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 […]

Indian chai at the roadside

Indian chai at the roadside

We Indians don’t just love tea, we adore it. Not a day goes by where we would not down few cups of tea down our throats. We just have to have it. So, if you love tea then you are going to love India too. Read More…

Interview with Alexandra Kovacova of crazysexyfuntraveler

Interview with Alexandra Kovacova of crazysexyfuntraveler

I am a fan of Alexandra Kovacova of crazysexyfuntraveler.com. She has been travelling as a child and she has covered many countries around the world. Although she has not visited India like some of my other interviewees yet, she says she will visit the country very soon. Read her interview here. Read More…

Payal – A beautiful piece of Jewelry from India

Payal – A beautiful piece of Jewelry from India

Indian civilization is thousands of years old and one unique feature about Indian civilization is that art and culture are so intervened with the day to day life that it is difficult to separate them. In India be it the holy temples or the day to day clothes and jewelry everything, is a shining example of art in day to day life. In this post I want to talk about the very special piece of jewelry worn by Indian women. Read More…

Essential Hindi words and phrases for travelers to India ebook

Essential Hindi words and phrases for travelers to India ebook

Those traveling around the world know the drawbacks of not knowing the local language hence I had recorded the most common Hindi words and phrases here for those visiting India. I have now gone a little further and decided to list some of the most important Hindi words, phrases and conversation in an ebook format. Read More…

Interview with travelers Samantha and Yeison of mytanfeet

Interview with travelers Samantha and Yeison of mytanfeet

I would like to introduce Samantha and Yeison of mytanfeet.com. I have been following their blog and have been impressed by the interesting stories of their travels. Here’s their interview.

Who are you?

We are Samantha and Yeison, a couple living in the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica. We were long distance for 2 years and then Samantha moved to Costa Rica last year and travel has always been a theme for our relationship. Read More…

Things you wanted do know when visiting an Indian home for dinner

Things you wanted do know when visiting an Indian home for dinner

Visiting India will not be complete without visiting an Indian home. If you intend to visit India and planning to visit someone at their home then here are some do’s and don’ts.

Clothes

If you are a woman then try to dress modestly unless you are going to a rave party in Mumbai. Most Indians are conservative by western standards and they might be offended if they see you in revealing clothes. Why not impress them and wear a salwar kameez. If you really wanted to flatter them then you can wear the saree. Here’s how to wear the saree. Read More…

A study trip to India becomes sexual harassment trip

A study trip to India becomes sexual harassment trip

Michaela Cross, a 23 year old American student of “South Asian Studies” from the University of Chicago who travelled to India in 2012 to study has written a document called “India: The Story You Never Wanted to Hear” on CNN’s ireport under the name “RoseChasm”. She describes how she was sexually harassed, groped, stalked, stared and masturbated at. It was so bad that she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder upon her return to the United States.  Read More…

India Travel Survival Guide For Women now in paperback

India Travel Survival Guide For Women now in paperback

My book “India Travel Survival Guide For Women” (previously in Kindle edition) is now available in paperback. The reason for the slight delay was because I was waiting for the proof (printed copy for myself) to arrive from the publisher & distributor (Createspace) in the United States. This allowed me to see exactly what the paperback would look like in my hands. Once it was in my hands, I had to preview the final version. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised with the printed version which I then approved. It took them about 4 days for them to make it available for sale on Amazon. I am also planning it go for “Expanded Distribution” which means it will be available to larger audiences through more online retailers, libraries, academic institutions, book stores and distributors such as Barnes & Noble within the United States and Europe. You can find the US version here and the UK version here. Read More…

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

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 country to find its essence in the unknown and not so popular places; one that always preferred to stay in hostels or with locals through CouchSurfing instead of booking hotel rooms, and definitely the type who ‘hates’ scheduled tours and ‘you-have-20-minutes-to-go-get-a-profile-picture-and-come-back-to-the-bus’ orders … Although I have to say I’ve been there and done that. After all, you’ve gotta try things to know you don’t like them, right? ;) Read More…

Old Famous Jalebi Wala at Chandni Chowk of Delhi

Old Famous Jalebi Wala at Chandni Chowk of Delhi

Jalebi is one of those sweet dishes you must try when you are in India. To be honest, you’ll find Jalebis everywhere. But so far the best Jalebis I have tried was at the ‘Old Famous Jalebi Wala’ at Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk in New Delhi. They make jalebis in pure ghee. Read More…

The charms of an old ruined temple in India – Pulicat

The charms of an old ruined temple in India – Pulicat

Have you noticed that ruined Temples have a charm associated with them – Especially, if a Temple is very old? Today, let us look at one such charming, old and ruined Temple in India – Adi-Narayana Perumal Temple, Pulicat, Tamil Nadu. Does the photo below look like the entrance of a Temple? It sure looks like an entrance alright, but Temples here generally have a Gopuram (Tower) on top of the main entrance doors. Looking at the size of the Temple doors of this Temple, the Gopuram should have been quite huge. But no one knows whether the Gopuram was destroyed in a war, or whether the Temple was constructed with a Gopuram at all! If there was no Gopuram from the beginning, this Temple should be quite unique. Read More…