The best of 2014: a look back at stories you loved

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We wrote, you loved. Here’s a list of fourteen of your favourite articles from 2014.

Adventure in Coorg
By Supriya Sehgal

Coorg has earned itself the rightful title of ‘adventure capital of Karnataka’. Located on the eastern edge of the Western Ghats, it has a diverse topography, with mountains, coffee plantations, thick forests, paddy fields and rivers. These form a suitable backdrop to a number of activities like rafting, kayaking, canoeing, trekking, camping and microlight flying. Base yourself at any one of the regional hubs listed. Read more.

An unusual love story at the Tadoba -Andhari Tiger Reserve
By Pawan Menon

Under India’s Project Tiger directorate, this little-explored national park – with a healthy population of Bengal tigers – lies 150km south of Nagpur. Less visited than most other forests in India, this is a place where you can get up close with wildlife (which also includes gaurs, chitals, nilgais and sloth bears) without having to jostle past truckloads of shutter-happy tourists. Here’s a truly fascinating picture story experienced first-hand by Pawan Menon. Read more.

A note for that first visit to Lucknow
By Neha Simlai

For anyone with any interest in the art, history and culture of the Indian subcontinent, Lucknow is a must-visit. The sights, sounds, tastes and smells of each corner of Lucknow are an exclusive exposition of the evolution of not just a city, but a culture and a way of life. Read more.


The best of Rajasthani food in Jaipur
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The best of Rajasthani food in Jaipur
By Pallavi Pasricha

A trip to Jaipur (or anywhere in Rajasthan) is not complete without digging into authentic Rajasthani food. Whether you’re craving for dal bati churma, laal maas, kachoris or ghevar Jaipur is foodie’s paradise. If you’re new to this cuisine you can’t return without trying dal bati churma, the flagship dish of Rajasthani cuisine. Read more.

Top 14 experiences in Gurgaon
By Pallavi Pasricha

Love it or hate it but you can’t live in Gurgaon without cribbing about bad traffic, broken roads and general dysfunction. But look beyond all this and see what the millennium city has to offer besides malls and movies. You’ll be pleasantly surprised and spoilt for choice as well. Read more.

Top 5 places to visit in this monsoon

Dark clouds, pitter-patter, that heavenly earthy scent when rain falls on the scorching ground and finally a heavy downpour. As the country welcomes the monsoon, here are five places that are spectacular and charming during the rainy season. Read more.

A day at the cleanest village in Asia: Mawlynnong, Meghalaya
By Pallavi Pasricha

Having lived my entire life in an urban jungle I love to get away to the mountains and staying at a village for a night was the cherry on the cake. Around 100km from Shillong there is a magical paradise – Mawlynnong– a small village which won the status of being the cleanest village (2003), not just in India, but in Asia. I could not wait to get there. Read more.

Mumbai’s iconic eateries
By Pallavi Pasricha

The City of Dreams is also a city for foodies. Maximum City is peppered with a range of restaurants and eateries and new ones open each day. But a few of them are legendary and have been around since the time Mumbai was Bombay. Here’s a look at some of the most iconic and oldest eateries of this city and we’ll tell you what’s best there. Read more.

10 haunted places in India
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10 haunted places in India
By Pallavi Pasricha

Spirits, ghosts, paranormal activity, supernatural occurrences, spooky spots – whether you believe in these or not, the truth is that many others do. There are designated spots, hotels, houses and areas across the country that are touted as haunted. But each one has a tale behind what made it this way. If you are daring enough, go check these out and see if you find them scary. Read more.

Scenic train journeys across the world
By Pallavi Pasricha

At times there is nothing more relaxing than just sitting back and watching the changing colours of the landscape from a window pane. It’s a soothing balm for frayed nerves as you board a train, leave the skyscrapers behind and begin a journey that will take you through some of nature’s most scenic and gorgeous vistas – from lofty mountains, glaciers, lush forests, green meadows to mighty rivers. Read more.

Road trip through Kinnaur and Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
By Pallavi Pasricha

It takes certain amount of madness to do this – three girls set off on a 9-day road trip through East Himachal, covering more than 1000 km through unfamiliar terrain, and driving on a highway that’s billed as one of the ‘world’s deadliest roads’. In certain stretches NH22 (the old Hindustan-Tibet Road) is terrible, but what makes up for this is the gorgeous landscape that changes as one drives through the lush mountains of Kinnaur Valley and crosses into the rugged moonscape of Spiti with just a few villages in between. Read more.

What not to carry while travelling
By Leif Pettersen

We’ve all seen these people and, inevitably, at some point we’ve actually been these people. The urge to overpack is a phenomenon most people experience in their early travel years and eventually outgrow it with experience. But some never quite make the connection between overpacking and the resulting inconvenience and misery it creates for them – and sometimes fellow travellers. Here are some non-debatable, tough-love list of things that you should never carry with you on a trip. Read more.

10 offbeat places to visit in India
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10 offbeat places to visit in India

You’ve seen the beaches and the hills, and know the way to these places like the back of your hand. But have you ever wondered about the hidden places that lie in-between – like the tiny cafe that serves that perfect cuppa, small hamlets that are overshadowed by grand mountains, or the monastery that houses the best of local art? Believe it or not, India is full of unseen places waiting to be discovered. Here’s our list of the first 10. Read more.

10 more offbeat places to visit in India

Since India is full of unseen places waiting to be discovered, we felt one list would simply not be enough. And so, here’s the second installation of 10 offbeat places waiting to be discovered in India. Read more.