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10 Boutique Himalayan Getaways

The Indian summer heat is coming and the Himalayas are a popular place to relax and unwind in fresh mountain air. These boutique Himalayan village getaways will take you off the beaten track and away from the crowds.

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Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh Now Accessible by Rail

Friday April 18, 2014
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
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After a long wait, Indian Railways has finally reached Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh in India's remote Northeast region.  This makes Itanagar only the second capital city out of the eight Northeast states to be connected by rail. Guwahati, in Assam, was the first.

Previously, the nearest railway station to Itanagar was at Harmuti in Assam, around 25 kilometers away.


India Extends Tourist Visa on Arrival Facility to South Korea

Friday April 18, 2014

Well, that was a surprise! The Indian government has extended its tourist visa on arrival facility to citizens of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), effective from April 15, 2014.

The action follows an agreement that was made between the two countries in March 2012 to simplify visa procedures.   The Indian Prime Minister further assured the South Korean President, during her official visit to India in January 2014, that the visa on arrival facility would be made available to South Korean citizens.


Sita Cultural Center Introduces Bicycle Tours of Pondicherry

Thursday April 17, 2014
Customized retro bicycle.
Customized retro bicycle.
Sita Cultural Center.

If you're visiting Pondicherry and can bear to tear yourself away from all the gorgeous boutiques and restaurants, Sita Cultural Center is an excellent place to go to learn about south Indian arts and culture, including music, cooking, dance, and Ayurveda.

Recently, Sita partnered up with My Vintage Byciclette (a company that transforms old bicycles into groovy, retro-style masterpieces) to offer early morning bicycle tours of Pondicherry. Read More...

The Mostquito Menace at Mumbai Airport Terminal 2

Thursday April 17, 2014
Terminal T2, Mumbai Airport
Terminal T2, Mumbai Airport.
Image: MIAL.

If you've traveled through Mumbai airport's new Terminal 2 at night, you're likely to have been savaged by mosquitoes.  Unfortunately, the terminal is infested with them and it's become a huge problem.

I experienced it myself when I returned to Mumbai in mid March.  The mosquitoes started attacking me inside the ground level of the terminal, while I spent 20 minutes in the queue for the prepaid taxi counter.

That wasn't the worst of it though. There were swarms of mosquitoes outside, in the area where the prepaid taxis wait. My non air-conditioned cab was full of them.  Read More...

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