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Hotels are fine, but homestay is an ideal way to experience travel in India

Ajanta caves, in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India

Great article from BootsnAll: Train Travel in India: Important Tips and Advice From a Local. Thanks for the "break journey" tip!

Train Travel in India: Important Tips and Advice From a Local

More great travelogue and photos inspiration - India, Part II (Jodhpur to Delhi) from @Ashley Muir

Great travelogue and photos inspiration - India, Part I (Mumbai to Narlai) from @Ashley Muir

Three Places to Visit in Kerala: Fort Cochin, Alleppey, and Varkala from

After thirty years of working for a logging company, Rajan the elephant has retired to Havelock Island, where he spends his days sunning, swimming, and eating bananas on heavenly Beach No. 7.

Barefoot Scuba, on Beach No. 3, has 12 cottages (from $3), a restaurant, and dive boats. Surrounded by dense green jungle and turquoise water, it is the perfect jumping-off point for an underwater escape from the madness of the real world.

Is it a church? No, but Victoria Station, the city's train terminus, is a temple to the ingenuity of India's rail system: 6.1 million people arrive at Victoria daily, more than at Manhattan's Grand Central.

One of the joys of train travel is the constantly changing landscape seen through a window—here, lush rice paddies between Ratnagiri and Kolhapur.

The Malleswaram neighborhood in Bangalore is the setting for some of the finest South Indian restaurants in the city

Bylakuppe, 140 miles southwest of Bangalore, is India's largest Tibetan settlement after Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama lives

Via The Telegraph's Travel section - Our India homepage features holiday ideas and travel advice including expert hotel reviews and all our latest India articles.

Another interesting Vivek Express train ride article via The Indian Express

India's census results: Just getting by via the Economist

Riding India's railways - All aboard the Vivek Express via The Economist