. There’s something beautiful about travelling slow and living like a local or just having a unique experiential stay when you travel, isn’t there? We’re perpetually scouring the internet and have loads of such places bookmarked for when we do get there. (We’re pretty sure you do this too!) Take a look at

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