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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 …

Exploring Rajasthan : Jodhpur and Nagaur

This week I started a month long tour of India and Bhutan. One of the main objectives of this trip is to seek out beautiful, interesting and decadent experiences to share with my customers.  After a brief stop in Delhi, the journey began by touching down in Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s resplendent blue city. Most famous for the Mehrangarh Fort, one of …

Bhutan Group Tour

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a tiny sovereign independent country, located in the heart of the eastern Himalayas. It is tucked between the two giants of Asia, the Tibetan Region of China to its north and the vast plains of India to its east, west and south. Westerners call it the last Shangri-La. Bhutanese call it Druk-Yul, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is one of the few countries that escaped colonization and so remained independent throughout its history. Bhutan stayed in self-imposed isolation for centuries and therefore has a unique culture deeply influenced by Buddhism with a rich and varied heritage and traditions. It embarked on a planned modernization only in the early 1960s. Through its enlightened policy, Bhutan maintains a pristine environment with a rich biodiversity. Bhutan’s development policy is based on the philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH). The Kingdom opened its door to controlled tourism only in the early 1970s. Now is the time to experience the last Shangri-La!

The best outdoor activities to try in India

While India is bet known for its stunning architecture, temples and fascinating history, it’s also a great place to explore the great outdoors. Whether it’s a gentle stroll, splashing around in the surf or jumping off a mountain, there’s plenty of outdoor activities to try. On land There are some wonderful places to trek and mountaineer in the sub-continent. For …

Pushkar Fair – A Colorful India Odyssey Itinerary

Often described as a feast for the eyes, Pushkar Fair is among India’s famous religious festivals and livestock fairs. The fair offers a once in a lifetime magical experience for travelers looking for an out of the world experience. The Pushkar Fair will definitely enrich your trip to India.

Journey through the last Shangri-La: Bhutan

The Land of the Thunder Dragon. The last Shangri-La. The tiny Kingdom of Bhutan has been called many things, but only the few that have been lucky enough to peer through its doors can truly say what lies behind them. Can a country really create a national development policy that is based on a philosophy of happiness? How deep have the saffron robes …

From the moon to paradise: Ladakh and Kashmir

Tucked away in the north of India, few have the opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty and serenity of Ladakh and Kashmir. Thanks to altitude and cooler climes, there are only a few months of the year that make it comfortable to traverse this stunning region in its entirety. Dotted with turquoise lakes, remote Buddhist monasteries and a majestic desert that …