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Gujarat Travel Guide

When I was initially planning to backpack across Gujarat I’d no idea what to expect. People suggested that backpacking in Gujarat – particularly inside Kutch – won’t be a good idea. But it wasn’t the backpacking or travelling on my own, that I was worried about. A limited travel information available on Gujarat was the biggest challenge. Other than its few religious sites, a couple of national parks and the over-promoted Kutch festival (or the Rann Utsav), very little has been written or spoken about tourism in Gujarat. A few online travel guides moreover left me discouraged furthermore mentioning about Gujarat’s poor public transportation system. So before I start with my usual travel guide format, I’d give you a general overview and help you understand Gujarat better. The state of Gujarat has been divided into three parts: Saurashtra, Magadh and Kutch. Saurashtra and Magadh, does not have much to travel, at least if speaking for not-so-religious travel community. Other than Gir National Park (popular for spotting Asiatic Lion), all you’ll find here are a few historical sites including Somnath and Dwarka, and a few …

GOA Travel Guide

I avoided Goa for a long time, travelling the length and breadth of India on several trips but never making it to the vacation hot-spot known for beaches, sunsets and parties. I always thought that Goa must have lost its charm, due to waves upon waves of Indian and western European tourists that travel there. But I was wrong! I travelled this amazing little part of India (in Nov’16) for nearly a month – with most of the time on its beaches in the south and I immediately fell in love with Goa. I loved its atmosphere, the beaches, all-night crazy parties and a laid-back tropical vibe. What’s better is, from first-timer honeymooners to crazy college party mongers, there is something for everyone in Goa. You can find beaches as dead as a village in the far-out corners of the Himalayas, to those hosting all-night raves. There’s sun, sea, sand, seafood and pretty much everything else you need to make your holiday better. Come here to lose yourself in a heavenly experience. Come here for a great holiday. …

KARNATAKA Travel Guide

Karnataka is one of those rare Indian states where you will find something for everyone, from historical palaces to wildlife centuries to ancient ruins. At its nerve centre, lies the city of Bangalore that is India’s IT hub, with nearly 8 million people living inside it. In the south, is the much beautiful coastal line and hill districts, representing a quintessential India – of lush tropical vegetation and dominating temple sites. In its east, lies the gorgeous Western Ghats – home to world’s finest coffee and spices. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN KARNATAKA Luxury Train Ride With The Golden Chariot: If money is no problem for you, and you want to explore Karnataka on a fast track while feeling like a royal personality, then there’s no better way doing it than in a luxury train. The Golden Chariot (one of the five luxury Maharaja trains operating in India) takes you through an epic journey across all the major highlights in Karnataka, including the town of Mysore, Hampi, Bandipur, Chickmangalur and Hassan. If I were to …

MEGHALAYA Travel Guide

Situated in the northeast region of India, Meghalaya is all about mesmerizing hills, dominating rain-forests, dramatic clouds and a lot of rain. The town of Cherapunji and Mawsynram are statistically among the wettest places on earth. English is the official language here, making communication with locals fairly hassle-free. I found Meghalaya as one of the safest and convenient places in India for solo travelling. The entire state is majorly populated by three indigenous tribes, who follow a matrilineal system with property names and wealth passing from mother to daughter. Visit Meghalaya to explore a non-clichéd and a different side of India. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN MEGHALAYA Root Bridges In The Eastern Khasi Hills: This is something so unique that you can’t find it anywhere else in the world. Root bridges were made by indigenous Khasi people, living in and around the Village Nongriat, in Eastern Khasi Hills. There are a number of small root bridges around the area with a Double Decker Root bridge, unlike one of its kind, located in …

CAMBODIA Travel Guide

Cambodia is wild, unorganised and raw. But there’s something about the country that draws you in. Even though it is widely recovering from a long ripping past, its people are always found sharing smiles. From the moment you step into the country your life slows down, and the pace continues throughout the trip. Travelling in Cambodia is cheap and frugal travellers (as I, myself, tried it) can survive a day in under USD 10. The country’s tourism – across its three major tourist towns, namely Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihoukville – revolves around a rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a rocking nightlife. TOP PLACES TO SEE & EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN CAMBODIA Temples of Angkor Archaeological Park: This is the highlight of tourism in Cambodia and the reason why most of the tourists visit the country at first place. Spread over 400sq. kilometres, the temples ruins in Angkor Archaeological Park breathe history. Though the archaeological park contains a total of 45 different temples, the temples of Angkor Wat are historically most significant. This …

THAILAND Travel Guide

Thailand is backpackers paradise. From lush jungles to white beaches, to crazy city markets – you can find it all here, but all at an affordable price. In fact, the country has so much to offer that it is literally impossible to summarize its diversity. Its capital, Bangkok, is a perfect metropolis with gilded temples and night market. The north offers you hill tribes ruling the mountainous jungles. And the south, on the contrary, is all about postcard-perfect beaches and crazy moonlight parties. Wherever you’re in Thailand, there’s the cheap street food – something so awesome in its standard that no other country in the world can beat it. When it comes to backpacking in Thailand, it is super easy too. In fact so easy that you actually feel that everything here has been planned, and moreover designed to function, keeping a traveller in mind. Here you can find super cheap hostels, for less than $2 a night, and then right next door you can find a luxurious property charging you a whopping $10,000 each …

INDIA Travel Guide

India is not a country, it’s a continent, with a spectacular mix of people, cultures and landscapes. From snow-capped peaks in the north to the sultry sun-washed beaches in the south – there is much to see and plenty more to experience here. 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 explore and the best way to do it is by travelling to a few different states. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN INDIA Meeting the tribes in Northeast: The seven states that lie in the northeast region of India are rich in Tribal culture. More than 25 different tribes live in the northeast part of India – with some having Mongolian origin, while others, lost Aryans. If you’re into culture and history, visiting northeast can just be your thing. And in the northeast, the state of Nagaland, that has the maximum …

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 enough to be surprised about this tiny Buddhist country. But what makes Bhutan better than most of its neighbouring countries is the degree of safety you feel while walking on its unfamiliar and unversed streets. Bhutan is 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 diverse. But due to its imposed USD250 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 that USD250-a-day fee does not apply to Indians, Bangladeshis and Maldivians, they are free to travel in Bhutan without having to worry about a VISA. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN BHUTAN Getting a Drayang …

KERALA Travel Guide

From dense forests to beautiful tea plantations, rich culture to amazing food – Kerala has something for every 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 destination. But other than its natural beauty what makes it more tourist-friendly is its people, who are welcoming, inquisitive and hospitable. The culture around the state is unique and has been carefully preserved for centuries. 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 a rairty. Thanks to an unusual vibe – Kerala is definitely a no miss for those visiting the southern part of India. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY IN KERALA A walking tour in Fort Kochi: Fort Kochi is the harbour area in the town of Ernakulam. Some of the defining attractions are Chinese fishing nets, The Jew Town …

HIMACHAL PRADESH Travel Guide

Himachal Pradesh is India’s most popular and easily accessible hill station. Here you will find beautiful people and some of the most beautiful Himalayan landscapes with snowy peaks and plunging river valleys. Its ubiquitous apple orchards and cultivated terraces further add to the beauty. While Himachal Pradesh is largely popular for quiet and natural soundscape excursions, it is also no short of extreme adventure sports 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 IN HIMACHAL PRADESH Visiting The Offbeat Hallan Valley Near Manali: Most tourists flocking to Manali (despite craving for an offbeat …