My top 8 unforgettable moments in India Golden Temple- More than guys with turbans and a temple covered with shiny gold Kumbh Mela 2013 – where chaos meets peace Personal experience of visiting the Taj Mahal Arriving at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport

My top 8 unforgettable moments in India

Manuela, my friend from Colombia describes some of her best moments of her stay in India. Those who don’t remember who Manuela is, well she’s a girl from Colombia who decided that she wanted to live in India. You can read about her arrival here and about her adventures in Chandigarh. By Manuela Last Tuesday, […]

Golden Temple- More than guys with turbans and a temple covered with shiny gold

My friend Manuela shares her experience of her visit to the Golden Temple Amritsar (also known as Swarn Mandir) in the Punjab. Golden Temple: More than guys with turbans and a temple covered with shiny gold By Manuela Osorio Pineda I’ve always considered myself as an ‘off-the-beat-traveler’ who craves visiting the remote little spots of a […]

Kumbh Mela 2013 – where chaos meets peace

This is a story of my friend Rishabh Oberoi who went to the Kumb Mela this year. This is the part 1 of his visit to the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. Part 1: The World Largest Religious Gathering of People on the Bed of Sangam I believe Indian culture is the most colorful and diverse culture […]

Personal experience of visiting the Taj Mahal

My friend Natalia from Brazil was recently in India where she happened to visit the Taj Mahal along with other places in India. She sent me her account of her visit along with some of her photos that she took on her visit. This is the personal account of her visit to the glorious Taj […]

Arriving at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi will perhaps be the entry point for most foreign travellers to India. I have always wondered why this airport was not named after Mahatma Gandhi since he is considered as the father of the nation. Anyway, from a personal point of view, this is the worst International airport I […]

Religious tourism in India

Religious tourism in India

If you are planning on going to India’s holy places then I have a surprise for you. I have compiled an ebook (paperback coming soon) especially for children and travellers to India. It’s called, “Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices”.

Lots of tourists from around the world visit India to seek spirituality at India’s numerous holy places. Even non-religious individuals are visiting these places as sites of cultural importance or just to get an idea about Hinduism and India in general. What Jerusalem is for Jews and Mecca is for Muslims and Rome for Catholics; India is exactly that for Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. Read More…

New world travel series

New world travel series

Some of my friends, family along with many travel bloggers around the world and in India have requested me to publish some of their travel stories and photos on this site. I was reluctant in the beginning but after giving some thought, I realised that it does make sense if I were to publish about other destinations of the world. Read More…

Traveller Ryan Biddulph in India

Traveller Ryan Biddulph in India

My next interview is of my friend Ryan Biddulph of New York. He is a traveller with a difference. In fact, he’s not only a traveller but also an internet marketer, someone who makes money online while travelling the world. While most of us have to do a job for a living, he makes his money while sitting on the beautiful beaches of the world. He was recently in India and he was kind enough to answer some of my questions. So here’s Ryan Biddulph’s interview. Read More…

Feeling peckish during sightseeing – have a masala dosa

Feeling peckish during sightseeing – have a masala dosa

Some of the most popular sightseeing places in India are big in size. This means that you will have to do a lot of walking around. For example, let’s take the grounds of Delhi’s Red Fort for instance or the Raj Ghat (memorial to Mahatma Gandhi); they are big and you will have to do a lot of walking. Undoubtedly, some of us will get hungry and would like take a little break. I certainly start feeling peckish after all that walking around. What do you in such a situation? Why not take a break and have a cup of Indian tea and something to eat before you go to your next destination. In fact, it might be good thing to take a mini break for a moment to take it all in. The great thing about India is that you don’t have to go very far to find a street food stall or even a small restaurant – most of the time, it’s usually round the corner. Just feel free to take a look at their menu. Read More…

10 strange behaviours you might encounter on an airplane

10 strange behaviours you might encounter on an airplane

Have you ever been on an airplane and you had to put up with people that were so rude that you just wish you could kick them out of the plane? Let’s face, it no matter where you are travelling to, you’re cramped in the small compartment like cattle. So unless you are travelling by business class – you’re the cattle class or simply the economy class. And if you happen to be travelling to India from Canada, the USA or Great Britain then you are stuck for at least 10 hours and more and might have to endure strange behaviours of other passengers. Read More…

End of year give away – Win a paperback of my travel guide book

End of year give away – Win a paperback of my travel guide book

I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The year 2013 is coming to an end and we must say goodbye to it. I have decided to say good bye to it by doing a small give-away on ShaluSharma.com.

I will be giving out 3 paperback copies (physical format) of my book “India Travel Survival Guide For Women”. The three randomly drawn lucky winners will win a copy of my paperback book which is on sale on Amazon. Read More…

Interesting facts about India

Interesting facts about India

Despite being Indian, India never fails to surprise. Here are some interesting facts about India that you might find interesting.

*The official name of India is the Republic of India. Other names induced Bharat and often called Hindustan.

*India was the name given by the British because Indians used to grow Indigo (a dye used to colour clothes). Some say that it comes from the River Indus. Read More…

20 life lessons I learnt living in India

20 life lessons I learnt living in India

I have been to many countries but I have to admit, India has to be one of the coolest countries in the world. Living in India has been a great experience and certainly has its advantages. Basically India prepares you for everything. Here’s why. Read More…

India through American eyes – Travel story

India through American eyes – Travel story

I have always loved to travel and travelling alone never bothered me. I had been to Australia, I had seen most of Europe, and because I wanted to my next trip to be somewhere new, I decided that I would travel to India. A few of my friends cautioned me that I might not want to travel alone and that I should perhaps travel as part of a tour group, or go with companions. At the age of 37, I was no stranger to travelling alone and I loved immersing myself into new cultures and meeting new people. I was a savvy traveler and had my mind made up; I was going to visit India. Read More…

A trip to the legendary Parathe-wali Gali in Old Delhi

A trip to the legendary Parathe-wali Gali in Old Delhi

If you want to enjoy Delhi then you just have to walk its small by-lanes. This is where the magic of India really is. I understand site-seeing is an integral part of any visit but Delhi is different. You don’t just do site-seeing, you experience the place. Read More…

Diwali, the festival of lights – Top places to celebrate Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights – Top places to celebrate Diwali

In the past, I have mentioned numerous reasons to visit India. But it seems as if I have forgotten to mention Diwali. Thanks to the Indian Diaspora, Diwali is being celebrated around the world and people all over the globe are getting to know about this amazing Indian festival. But why not come to India to witness this amazing festival – the place where it all started. Read More…