|June 25, 2009|
|Apology to the Queen of Hills|
I really find myself fond of Shimla's streets, the phlegmatic gait of its population, and the fact that there might be what feels like a 2,000-foot altitude difference between the bus stand and your house.
|June 24, 2009|
|Discovering Kolkata today|
We navigate teeming markets, inspect stunning temples, and uncover rich history in the often overlooked Indian metropolis.
|Get your travel etiquette right|
Knowing the local rules and customs of a travel destination will not only help you stay out of trouble when travelling, and avoid potential embarrassment or offence, but it can also open doors to unique and rewarding travel experiences.
|June 16, 2009|
|The night in the forest|
Set in a stunning location, the old hunting lodge at Shivpuri’s Madhav National Park offers breathtaking views of the sunset and rise over the lake.
|June 11, 2009|
|Chasing the other monsoon|
Bijoy Venugopal takes a long, wet drive through the hills of Tamil Nadu to meet the monsoon on its way out.
|June 8, 2009|
|The Indian on top of the world|
From a poor farmer's family to IIT-IIM to the tallest peaks in the world, Malli Mastan Babu's story is the stuff movies are made of, discovers Chandrima Pal.
|May 20, 2009|
|Corbett: Escape to the wilderness|
Every time we want to escape the hustle and bustle of Delhi city, we run for cover to the nearest haven, the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand.
|March 26, 2009|
|In the footsteps of the stars|
Film-inspired travel: Here's a look at a few locations in India where some of the most popular films in recent years were shot.
|March 25, 2009|
|A home away from home|
Going on a vacation? Opt for a homestay. It is a great way to experience the local way of life and learn about the culture first hand.
|March 6, 2009|
|Miles & miles of virgin beach...|
Mandarmani is new, it is budding and it is beautiful. It has a long way to go in terms of hospitality and infrastructure, but give it a chance, says Susmita Bhattacharya.
|World's top 10 destinations|
Check out the world's 10 most attractive destinations for tourism...
|March 2, 2009|
|World’s most striking buildings|
Being cutting-edge doesn’t always mean scraping the sky. These 10 amazing buildings reflect the current cool in architecture.
|February 20, 2009|
|Waking up with the stars|
The glorious Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India was the setting of the 1983 James Bond movie, Octopussy and it is this movie which put the hotel on the map for contemporary travellers. Here's a look at some of the hotels around the world made famous by movie stars.
|February 9, 2009|
|India's most romantic places|
The subcontinent's most enchanting spots -- from Himalayan mountain retreats and wilderness camps to former maharajahs' palaces, says Sarah Gold.
|January 15, 2009|
|10 terrific stress-busting views|
Whether it's the One & Only Reethi Rah with its stunning views of the Indian Ocean or the awe-inspiring peaks seen from Wildflower Hall, these hotels attract those looking for untouched beauty and a natural surrounding that can only be found in that particular destination.
|December 26, 2008|
|Images: Sea, sun, and sensuality|
After getting a Bollywood education and bravely battling questions about 'making babies', Sumit Bhattacharya returns reluctantly from the idyllic Indonesian island of Bali.
|November 13, 2008|
|10 best hotels in India|
Here are 10 of India's best hotels, as gathered from the Forbes Traveler 400 list of the world's greatest luxury hotels.
|November 07, 2008|
|Best places to shop in Delhi|
Serious shoppers are flocking to India’s capital city in search of everything from classic saris to cutting-edge accessories and formal wear.
|October 31, 2008|
|Delhi unlovable? No way!|
The capital of India has become the capital of its collective ambition -- in fashion, business, government, and more, says Peter Jon Lindberg.
|October 31, 2008|
|Sexiest Southeast Asian Beaches|
Dreaming of a steamy, languid tropical escape? Head to Southeast Asia, which has a dazzling array of sandy options in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and even East Timor.
|October 29, 2008|
|A quiet getaway near Shimla|
Narkanda is one of the lesser known hill stations of Himachal Pradesh that offers spectacular views of the Srikhand and Kinner Kailash peaks of the Himalayas, says Sunil Mukhopadhyay.
|October 10, 2008|
|Travelogue: My first trek|
City dweller Ramakrishnan Thiagarajan had a wonderful time on his first excursion with the Chennai Trekkers' Club to the Nagalapuram Hills. Here is his story.
