One of 1,000 ultimate travel experiences

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Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, which hits bookstores today, pools Rough Guides travel writers' favorite one-of-a-kind experiences, from punting on Cambridge's River Cam to voyaging into Antarctica's unknown. It's the latest in an increasingly crowded field of aspirational, list-like guidebooks (Patricia Schultz's 1,000 Places to See Before You Die being one of the originators).

We've selected one of Rough Guides' picks--a pilgrimage to an ancient, mind-bogglingly ornate temple in Tamil Nadu, India--to whet your appetite. Read the excerpt by clicking here.

Related: A New Generation of Hip Guidebooks and Trips That Can Change Your Life: Immerse Yourself in India.

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