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Backpacking India Rishikesh
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There’s just so much to do when Backpacking through Rishikesh….   A cow follows a group of full-on Hare Krishna devotees singing and jumping in unison with tablas and harmoniums in hand, while a man dressed as the monkey-god Hanuman is tugging on your arm for some spare change – the background having towering lush green […]

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Backpacking Haridwar
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After taking a very leisurely stroll up and down the river, I took some time to just chill out, dip my feet, and listen to the distant praying, singing, and ringing bells as the cool fresh air wafted off the Ganges. I loved my day in Haridwar. It’s a one-of-a-kind city in India, full of ancient temples, […]

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Backpacking India
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You can get a full “yoga retreat” experience in Rishikesh without actually going away to a yoga retreat. Because the city is a retreat in itself. Rishikesh: “The Capital of Yoga”. I’ve heard this phrase spoken by a lot of people over the last few days. This isn’t too far from the truth.   The many […]

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Delhi airport to Rishikesh
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Delhi Airport to Rishikesh:  a mini-ADVENTURE So you’re flying into Delhi, and you just want to get to somewhere in Northern India as soon as possible. Same here. So I thought I’d take the liberty to share my travel journey from Delhi Airport to Rishikesh as a solo backpacker to give you some tips on […]

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What are the differences between 1st class and General Class?   My stomach sinks. I knew India was cheap, but 2 dollars for a 7 hour train ride? I glanced at the tickets, which said only “General Class”. I’ve only been standing on the train platform for a couple of minutes, but already I feel […]

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    The sounds of crashing waves, the cool moisture, and the dotted fishing boat lights on the horizon served as a perfect backdrop to another chill evening. I emerged from my thatched-roof beach hut for another rendez-vous with the group at “Janisha”, a beach-side restaurant at Palolem beach. It didnt look like much from the […]

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Backpacking India
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 Auroville: Meditation Inside the Matrimandir   I am sitting in unison around the silver orb with 25 strangers in complete silence…meditating, reflecting, sharing my spirituality. Not a word uttered in 20 minutes. At the centre of Auroville lies the Matrimandir, a 10-storey high massive golden dome which serves as the city centre focal point both physically and spiritually. I just couldn’t help but […]

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Yoga and Meditation in Auroville Due to the small yoga class sizes in Auroville, our instructor had much time to give personal attention and pushing us to the limit properly within a pose (usually followed by a *crack* or load *groan* putting even the nearby songbirds to silence). This regular personal touch in Auroville massively […]

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Hiking through the foothills of Munnar
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  I woke up the early next morning, and eventually open the curtains to my room. My jaw drops. I showed up to the town totally unprepared, and disoriented from the 6-hour bumpy bus ride from Kochi. It was cold, dark, late, wet  It was my first time in Munnar I arrived solo, and on […]

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    I can’t help but chuckle to myself, since this treat of a meal cost me only $8. Somehow, the next bite tasted even better. I slowly cut into the grilled snapper with my fork and knife, trying to navigate between the skin, meat, and bones. With my first bite, I am wowed. The […]

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Backpacking India
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    Prices (all mid-season): 2 nights for two people: Rs 13,000 (after a little negotiation). This included unlimited food (VERY good food) and chai/coffee. To us, this was a steal. I wake up in Allepey, just an hour south of Kochi and the launching point of hundreds of touring boats into the Kerala Backwaters. […]

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    We glided down narrow waterways in a wicker-wood boat with a thatched roof, ducking and dodging overhanging palm leaves, while coasting past village huts. If there’s any way to soak in the natural jungle beauty of India, this is it. The Kerala backwaters – also referred to as the “Venice of India” – are […]

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