I'm dying to go to India, but I don't want to make the trip alone. Do you know of any unusual cultural tours?
—A.N., VIA E-MAIL
The National Trust's India: The Presence of the Past (800/944-6847; www.nationaltrust.org; March 11-31; from $7,490 per person, airfare included) is a new 20-day "study tour" that starts in Delhi and wends its way through the temples, museums, and palaces of northern and central India, ending in Mumbai. In addition to hearing lectures on ancient Indian architecture and urban design, you'll visit a Bollywood film studio, tour a private gem collection, and experience one of the country's most magnificent holidays: Holi, the festival of colors. Cox & Kings' Imperial India (800/999-1758; www.coxandkingsusa.com; March 10-29; from $7,995 per person, internal airfare included) covers the south and the north of this vast country. Mumbai, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi are all on the itinerary, but so are the southern colonial towns of Madras and Cochin, a private-island spa in Kerala, and the spiritual center of Varanasi, where you'll witness a ritual cleansing on a ghat on the Ganges River.
My fiancée and I are planning our honeymoon. We've been all over the Caribbean—can you recommend a secluded island and a simple, stylish hotel?
—A.C., NEW YORK, N.Y.
Style insiders are buzzing about the transformation of Mexico's Isla Mujeres, a tiny island 15 minutes off the coast of Cancún that was once known only as a day-trip destination.The recently opened eight-room Casa de los Sueños (52-998/877-0651; www.casadelossuenosresort.com; doubles from $300) is an adobe-chic resort with Frette linens, L'Occitane products, and a top-notch spa (hot-stone massages, detoxifying wraps). At the Hotel Villa Rolandi Gourmet & Beach Club (800/525-4800 or 52-998/877-0700; www.rolandi.com; doubles from $350), all 20 rooms have marble bathrooms and balcony Jacuzzis. But the main draw is the restaurant, which serves an excellent mix of Northern Italian and Mayan dishes on a beachside terrace.
Now that most airlines have dropped meal service, are airports doing a better job of offering healthful food options?
—H.N., BERKELEY, CALIF.
Surprisingly, some terminals are. Every year, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based health-advocacy organization, rates the restaurants at 15 of the country's busiest airports, based on the number of low-fat, high-fiber, and cholesterol-free dishes they serve. The hubs with the most nutritious meals in 2004 were Miami International Airport (options singled out include Casa Bacardi's grilled veggie sandwich and the black beans and rice at Café La Carreta), Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (tabbouleh wraps at the Original Airport Café, veggie fajitas at Diego's Mexican Village), and Denver International Airport (the portobello mushroom sandwich at Lefty's and veggie tacos at Cantina Grille). If you're flying through Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, however, you may want to pack your own meal. Healthful snacks are scarce among its eight Pizza Hut outlets and 12 hot dog vendors.
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