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Hello, My name is Alistair Shearer and I am the co-founder of The Hermitage. I have been visiting India on and off for forty years now: doing research for my books and lectures, leading tours all over the country, taking photographs, meeting the people. This blog will bring you some of my light-hearted observations on all different aspects of this extraordinary country, which never fails to intrigue and astonish.

Periodically we will also publish news relating to local events as well as publish our newsletter.

  • The Way of the Way

    The Way of the Way

  • The Search for Happiness

    The Search for Happiness

  • Size mattered in Ancient India.
  • Cutting the cost of fishing.

    Cutting the cost of fishing.

  • This too will pass!

    This too will pass!

  • Zheng He – Who He?

    Zheng He – Who He?

  • A Little Local History

    A Little Local History

  • The Beat Goes On

    The Beat Goes On

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    "Neeleshwar is hybrid of a boutique hotel and an Ayurvedic wellness centre. Its 18 palm roofed villas are scattered across the sand, their porches cooled by spinning ceiling fans, and at the rear of each is a large outdoor bathroom with a tub set in a small walled garden. At the seafood restaurant, tables spill out into the beach, freshly draped in new combinations of linens for each meal: turquoise and pink or deep orange and violet."
    Conde Nast Traveller