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India's Tiger Safari


Where to Spot Ranthambore's Elusive Bengal Tigers

Ranthambhore National Park is one of the only places on Earth to spot the elusive Bengal Tiger. Located near Jaipur, this area was once used by Indian royals as a hunting ground and has since been converted to a national park in order to preserve the threatened tigers.  Here are the top things to see in Ranthambhore National Park:

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Topics: India

What to Expect in Varanasi: Tips for Visiting the "City of Shiva"


Unlike Anywhere Else

The holy city of Varanasi in India is one of the world’s most exotic destinations. Everyone from spiritualists to adventure-seekers, world travelers to the culturally curious finds themselves enthralled with this 3,000 year old mecca. But the city known as ‘resplendent with light’ is also not your entry-level tourist stop. Frenetic and loud, strange and often overwhelming, Varanasi is unlike anywhere else you’ve ever been. To prepare yourself for the shocking, as well as the sublime, here are some tips on what to see, what to expect and what to avoid in the holy city along the Ganges.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About India's Taj Mahal


A Love Affair Set in Marble and Jewels

Arguably the world’s most endearing monument to love, the Taj Mahal is also India’s most treasured icon. The white marble mausoleum known as the “crown of palaces” was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Taj, with its graceful minarets, carved archways and delicate domes, is the very image of India. But despite how familiar you may think you are with the image, there’s still plenty you don’t know. Before you leave for your luxury tour of India, here are some tips that will make your encounter with this world icon all the more intriguing:

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Discovering One of India’s Most Unique Travel Destinations: Mumbai


The Dhobi Ghats of Mumbai

“Plat, Plat Plat.” The sound of clothes slapping on the flogging stones creates an almost constant rhythm in Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat. India’s old-school “laundromat” is a dizzying cacophony of sights and sounds. Water and soap suds spray high in the air with each smack of a shirt and the shouts of Mahalaxmi dhobi washers are mingled with the blares of car horns and trains from the neighboring railway station.

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7 Wonders of the World in Travcoa Style


Explore These Unique Travel Destinations in Luxury

In 2007, travelers across the planet voted to declare a "new" Seven Wonders of the World. The list represents the pinnacle of human achievement and aims to showcase our diverse global heritage. But by no means is this list of seven exhaustive. There are a host of other treasures, perhaps not as familiar, that may not have made the list but certainly are worthy of wonder from the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia to the Potala Palace in Tibet. Following is the list that our world has selected as being most worthy of our wonder. 

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Topics: India, Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Jordan

10 Photo Tips for Capturing the Taj Mahal


How to Snap an Icon

The Taj Mahal is a Wonder of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s also one of the most photographed monuments on the planet. As the ultimate tribute of love from a man to his wife, India’s ‘crown of palaces’ is an iconic building that you’ll want to make sure to capture. To guarantee a hassle-free visit and some stellar images, we offer these simple photo tips.

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Jaipur’s Palace of Winds


Enlightened India

The Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of Winds” in Hindi, is really nothing more than an elegant facade. Just a single room in width, this five-story structure is a pyramid of windows from which the royal concubines could watch the world go by. Located in Jaipur, India it is essentially a high screen wall that once shielded the zenzna, or ladies of the royal household, from curious onlookers while allowing them small glimpses of the outside world.

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Discovering India’s Elephanta Caves


The Rock-Cut Temples of Shiva

On an island in the Sea of Oman, off the coast of Mumbai, there is an ancient “city of caves”, where seven rock-hewn temples were once chiseled out of solid basalt rock. Considered some of the holiest caves in the world, the Elephanta Caves are believed to have been carved between 450 and 750 A.D. and contain one of the most important collections of art dedicated to the cult of Shiva.

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Exploring Travcoa’s Most Popular Journeys


The Hit List

I’m often asked about my favorite destination. But like children, you can never single out just one. The truth of the matter is this...my favorite place in the entire world is the one I just visited, or perhaps it’ll be the one I’ll be traveling to next. So instead, I thought I’d highlight some of Travcoa’s most popular journeys that are favored by travelers like yourself. Perhaps you’ll agree, or maybe your list will be entirely different. We’d love to hear which Travcoa journey — or journeys — top your own bucket list.

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Topics: Ethiopia, India, China, Bulgaria, Romania

Reviving the Royal Arts: Learning about India’s ancient textiles


A Woman Known as "Auntie"

In India, beyond the level of the clouds there is a palace in the sky. This former home of the last Nizam, the hereditary ruler of Hyderabad, who was once the richest man in the world, is today the Taj Falaknuma Palace, a hotel of unimaginable grandeur and opulence. Walking up the marble staircase is like walking back in time, each step deeper into the past of turn-of-the-19th-century India. There are Venetian chandeliers, rare copies of the Quran in the wood-paneled library, and a rooftop lounge where the call to prayer can be heard drifting on the wind. And tied to the stories of visiting kings and diplomats, heads of state and glamorous actors, there is also the tale of an 84-year old woman known simply as “Auntie.”

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