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The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India: South

India currently has 32 sites protected on the UNESCO World Heritage list and a further 46 submitted on the tentative list. While it’s not possible to visit all in one trip to the sub-continent, it certainly is a great incentive to keep coming back. I thought it would be good to take a closer look at the protected sites. So …

Pilgrimage in the Hills: The Chota Char Dham

As thousands of pilgrims make their way through the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, I thought it would be interesting to explain the Chota Char Dham. This pilgrimage is held every year, and due to treacherous weather conditions, only open for a few months between May and October. Meaning the small four abodes, this pilgrimage takes people to the …

Exploring Old Delhi one more time

While it was hard to leave Bhutan after such a fabulous and heartwarming experience with Ambassador Wangchuk and his family, Delhi was beckoning. I boarded my flight from Paro and headed straight into the thick of Old Delhi. The heady scent of spices and vibrant colors swirled around me as I made my way through Chandni Chowk to Haveli Dharampura.  Built in …

Horse Safari into Leopard’s Country India

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My Bhutan Adventure (Part 2)

My Bhutan adventure continued with very special gourmet experience. I was invited by the owner’s of the Lingkhar Lodge to have a delicious lunch at a local Culinary school. The owner had decided to take the course herself so she could offer her guests a wider range of authentic dishes. It was certainly scrumptious, a real treat! With a full belly we …

My Bhutan Adventure (Part 1)

While it was difficult to tear myself away from the mystical deserts of Rajasthan, the hills of Bhutan were calling my name. Traveling via Delhi, I flew to Guwahati in Assam where my driver Gempo, guide Tenzin and Ambassador Lhatu Wangchuk’s nephew joined me. The Ambassador and his wife Sangay were meeting me near the Bhutanese border. This was the wonderful …

Where to find the best lassi in India

Nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold lassi. Made with yogurt, it can be found flavored with everything from cardamon to rose water or even mango, depending on how much of a traditionalist your lassi walla is. Whether you stop at the roadside for a quick glass of goodness before continuing on for your day, or have a creamy cup …

The best monsoon experiences in India

While many shy away from embracing rain, in India the arrival of the monsoon is an event celebrated in a manner almost as joyful as India winning the Cricket Ashes. While traveling in the rain can be a challenge at times, your efforts are well-rewarded by the unique beauty and romance of the season. I’d like share with you some of the best monsoon …

Rural Rajasthan: From Forts, Castles and Palaces

My journey through rural Rajasthan continued at the foot of the Aravalli Hills, where I stayed in a lovely boutique homestay. Perched by a lake and near the Gokul Fort, Dev Shree was built only a year ago and is a comfortable place to relax at home. With true Indian hospitality, the delightful hosts prepared a delicious home cooked meal, …

Summer Retreat: The Hill Stations of India

As the summer heat sets in, much of the sub-continent looks forward to the monsoonal rains. This year in particular, India has been experiencing scorching temperatures, which is the perfect excuse to head for one of the country’s many hill stations. From North to South, East to West, here’s an escape plan from any vantage point. North The Himalayas beckon …

India’s most scenic train journeys

As I was boarding the Rural Rumble train at Khambli Ghat station, it got me thinking about all the scenic train rides there are in India. From travelling through the magical desert, or traversing steep mountains, here’s some of my favorite train journeys. The Darjeeling Toy Train Far from child’s play, the Darjeeling Toy Train travels 51 miles from Darjeeling to Siliguri. …

Boutique Rajasthan: Rohet, Jawai, Ranakpur and Jojawar

One of the things I enjoy the most about travelling in India is spending time with the locals. Continuing my journey through Rajasthan this week, I’ve had the pleasure of spending time in rural villages and retreating to some beautiful family run boutique properties, both which have allowed me to mingle and get to know the people who live in …