Uttar Pradesh

| Green Travel News | All eight ITC luxury hotels in India have been awarded LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. This, says ITC, makes it the “greenest luxury hotel chain in the world.” The chain markets itself with a credo of “Responsible Luxury” that “integrates world-class green best practices with contemporary […]


| Holy City Refuge | Early one smog-enshrouded morning in Varanasi, India, my pollution-spewing tuk-tuk 3-wheel taxi zooms across the cow-and-car congested city streets and delivers me to the sparkling 5-star Radisson. To say the least, this is one of Varanasi’s top hotels. The accommodations are flawless–from immaculately clean, tasteful rooms and reliable WiFi, to […]

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| Green travel spotlight | We see Sean in Haiti, Brad in New Orleans. It’s gotten Hollywood trendy to lend a helping hand. Thumbs up to that, we say. Maybe that’s why Voluntourism, mixing volunteer service with your travel, is booming. But sacrificing creature comforts and limited leisure time is not for everyone.  Why not […]


Agra: Taj to Taj

7 April 09

| Green In Uttar Pradesh | Even in one of India’s most visited (and justly celebrated) places, you can’t be too careful. The standard guidebooks warn of pickpockets and pushy touts who pretend to be guides. As green travel sleuths, though, we worry about the basics when we’re in Agra, home to the iconic Taj […]


| Holy But Filthy | You must come to Varanasi. Here in this holiest of Hindu cities edged by the holiest of Hindu rivers, your eyes are opened to the mystical India, an unfathomable place which defies so-called rational (i.e., Western) explanation and challenges all your senses, all at the same time, almost all of […]