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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.

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MUMBAI - There is much to do and see in this giant city of 18 million people but our guide Douglas Cyrus insists there is one sight that will impress us more than any we have seen during a fabulous day tour of India’s largest metropolis.

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AGRA, INDIA - A handsome young man escorts a pretty woman to a bench outside the main entrance to the Taj Mahal, India’s monument to love.