Author archives: Katja

Ngawang: Story of a political refugee from Tibet becoming a nun in India

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Travel is the best time to educate yourself about what's going on in the rest of the world, it's often enough to simply keep an open mind and look at all the options out there. When I learned that it was OK to visit the Tibetan nuns in McLeod Ganj, India, I didn't hesitate to take advantage of this unique opportunity. I was eager to get to know the women the[...]

Tamar: a modern gypsy

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Tamar, 26, Mcleod Ganj Tamar is originally from Israel but left the country at the age of 5 when her family moved to Canada. She's been traveling and living in India for 2 years. Travelettes: Tell us about your India trip so far. Tamar: I came here 2 years ago and at first I just traveled around to all sorts of places all over the country. Somew[...]

Amritsar - a different world inside a temple

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Amritsar came to me like eyesight to the blind. At one point during my traveling years I decided that I was not interested in temples, museums and sights in general and I regularly skipped those pages of my travel guide in favor of markets, neighborhoods and cafes which is what I enjoy and consider a better testimony of a culture as it exists in the present[...]

Violette - waiting for no one

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Violette, 31, Kochi Violette works at a publishing house in Paris and has been traveling south India on her own for the past 2 weeks. This interview was conducted on the night before her return to France. Travelettes: Tell us about your trip so far. Violette: I arrived with a friend and 2 of her friends. Somehow we split very early because already[...]

Delhi digs

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India's capitol city is also its most cosmopolitan. people here are pretty relaxed compared to other parts of the country, and even hustlers hustle with a wink of an eye. 1. shopping galore - Delhi's main bazaar in Paharganj has a huge variety of clothes, bags, jewelery, and endless amounts of stuff that make for fabulous souvenirs for your friends back [...]

5 cool things to do in Kerala

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Traveling to Kerala in the south of India? Here are a few things you definitely should not miss... 1. A boat ride through Kerala's backwaters Check out the gorgeous scenery, a swim in the lake, bits of birdwatching - more than one publication has listed the experience of spending a night on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala as one of the mu[...]

Lea - traveling India with family

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Lea, 15, Kochi Lea is French and was traveling South India together with her boyfriend and her family. they had already been to Mysore, Mahony and Pondicherry and are now relaxing around the backwaters of Kerala. lea, like any true Parisian, doesn't forget the importance of chic when traveling India and even spends up to 45 minutes in front of t[...]

Kerala: death by chocolate and mosquitos

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Today was meant to be totally relaxing. My only plan was not to have any plans, apart from maybe trying the much-raved about cake called death of chocolate in my new favorite Kerala hangout - an adorably decorated cafe/sanctuary called Teapot. Since in India things almost always contrary to what you hoped it was no different today. At 4am I realised m[...]

Planes, busses, trains, cars - getting around in India

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First of all, I am full of shit. I was actually thinking I'd come to India like a second Crocodile Dundee where no snake bites, no robbers, no infectious diseases could tame my sense for adventure. I thought I would come here and if I had to, I would walk all the way to Darjeeling with a detour to Calcutta's house of charity, originally founded by Mother The[...]

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