The Atlas Obscura Guide To India
250 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in India
Updated May 15, 2023
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Stories About India
The Artisans Behind India's Living Root Bridges
For half a century, Hally War has been growing a bridge across a local river—and between past and present.
by Dania Rodrigues
The Woman Preserving the Endangered Cuisine of Indian Jews
Esther David traveled from the spice port of Cochin to the mountains of Mizoram to record this culinary culture.
by Sam Lin-Sommer
Can Loktak Lake's Wondrous Floating Islands Bounce Back?
A photographer's drone's-eye image of the famous phumdis of northeastern India shows a unique environment undergoing change.
by Gemma Tarlach
In India, These Trailblazing Female Stunt Bikers Rule the Road
For decades, these women have fought (and won) the right to stunt.
by Shubha Menon
Clues in Caves Suggest Drought May Have Brought Down India's Mughal Empire
Patterns in 1,000-year-old stalagmite formation connect the fall of empires, kingdoms, and industries to long and deadly dry periods.
by Gayatri Kathayat
The Mughal Women Who Wouldn’t Stay in the Harem
From musket-wielding empress Nur Jahan to writer Gulbadan Begum, meet the influential women of the early-modern Muslim empire.
by Sarah Durn
One Indian Village, More Than 100 Varieties of Mangoes
Kannapuram locals are documenting and conserving the many kinds of their favorite fruit.
by Rashmi Gopal Rao
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10 Ethical Animal Places to Visit in 2019
Unique experiences from Nairobi to Chiang Mai.
Including Cat Island, Elephant Nature Park , and India's Giant Technicolor Squirrels