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Tipping in India: what you need to know?

Every country has a different “tipping culture”. If you come from the USA you might be habitual to tip for everything, while many European countries might pay just the amount in the bill. Tipping in India is a bit more complex topic – let’s look into it. To begin with, there are no tipping standards in India. To make it …

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Expat in India: things I wish I knew before moving to India

India is one of the top 10 economies in the world. Its fast development, startup wave of the 2010s and growing middle class brought many international eyes to this market – from VCs to corporate giants, from startups to independent professionals looking to enhance their resume. If you landed on this blog, chances are, I don’t need to sell you …

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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 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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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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Why Raj Bhavan is a highlight of Mumbai city?

Raj Bhavan tour might not look attractive at the first sight from the information you can find online. There are several famous newspapers that wrote about it, but mainly from the point of beauty and maintenance of the place. For me, this experience was primarily about learning about governance, taxes, economy, administration, and history of Mumbai. It structured some of …

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Turtuk – the last village on India-Pakistan border

“Welcome to our village” – shouted a cheerful group of 8-year-old kids. “Here is your entrance gift” – told a girl with a smile handing me a few fruits. I was amazed by this hospitality gesture. Today, you will see many happy kids running through the streets of the village after the classes. Nevertheless, it was not always the case. …

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Bylakuppe – the biggest Tibetan Settlement in South India

Many people associate all Tibetan with Himalaya, mountains, snowy peaks. If you are remotely interested in Tibetan culture, most probably you’ve heard of Dharamshala – the biggest Tibetan settlement in India, where Tibetan government resides. Nevertheless, there is another small town in India which is important in Tibetan culture, yet people rarely talk about it. Bylakuppe – the second largest …

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Lepakshi – an offbeat getaway from Bangalore

The state of Andhra Pradesh is mostly overlooked in tourist books. Unless you visit some national tourist fairs, you might leave out numerous destinations in India just because they didn’t brand their Taj Mahal. Today I would like to tell you about Lepakshi Village which is one of the cultural day getaways from Bangalore. Lepakshi is mainly a pilgrimage place, …