Traveletting

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[...]

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 [...]

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[...]

To Do List for India

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Monday morning. It's august 3rd. In 19 hours I will board the plane that is to take me to India and although I'm able to write up these lines in a calm and composed manner I'm actually panicking. I am freaking out. It's the last day of getting things done and I have an endless list of stuff I need to do.Ii'm still pretty new to the whole "having a career thi[...]

How Not to Look Like a Tourist

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Dear travelettes, I'd like to address a very serious issue. So serious, in fact, that it could decide over whether or not you have your wallet stolen, pay double for a cute new blouse or even become abducted and shot in the head. Ladies. I am not being dramatic, just realistic. I am talking about the immense disadvantages--no, risks!--that come with dress[...]

Chick Lit: Must-Reads for India

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I never have much time to read, which is unfortunate as I actually really like clouding my mind with romantic trashy novels about true love and unrealistic drama. One of the best parts of backpacking is that you spend so much time in trains, buses and planes that there is never a shortage of opportunity to finish all the chick lit your brain can handle. Mos[...]