India is what you choose it to be. Are you afraid of coming to India even though it’s been your long-time desire? Are you are fascinated with the stunning and exotic images of India in the travel brochures and on the internet but also uncomfortable and queasy with the prospect of facing an India defined by images of poverty, crowds, dirt, crime and ofcourse, diarrhoea? India is a huge place with contradictions and contrasts. There is no denying that it can be a tough destination for a foreign traveller. But this is not how India is defined by the countless […]
If you are reading this article I am assuming that you are a woman traveler who is interested in exploring India but is also wondering how she can have a great trip without compromising on personal safety. Maybe you have read about women travelers who have had bad experiences in India, or maybe you heard that Indian is an unsafe destination for women. As an Indian woman living in India and as a travel professional who has to travel a lot, I can tell you with absolute honesty: India is NOT an unsafe destination for women or anyone, for that […]
Historic villages, beautiful (stone) bodies, spirituality and tigers Here are some more places I really like and feel make a good alternative to focusing on Rajasthan as I recommend in my first article on which places to see first in India. So, if you have limited time and want a little of everything you might like to add these places to the must-do golden triangle (that’s Delhi, Jaipur, Agra). So, if you have limited time and want a little of everything you might like to add these places to the must-do golden triangle (that’s Delhi, Jaipur, Agra). Orchha The quiet, […]
Goddess in the Making. This is a three part series on Durga Puja, one of the most important festivals of India. In this post we capture the hectic behind the scenes activities that precedes the actual nine night festival.
As an Indian who has travelled the world and who works in tourism, I know that India can be a challenging place to travel to. It is not an ideal destination for those who are planning to just “turn up and see how it goes”. Sure, this can be adventurous and exciting especially for younger travellers who want to make their own discoveries and have a few months to spend in a place, and sometimes it is a necessity when on a low budget. But if you would rather enjoy what the country has to offer in a short duration, […]
Aerial Views of Jaipur I am a cowardly sort, so when the travel agent insisted I take the group of American travellers on a balloon safari in Jaipur, I was a bit nervous. Waking up at an ungodly hour (still dark and well before dawn) and sitting in the lobby, waiting for our pick up was no fun either. A 20-minute drive later, we were brought to the launch site, in a vast open barren ground, where we watched as they inflated the balloon. Since it is called a “launch site” I was expecting some kind of dramatic shaking, jerking, […]
Golden Triangle and Rajasthan India is a massive country and though it is much smaller than USA or Australia, it is still impossible to see everything in one visit. Infact, the country has so much cultural, geographical and historical variety, it would take a few lifetimes to really get to know all these Indias. The best way to see India is by covering one or two regions in a trip. This ofcourse depends on the duration of your trip. Most travellers can only manage 2 to 3 weeks but a lot can be covered in this time. And for most, […]
As ungainly as the camel may be, with its wobbly legs and arrogant expression, it still does not fail to impress people. Most people would have seen a camel in a zoo but to see it walking nonchalantly down the road, looking proud even if it is attached to a cart, is a sight to behold. In Rajasthan, camels are as commonplace as cars. They can be seen pulling huge loads, ploughing fields and being used for transport to traverse desert terrains. There are also feral camels that one can see foraging in thorny bushes as one drives by on […]