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Travel Secret #1047: Why Masterchef Bill Marchetti loves Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

“If you are coming to Delhi and not heading up to the mountains, you are wasting your time. My favourite place in whole of India is Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, is a bustling little market town surrounded by tea plantations and rice fields about 35 km southeast of Dharamsala. Nestled amidst lush green pine forest, Palampur is one of the most scenic hill station…

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Travel Secret #1043: Bull in a Chikan Shop, Lucknow

“Twenty-five years ago, a bull walked into the Lucknow Chikan Shop, a cloth store tucked away in the dusty folds of Varanasi. It stayed on for half a day. Paramanand Chhugani, the shop owner, rubbed his eyes and scratched his head. The next day, the bull returned and stayed put till the lights went out at 9 pm. Chhugani’s surprise took on…

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