Category archives: India

On my way to India...

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One more day, then finally the time has come. My first time visiting the Asian Continent - I couldn't be more excited. When I picture India, I see bright colours, full markets, spices everywhere - simply a whole new world. I basically got all those ideas from Bollywood movies, so there are a lot of clichées that have to be proven right or wrong. There is[...]

Kolkata impressions

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To be totally honest I didn't like Kolkata too much. It was polluted, had an impossible overload of cars on the street and the offer of stuff to do was pretty poor, I thought. Either way I thought I'd upload a few snaps I took walking around the city.

Darjeeling - living in clouds

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like if it rained every day? Probably not. You probably never really got to that level of boredom. Today I, on the other hand, have played the scenario through in my head and decided that that would suck a fair bit. We got to Darjeeling 3 days ago expecting romantic landscapes, himalayan views and chilled-out cafes [...]

Ngawang: Story of a tibetan nun becoming a political refugee

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Ngawang, 35,  Mcleod Ganj Ngawang came to India 12 years ago as a political refugee from Tibet.  She is a nun in the buddhist nun in Dharamsala. (Since the invasion of the Chinese in 1950 Tibet has been under the control of the people's republic of China. There is much controversy between reports of the Chinese and the Tibetans as to how the Chines[...]

Mcleod Ganj: A tibetan village is a haven for backpackers

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Mcleod Ganj is a village on top of a mountain which was originally built by tibetan refugees leaving tibet through the himalayas to escape chinese oppression. Come here to breathe easy as temperatures are accommodating (about 25 degres celsius) and pollution is low. There are lots of guest-houses, restaurants and shops to suit all visitors and a lot of pe[...]

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[...]

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[...]