Guest Post – Top 10 Hill Stations of India

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While most people will know of India’s famous beach spots and bustling cities, India’s hill stations offer lush mountain getaways for much needed respite. From forested valley views to lush green tea, coffee and spice plantations the hill stations are …

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Oman: The Mountain of the Sun

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It was hot at 8am when Munir, our guide for the day, picked us up at our Muscat hotel in his 4×4. Hot enough, in fact, for my camera lenses to fog when we went outside. Summer temperatures in Oman …

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Barcelona: What to See

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Note: this post is mainly taken from an article I wrote for Viator in 2011. The original article can be found here. If Barcelona does have a flaw, then it is possibly that there are too many sights. This can …

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Varkala: Pilgrims to the Left, Tourists to the Right

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Varkala in May, like Kovalam, is almost devoid of tourists . Those that are here fall pretty much into two categories. There are the leather-skinned old hands, eking out the last of the sunshine before heading to the mountains when the …

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Sivagiri: One Caste, One Religion, One God

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A Hindu temple that is open to anybody is a bit unusual in Kerala. Finding one with a picture of Jesus, a picture of Buddha and an Islamic script is, well, unique. But then Nanoo Swami’s philosophy of “One Caste, …

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Bazaar Road: Spices, Nuts and Tea

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If you’re interested in spices, head to Bazaar Road in Kochi. Running from Fort Cochin to Mattancherry, this 1.5km stretch of road is where Kerala’s commodities come to be sold. The northern (Fort Cochin) end of the road is dominated …

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