India Off The Beaten Path

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    by RAJASTHANBYCAR
  • Off The Beaten Path
    by RAJASTHANBYCAR
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India Off The Beaten Path

  • BEACHES

    Goa Off The Beaten Path

    Yes, I think you mean Baga! Never mind but one of the most scenic walks really a long time ago,with a bit of a climb is to be had there. I guess most travelers dont know about it but I happenned to do it quite accidentally. It is really breathtaking. If you can locate Brittos on one end of Baga as a land mark, and if you face the sea with Brittos...

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  • DAY TRIPS AROUND MUMBAI

    Mumbai Off The Beaten Path

    Out of the many treks in the Sahyadri region, Rajmachi is one of the most beautiful places to visit. I had been reading about treks near Mumbai for some time and finally along with 7 friends decided to go for this trek as it is relatively easy and recommended for beginners. There are two routes to reach the top, One from Lonavala which is a 15km...

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  • Tips collections

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    Valley Of The Dolls. One can find just about every kind of a doll one needs to see in Shankar's International Dolls Museum. There are about 6,000 dolls collected from over 85 countries and a third of the collection has been gathered from different parts of India. Each doll is resplendently dressed in costumes that represent the country or the...

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  • Places around Hyderabad

    Hyderabad Off The Beaten Path

    Odyssey Wonder conducts adventure trips to places like kondamadugu near hyderabad. camping at srisailam, adventure trekking, rappelling and adventure sports for corporates, colleges and individuals near hyderabad. Paintball gaming zorb ball etc. For summer camping it has snow skiing sites at Manali. You can get details on adventure sports by...

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  • OTHERS

    Goa Off The Beaten Path

    All over Goa you find tiny fishing harbours.venture out into the villages and you will present yourself with an excellent photo opportunity.You will also enjoy interacting with the friendly fisher-folk.

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Mumbai Off The Beaten Path

    India's richest man Mukesh Ambani's home, Antilia is located in Altamount Rd, Tardeo, Mumbai. The building is 27 stories high, but since some ceilings are of double height, it's closer to the size of a 40-story building and contains a multi storey garage with space for 168 cars. It also has three helipads on the roof. Antilia is named after a...

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  • Parks

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    The Buddha Jayanti Park is situated in southern part of the Delhi ridge in New Delhi.A beautifully gilded statue of Buddha stands under a pavilion in an artificial island in the park. The park laid out to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of Lord Buddha's attainment of Nirvana, the garden provides an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The park...

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  • Everyday a Sunday

    Hyderabad Off The Beaten Path

    Cricket is the unofficial national game of this country, so Hyderabad is not an exception to the rule. U will find most of the bylanes n grounds filled with kids n elders alike having a ball on the field playing cricket. People here love cricket, it defintely comes next to religion. And once a shy young gentleman from Hyderabad ruled over the...

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  • RELIGIOUS SITES

    Goa Off The Beaten Path

    I recently went on a pilgrimage to Meherabad and loved it. It is home to the Samadhi or Tomb-Shrine of Avatar Meher Baba, who claimed he was God in human form. Engraved on Baba's gravestone is the beginning of his Universal Message: "I have come not to teach but to awaken." Over 20,000 people visit Meherabad on the anniversary of Baba's death...

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  • ENTERTAINMENT

    Mumbai Off The Beaten Path

    SUPERDOME- Superdrome is one of the best sports- cum-leisure centres in the city. Conveniently located in Tardeo, it offers an entire gamut of facilities There are 4 AMF Bowling lanes as well as 6 AMF pool tables. Centrestage is possibly the largest TV screen in any entertainment centre in Mumbai. Measuring 12 feet by 18 feet, the screen features...

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  • Humayun's Tomb

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    More pictures of Humayuns tomb here... The design is said to have inspired the design of the Taj Mahal, which was built by Humayun's grandson- Shah Jahan. You can look up more info on the monument at the tip for the same under `things to do' on my page...

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  • INDIAN MOVIE SCENE

    Mumbai Off The Beaten Path

    Castella de Aquada(“Fort of the waterpoint”) is also known as the Bandra fort. It is located at Land’s End in Bandra and was built by the Portuguese in 1640 as a watchtower Overlooking Mahim Bay,the Arabian Sea and the souther island of Mahim. The strategic value of the fort was enhanced in 1661 after the Portuguese ceded the seven islands of...

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  • Corbett national park

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    A convenient and popular weekend getaway from Delhi is Corbett National Park. Its a wildlife reserve, located in the foothills of the Himalayas and is a great place to see the tiger and other animals in the wild. You can reach the park by an overnight train from Delhi station. Its about 7 hrs by road...

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  • PROMENADES

    Mumbai Off The Beaten Path

    Located northwest of South Bombay, Bandra is one of the wealthiest suburbs/ neighbourhoods in greater Mumbai. It was once a completely separate port town from Bombay, but rapid urban growth swallowed it into the agglomeration. Bandra has become the neighbourhood of choice for many rising upper-middle class locals as well as Bollywood's flashiest...

