India

Things you should know when moving to India

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Welcome to India. Now close your eyes and forget everything you thought you “just knew” about this place. Re-open your eyes. Take everything in, the entire sensory experience. India is a place that has no true description. Talking about it as a nation is great when you consider everyone standing to sing the national anthem, at the movie theater, or celebrati[...]

On a Himalayan Adventure: The Story Of the Snow Leopard

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There are only 3.000 to 6.000 snow leopards estimated to be alive today - they are an endangered species. By some conservative estimates, you would be 10 times more likely to be struck by a lightning than have the absolute luck of seeing the majestic snow leopard. Serken (which is the traditional name of the snow leopard) is considered to be a symbol of God.[...]

Solo Female Travel in India: The Ultimate Girl Guide

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Staring at my ticket, one way to Delhi, my stomach fills with butterflies, anticipation and a tiny dose of excitement. I wondered why there wasn’t more of the latter, for India had been a place I had dreamed about traveling through all my life. I wanted to wander the blue streets of Jodhpur, sit on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, meditate with Tibetans [...]

29 signs you've been travelling in India

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Namaste! Know what that means? Well you're probably going to understand a whole lot more of this list too. Travelling in India is quite unlike travelling in any other place in the world. Not only is it huge, diverse, crazy, chaotic, beautiful, spiritual and all the rest of it, there's just something else which I can never quite express. It's why so many trav[...]

10 Perfect Places to Chill Out and Relax in Asia

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For those of us who have been backpacking in Asia, you'll know that eventually things can get a little exhausting, and so finding the perfect chill out zone is exactly what you need. I'm talking about a place where days get lost in each other, you forget what time it is, waking up with the sun and going to sleep on hammocks by the river every night. I'm talk[...]

How to Spend a Month in South India

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Following on from my How to Spend a Month in Northern India, I wanted to do a similar post celebrating the South of the country. North and South India are tremendously different in so many ways, from the landscapes to the climate, the people and the food. If you've only ever travelled to North India before, you might be in for a shock when you head to the So[...]

5 Reasons to visit Darjeeling

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The emerald green hill station of Darjeeling is nestled in the far north-eastern corner of India, sitting 2,590 metres above sea level in the lower Himalayas. Bordering Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, and with Nepal just over across the mountain ranges, the culture here is a magical blend of all these places. Not just famous for its cup of steaming hot Darjeeling [...]

How to Spend One Month in Northern India

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India can often be an intimidating place, especially for first time travellers. I’ve travelled extensively around the country, and I can honestly tell you not to be afraid! Sure, India offers some challenges, but also so many rewards. If you’re looking at a map of the country without a clue where to begin, here’s some ideas of how to spend a month travelling[...]

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[...]