|October 08, 2008|
|Images: At home with the gods|
A visit to wondrous Angkor Wat with an enthusiastic extended family is a life-changing adventure remembers Kamini Dandapani
|September 25, 2008|
|The street that comes alive during Ramzan|
As one of the historic centres of Mumbai's Muslim community, Mohammed Ali Road is always bustling. But during the holy month of Ramzan, this is especially so, as thousands congregate here to say their evening prayers and break their fasts, says Matthew Schneeberger.
|September 19, 2008|
|Where the river meets the sea|
The tents at the MTDC resort in the little sea town of Harihareshwar in Maharashtra were made from parachutes that were used during the World War II, says Susmita Bhattacharya.
|September 10, 2008|
|Next time you travel, take the train|
When travellers' tales are mostly restricted to airplanes, one can hardly bypass the excitement of train travel, says Archana Masih.
|September 09, 2008|
|World's top 10 motorcycle trips|
Forget the tour bus. Rattle, hum and zip across the scenic wilds of Mongolia, Rajasthan, Tuscany and elsewhere in a motorcycle… this unusual round-up of high-end motorcycle tours will show you the way. Ten destinations are highlighted.
|Top motorcycle trips in India?|
Let us know which are the best stretches for motorcycle enthusiasts. Write in to us with your road trip photographs/blogs and memoirs.
|September 08, 2008|
|In a king’s darbar|
Dining on the ramparts of a fort was a mesmerizing experience, says Rajesh Karkera.
|September 02, 2008|
|Video: The battle of the snakeboats |
The Nehru Trophy boat race on Punnamada Lake, Allappuzha, is the greatest event on the backwaters of Kerala and is held on the second Saturday of August every year.
|August 29, 2008|
|How to beat jet lag|
10 things you didn't know. From melatonin supplements to exercise, we’ll clue you in on what it takes to nip jetlag in the bud and more fully enjoy your trip.
|Images: 60 miles of untainted bliss |
Whether you are a writer looking for a muse or family hunting for a perfect picnic spot, Isle of Wight in the UK is where you ought to be heading, says Sukanya Verma.
|August 26, 2008|
|Travelogue: On a Hanuman temple trail|
Get Ahead readers Manish and Vidisha Gupta share their visit to four Hanuman temples and the legend associated with these sacred sites.
|10 astonishing landscapes |
We seek out the planet's singular landscapes, including Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, the salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia, the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkey and more.
|August 22, 2008|
|Images: Fascinating Kemmangundi|
Kemmangundi may not have top-of-mind recall as a great weekend getaway option from Bangalore, but it is definitely one of the prettiest, says reader Mahesh Sawant.
|August 20, 2008|
|India’s 10 best wildlife safaris|
Whether you prefer luxury tent camps or Himalayan home stays, India’s wildlife reigns supreme with elephants, tigers, and birds in flight.
|August 18, 2008|
|Travel scams that you should avoid|
Being caught up in a travel scam is enough to ruin a trip. We identify nine travel scams that you should avoid, from hidden resort fees to counterfeit merchandise to identity theft.
|August 14, 2008|
|My Amarnath Yatra|
Swapnil Bhumkar embarked on the Amarnath Yatra when the agitation began. This is his diary.
|August 08, 2008|
|World’s most amazing bridges|
From a bridge that connects two continents to one that inspires eternal love, 10 structures that guarantee a memorable journey.
|August 06, 2008|
|A detour that dazzled|
The unplanned stopover in Chilika Lake was worth every minute of our time, says Susmita Bhattacharya.
|August 05, 2008|
|Off the ramp: Top supermodel getaways|
Getaway hotspots for the world's hottest supermodels, including Claudia Schiffer (who favors Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz), Gisele Bundchen (Rio),and of course, Naomi Campbell (Jose Ignacio, Uruguay).
|August 04, 2008|
|Excuse me while I kiss the sky|
Forget the tour operators. If you want to experience the real thing try a do-it-yourself hike in the Himalayas, says Bijoy Venugopal.
|July 31, 2008|
|World’s most dangerous roads|
Ride, drive, or hike at your own risk. From Bolivia to Siberia, roads that weren't made for a leisurely Sunday drive.
|July 26, 2008|
|Images: Road tripping to Leh|
Reader Arun Anand sent us pictures of his recent road trip in the Himalayas, from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh (Ladakh) in Jammu & Kashmir.
