April 1, 2013 |
Female tourists are avoiding India and canceling trips there after violent rapes made headlines around the world, according to a business association based in New Delhi. The number of tourists coming to India has fallen 25% since December, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India found in its recent survey of 1,200 tour operators around the country -- a trend that frustrates government plans to ramp up the number of tourists by 12% every year. Women are even more likely to steer clear of India: The flow of female travelers has plunged 35% as women from Britain, Canada and the United States scrap tours they had already booked, local businesses told the group.
February 6, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - They were the boys next door. A bit rough perhaps, a bit rude, prone to wasting money on cheap booze probably brewed in a backroom tub. But who dreamed they could be capable of something like this? A few miles from South Delhi's posh "farmhouse" estates, this part of the R.K. Puram neighborhood was just another slum until mid-December, when a brutal rape awakened a nation long inured to the mistreatment of women. News crews soon traced four of the six alleged attackers to this community.
December 6, 2012 |
The Indian-made "Delhi Safari," being shown stateside in an English-language version, proves a painless, if only mildly inventive, animated comedy. While it's passable, eco-friendly entertainment for young children, even they will likely spot the low-budget film's creative limitations. It may also be tough for even the most global-minded viewers to square the clearly non-Bollywood voices employed here amid "Delhi's" many localized names, references and visuals. The script, written by director Nikhil Advani with Suresh Nair and Girish Dhamija, finds a mix of jungle animals - a wary mother leopard (voiced by Vanessa Williams)
November 21, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - India's execution Wednesday of the only surviving gunman in the 2008 attack on Mumbai that killed 166 people won't deter its ongoing effort to bring the planners to justice. Officials in New Delhi want Pakistan to hand over senior insurgents from the notorious Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which they believe planned the attack and guided the terrorists by telephone throughout the 2 1/2-day assault. Pakistan has argued that there's insufficient evidence to prosecute militants from the group, which reportedly enjoys close links with Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistan's main spy agency.
June 23, 2012
While in India, I joined a three-plus hour walk through an Old Delhi bazaar with the opportunity to sample foods prepared on the spot, followed by a dinner at a haveli , a five-story, 17-room private home nestled in a side alley. The host is knowledgeable and a long-time resident. The food is vegetarian but delicious, and I'm a true carnivore. Old Delhi Bazaar Walk & Haveli Visit, 1517 Gali Arya Samaj, Sita Ram Bazaar, Delhi; http://www.masterjikeehaveli.com . Half-day tours, $50. Full-day tours also available.
May 27, 2012
I enjoyed reading the adventurous eating in Delhi, India, by Peter Mandel ["Where Street Cred Helps," May 20]. I have just finished a 21/2-year contract there and wanted to add a few more words of advice. First, do not let anything scare you away from a visit to India. There will be inconveniences, poverty and dirt, but there will also be amazing colors, vibrant street life and, with luck, your own Mr. Gupta. For those who want to enjoy street food without much risk, I suggest going to Dilli Haut (a stop on the new metro)