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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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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 …

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How to send a parcel from India abroad?

There are many reasons you might need courier services during your trip to India. Whether you are a traveler with luggage limitations or you would like to send some souvenirs to your friends or relatives, I put this post to explain how shipping from India abroad works. I would like to introduce you to the key market players in this …

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Best hostels in Delhi outside of Paharganj

Delhi is one of the key landing cities for travelers. Whether you want to explore the capital or carry on with your India travel plan there is a high chance you will spend at least a night in Delhi. There are many people who asked me to recommend hostels in Delhi since I lived for two years in the city. …

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Best time to visit India – guide to seasons

India changed my perception of the seasons of the year. As a person who spent most of her life in the countries with four seasons, it was hard to adapt to Indian climate initially. For instance, when I was offering my Indian friends to plan a trip in autumn, they were double-checking when my autumn starts. In this post, I …

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Awesome beaches in Kerala for your next trip

Kerala is one of the most authentic states in India with its cultural events, hospitable people, calming backwaters, spicy food and its amazing scenic beaches. The peak travel season is from December to March, though Kerala welcomes visitors all around the year. In summer 2018, Kerala suffered severe floods that displaced over a million of people and left a big …

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A definite guide to Mumbai local train

Mumbai local is one of my favorite experiences in the city (I can see Mumbaikars rolling their eyes now). Nevertheless, I’m not talking as a tourist. I lived in Mumbai and I love riding locals. It is a place where you find the spirit of the city because these trains transport around 8 million people a day! You can find …