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Travel Tips: Mumbai

Former Traveler research apprentice Stephanie Robichaux is in Mumbai, India, on a research fellowship, looking into how the Internet is used to arrange marriages. We caught up with her to see how her project is going, learn about her favorite spots and eats in India, get some India travel tips, and discover how working at…

Tracing The Ganges River…

….by cycle-rickshaw, foot, rowboat, and any other means possible. Last weekend National Geographic Weekend host (and Traveler columnist) Boyd Matson interviewed documentary filmmakers JJ Kelley and Josh Thomas about their current trip: traveling along the Ganges River in India. Their videographer, journalist Dave Costello, gives an overview of their trip. Most people who visit India…

Adventures with Tintin

As a kid I remember watching The Adventures of Tintin on TV and being captivated by the intrepid Belgian reporter who chased a good story around the world with his faithful dog Snowy by his side. Tintin was a clever and fearless traveler, jetting off to faraway places that a young girl like me could…

In the October 2007 issue of Traveler, contributing editor and Real Travel columnist Daisann McLane wrote a feature story called “My Big Fat Indian Wedding,” following the fabulous wedding of Sejal Samar and Gaurav Jodhawat from Udaipur, India. (You can watch the video about Indian wedding traditions and see the slide show from the story…

Hands-On Architecture

Andy Stocchetti is an architecture student doing an internship in southern India at the Auroville Earth Institute, where he’s learning about sustainable building techniques and blogging about his adventures.  When I came to India, I wanted to get the real Indian experience, but I never imagined I would be standing at the base of a…

Tea and Tranquility

Today, there are thousands of tea estates around the world, and many open their doors to guests. Check out what these estates in India and Sri Lanka have to offer. Addabarie Tea Estate, Balipara, Assam The Singpho and Khamti tribes in Assam have long been credited with inventing tea in India–using tea leaves for their…

Today’s Pic: The Holi Festival

The annual Holi Festival of spring was celebrated this past weekend, and National Geographic Magazine has a gorgeous collection of My Shot Photos of the event that have been submitted by readers. The festival, which is recognized by Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and other religions throughout India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, marks the end of the…

Today’s Pic: Sorting Rice

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All this month, NationalGeographic.com’s Photo of the Day will be featuring photos submitted by readers. I just love the bright green of the door and the vibrant blues and pinks of the sari in today’s photo by April Maciborka, who took this image of women in Indian sorting grains of rice for their families. This…

I Heart My City: Arun’s Bangalore

Namaste, city-lovers! Arun Bhat writes to us from Bangalore, India, and tells us why his city is the best. Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re still waiting for us to…

National Geographic Magazine’s International Photo Contest has just ended, and there are some great submissions, like this one taken in India’s Ganges River. Says photographer Jenay Martin, “The Ganges is the holiest river in India. Every morning and every evening Hindus bathe in the holy river. However, it is very polluted, and in this very…

A Taste of Diwali

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The Indian Festival of Lights, or Diwali, is tomorrow, and to celebrate, we got some cooking tips from expert Ramin Ganeshram, the author of Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago (Hippocrene Books, 2006; 2nd edition Spring 2010). After the jump, she shares her recipe for aloo talkari, a potato curry, and a popular…

Today’s Pic: Well-Balanced

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Today’s pic is the winning entry from this year’s National Geographic Expeditions photo contest. Winner Eric Kruszewski takes home a trip for two through Alaska’s Inside Passage for his shot of a street performer outside of the Jaisalmer Fort entrance in Rajasthan, India. The contest was open to travelers who submitted their photos from the…

Culture in a Cup

Food writer and Modern Spice cookbook author Monica Bhide recently returned from visiting her family in India, and we asked her to share some glimpses of contemporary life she noticed while there. You can read her first post here. For centuries India, particularly North India, has been a country of tea drinkers, while steaming cups…

Where The Wild Things Were

Much to the consternation of tiger enthusiasts, reverence for these once-mythical beasts seems to be at an all-time low. The BBC reports that one of India’s fabled tiger parks, Panna National Park in Madhya Pradesh, has admitted that its Royal Bengal tiger population is now believed to be zero. The main culprit, according to an…

Namaste, city-lovers! Today’s city comes to us from the opposite side of the world in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. Anisha Sharma says that Lucknow–the “Paris of the East”–is her city. Read below to find out why! Want to see your hometown on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an…

Poverty Tourism: Q&A with Chris Way

In the course of fact-checking Peggy Loftus’s latest online special on poverty tours, we talked with Reality Tours and Travel co-founder Chris Way. His company runs tours through Mumbai’s Dharavi, considered by some to be Asia’s largest slum. Since the rebound of tourism in Mumbai after last November’s attacks and the buzz around Slumdog Millionaire,…

To many, it’s no surprise that Hollywood-hit Slumdog Millionaire took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. But who knew it would boost tourism in and around Mumbai, a city whose tourism industry was hit hard after the 2008 terrorist attacks? “There was a time when most travelers tried to avoid the dicey…

Tour Guide: Tea Tourism

India tourism officials have recently launched a new branch of tourism in hopes of drawing British visitors to their country. The Times reports that India wants to raise its number of British arrivals from some 800,000 to over one million visitors in the next two years, and in order to do so, they’re luring Brits…

India: Life in the Fast Lane

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National Geographic Magazine has a fascinating story in the October issue about the building of India’s Golden Quadrilateral highway system, a 3,633-mile roadway which will stretch between the country’s four corridors. Check out this video to get a taste of the careening, cow-dodging drive that is simultaneously enhancing the infrastructure of the country and tearing…

Rethinking Shanty Towns

Generally speaking, travelers tend to eschew slums in their urban itineraries. But Robert Neuwirth—a journalist who spent two years living in four squatter communities in Brazil, Kenya, India, and Turkey—considers these shanty towns vibrant neighborhoods worthy of exploration. After all, one in six people on the planet are considered squatters (that’s one billion people), an…

Tour Guide: Earthfoot in Asia

Here’s a tour company that offers something many don’t: profiles and biographies of each of their tour guides. Earthfoot hosts very small-scale, low-impact, personalized eco-tours around the world. We know that a tour guide can make or break a trip, and were glad to see that Ecofoot provides detailed bios of their hosts so guests…

Darjeeling Journeys

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures In Wes Anderson’s new film The Darjeeling Limited, three brothers travel through India by train, seeking to find enlightenment and reconnect as a family, all while they wrangle with cobras, overindulge on cold medicine and carry an inordinate amount of monogrammed luggage (or baggage, if you will). While primarily a comedy,…

Mumbai Munching

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National Geographic Traveler has a Forster-like obsession with India, so when IT’s Turkey dispatcher, Michael Lukas, pitched a story about Mumbai restaurants (IT loves its food), we gladly accepted. He writes: Mumbai is like New York City and Los Angeles combined. A sprawling, multi-cultural metropolis right on the beach, this city of 16 million is…