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States and Territories of India

Hot spots: Devi Ratn, Jaipur

What is it? Devi Ratn is a countryside resort located in India's Rajasthan state, 10 kilometres from Jaipur and years into the future.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 12:37am

The reincarnation of Goa

The scene at Anjuna Beach is predicably chaotic: trance beats compete for attention over the sound of rough surf crashing against the shore of the Arabian Sea. Hawkers peddle wares that range from icy drinks and local snacks to handmade jewellery, handicrafts, cheap trinkets and rainbow-coloured fabrics that flutter in the dry beach air.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

New Delhi

Numerous documentaries and books have been produced about what is now known as the Bhopal disaster, when toxic gas leaking from the Union Carbide factory in the Indian city killed and maimed thousands in 1984.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Only human

'Dance,' the policeman says. The girls, naked from the waist up, jiggle for him. The camera, held by a tourist, pans around to another young woman, naked but for a bag of yellow grain held awkwardly in front of her groin.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Land of contradictions

Author Anita Nair likes to wax lyrical about her homeland in India. 'Kerala gets into your blood in an amazing way because everything here - the landscape, the food and the culture - is so wonderful,' she says, sitting beneath a shady tree on the lawns of Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram, scene of the state's recent Hay Festival of literature and the arts.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

New school of thought

Like a proud father, Dr Achyuta Samanta describes a welcome dinner for his Indian aboriginal students after they amazed many by winning the 2007 Under-14 International School Rugby Championship in Britain. 'In 10 days over there, they had not just beaten the world. They had also learned to eat with forks and knives without making a sound on their plates,' recounts Samanta.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Universal city

It took 37 years to complete, looks like a flower in bloom, and its exterior is clad in 1,400 discs made with several kilograms of gold. But you're not likely to find the architectural wonder they call the Matrimandir on many tourist itineraries in India.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Terminal velocity

It's raining cows and buffaloes in Mumbai. Schools have closed; low-lying areas are flooded; and the railway, lifeline for millions, is at a standstill.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Currying favour

New Delhi and its satellite city of Gurgaon is one of India's most important destinations for the meetings industry. One of four satellite cities, Gurgaon is 30 kilometres from the nation's capital, and both form part of the National Capital Region, northern India's powerhouse.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Where's the will to break India's cycle of violence?

Like the Bourbons, Indians never learn anything. Bombs keep exploding - the latest being at Delhi High Court last Wednesday in which 13 people died - and the same incompetence and somnolence emerge.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am