Devarayan Chidambaram

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A culinary tour of India

The siren call of Paratha Lane in Old Delhi – where food vendors make and sell parathas on the pavement in front of their tiny one-room cafes, stalls offer jewel-like fruit and vegetables, and smoke drifts from a thousand woks – is entirely seductive. It is exactly where you want to be. The problem …

Maasai Mara minus the crowds

It is called the Eighth Wonder of the World and is the single wildlife event that can be identifiably defined by two words: The Migration. This massive movement of wildebeest and zebra and accompanying ungulates and predators from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the sweet red-oat grasslands of Kenya’s …

Reader Q&A: What to do with three days in Delhi

BBC Travel reader Andy Graf is off to Delhi on a short work trip and wants to know the must-sees and dos in the area. Our Facebook fans passed on their top tips.<p>Last week, we asked our travel community for their advice on exploring the Indian capital. Facebook advice poured in for BBC Travel reader …

Exploring Germany’s northernmost island

Tiny Sylt presents a different side to Germany, driven by laid-back attitudes and old fashioned traditions that cannot be found anywhere else in the country.<p>Unlike most German clichés of traditional lederhosen, loud football fans and great beer, Germany’s northernmost island of Sylt presents a …

North Sea

Reader Q&A: What are Florence’s most romantic spots?

BBC Travel reader Gustavo Saraiva is interested in paying a visit to Tuscany’s romantic capital city in the springtime. Our Facebook community offered their advice.<p>Last week, we called on our readers via Facebook for their best advice on visiting Tuscany’s romantic capital city in the springtime. …

Italy

Living in: Tuscany

With a rich artistic heritage, stunning sea views and vineyard-crossed countryside, it is no wonder that many dream of living la dolce vita in this romantic Italian region.<p>One of Italy’s most romanticised regions, Tuscany’s rolling hills, varied coastline and postcard-ready towns have long …

Italy

Country village charm in the heart of Paris

With more than a hint of rural charm, the often-overlooked picturesque pockets of Mouzaïa and La Campagne à Paris evoke a city from days gone by.<p>Far-removed from Paris’ typical tourist sites, Mouzaïa and La Campagne à Paris (the countryside in Paris) are two of the French capital's most charming …

France

20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

The perfect trip: Switzerland

Rocks and ice took the first steps in creating this mountainous land, home to a multitude of Alpine valleys, enchanting towns and the two best kinds of food to melt in a pot.<p>This 390-mile road trip begins at Lake Lucerne, the historic birthplace of Switzerland, before taking in the awe-inspiring …

Switzerland