June 5th, 2019 Today marks the end of the month long fasting for Muslims called Ramzan or Ramadan, the festival of Eid. No, I am not very familiar with the tenets of Islam. (And, in all honesty, I am just as ignorant about most things Hinduism too. The only time I actually dug deeper into … Continue reading The Chronicles of Village Life: Celebrating Eid
6 months of living in Agra ten years ago and then a memorable trip last year weren’t as fulfilling and enriching as this particular trip was. A travel review assignment thanks to the IndiaisCalling initiative and HolidayIQ and I was back in the 'City of Taj' that had first given me the hands-on experience of working … Continue reading Unseen Agra – 5 Off-Beat Places To Visit
Diwali - a festival of lights, The story is shiny and bright. That's why we all are here. To spread joy and cheer, Celebrate the end of a legendary fight. Ram's return, Ravana's plight, The victory of good over evil's might. But let's face it... Today it's all forgotten bit by bit. Life is busy and … Continue reading Happy Diwali!
When I had first started blogging, my very first instinct was to make this a travel blog. In fact, my very first post was a hotel review which no one read. 😀 Then Blogging U. happened and it set me off on a journey of blogging and writing in genres that even I didn't know … Continue reading Partner: Bloggers and Social Media Influencers with Indiaiscalling.com
There’s something special about women breaking free from the shackles of society. What better way to liberate oneself than travelling the world- like a free spirit, visiting exciting destinations, meeting new people and exploring the unknown. Moreover, if your travel organiser is an all-women team or one that specializes in women-only groups, wouldn’t that be … Continue reading Travel Companies that are Redefining Women Travel in India
That India is a veritable gold mine when it comes to traditional art forms is not new to us who have grown up with these art forms all around us in some way or the other. Whether it be terracotta sculptures that adorn our gardens or bandhej dupattas that add colour to our wardrobe, we are well … Continue reading 5 DIY Crafts To Learn From National Crafts Museum
Great points to read and consider when travelling to India.
No, we aren’t as backward as some of our politicians may make it look like. Yes, you do need to be careful.
Couldn’t have written a better advisory post myself.
So, thank you, Jean, for writing and sharing this – you’re more Indian than ‘foreigner’. 🙂
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I am an American woman traveling alone in India. I am not, however, a typical tourist. Before my current stay, I lived for 3 years in Mumbai. During that time, I visited 12 states, primarily in North India, although I made it as far south as Kerala. Since my husband and I left India 2 years ago, I’ve returned to India twice. Both times alone.
I have a deep love and respect for the complexity and diversity of Indian culture (really cultures). I understand how greatly it differs from my own. Even how one part of India differs from another. One reason I decided to stay in Bangalore was to gain a better appreciation for South India as I have spent so much time in the north. Bangalore is as different from Mumbai as LA is from New York.
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Agra is a city of many architectural marvels. Every visit makes you fall in love with it even more. During my recent visit to the city - one after ten years, I realized how much I had missed it. It has its own charm and despite being close to the National Capital of Delhi and … Continue reading 7 Things You Must Experience in Agra
Life is a narrow road, isn't it? It is full of difficult choices, steep falls, sharp twists and yet we manoeuvre through them all - sometimes through sheer grit and determination; sometimes through the support of family and friends. Being too philosophical, aren't I? Can't help it. Reading 'To Cancer, With Love' by Neelam Kumar is doing … Continue reading The Narrow Path of Life
This past weekend Wandering Soul and Ms. Sassy (of Sass and Sauce) spent a fun-filled day in Agra. It was her first visit to the 'City of Taj' and one after ten years for me. As if this wasn't enough to make the trip special, what happened on the trip itself catapulted us over the moon. … Continue reading Cherry on The Chocolate Cake
This may seem to be a very simple picture of some random flowers at first glance. But for some reason, I see a lot more than just that. To me, this picture depicts the full glory and marvels of nature within it. The vibrant yellow petals symbolise the Sun while the white petals look like they represent the Moon … Continue reading Gifts from Mother Earth
Read Part 1 and Part 2 We had plans to visit the beautiful Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass, Indo-China border on Day 2, which was scrapped due to incessant rains in Gangtok and fresh snowfall in the higher region. No amount of wailing and bawling made Nature change its mind. Our driver then suggested a trip … Continue reading Stories of Sikkim Part III
Sikkim is a beautiful state located in the north-eastern corner of India and its location in the mountains offers ample natural and also man-made attractions. From scenic views of the majestic Himalayas to architectural wonders, it has surprises in store at every turn (Pun not intended 😀 ) On my recent trip, my parents and … Continue reading Stories of Sikkim Part II
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine They say travel teaches you more than anything else can. I have known this to be true and personally enjoy travelling. The experiences that it offers and the learnings it imparts are unmatched and cannot be compensated … Continue reading Stories of Sikkim
India is said to be the largest democracy in the world. It also has the second largest population that commonly speak more than 30 languages in 35+ states and territories. No, this isn't a Geography lesson on India. This is more about why your next trip should be to India - Diversity - Yes, we Indians … Continue reading Reasons why you must Travel to India