Month: August 2016

INDIA Travel Guide

No, India is not a country, it’s a continent – with a spectacular mix of people, cultures and landscapes. It would not be wrong to say that this confusing and colourful land is a small Europe in itself. From snow-dusted peaks in the north to the sultry sun-washed beaches in far south – there is much to see here and plenty more to experience. Walk the streets of any Indian city and you’ll rub shoulders with people representing different traditions, following different cultures, speaking alien languages – while some turbaned, and other, having cute Mongolian faces. No wonder India is a country to be explored, and the best way to do it is by backpacking across its different states. Many first-time visitors find themselves lost and often intimated by what may seem a ludicrously bewildering place. But despite all the intractable paradoxes, criticism and frustrations they find themselves hopelessly attracted to the idea of travelling this confusing and muddled land again and again. You can love it, or you can hate it – but you …

BHUTAN Travel Guide

Bhutan is a land of surprises. This is where the rice is red in colour, chillies can be a main dish, and the economic index GDP is measured in “Happiness”. From the grassy lands, to the kind and fun loving people – there is always something to adore about this tiny Buddhist country. But what makes Bhutan better than most of its neighboring countries, is the degree of safety you feel while walking on its unfamiliar and unversed streets. Bhutan is much backpacking friendly. The entire country – from the popular towns of Thimpu and Paro, to the much unfamiliar east – is comfortable to travel, hospitable and culturally far diverse. But due to its imposed US$250 daily fee – which also includes your food, stay and travel – many travellers find themselves hopelessly bound to a well-planned and an unavoidable itinerary. Since it does not apply to Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians, they are free to backpack across the country without having to worry about a VISA. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Getting …

KERALA Travel Guide

From dense forests to beautiful tea plantations, rich culture to amazing food – Kerala has something for every type of traveller. An ideal place for luxury travel and a habitat for backpackers, Kerala – thanks to its natural aesthetic bounty – has established itself as India’s top travelled places. But other than its natural beauty what makes it more tourist friendly is its people, who are welcoming, inquisitive and much hospitable. The culture around the state is unique, has been carefully preserved for centuries, and is absolutely different than the Indian culture in other parts of the country. Come here to have a relaxed and a laid back experience. Not to forget, this is where you will find some of the most peaceful, clean and plastic-free beaches in the entire country. In many ways, Kerala does not appear to be very Indian. Here things are quite organised, tuk-tuk drivers do not push you for a ride, buses run on schedule, and getting ripped-off by street vendors is less likely. Thanks to its unusual vibe – …

HIMACHAL PRADESH Travel Guide

Himachal Pradesh is India’s most popular and easily accessible hill station. Here you will find some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscapes with snowy peaks and plunging river valleys. Its ubiquitous apple orchards and cultivated terraces further add to its beauty. While Himachal is largely popular for quiet and natural soundscape excursions, it is also no short of extreme adventure sport activities. From trekking to paragliding to road-trips on the world’s most treacherous roads – if it can be done in the mountains, it can be done here. Unlike the much muddled central India, travelling in Himachal is fairly easy. Here people are friendly, simple and the masters of hospitality. You can easily trust them with your life. And last but not the least, this state is also home to the Tibetan government in exile and the Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Experience Tibetan Culture In Mcleod Ganj: Also known as the ‘little Lhasa’, McLeod Ganj is the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and …

UTTARAKHAND Travel Guide

Described by many as the land of the Gods, Uttarakhand is the abode of towering Himalayas, mesmerizing lakes and holy rivers. Due to its close proximity to New Delhi, the place lures a significant number of Indian tourists every year and offers them a perfect reviving holiday retreat. It is the holiest of all Hindu pilgrimage centres as the land is home to four prominent religious sites – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. At large, Uttarakhand is an enticingly diverse state, with some of India’s best treks, yoga schools and holiday towns. This is moreover the land where the holy Ganges find its origin before making its way to other Indian states. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Learn Yoga in Rishikesh: Among dozens of Ashrams to live in, hundreds of yoga schools to choose from, and thousands of Saadhus to speak with – you’ll definitely find that India in Rishikesh that you’d always pictured in your mind. It is moreover a perfect place to meet other travellers; to eat, sleep and live …

5 Best Places To Explore In India In August

From rains to races – August makes it a great time to travel India. This is the time of year when you can explore the great Himalayas in the North, enjoy the tranquil backwaters of the South, or experience the tribal cultures in the Northeast. The recent monsoon brings alive about the entire country. And what makes it even better is that most of us are still left with our yearly corporate paid holidays which can now be put at a good use travelling. So, pack your bags and head to any of these top travel destinations in India. Eastern Khasi Hills, Meghalaya Although the region must have usurped its wettest-place-on-earth title, particularly the town of Mawsynram, which gets the maximum rainfall in the entire world, Eastern Khasi Hills becomes much alive and far more beautiful during, and right after the monsoon. Walking the living Root Bridges in the neighbouring town of Nongriat is moreover an out-of-the-world experience. [Read: The Village With Living Root Bridges – Nongriat] The Backwaters of Alleppey, Kerala With the Annual Nehru …

How To Travel Cheap During A Peak Travel Season

Last month when I was returning from my solo bike jounry to Spiti Valley, I decided to kill a few nights in the town of Vashish, near Manali, in Himachal Pradesh. Looking for a place to sleep, I went to my usual place, where I’d stayed for at least a dozen times before. I like its peaceful ambience and the location which allows you to sit almost at top of the sleepy town of Vashisth, overlooking the mountains. But as I enquired about the price for a room, out of courtesy, despite being very much familiar with it, I went a little flabbergasted. “No, just one bedroom” I repeated with all innocence, before the caretaker repeated, twice, the exact same figure. “It’s 1,200 Rupees a night sir”. The same room which I’d earlier – 3 months ago – owned for about 400 Rupees a night, was now available for a whopping 1,200 Rupees. Then I saw a group of teenagers, seemingly from New Delhi, and I realised that this is the time of the year when Vashisth gets its …