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 … Read more

Rishikesh in monsoon

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 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? … Read more

solo female travel

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 … Read more

Mumbai Local

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 … Read more

Cost of travel in India

How much does it cost to travel in India?

Cost of travel in India is a matter of perspective. Some explore the country on 1500 INR a day (~20 USD) and call it budget backpacking, other under 600 INR (~8 USD). Some people wouldn’t mind spending over 10k INR (~150 USD) per day for a high-end experience – and India has many unique experiences … Read more