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The best of 2016: stories you loved

An encounter with the Royal Bengal tiger is almost guaranteed in Bandhavgarh

We wrote, you loved. Here’s a list of ten of your favourite articles from 2016.

Best places to eat in Amritsar
By Pallavi Pasricha

It is no secret – a true foodie (veg or non-veg) can spend days in this land of ghee and butter, sating the palate on rich, gourmet delights that have given Amritsari cuisine its very own niche. Some of Amritsar’s dhabas and restaurants have no ambience to write home about, but have become the stuff of legends.

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

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.

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.

9 must-see beaches around Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam (Vizag) is Andhra Pradesh’s second-largest city and there’s no escaping its beaches. Visakhapatnam’s long shoreline can be pretty busy with beach activities. Flanked by lush rolling greens with the odd naval ship on the horizon, it makes for a pretty sight.

Six interesting places to eat in McLeodGanj
By Pallavi Pasricha

Foodies will agree that there are certain places that are worth a visit just for the variety of cuisine that they offer, and over the years McLeodGanj has earned this reputation. This spiritual hill station, which is home to the Tibetan government in exile, has its own charm. It is lined with shacks, eateries, bakeries and cafes that offer a selection of cuisines, from Italian, Tibetan, Bhutanese to Indian and draw buzzing crowds all day long.

8 must-see national parks in India

Let us give you eight reasons why you don’t need to pack it in yet because winter’s here. Here’s our list of some of the best national parks in India, where following the tiger’s trail will bring you face-to-face with experiences to last you a lifetime.

Kerala’s Top Itineraries

Based on the time you have at hand, these suggested itineraries include a variety of experiences for a holiday in Kerala: food, culture, history, landscape and, let’s not forget – sheer relaxation.

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.

New Year Escapes from Bengaluru
By Supriya Sehgal

Now that the earth is still spinning smoothly on its axis and its end has been averted, go ahead and plan your New Year getaway as your travel instincts please. For those who live in Bengaluru, there are plenty of options to celebrate spilling over to the next year. Be it a backdrop of thumping music, bumping along a dusty highway or the sound of the jungle, swerve into 2016 with a holiday outside the city.

Best yoga schools in India 
By Vidya Deshpande

With International Yoga Day (June 21) becoming an annual feature, yoga has gained currency like never before. Most institutions are making it compulsory, and gyms have introduced yoga classes in between the aerobics and zumba. But if you are really serious about yoga and want to take your practice to the next level, then you should complete a course at some of these yoga schools in India. They have a variety of options: from short term courses for beginners to long term courses to become yoga instructors.