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  • Coronation Park

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    Kingsway camp, on the outskirts of Delhi, was the venue of King-Emperor George V's Coronation Durbar in 1911. After much intense debate about the merits of the capital remaining in Calcutta, or moving to the much more central (therefore easier to administer from) Delhi. The uprising of 1857 and the independence movement subsequently had possibly...

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  • FESTIVALS

    Mumbai Off The Beaten Path

    International Film Festivals in Mumbai The Pumelo Independent Film Festival(PIFF) ( http://www.pumelo.com ) is from February 25th to 1st March of 2007 in Mumbai, India. They have a competition for the best film based purely on audience choice & we also award prizes for best director, best cinematography, best music score, best short, etc. The films...

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  • Safdarjung's Tomb

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    This marble domed mausoleum is the last famous Mughal monument built in Delhi in 1753-54, by the son of the second Nawab of Awadh Shuja-ud-Daulah. It is a son's tribute to his father, the Wazir of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah (1719-48). The Tomb set in the middle of a green and well-laid lawn.Safdarjang's Tomb is constructed with buff colored...

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  • Nainital

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    Nanital is Suited in Uttranchal state North India Kms 330 from Delhi by road.Nainital is known as the Lake City as it is located around the 'Nayana Tal'. The city is a beautiful mixture of all the colors of nature. This mesmerizing example can be seen in the first look of the city itself. On one hand, the city surrounds the lake. As per the legend,...

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  • Agra - Taj Mahal

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    I think most people know about this place and have seen tons of pictures of it. But when you see it for the first time in real life, it still takes your breathe away for its shear beauty and proportions. I actually saw it for the first time from the rooftop of my hotel and whilst I sat eating my lunch, I just couldn't take my eyes of it! Ok, the...

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  • Lotus Temple

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    I came across the Bahia Faith Lotus Temple by accident - and what a pleasant surprise! The Temple is a marble representation of a lotus flower and is located in the South of Delhi. I visited on a Sunday and it was very busy with locals - not any foriegners that I could see. Crowds were not a problem however as all was very well ordered. Plan to...

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  • Purana Qila

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    Visiting Purana Qila was unexpected: we had wanted to see Humayum's tomb but found it closed - since some minister was visiting it. We looked at our map and Purana Qila seemed pleasantly near. In a way we did not regret our visit - becuase of the Humayum connection (which we discoered only later on). At Purana Qila you can see the ruins of an old...

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  • Qutab Minar

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    At the Quitab Minar complex you can find several buildings, with windows like these. When the sun shines through you can see little stars being reflected on the ground. More abou the Quitab Minar temple complex is to be found in my Delhi TRAVELLOGUE!

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  • Raj Ghat

    Delhi Off The Beaten Path

    Something that maybe is less than spectacular to most, but made a deep impression on me, is the place where Ghandi was cremated. It is surrounded by short walls in the city, but once inside it is perfectly silent. A holy and peaceful place.

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  • Farms!

    If you get a chance, I would recommend wandering around some farmland and see what they are like. People are generally very friendly and wave at you, yelling "namaste" , and the kids might come running and yell " 100 rupees please!" ( you can give them 10 for a photo, I was told that was an acceptable price). My husband didn't like them asking for...

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  • Kuldhara – A haunted village near...

    Kuldhara story is one of the weirdest and inspiring stories I’ve ever heard. About 15 Km. west of Jaisalmer a city in western Rajasthan lies the ruins of a village which was called Kuldhara.The first look of the village is very haunting and sad with ruins all over. On reaching this village, you will be welcomed by a sand stone gate built just...

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  • Havelis of Shekhawati Region (Rajasthan)

    The Shekhawati region lies north of Jaipur(Rajasthan). This was the land where Marwari businessmen started constructing their mansions or havelis in the 18- 19th centuries.Influenced by Persian, Jaipur and Mughal schools of painting, the Shekhawati frescoes depict themes from mythology, hunting and everyday life The land of the Shekha is laced with...

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  • Monkey dance in India

    Trained monkeys dancing,acting and performing romance in Indian streets .Monkey Dance is often seen in Indian streets but now this is also rare in India but sometimes you can see in streets.Monkeys also have played very good role in many Hindi Movies.In streets of India you will find monkeys being used to entertain people in street performances....

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  • Rural India - Deep south

    Rural southern India is fascinating. Mountains , water falls, temples and many simple things like road side tender coconuts and village schools. The pictures are from Kallidaikurichi, a small town near Cape comerin. Some 10 hrs by train from Chennai (cost $4 for an overnight train trip).........

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  • Local Gypsy Villages & Rural Youth in...

    Spending time in a local village, (specifically Badgaon Village and Havala Village) is one of the best ways to get a feel for the "REAL" India. Through this experience you are able to catch a glimpse of the true essence of India. These gypsy villagers are very friendly and are as curious about foreigners as we are about them. There is also a local...

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  • Himalayan Adventure

    The best adventures in Himalayas- trekking and river rafting make for the best holidays too. We have taken two such holidays ( with kids). One was a trek to Kuari Pass and the other was a river rafting camp at Tons river valley with a trek and homestay in a remote Garhwal village. Aquaterra Adventures is by far the best company to do this with in...

