India

Author: Vijay Viswanath

Tags: Asia, Finalist, Heritage, India

Memories Are Amusing

I remembered serenity: crunchy, sweet and sour bowls of chaat in outside cafés, aimless walks down busy streets admiring lavish storefronts, gentle, white flowers, tumbling from trees above. Memories of a distant land became close, and images of my parents’ country became those of my own. With beaming anticipation, I patiently waited the rest of the flight.

Author: Emma Cerovich

Tags: Asia, Finalist, India, Volunteering

My Adventure in India

Travelling is a mentality.  Am I willing to start the adventure? Vulnerable enough to step out the door to learn more about others, and, by application, myself?  Not a tourist, but someone on the journey to understand, be challenged, grow and connect with others of different backgrounds. I had the opportunity to embrace this adventure almost ten months ago when I received an unexpected offer; with one phone call, I jumped in headfirst and began to prepare for a life-changing trip to India. Passport. Visa.

Author: Ananya Chakraborty

Tags: Asia, Heritage, India, Semi Finalist

Why I Will Always Belong to India

The rancid odor of pollution and cow dung penetrated my lungs as we emerged from the doors of the Delhi international airport, and the usual a crowd of luggage carriers and taxi cab drivers began their routine attempts to steal us for their services and fending off other competitors.  Finally managing to enter a cramped cab with my parents and little sister and having attached our luggage to every nook and cranny of the car available, we set off to our pre-booked hotel.

Author: Meenu Johnkutty

Tags: Asia, Heritage, India, Quarter Finalist

The Beauty in Simplicity

The hot sticky humid air hung over the boisterous city of Kollam, Kerala. I gripped the polyester seating of the dilapidated rickshaw as it jackknifed to the right to swerve around another wayward goat. A city filled with urgency. If I were to describe Kollam in one word, it would definitely be urgent.

Author: writtenbyshails

Tags: Asia, India, Quarter Finalist, Volunteering

The Rising Sun of India

The splash of vibrant fuchsia mixed in with a tinge of twinkling turquoise and a glimmer of iridescent crimson backdropped with lofty mountains was enough to complete my mental photograph of the incredible beauty that is Pune, India. As I futilely attempted to capture this elusive wonder with a camera, I felt a slight tap on my shoulder but when I spun around to see the finger’s owner, my eyes found no one. Again, a tap came but this time, I reached out to grab the perpetrator’s spindly wrist.

Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Asia, Baby, City Break, England, Europe, India, Istanbul, Japan, Kids, Kids Club, London, Mexico, Middle East, Multigen, Singapore, Travel Trends, Turkey, Weekend & Short Break

Kidzania Makes Play Out Of Work

Parents (practitioners of the helicopter style or otherwise), often fret about what their kids are going to turn out to “be” and how much influence they will have once they’re grown up.

A company like Kidzania dispels those fears by making play out of work. Each of the 23 Kidzania branches around the world offers children a play space filled with career opportunities, where children can costume themselves, handle tools, and otherwise engage in fulfilling – or less fulfilling – occupations.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Adventure Trip, Asia, Couples, India, Museums & Culture, Teens

Warm Up, Chill Out In Agra

For most families, a first trip to India usually includes the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and an architectural marvel in Agra that divides the world into two kinds of people said President Bill Clinton, “Those who have seen the Taj Mahal and those who have not.”

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Adventure Trip, Asia, Blogs, Couples, India, Multigen, Museums & Culture, Travel Trends

Dark Tourism and Light in India

It wasn’t until I had traversed the street running past Mumbai’s main CST rail station three times, that I realized I was seeing the same people over and over; a woman hanging dohtis out to dry on a parking barricade, a man studiously brewing chai over a tiny coal fire, children rolling on plastic tarps on the sidewalk, laughing and playing.

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Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Asia, Blogs, City Break, Couples, India, Kids, Multigen, Museums & Culture, Teens

Bus Tours to Stardom in Bollywood

Producing an average of 1,200 feature films per year, Mumbai, India hosts the world’s largest film industry -– some say its most popular one, too -- under the Bollywood brand. These are more than just Indian movies; even though theatrical films are produced in almost each of India’s 30 states, to qualify as a “Bollywood” movie, it must be shot in Hindi by a Film City, Mumbai team.

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Author: Mukesh Khanna

Tags : Asia, Beach, Blogs, Couples, India, Multigen, Watersports

Top 13 Best Indian Beaches for a Memorable Honeymoon Trip

Looking for a honeymoon package in India? Consider a romantic beach tour. India is a land of diversity and its variety of beaches at different corners is a live testament. Listed below are top 13 beaches of India you would love to visit and make your honeymoon memorable for a lifetime:
 

1. Palolem – South Goa

Picturesque Palolem Beach, enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms in far south Goa, is arguably the state's most beautiful beach.
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