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Hauz Khas, New Delhi: the beating heart of creative India

This web of lanes in the middle of the city’s Deer Park is full of offbeat shops, galleries and cafes, and now there’s a boutique hotel there, too

Hauz Khas, originally a residential enclave of south Delhi, immersed in the greenery of its Deer Park, has morphed into a great place to feel the pulse of India’s creative scene. Chock-a-block with design agencies and curio shops, and hugging an ancient reservoir, tiny Hauz Khas is easy to navigate and not too crowded, except at weekends.

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US road trip: a guide to Route 66

Driving America’s most iconic highway is the trip of a lifetime. Author and Route 66 expert Candacy Taylor shares her tips on the classic motels, old-school diners and gas stations to stop at en route for a true slice of Americana

Route 66 is the quintessential American road trip. No other road has captured the imagination and the essence of the American spirit. It has inspired musicians, filmmakers and writers, from classic literature (John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath) to Pixar movie Cars and video game Grand Theft Auto. The highway’s soundtrack, (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, written in 1946 by Bobby Troup and first recorded by Nat King Cole, has been covered by more than 50 musicians, from Aerosmith to the UK Subs.

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