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ITC Mughal Agra is a Gorgeous Home Base for Visiting India’s Seventh Wonder of the World

Aug 11, 2017  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

India is arguably the most interesting country in the world. A symphonic melee of cultures, cuisines, and climates make it a destination of many destinations with countless experiences to discover.

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The Top 10 Most Photogenic Destinations in India

Apr 7, 2017  |   Contributor: Rohit Agarwal

No amount of traveling is complete without clicking into history everything we set our eyes on.

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W Goa: India’s New Uber-Sexy Resort

Mar 28, 2017  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

The W chain of uber sexy hotels has now made its Indian debut and will sure to be the destination of millennial and gen x travelers for years to come.

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8 of the World's Best Heli-Skiing Destinations

Jan 23, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s nothing like fresh, untouched powder when you’re heading out on a ski trip. But finding that perfect snow can be difficult, especially at crowded resorts where waiting in lift lines and battling less experienced skiers can get in the way of a good shred sesh. This is why ski enthusiasts look to heli-skiing for unbroken snow, more challenging topography and the kind of epic conditions you’re likely to only catch once a year. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, here are eight of the world’s best heli-skiing destinations to visit:

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5 Hotels That Lived Former Lives

Nov 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

It’s not that new, from-the-ground-up hotels are any less esteemed, it’s just that properties with a storied past are just more intriguing. Sometimes to really get a sense of place when traveling, the best suites are the ones found in historic properties that have been around for centuries. Long before these luxury destinations were welcoming guests, they were the residences of princes, the estates of Italian musicians and former prison cells. If their stories don’t impress you, their fine furnishings, list of amenities and scenic locations just might do the trick. Here are five historic properties that have been restored and turned into luxury hotels:

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Dying Here Will Grant You Eternal Life

Sep 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s been said that if you die in Varanasi you will attain salvation, no matter how you lived your earthly life. This holy land is considered one of the most sacred in the world and is regarded as one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. It’s regularly visited by religious pilgrims year-after-year to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters of the Ganges River or to cremate their loved ones. Situated on the southeastern Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, it is also one of the globe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

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A Royal Experience at Jaipur's Rajmahal Palace

Aug 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

What happens when you take a maharajah’s 18th century pleasure palace, open up the royal art collection and give a world-renowned designer the job of fixing it up? You get one of the world’s best-decorated new hotels: Jaipur’s Rajmahal Palace. Originally built in 1729, the Suján Rajmahal Palace is now one of India’s most stunning city hotels. And with just 14 rooms and suites (though more are planned) and round-the-clock service, staying there feels like a royal experience.

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6 Honeymoon Ideas for Avoiding the Typical Beach Getaway

May 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you ask most brides about what they’re looking forward to before their wedding, many will mention the honeymoon. With all the planning that goes into the big day, it’s not hard to see why brides are counting down the days until they are married and headed out on their first trip as Mr. & Mrs. As far as destinations go, beach locales usually top lists for the romantic getaway. 

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Fancy Tipples: Rarified Bars Around the Globe

May 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Siddharth Dasgupta

If travel, for you, is an intoxicating blend of taste, spirit and the heady desires of the heart, then perhaps these bars will be just your style. These alluring bars are striking windows into the cultural fabric and social zeitgeist of some of the world's chicest cities.

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Iconic HMS Hermes to be Turned Into Five-Star Hotel

Mar 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Originally, the HMS Hermes aircraft carrier was part of the Royal Navy before becoming the flagship of the British military’s taskforce commissioned to recapture the Falkland Islands from Argentina in 1982. After its successful mission and almost 35 years later, the iconic carrier re-named Viraat will be decommissioned in June and turned into a 600-room, five-star hotel.

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Vibrant Lunar New Year Celebrations Across Asia

Feb 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Most people are familiar with the traditions and festivities of Chinese New Year. But what some may not realize is that between Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is celebrated on different days and in various ways. This year, Chinese New Year fell on Monday, February 8, but in India they party it up for five days in October. Tibet's celebrations, which begin on February 22, include dough balls that will tell your loved ones (or enemies) exactly how you feel about them. 

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Taj Opens a New Property in Mumbai, The Brand's Fourth In Its Home City

Jan 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has opened Taj Santacruz, its fourth luxury hotel in Mumbai, the hotelier’s home city. Located near the Western Express Highway and regional airport, the property offers a strategic location near the city’s financial and entertainment centers.

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A Day in India Captures The Life, Culture & Fare of the South Asian Country in Under 4 Minutes

Dec 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When Slumdog Millionaire first came out in 2008, it was the first time I really began to consider traveling to India. For many of you, however, I’m sure the South Asian country crossed your mind long before Hollywood took ahold of it. But for those of you who still may need more convincing, this under four-minute video from The Perennial Plate might just do the trick.

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Retrace the Steps of European Royalty at India's Taj Falaknuma Palace

Jan 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Suzanne Weinstock Klein

Hyderabad, India is off the beaten path for tourists on the sub-continent. Jokingly called Cyberabad, the city is better known for its IT call centers than for its sightseeing. But drawn by reports of a palatial hotel, the Taj Falaknuma Palace, off to Hyderabad I went.

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Travel by Month: A Year's Guide to Following the Sunshine Around the World

Jan 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We love the start of a new year; and not just because all the “New Year, New You” hype, but more so because it means 365 days of potential travel ahead. For 2015, to assist you with your own travel plans, we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favorite destinations to visit by month. Keeping in mind that sightseeing is typically an outdoor activity, we chose each destination based on its sunniest and/or its most pleasant weather months. 

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