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Get an Indian Visa to Visit Manas National Park

April 3rd, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best places in the world to see a variety of endangered animals, including the elusive tiger. Manas National Park is located in the Himalayan foothills in Assam, next to the border with Bhutan. It's not just a national park, it's also a Project Tiger Reserve and an elephant reserve. The tiger population within the park is the second-highest in all of India. Tigers aren't the only big cats here, either. Leopards and clouded leopards are also present, as well as a variety of smaller wild cats. The park encompasses both grassland and forest habitats, so the wildlife is quite diverse. In addition to the tigers, notable forest animals include the slow loris, several different types of langurs, sloth bears and an unusual armo


Get an Indian Visa to See the Red Fort of Agra

March 6th, 2011
This week's featured UNESCO World Heritage Site is the less-well-known older sibling of the world-famous Taj Mahal. The Red Fort of Agra is located about a mile and half away from the Taj Mahal. Like the Taj, the Red Fort of Agra is a relic of the Mughal Empire, which ruled India from the 16th to the mid-19th centuries. While the Taj Mahal was built as a monument to Mumtaz Mahal, the favorite wife of the Emperor Shah Jahan, the Red Fort of Agra was the center of the Mughal administration and the home of the imperial family. More of a walled city than a mere fort, this breathtaking collection of buildings gets its name from the red sandstone that the walls and many of the buildings are constructed out of. Inside the walls, there were originally about 500 sandstone buildings, though so


Get an Indian Visa to Visit Mumbai

February 10th, 2011
Mumbai's got it going on this month. First of all, the Kala Ghoda Art Festival is happening even as we speak. The festival runs from February 6th to February 13, and features music and dancing, theatrical performances, literature and poetry readings, film screenings, visual arts and street performers. There is also a special program for kids. All of this is free of charge! For an excellent write-up of the festival, check out this piece by Sumiit Lakhutia of MatadorTravel. The art festival coincides nicely with Mumbai's second annual Restaurant Week, which also ends February 13th. The restaurant week is an attempt to promote Mumbai's small but growing fine dining scene by allowing participants to enjoy prix-fixe menus at some of Mumbai's more upscale restaurants. Each meal costs 1,000 r


2011 Destinations: Indian Visa Requirements to Visit Hyderabad

January 28th, 2011
Hyderabad, India is the country's 6th largest city. Also known as the "City of Pearls," it is a hub of the India's film and IT industries. Doesn't sound like the best spot for a vacation, does it? Actually, while Hyderabad is big and busy, it's also packed with gorgeous historical and architectural treasures. Plus, you can stay in a real palace! The New York Times named the city as one of its "41 Places to Go in 2011," saying "The latest buzz is the debut of two five-star hotels...The first, Park Hyderabad, is a futuristic structure designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, with an aluminum and glass facade inspired by the settings and metalwork found in the Nizams’ jewelry collection. The new Taj Falaknuma Palace, on the other hand, is a window into the past. It’s a wedding c


Indian Visa Requirements for the Birdwatching Adventure of a Lifetime

January 18th, 2011
India may not be the first destination you think of when you think of birdwatching, but on a recent trip, New York Times writer Somini Sengupta discovered that it's actually a birder's paradise. She writes: "From the cold lakes of the Himalayas to the sand dunes of western Rajasthan to the tropical rain forests in the south, India hosts a dizzying variety of birds, like a dizzying variety of everything else. Residents and visitors, common and rare, more than 1,200 species have been recorded in India, which puts it somewhere between the United States (just under 900 recorded species) and Colombia (more than 1,800 species)." In India, it's possible to see a variety of different species of birds even in the cities. Go out into the countryside or to a large lake or river, and things get ev