How the India Pale Ale Got Its Name

A look to the hoppy brew’s past brings us to the revolution in craft beer today

The Well of Death came from the American motordome racing popular in the early 1900s.

India's Dying Well of Death

Brave stuntmen have long been riding the near-vertical walls of India's Well of Death—but the popular spectacle is on the decline

Hypnotize Yourself With a Record-Breaking Traditional Dance

This synchronized dance won a group of 5,211 Indian women a Guinness World Record

The Taj Mahal Gardens Have a Special Relationship to the Solstice

On the day the sun climbs the highest in the sky, careful alignments within the gardens and buildings of the beautiful mausoleum appear

India's Tiger Population Grew Almost 60 Percent Since 2008

Could tigers be coming back from the brink? India now counts 2,226 of the big cats

It’s Cheaper to Make Diabetes Test Strips of Silk Than of Paper in India

Skilled handloom weavers and abundant silk hold the key for an innovative solution

Pollution Is Turning the Taj Mahal Brown

Workers must periodically cover the Taj Mahal in clay to remove the pollutants stuck to its marble walls

"The Traveler's Eye: Scenes from Asia," at the Sackler Gallery through May 2015, features more than 100 mementos from travels around the Asian continent. This postcard is from early-20th-century China.

Before Instagram, Memorializing Asia’s Most Traveled Roads

From Moroccan postcards to Japanese scrolls, the Sackler Gallery explores five centuries of travel around the Asian continent

The Mangalyaan orbiter back when it was still on the ground.

India's Space Agency Made It to Mars on the First Try

India's Mangalyaan orbiter dropped into orbit around Mars last night

This Farmer Grew Four Times As Much Rice in the Same Amount of Land

His controversial farming method has long been dismissed by experts

Passport Pages

India And the EU Are Making It Much Easier for Tourists to Get Visas

Traveling can get tangled in red tape, but some governments are trying to make it easier


Christmas Shopping Around the World

The Taj backs up against the once-vibrant Yamuna River, now often dried to the point where locals can walk in the riverbed.

How to Save the Taj Mahal?

A debate rages over preserving the awe-inspiring, 350-year-old monument that now shows signs of distress from pollution and shoddy repairs

Rakesh Jaiswal

India in Peril

Rakesh Jaiswal, founder of, talks about the country's growing list of environmental problems

A Hindu monk offers a morning prayer along the Ganges River.

India's Holiest City

At Varanasi, Hindu pilgrims come to pray—and to die—along the sacred Ganges River


With Clive in India

He Conquered Bengal, drove the French from India and built a civil service. But was he a savior or plunderer?

Simon Winchester

An Englishman Looks at India Fifty Years After British Rule

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