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A Music Video Exploring The Culture And Community Of Mumbai: 'This City'

A Music Video Exploring The Culture And Community Of Mumbai: 'This City' Dec 31st, 2012 at 3:00PM: Made popular by the cinematic hit "Slumdog Millionaire," there's a certain romanticism with the Indian city Mumbai. We're drawn in by the color, culture and music. With over 12 million inhabitants, Mumbai is the most populous city in India. The slums of the city are a backdrop to the hectic daily life that's indicative of a large Indian city. With its infrastructure and inhabitants, it's...

Photo Of The Day: Trekking Chadar

Photo Of The Day: Trekking Chadar Dec 20th, 2012 at 7:00PM: Today's Photo of the Day sort of resembles what many of us will experience when traveling over the coming holiday week, or at least, it can feel like a trek. Flickr user arunchs shot this on the famous Chadar Trek, one of the most majestic but challenging in the world. These people are actually crossing the frozen Zanskar River in India, walking over the slippery and icy surfaces of the...

Photo Of The Day: Hampi

Photo Of The Day: Hampi Dec 14th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Hampi is a village in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important religious place. It is photographed here at sunset by Flickr user arunchs, who has captured a glorious fragment of time at the most poetic time of day. We like sunsets. They're beautiful and they allow us to imagine that we're on the road. So upload your best sunset images...

Photo Of The Day: Varanasi Ritual

Photo Of The Day: Varanasi Ritual Dec 6th, 2012 at 5:00PM: There are many common motifs in travel photography: sunsets, markets, funny signs that might include unique and amazing images, but are found all over the world. It's the rare photograph that shows us something unusual, perhaps something completely new. Today's Photo of the Day is by Gadling favorite and Flickr user arunchs is from Varanasi, India, capturing the evening ritual of Ganga Aarti....

Video Of The Day: Take A Walk Around The World

Dec 3rd, 2012 at 5:00PM: Planes, trains and automobiles are what first come to mind when most people think of the act of traveling. But really, some of the best people and experiences are discovered by simply walking. This fun video, created by filmmakers Kerrin Sheldon and Gaston Blanchet, takes viewers on a long walk through 12 different – including India, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan. The pair made...

Powerball Winner Travel Options

Powerball Winner Travel Options Nov 26th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The nation's multi-state Powerball lottery is up to $425 million for Wednesday night's drawing, the largest jackpot ever. Would-be winners have dreams of financial freedom, never working again for the rest of their lives and more. Odds are, travel may be one of the options the big winner will choose. With a cash value of $278 million, that's a lot of travel. But just what will $278 million buy?...

Today Hindus Celebrate Diwali, The Festival Of Lights (PHOTOS)

Today Hindus Celebrate Diwali, The Festival Of Lights (PHOTOS) Nov 13th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Across the world today, Hindus are celebrating Diwali, one of the religion's most important holidays. Popularly known as the "festival of lights," Hindus mark the occasion by decorating their homes with flowers, paper lanterns, powders and earthen oil lamps called Diyas, which signify the triumph of good over evil. Other traditions associated with the holiday include cleaning your house,...

Around The World Without Flying, Irish Guy Wages War On Thoughtless Living

Around The World Without Flying, Irish Guy Wages War On Thoughtless Living Nov 13th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Traveling around the world without flying, Ireland's Niall Doherty quit his regular 9-to-5 job a little over a year ago, choosing to pursue his passions and help others escape mediocrity. Living a nomadic life ever since, Doherty has never stayed in one place more than four months and is quick to reveal his secret to breaking away and doing life his way. "I work online, meaning I can work...

Tiger Tourism Ban In India Lifted

Tiger Tourism Ban In India Lifted Nov 9th, 2012 at 9:00AM: In July of this year, India's Supreme Court took the bold, and controversial, step of banning "tiger tourism" throughout the country. The move was made to protect the increasingly rare big cats and to force state governments to come up with conservation plans for habitats in which the creatures live. Now the court has reversed its decision, opening the outer 20 percent of 41 national and local...

Eating Out In Chicago For $3.49

Eating Out In Chicago For $3.49 Oct 28th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Is it possible to get lunch in Chicago for $3.49? That was the question I sought to answer on Friday at Annapurna, an Indian vegetarian restaurant on Devon Avenue, in the heart of Chicago's largest South Asian neighborhood. Whenever I need a quick trip to a foreign country but can't make it to O'Hare, I gravitate to one of my two favorite ethnic enclaves in Chicago: the Arab corridor of Albany...

