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Qutub Minar: Understanding the History and Architecture Before You Go

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Qutub Minar: Understanding the History and Architecture Before You Go

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the tallest building in the world made of bricks, Qutub Minar is a 73-meter high tower that consists of five storeys and a spiral staircase with 379 steps.

Built-in red sandstone, Qutub Minar is a real masterpiece of Mughal Islamic craftsmanship. The design is based on the Minaret of Jam located in Western Afghanistan, which marks where the ancient city of Firuzkuh once stood.

The complex in which it stands is regarded as one of the most famous arrays of historical monuments in Delhi, so if you’re traveling to India it’s highly likely that you’ll find yourself (at some stage) in front of this famous minaret.

But with so much cultural heritage tied to one monument, it would be a shame to visit and not appreciate the story or history behind it.

We’ve got you covered.

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Things to do in Ladakh – India’s Hidden Gem

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Things to do in Ladakh – India’s Hidden Gem

Have you ever heard of Ladakh?

Based in the Trans-Himalaya region, this is India’s Land of High Passes, also known as “Little Tibet.”

If you’re a beach lover, chances are that Ladakh won’t exactly thrill you. But if you are a nature enthusiast and a fan of the mountains, a trip here definitely won’t disappoint.

What makes Ladakh unique is the landscape. You might be surprised to know that the local population lives at an elevation between 2,700m and 4,500m. Even the capital of Ladakh, the city of Leh, is at an altitude of 3,500, (which can cause travelers some high-altitude symptoms).

And within that spectacular landscape? There are a huge range of tourist places in Ladakh and exciting things to do.

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Travel Guide to Nainital, India

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Travel Guide to Nainital, India

Onе оf thе mоѕt рорulаr mountain resorts іn India, Nainital is a Himalayan hill station in thе state оf Uttаrаkhаnd. At аn аltіtudе оf 2,084 mеtеrѕ, travelers are offered a breathtaking vіеw оf thе southern plains аnd thе іmроѕіng Himalayas in the north.

There are many hill stations throughout India, though Nainital is a well loved favorite. Most (hill stations) were established by European colonists escaping the summer heat, and with over 20 mountain ranges, today they are spread all across India.

Nаіnіtаl іѕ well connected bу rоаd, trаіn, and аіr, and being a mаjоr hоlіdау dеѕtіnаtіоn, thеrе аrе ѕеvеrаl hotels in nainital to cater for vаrіоuѕ budgеtѕ аnd іntеrеѕtѕ.

Use this travel guide to plan out your stay.

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10 of the World’s Most Stunning Tourist Islands

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10 of the World’s Most Stunning Tourist Islands

When it comes to stunning islands, we are fortunate to live on a planet where we’re spoiled for choice. From the Greek Islands to some 7,000 that form the Philippines, paradise islands inhabit all corners of the globe.

And whether you’re satisfying a craving for adventure, or searching for a potent Caribbean rum, there are plenty of options that will make you feel worlds away from the urban craziness you’ve traveled to escape.

The following are 10 of the world’s most stunning tourist islands. Leave us a comment at the end and weigh in on your favorite island experiences around the globe.

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Magical Monsoons in the Andaman Islands

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Magical Monsoons in the Andaman Islands

When considering the best time to visit Andaman Islands in India, most travelers choose to avoid the monsoons. The heavy southwest monsoons are usually over by September, so October generally marks the start of tourist season every year.

But what if you wanted to take an off season vacation and visit during June, July and August to actually experience the monsoon? Sure, it will be raining heavily, but these incredible islands actually become more magical during the rainy season.

Picture this: a rain drenched experience amid tropical rainforests and ancient jungles, (because let’s be honest, sunning on the beach has become so terribly cliche!) where you’ll rub shoulders with elephants, and watch glorious flame-and-purple sunsets.

This is the Andaman Islands as you’ve likely never thought to see it: during the magical season that is the monsoon.

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Don’t Miss These Amazing Animal Experiences Around The World

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Don’t Miss These Amazing Animal Experiences Around The World

It’s one thing to see pictures of incredible wildlife online, but getting up close and personal with them is another matter entirely.

From meeting pandas in their natural environment, and snow monkeys in Japan to ethical experiences with elephants in Thailand, here are six amazing travel ideas for animal lovers.

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India Sightseeing: Places to Visit in Udaipur

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India Sightseeing: Places to Visit in Udaipur

The tag of ‘the most romantic spot on the continent of India’ sits well on Udaipur. Formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, it is known as the city of lakes and palaces; a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan set around a series of shimmering lakes and known for its lavish royal residences.

It is a city which exudes romance and luxury; majestic palaces sit against a backdrop of craggy green hills, whitewashed havelis and bathing ghats are clustered around the waters of the lake, and bustling bazaars and tempting food only add to the city’s natural charms.

Old-world charm and hospitality make Udaipur one of India’s top destinations for the discerning traveller. The city is “far from unspoilt or undiscovered, though remains a richly rewarding place to visit”. While many people spend at least a week, it is possible to take in the main attractions of Udaipur in just a couple of days. Here are the best places to visit.

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An Unintended Trip to Sula Vineyards: Discovering India’s Napa Valley in Nasik

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An Unintended Trip to Sula Vineyards: Discovering India’s Napa Valley in Nasik

A 3 to 4 hour drive from Mumbai, Sula Vineyards is the oldest winery in India. It is a fabulous way to unwind from the hectic bustle of city life, where you can discover the place where Indians first experienced wine.

In 1996, Rajeev Samant planted the first wine grapes in Nashik and today this region is India’s premier wine-growing region, producing 80% of the country’s total wine.

Spread over a total of over 3000 acres, Sula’s vineyards are home to some of India’s finest grapes, so if you’re looking for a place for your next wine tour, you should visit Nashik, in Maharashtra state.

This is India’s Napa Valley; after Sula Vineyards was established in 1999, 35 other wineries followed suit in the region over the next decade. It’s quite incredible how one man paved the way for the emergence of India’s Wine Capital.

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Jaipur Sightseeing: Best Tourist Places to Visit in Jaipur

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Jaipur Sightseeing: Best Tourist Places to Visit in Jaipur

Popular by the name of “The Pink City”, the Indian city of Jaipur is royalty well personified. Its enormous treasure of history, culture and architecture attracts a huge number of foreign tourists every year, and, full of colorful celebrations, there is a long list of interesting places to visit in Jaipur.

The city of Jaipur is reckoned exotic because of its royal palaces, temples, dance and music everywhere you go. Its charming rural serenity gives a sense of relaxation to every visitor.

Of the incredible places to visit in Jaipur, we have put together a shortlist of the best sightseeing. The following are experiences and Jaipur points of interest you shouldn’t miss!

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Incredible Palace Hotels in India: Stay Like a Maharaja in These Heritage Hotels

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Incredible Palace Hotels in India: Stay Like a Maharaja in These Heritage Hotels

India is a magical destination, known for its grand architecture and rich cultural heritage. And one of the best ways to experience both is with a stay in a magnificent palace hotel.

Before the Republic of India was born, this was a region divided into 565 kingdoms. So there were (and still are) many opulent palaces, which have been converted into luxury hotels today.

The following is a list of the most incredible palace hotels in India, which will make make even the humblest traveler feel like a Maharaja. These hotels were actually once home to India’s royalty, and in some cases still are.

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