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2 days in Jaipur – Itinerary for Pink City in Rajasthan

Rajasthan happened to be one of my favorite states in India. It just has so many unique places: take Udaipur lakes, blue streets of Jodhpur, the golden city Jaisalmer, Thar Desert and many others. This post will be about Pink City Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan. Since it’s also part of Golden Triangle route (in addition to Agra and …

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How to get from Delhi to Agra by tain, bus & car?

If you have been on this blog for a while, you know that I covered numerous Indian destinations from North to South, East to West. Still, every third question I get is about a destination I haven’t written about (yet). Guess which one? Taj Mahal. I’ve visited Agra several times since it’s so close to Delhi, but I always thought …

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A sustainable school in Himalaya that teaches life skills

In the developing world, traditional education is still a must-have stage of life as well as it is a privilege that is not accessible to everyone. Unfortunately, it sometimes results in people studying popular subjects for a promise of a better life. That’s why there are so many students going for the law, economics, engineering, and medical studies. More often …

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Majuli – the largest river island in the world

Majuli is the biggest river island in the world – that’s the USP that brought Majuli into Guinness Book. Nevertheless, there is much more behind this catchy line that makes this destination special. Majuli island is shaped by the mighty Brahmaputra River in Assam. It takes almost an hour to cross such a wide river from one port to another …

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A scenic ride through Nilgiris on a toy train

Indian railways spread through some scenic parts of the country – hills, lakes, beaches, deserted lands, parks – you name it. Nevertheless, the purpose of a standard train journey in India is commuting. There are also three train tracks that were built for sightseeing purposes: Kalka-Shimla, Nilgiris and Darjeeling. Though there are many more scenic journeys, the three mentioned above …

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A sneak peak into the Indian Kitchen

India was a steep learning curve for me. Due to the circumstances, I was the only foreigner in my office, home, and neighborhood (and for many Indians, I was the first foreigner they met). So I’ve gone through numerous clumsy & awkward situations you can imagine. My Indian flatmates, colleagues, neighbors were friendly and tried so hard to be helpful …

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How to do Rishikesh right?

There are a few destinations in India that have quite a niche audience. Rishikesh is one of such examples. Known as a yoga capital of the world, this city can leave some mixed impressions if you don’t set your expectations right. A few years back I got utterly surprised, why is it so popular among travelers? If you are not …

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Ganga Aarti in India: what you need to know?

Ganga Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual in India performed every evening as a part of puja (prayer). While you can see Aarti functions in several places around India, there are three Holy cities where you can attend big Aarti ceremonies. In this post, I’ll tell you more about Ganga Aarti in Varanasi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, how to attend these ceremonies …

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How to prepare for a solo trip?

If someone told me 10 years back that I will be casually traveling alone in general compartments of Indian trains around the country, I would think that person got seriously high. That time solo travel was a totally different reality for me due to both lack of personal confidence and society norms. I’m a shy introvert by nature. Plus, in …

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Christmas celebration in Mumbai

Mumbai is a diverse city in every aspect. So many people of different backgrounds, ethnic groups, religions, and communities live together here. The diversity of the population has formed tradition to celebrate holidays from different religions. Christmas is one of them. It might feel unusual to celebrate Christmas in Mumbai in +30 degrees with a sea breeze, but this city …