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Carmen Chai and a friend hop on a houseboat to enjoy the wonders of South India around Kerala.

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Rosalind Cummings-Yeates takes part in the annual Navrati dance festival and comes away impressed.

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NEW DELHI - Bearded men in white caps and other head coverings milled around the entrance to the old Muslim neighbourhood of Nizamuddin Basti, or Nizamuddin Village, in New Delhi.

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SRINAGAR, INDIA - The moment I land at the airport in this Kashmiri outpost, which is dominated by majestic mountains and lakes, a driver picks up my family and takes us directly to the houseboat moored on nearby Dal Lake, where we’ll be staying for the next few days.

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MUMBAI - The busier the better. Odd, because I’m a small-town kid, but I find fast-paced frenzied cities like this is where I feel most at home. And it doesn’t get any more frenzied than Mumbai, India’s most populous city.

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NEW DELHI - From the moment I arrive, the sights, the sounds and the diversity of this city surround me. Within minutes, I know that without a doubt I have arrived in one of the most exotic destinations in the world — for golfers.

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VARANASI, INDIA - As Arvind, our scholarly guide, leads us to the Dashashwamedh Ghat (the main steps that take us to the Ganges River here in Hinduism’s holiest city) a priest grabs my wrist and turns me towards him.

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LEH, INDIA - After a sleepless night on a bus from the honeymoon hill station of Manali, I was looking forward to reaching Leh — fast.

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DELHI — It’s mid-day on a packed street in old Delhi, I’m remarkably jet-lagged and a little shell-shocked by my new surrounds.

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JAISALMER, INDIA – The bottom half of my body was beginning to numb. “What was I thinking?” I thought to myself.