Here is exciting news from Nepal! With the exception of Changu Narayan Temple, the Department of Archeaology has officially reopened all UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. After the devastating Gorkha earthquake in April, this is a much needed step toward rebuilding the tourism industry.
I recently completed a project with AFAR on the best places to dine, play, and shop in Hyderabad. With a colorful history spanning over 400 years, Hyderabad showcases the best of North and South India. The "City of Pearls" was once a notable pearl and diamond trade center in South Asia and offers travelers the best of bazaars, bungalows, and biryani.
Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is often considered the commercial and entertainment capital of India. With almost 22 million residents in the metropolitan area, it is the most populated city in the country and also the 4th most populated city in the world. The mass of inhabitants also creates extremely diverse pockets of neighborhoods, each with their own cultural and culinary traditions.
Tomorrow, August 15th, is India's Independence Day. As the capital of India, Delhi will understandably have the largest celebration in the country. Delhi is a bustling metropolis that incorporates the ancient with the modern and the monuments stand as a silent reminder of India's legacy. Many attractions in the city incur an entrance fee, with different rates for Indian and foreign nationals. However, there are also many free activities to enjoy in India's capital and 22nd largest city in the world. Here are five of my favorite free traveler experiences in Delhi:
Established by Mughal Emporor Shah Jahan in 1650 AD, Chandni Chowk is considered one of the oldest and busiest street markets in Old Delhi (Shajahanabad). The street is positioned between two important historical sites: the Red Fort (Lal Qila) and Fatehpur Masjid, a 17th century mosque. Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, is also located within walking distance.