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Coconut Lagoon, Kerala India

Solange Hando discovers a lush heritage resort nestling among the palm groves and waterways of South India.

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K Gudi Wilderness Camp, Karnataka, southern India

Stuart Forster experiences the Kyathadevara Gudi Wilderness Camp located inside of the Biligiri Raganna Temple (BRT) Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Eros Shangri-La, Delhi

As we arrived at the Eros Shangri-La, an elegant Indian lady in a vibrant red safari bowed her welcome as two liveried bellboys whisked away our luggage

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Spectacular Mysore Dasara Festival

Even on normal days the palaces and colourful markets of Mysore, in southern India, tend to make a big impression on visiting travellers. During the ten-day Mysore Dasara festival caparisoned elephants, tribal dancers and traditional musicians are just a handful of the photogenic sights that make the city

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Kambala Buffalo Racing in South India

In India’s palm-rich south, where Karnataka and Kerala meet, kambala rather than cricket, is the most popular sport.Two pairs of buffaloes are raced head-to-head along specially prepared twin tracks in kambala, the sport of the people in the rural districts around Mangalore. Crowds of up to 20,000 people gather on race days. People cheer while men sprint with their buffaloes along the jodukere kambalas, deliberately waterlogged, 450 feet (137 metres) long tracks prepared in river beds or the sodden mud of paddy fields. This is Kambala Buffalo Racing in South India.

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Shimla Indian Summers revisited

The next stage of our trip took us up to Shimla close to the foothills of the Himalayas a dramatically different environment to the plains of the Golden Triangle and the crowds of those great cities

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