Photo Of The Day: Diwali Is Coming Soon

Photo Of The Day: Diwali Is Coming Soon Oct 2nd, 2012 at 6:30PM: Though Diwali – India's festival of lights – is more than a month away, decorations are already starting to spread through the capital of Delhi. According to Flickr user The Delhi Way, the city will be soon be "glittering in ferry lights, diyas and candles" - traditional symbols of the Hindu holiday, which are intended to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Other Diwali...

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India

Brazen Poaching Of Rare Rhinoceros Species In India Sep 27th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Two recent poaching incidents reveal the dangers faced by India's rare animals, even when they are supposedly under protection. The BBC reports that a one-horned rhino was shot in Assam when it wandered out of Kaziranga National Park. Poachers took its horn but the animal did not die. Park staff are now trying to save it. The park is home to about two-thirds of the world's population of...

The Greatest Photo I Never Took

The Greatest Photo I Never Took Sep 24th, 2012 at 11:00AM: The Iranians love Ferris wheels. When I spent a month in Iran back in 1994 I saw them everywhere. The parks in the big cities had the big, brightly painted ones we're familiar with in the West. Smaller towns and villages had more modest Ferris wheels, some small enough that they could be cranked by hand. I saw dozens of them. The one that stands out most in my memory was in a dusty little...

Photo Of The Day: Delhi Spice Market

Photo Of The Day: Delhi Spice Market Sep 6th, 2012 at 6:00PM: You can probably tell without any caption that this photo was taken in India, in Old Delhi's Khari Baoli spice market. The combination of bright colors and southeast Asian architecture is uniquely Indian, just hinting at the history and bustle contained within the walls, as the market is the largest in Asia and has been in operation since the 17th century. Flickr user The Delhi Way gives us a...

McDonald's To Open Vegetarian-Only Restaurant

McDonald's To Open Vegetarian-Only Restaurant Sep 5th, 2012 at 3:00PM: When people talk about greasy fries and bad-for-you burgers, the conversation inevitably always leads to McDonald's. No matter what initiatives the chain seems to implement, they're always touted as the most unhealthy restaurant on the planet. This may soon change, as the eatery plans to open its first vegetarian-only restaurant in northern India's Amritsar early next year. The marketing plan...

Tibet Experience Still Possible Via Innovative Tour Operator

Tibet Experience Still Possible Via Innovative Tour Operator Sep 1st, 2012 at 9:00AM: The borders of Tibet are now completely closed to foreign tourists, after being severely limited for much of the summer. With no indication of when they will reopen, plans to visit have been put on hold for many. The good news is that travelers can experience much of what Tibet has to offer without crossing borders. As a decent substitute, tour operator JOURNEYS International continues...

Photo Of The Day: The Ganges River At Dawn

Photo Of The Day: The Ganges River At Dawn Aug 21st, 2012 at 6:30PM: Sometimes, the most poignant travel imagery is captured before the destination has even woken up. Take, for instance, today's Photo of the Day, taken by Flickr user Calvin Lee on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Later in the day, the river will be filled with pilgrims engaging in religious rituals, tourists taking photos of them and the hustlers that inevitably follow the...

The World's Worst Airport Job

The World's Worst Airport Job Aug 19th, 2012 at 2:00PM: My old friend Lauri, who happens to be a pilot for Finnair, just snapped a photo of what might just be the worst possible job in any airport in the world: runway monitor. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the largest airport in India and a critical hub for scores of airlines passing through the Asian continent. With so much traffic passing through its three runways, debris is bound to...

India Imposes Temporary Ban On Tiger Tourism

India Imposes Temporary Ban On Tiger Tourism Aug 2nd, 2012 at 3:00PM: The Supreme Court of India has placed a temporary ban on tiger tourism, closing India's tiger parks indefinitely as they look into a claim that ecotourism is having a negative impact on the habitat of this endangered species. The government has been trying to create positive changes in the industry for months now, taking the welfare of these animals very seriously. In fact, six states that did...

Show Off Your Budget Travel Chops In CheapOair's Traveler Of The Year Contest

Show Off Your Budget Travel Chops In CheapOair's Traveler Of The Year Contest Jul 30th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Have you mastered the art of the last minute hotel deal? Are you a connoisseur of global street foods? Do your friends constantly ask how you manage to travel, even though you're perpetually broke? If you answered, "yes" to these questions, then (1) you're probably like many Gadlingers and (2) CheapOair has a contest that might interest you. Launched last week, the Traveler of the Year...

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