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  • Andaman, Havelock island:Beach7 to...

    Looking at lonely planet map elephant beach looks so close to beach7. beach7 a magnificent beach including lagoon, jungle elephants and pure white sand. What I thought would be 30min work turned to be a three hour adventure. Kerry and I walked through jungle, waded through water not seeing a soul. Beautiful walk! I recommend this journey!the...

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  • Heading for Gaumukh

    If you'll be starting from Gangotri, it's around 18 kms uphill to Gaumukh. Depending on your experience that should take between 5-7 hours.The terrain is along the mountain edges all the way till camp 14km. Then you ascend towards the middle of the mountain, so no danger of falling off!Surface is pretty even. There are no reflective markers to help...

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  • find yourself lost in the colours

    with the background of the 4700 years old civilization with arts and culture still on in the local semi nomadic life of various tribes of the unconventional deserts called "Rann" in the extreme west of India - which is the land of the Sakas", Huns", Kushanas"- laterly known as the Gujjar Rastra, the Indian state of Gujarat is waiting for the people...

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  • TREKS AND OTHER ADVENTURES IN INDIA

    India is one of the top destinations in the world for adventure sports. Because of its diversity, almost all adventure sport is possible- and in levels of degree that cater for all ages and different levels of fitness.There is trekking, cycling, gentle hiking, horse-riding, fishing, kayaking, white -water rafting, and skiing in winter.Camel safaris...

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  • Arunachal

    Arunachal Pradesh is the easternmost and one of the most sparsely populated states of India. Its a land of forests, mountains and rivers, with the Himalayas along its northern border and Burma to the east.There are several tribes inhabiting the area. Most of them derived from original Mongoloid stock but their geographical isolation from each other...

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  • Volunteering With NGOs in India

    If you are considering volunteering with Non Profit Organizations in India it would be better if you get in touch with the NGO or NGOs that you want to work with and settle the following before you even land here. Figure out if the NGO can make use of your services - Send them your CV; read about the work that they do; ask them to let you know...

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  • Kauri Pass trek in Auli , garhwal, India

    hi, hope this will help youAuli - Chitrakantha (3310 mts/10857 ft) 15 kms/6-7 hrsChitrakantha - Kuaripass (3640 mts/11940 ft) Dakhwani (3300 mts/10824 ft) 14 kms/5 hrsDakhwani - Pana (2450 mts/8036 ft) 14 kms/5-6 hrsPana - Ramni (2550 mts/8364 ft) 17 kms/5-6 hrsRamni - Ghat (1330 mts/4363 ft) 15 kms trek/4 hrs - Srinagarif you are in a group...take...

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  • Hiking!

    I suggest heading for HP (Himachal Pradesh). Then you have the choice of Nainital, Kullu-Manali, Simla.Depending on political climate, you could then also consider Kashmir & Ladakh, or in UP head for Uttar Kashi & then aim for Gaumukh (origin of the river Ganga!) The latter is quite an experience, as it's 12000 feet, and 18 kms from base camp...

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  • Off

    Hi, We used to ask our hostel/hotel porters/rickshaw drivers/cleaners to take us to meet their family. Sounds strange, but we'd get talking, they'd show us pictures and tell us about their children/family who were often in VERY remote villages, hence why they were in more built up areas to earn money to send home.They were (in our experience)...

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  • Rituals and Festivals of India

    India is blessed with different rituals and festivals. Deepavali \ deewali is one such festival celebrated all over India. The kind of activities \ mode of celebration varies in different parts of India for the same. (will be coming back more on this soon.. usha)

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  • Abandoned City of Fatehpur Siki

    Most visitors to India see the Taj Mahal. There is, however, another fascinating site nearby ( 25min drive from Agra)This is the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) is an abandoned city, built from red sandstone. A city of yesteryear, today lost in the mists of time. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar during the...

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  • For lovers of dodgy concrete

    Chandrigarh : There aren't many tourists who choose to visit this city, unless they are a student of modern architects like Le Corbusier. That, or they get a kick out of looking at a scruffy concrete city.The 1950's creation of the French architect is perhaps one of the few places on earth that his vision of a futuristic city was realised. It's...

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  • Bicycle into the Paleolithic

    The caves of Bhimbetka Hills are near Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh). The forests support tigers and the caves here and further south are saturated with rock paintings and tool production sites that date from the Lower Paleolithic. The best preserved of these drawings and paintings date from the Middle and Late Palaeolithic. The area of...

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  • place destroyed by a Tsunami

    This place was washed away in the early 1970's named Dhanuskodi in rameshwaram district of Tamilnadu in India.U can still see left overs of a railway track and a railway station and a church.If you want to visit this place then from rameshwaram you have to catch a local fishermans vehicle and then he will take you along the beach into this land.

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  • Clear your head- take a day trip to...

    Many new travellers to India tend to visit the bigger cities (and that is understandable), and their first experience can be daunting and exhausting. There is so much to see- so many people, traffic & chaos. The heat is draining.Fortunately, there are many small, very interesting towns and villages that one can get to see, and many are just an hour...

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