|July 23, 2008|
|Fascinating ex-danger destinations|
Fascinating places with bad reputations: These places may have a bad rap -- but we think you'll have a great (and safe) vacation!
|July 07, 2008|
|Cruising the coastal highway|
8 days, 2,500 km! The only thing I lost on this trip was my fear of highways, says GA reader P V Vaidyanathan.
|July 03, 2008|
|Hogenakal: The waterfall spa|
Yercaud may not impress everyone, but the spectacular Hogenakal Falls is definitely a must-see, says Get Ahead reader Pankaj Sinha.
|July 02, 2008|
|High in the Himalayan foothills |
Reader Vrunda Deshmukh sent us a video postcard of her trip to the picturesque hill towns of Ranikhet, Kausani and Nainital and the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand.
|June 25, 2008|
|Vipassana: The path to Nirvana|
Dhammananda, the Vipassana centre in Markal, Maharashtra, is peaceful, very well-organised and conducive to serious meditation.
|June 23, 2008|
|A journey to spiritual ecstasy|
The Isha Foundation is full of spiritual surprises and a must-halt for those who wish to find out the various aspects of yoga in a safe and elegant place.
|June 18, 2008|
|Sri Ramanasramam: A magnet for meditators|
Meditation quietens your mind, brings calm, awareness and love. And changes your life. India brims with unique destinations that offer rare chances to commune with your soul. Yoga acharya Shameem Akthar presents some of India's best spiritual locations in a special Get Ahead series.
|June 16, 2008|
|Images: Trailing the tiger in Mowgli land|
A dancing peacock, a leopard on the tree and a tiger sighting: A visit to the jungles of Pench and Kanha couldn't have got any better for Get Ahead reader Sunil Mukhopadhyay and his daughter Rimjhim.
|June 13, 2008|
|Hottest celebrity getaways|
As the world learns about 2008’s most influential, most popular and richest celebrities – we found out where they go to play! Enjoy...
|June 5, 2008|
|A Desi in Turkey|
Located between Europe, Asia and the Middle East, this alluring, gracious country, which is a centre of world history, has much to offer the Indian traveller, says Vaihayasi Pande Daniel.
|June 2, 2008|
|The allure of the Andamans|
Port Blair is a hip and happening city with bars, beach resorts and stores where you can buy pretty much anything.
|May 26, 2008|
|Romancing the Nilgiris|
Get Ahead reader Abhishek Asthana shares his visit to the beautiful hill towns of Ooty, Coonoor and Wellington in Tamil Nadu.
|May 23, 2008|
|Destination detox! India's top spas|
Ancient healing in modern luxury. Seek out the medical and spiritual benefits of traditional Ayurvedic treatment at spas popping up all over India.
|May 22, 2008|
|Video Postcard: Sikkim at a glance |
Nestled in the eastern Himalayas and adjoining Nepal, Darjeeling, Bhutan, Assam and China, Sikkim or Su-khim means Happy Home. The Bhutias call it The Hidden Valley of Rice and the Lepchas refer to it as Nye-mae-el or Paradise.
|May 16, 2008|
|Travel Video: A trip to the Himalayas |
Video postcard of a trip to Badrinath in the Valley of the Gods or Dev Bhoomi as the Garhwal Himalayas are known locally, by Senthil Nath.
|May 15, 2008|
|10 spectacular coastal drives|
Not only do these roads take you to the world's most beautiful places, exuding a sense that all is right with the world, but the driving tends to be easy and low-stress.
|My Munnar travelogue|
Get Ahead reader Anil Suhas shares his trekking and night camping experience in Mattupetty Hills in Munnar, Kerala.
|April 21, 2008|
|Corbett, where the jungle calls|
Reader Madhumita Banerjee shares her trip to Corbett National Park, her jungle safari and her experience with the denizens of the forest.
|April 16, 2008|
|Top spots to de-stress|
10 top meditation retreats: Oases around the world for making an inner journey.
|April 14, 2008|
|Riding the toy train to Ooty |
Every minute is a joy as nature engages you with a waterfall here and a ravine there, says Krishna Kumar about his toy train ride to Ooty.
|April 11, 2008|
|Dining out: New York's hidden gems|
The culinary dividends of venturing south of Times Square and even to outer boroughs can be high indeed, if you know where to look.
