India

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While much of the Western world has shed the religious associations of Halloween in favor of focusing on pranks, costumes and copious amounts of candy, as you travel around the globe you can find a number of fascinating ways to celebrate one of the world’s oldest holidays.

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India has a wealth to offer international tourists, from nature travel in the rich Western Ghats to the urban explorations afforded by the modern metropolis of Mumbai. Plus, the vibrant Indian culture draws travelers from across the globe. Modern explorers looking for a unique glimpse of the both the native culture and amazing wildlife can join International Expeditions’ India Tiger Safari, which includes a stop in Khajuraho. This small town is famed for its temples featuring exquisite — and often erotic — depictions of the Hindu and Jain pantheons of gods.

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The island of Elephanta offers the epitome of Hindu cave culture and nature travel. Even its name refers to the rock art practiced by people as far back as the 6th century. When Portugese navigators landed on the island, they found a massive stone elephant commonly called Gharapuri, which is an alternate name for the island, according to UNESCO.

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Thanks to an increased representation in pop culture spurred by the popularity of films like Slumdog Millionaire and Eat Pray Love, India tours have emerged in popularity western travelers. While these films portray the ins and outs of urban cultural centers like Mumbai and Delhi, not much is seen of India's more natural settings. Vacationers hoping to see the untamed side of the Indian subcontinent will definitely want to spend some time exploring the epic beauty of Kanha National Park.

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The World Wildlife Fund and other experts say that the world's 3,200 wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries fail to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching. It is estimated that just a century ago there were as many as 100,000 tigers in the wild. Three of the nine tiger subspecies — the Bali, Javan, and Caspian — already have become extinct in the past 70 years.

November 12, 2010

Quick Photo Tips

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One of the best ways to preserve memories of your International Expeditions journey is with great photos! So we asked some of our favorite photographers for tips to get the best possible shots. If you are going to be shooting from an open jeep or vehicle,  there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the sharpest pictures.

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Mark Twain said: "India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

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