Time is an illusion in Melkote, where Hoysala-era monuments and a plateful of puliyogare are a visitor's guide to life in the Karnataka town.
At many of these historically significant spots, you might be the only tourist in sight. But that's just the way this author prefers it.
Travel writing was once dominated by the white gaze. The literary colossus, who passed away at 85 on August 11, 2018, broke through with a postcolonial voice that remains unmatched.
Chance visits to Madan Kamdev and Pingalesvar, both on the outskirts of Guwahati, reveal carvings that are brazenly bold and arrestingly artistic.
Old stupas and older sculptures, tales of the Buddha and Ashoka abound this excavation site in Uttar Pradesh.
From Ashok Chaat Corner to Old Famous Jalebi Wala, everything you need to know about the legends who run the gullies of the capital.
Experience the state at its grandest and most eccentric in two majestic retreats—the Alila Fort Bishangarh and Malji Ka Kamra.
From Mumbai to Madikeri, the bars on this list will satisfy the thirst for cheap booze and snacks served under dim lighting.
After years in the balmy tropics, a writer returns home (to -50°C nights).
Trekking through a pretty, no-garbage range nestled between Karnataka and Kerala.
A philosophical enquiry into all the bellyaching that accompanies travel.
The Tibetan Settlement offers great eating experiences.
Mythology gets a shot in the arm at Madikeri’s Dasara float parade.
The Gujarati city is still peppered with historical and architectural wonders.
And where to grab beer and lunch between browsing.
Spicy momos, radioactive liquor and the finest seedy bars of the world.
Lessons in taste, and what not to waste.
Retracing the travels of the literary giants.
The axis connecting heaven and earth is said to run through the Madhya Pradesh town.
The author pursues leads from Bengaluru to Agumbe and Mysore.
Party wild and for cheap on a passenger ferry.
What to pack, how to dress, and whom to speak to.
A train ride from Kerala to Assam provides food for thought.
The collection of prehistoric cave paintings are like a Stone Age Louvre.
Strolling through the city’s avenues and alleys leads to new stories and even a broken leg.
Why Ujjain is considered the Greenwich of India.
Little has changed at the 4,000-year-old sites—not even the way beads are made.
A gourmand follows his nose.
The hidden charms of Western China's travel hub.
Some places bear an especially strong imprint of the Father of the Nation.
How much of the London he was so fond of still remains?