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The best of 2015: stories you loved

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Here are the most liked articles from 2015.

Best places to eat in Amritsar

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

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.

10 Haunted Places in India

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.


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The best of Rajasthani food in Jaipur

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.

The Indian festival calendar: September–October 2015

In a country so rich in culture and theme, every festival celebrated here is a sight to behold. And when talking about India’s many festivals, what comes to mind is poet Rabindranath Tagore’s famous line, “You are invited to the festival of this world and your life is blessed”. Here’s what September and October have in store.

Six interesting places to eat in McLeodGanj

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.

Your guide to Kolkata’s Durga puja

Durga Puja in Kolkata is also the best showcase of the city’s secular and cultural spirit.  Every Calcuttan worth his salt will wax eloquent about the autumn sky and Puja-induced melancholia.  They will tell you about socio-economical dynamics of the festival, the courting ritual at Maddox Square but they won’t tell you the ways to avoid the mad puja traffic or the places to go for the best bhog (offerings to the deity). For that you need to spend years in the city, or maybe our quick Durga puja guide will be of some help.

Shopping in the Pink City

Your shopping bags will never seem large enough in Jaipur. You can’t get the variety of silver jewellery, handmade footwear, or multicoloured leheriya saris anywhere else in the country. The shops in the Pink City spiral through a maze of lanes and any woman worth her shopping skills will spend hours scanning through this treasure trove for the best clothes and jewellery. No shopping spree is too long and no budget too big when one is in Jaipur.