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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 spent on its beaches in the south, and I immediately fell in love with it. 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 here. You can find beaches as dead as a village in the far-out corners of Himalaya, 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 a bounty. Here you’ll find palaces, tiger reserves, ancient ruins, and pretty much everything else that favours tourism. Come here to experience some of the most beautiful and clean beaches of India. At its nerve centre is Bangalore – India’s IT hub, with nearly 8 million people running on its streets. In the south, is a much beautiful coastal line and hill districts, representing a quintessential Hindu south India – of lush tropical vegetation and dominating temple sites. In its east, the rainforest Western Ghats can be found impeding the path of dramatic clouds. Come here for any kind of experience. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY Experience Life In Bangalore: Bangalore is the biggest cosmopolitan in the south India, and is my favourite city in India. Unlike other big cities, Bangalore has an educated young crowd, a perfect weather, and a benevolent drinking and dining scene. It is not necessarily a place you’d come to experience a world-class city, but if you want to experience a modern side of India, come straight …

MEGHALAYA Travel Guide

Situated in the northeast part 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 not much of a hassle. 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. Come here to explore a non-clichéd and a different side of India. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY 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 …

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 can always be found sharing smiles. From the moment you step into the country your life will slow down, and the pace will continue throughout your trip. Travelling in Cambodia is cheap and one can survive a day in under US $10. The country’s tourism – across its three major tourist towns, namely Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihoukville – revolve around a rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastline, and a rocking nightlife. TOP PLACES TO SEE AND EXPERIENCES TO TRY 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, spiritual beliefs and harmony. Though it contains a total of 45 different temples, the temples of Angkor Wat are historically most significant. This is moreover where Hollywood …

THAILAND Travel Guide

Thailand is a travel hub, and the home to most of the backpacker’s activity in the entire Southeast Asia. From lush jungles, to white beaches, to crazy city markets – you can find it all here. 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. Your most lasting impression, however, will be the friendliness of the locals – who can always be found sharing smiles, and giving directions to the tourists, with all the little English they understand. When it comes to backpacking through Thailand, it is super easy. In fact so easy that you actually feel that everything here has …

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 …