|April 08, 2008|
|A new spring beckons Kashmir's Dal Lake |
With Kashmir rolling out a carpet of tulips with the onset of spring, houseboat owners are anticipating brisk business.
|Plan that dream vacation now!|
Maldives and other hotspots in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Australia and New Zealand will feel the consequences of climate change within the next few decades, a UN report has warned.
|April 07, 2008|
|In search of the Gypsies in Jaisalmer |
Tracing the interconnected origins of world music -- from flamenco to the blues -- Alex Shoumatoff travels to India in search of the Gypsy music of Rajasthan.
|April 04, 2008|
|Srinagar’s vintage market |
Maharaja Bazar, one of the oldest markets in J&K, dating back to 19th century is still a major attraction among locals as well as the tourists.
|Video: Get enthralled at Jaipur’s Amber Fort |
As the tourists revel in the majestic surroundings of the Amber Fort near Jaipur, live performances by traditional folk singers complete their 'Indian' experience by providing an insight into the rich cultural heritage of the state.
|Video: Reviving heritage at Srinagar's Badam Wari |
The historic almond garden in Jammu and Kashmir is once again becoming a popular tourist destination with some of its past glory restored.
|March 26, 2008|
|Road tripping to Munnar!|
Get Ahead reader Sameer Sultan shares his visit to Munnar. Sameer, who drove all the way from Chennai, hopes his post will serve as a guide to those who wish to make a road trip to Munnar from Chennai.
|March 24, 2008|
|10 best things about Mumbai!|
The crowds and chaos of Mumbai can bewilder even the savviest of travelers, but settle into its rhythms and you'll soon be won over.
|March 19, 2008|
|Your vacation is just a click away|
As internet connectivity improves and people become web-savvy they are increasingly favouring a totally new option to cater to their travel needs, namely online travel portals.
|March 18, 2008|
|The world’s top religious tours|
As they have for millennia, the world's holy sites continue to exert a powerful draw over the faithful and the curious.
|February 27, 2008|
|Sikkim, through Kiran Desai's eyes|
Returning to Sikkim, in India's far north -- the core of her novel The Inheritance of Loss -- Kiran Desai reflects on the beauty, violence, and spirituality of a misty Himalayan realm, where nature ultimately dwarfs all human concerns.
|February 13, 2008|
|Romantic lagoon resorts to swoon over|
Looking to get away from the winter's cold and live out your vacation fantasy on an island paradise, complete with lagoon-side accommodations?
|February 11, 2008|
|A foodie’s guide to eating out in Goa|
Tanya Munshi recently holidayed in Goa -- here, she presents a review of the most popular eateries at this seaside haven!
|A little bit of Kerala in my heart |
Matthew Schneeberger has been living in India for the last 10 months. And he's fallen in love with the country. Now, he introduces his family to the same magic.
|February 01, 2008|
|South India's luxury train with a spa!|
The Golden Chariot will take tourists to Kabini, Hassan, Belur, Sravanabelagola, Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami, Goa and back to Bangalore.
|January 31, 2008|
|My Sabarimala pilgrimage|
Get Ahead reader SK Nandy shares his pilgrimage to the Sabarimala Sri Dharmasastha Temple in Kerala.
|Ready for the ‘New’ New Delhi?|
The capital’s facelift is aimed at making the city safer and easier to traverse, less polluted and all-around more tourist friendly.
|January 29, 2008|
|Hiking to a quaint temple in Jammu|
Although Kashmir has been attracting tourists for centuries, many overlook the beauty of the equally spectacular Jammu.
|January 21, 2008|
|Chugging up the hills|
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is still the best way to experience the exhilarating rawness of steam locomotion.
|January 16, 2008|
|Trivandrum retains its charm|
Revisiting Thiruvananthapuram. Resmi Jaimon took a day off for a fun-filled day of sightseeing.
|January 15, 2008|
|Splurge! India’s top luxury hotels|
The maharajas may no longer occupy these gracious palaces, but guests who stay in them enjoy enough comforts and amenities to feel like royalty.
|January 14, 2008|
|The mellow magic of Mizoram|
Reader Yash Mehta shares his visit to scenic Aizwal in Mizoram, one of the seven states in northeast India.
|January 09, 2008|
|Reboot with yoga & Ayurveda|
It’s time to DETOX. Cleanse your bodies, clear your minds and reboot your entire system for the year ahead.