India

15 Things you must do in Goa, India

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When you think of India’s beaches, you think of Goa! And they really do not disappoint. Long stretches of golden sands, emerald oceans and all fringed by picture perfect coconut palms- this place really is the dream you always imagined. Goa is not only the perfect holiday destination for beach bums, but it also offers a whole heap of amazing things to do and[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Rishikesh & Haridwar

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To be completely honest, it was probably a bad idea to book that tour to Rishikesh and Haridwar at the cusp of monsoon season in the middle of July. During monsoon the mighty Ganges river can broaden and rise several meters with destructive force; many roads get closed for days or weeks after fatal landslides; heavy rain clouds linger low between the hills c[...]

6 reasons to put Pushkar on your bucket list

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I recently traveled India for the first time and because it is such a huge and overwhelming country, I asked a friend, who had lived in Delhi for two years, for advice on how she would go about doing it right for the first time. She gave me great advice, some of which I bundled here in one of my other India posts, but one recommendations that stood out was t[...]

See the Golden Triangle – Travelettes Style

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India had been on my radar for such a long time, that in my imagination it had to be on everybody's ultimate bucket list. I thought it would be overrun by travelers from all over the world and I thought it would be super touristy all the way through. Oh, what a mistake. When I recently went there for a rather spontaneous girlfriend getaway with my oldest an[...]

How to get the most out of your first time in India

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Going to India for the first time was incredibly intimidating to me. India is a country that polarizes and it seems nobody can leave without a strong opinion. It was my first time to the Asian continent and my friends who had already been to India were divided into lovers and haters. While some swooned about the vibrant colors, the delicious veggie food and [...]

The ultimate Travelettes Packing List for India

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Before my recent 10-day trip to India there were a lot of questions to be asked. Why would you go there? Is it safe? Why are you taking that risk? - those were the questions my mum was asking. Which vaccinations should I get? How to avoid biting monkeys? What will I eat that is not too spicy? - that would be my best friend, who was going to join me. And fina[...]

22 Things to do in Mumbai

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Mumbai is the Indian city of dreams. It is home to the glittery theatre and film industry, financial centre of one of th world's strongest growing economies, and on top of all that fashion capital of India. It is as diverse as its people - the richest man of the country lives here, and the area Dharavi is the biggest slum of all Asia. You will start noticing[...]

A house on the water - through the backwaters of Kerala, India

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With jet black hair that defies her age slicked back in a tight bun, the woman wrapped in a midnight blue sari, caked in dirt smacks her lips over her gums. Pointing curiously to the beedi I’m holding, she takes it in her skeletal hands and carefully inspects it, pulling it close to her piercing black eyes. As the familiarity of the Indian cigarette s[...]

Hindi for beginners

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India is anything but boring. And somehow I ended up doing everything my guidebook told me to avoid. I reveled in the unhygienic and spicy food from the gar kitchens, was bamboozled by hordes of hawkers and made a contribution to some terrifically earsplitting traffic chaos. I`m thirsty, sweaty and excited as I take my place in a queue of Indians. 40 degr[...]