Essential Varanasi Travel Guide
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The Essential Varanasi Travel Guide : Things to Do, Eat, See in Varanasi

Varanasi. It’s one of the holiest pilgrimage cities in India. Travelers either love it or hate it.  As the first Indian city I traveled solo, it shocked me and then cast a strange spell on me. While sharing my Varanasi Travel Guide video, I knew it would not be complete without a written guide with […]

August 2, 2017 0
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Indian Etiquette: Things to Know before Staying with an #Indian Family

  Staying with my Indian family in Varanasi, I couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant orientation into the inner workings of an Indian family. I  knew of Indian etiquette for travelers, such as removing shoes before entering temple… But I’ll be honest, when I stayed with my India family (the Kanchandanis) I initially, did […]

July 27, 2017 20
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Celebrating Diwali with my India family

There are two things I’ve long wanted to do in India– stay with a local Indian family and celebrating Diwali in Varanasi. Don’t ask me about why the latter. Maybe I wanted to see puja lights floating down the Ganga, maybe it was that Varanasi is

July 13, 2017 9
5 Must Try Street Foods in Varanasi
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5 Must Try Indian Street Foods in Varanasi

5 Must try Indian Street Foods in Varanasi . Unlike Kolkata, street food is not as readily common in Varanasi. At least not in the ghat area.  There are tourist cafes, but to get Indian street  foods in Varanasi, one needs to either do research in advance or hit up some locals for recommendations.

June 25, 2017 14
Varanasi Culture Shock, Varanasi Arrival Tips
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Varanasi Culture Shock & Arrival Tips : Things to Know Before you Go to Varanasi

Varanasi, otherwise known as Bananas, can appear like a chaotic city. Travelers either love it or hate it. Sitting along the Ganges River, it is one of the oldest and largest spiritual cities in India and a big pilgrimage spot for many, who wish to take their departed ones to the Ganges. However, as spiritual […]

June 25, 2017 9
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Indian Trains: How to Book a Foreign Tourist Quota Ticket

Continued from my Survival Guide for Indian Trains… Foreign Tourist Quotas (aka FTQ)  are a small selection of ticketed seats,sold by India Railways and reserved for foreign travelers and NRI’s with a tourist visa. In the case a train is booked full, you might still be able to get a foreign tourist quota seat.  Despite having a

June 4, 2017 1
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Pushkar Travel Guide: Things to Do and Eat

Pushkar is a quiet Rajasthani town, 11 km from Ajmer and 2 hours from Jaipur. It is a pilgrimage spot its sacred lake, the Brahma Temple and the annual Pushkar Camel Fair each November. I came to witness its camel festival and thus, it was a spot on my bucketlist.  Aside from the craziness of the […]

May 29, 2017 3
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A Survival Guide to Indian Train Travel (with video)

I love riding Indian Trains!!!  But they’re not for everyone. When I did my video on Indian Trains with India Railways, I shared three train rides,  spanning 32 hours of both, day and overnight train schedules, traveling AC3 and CC class. In reality I’ve taken more rides than that and find

May 18, 2017 3
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Pushkar Camel Fair Guide: Camels, royal horses and touts | Pushkar India

Documentary video of Pushkar Camel Fair in Puskkar India The Pushkar Camel Fair is a Rajasthani festival that was on my bucket list for some time! Held every November for 5 days, over 11,000 camels and horses are brought to be sold and/or traded. Pushkar is a quiet town but this colorful festival attracts a lot […]

May 12, 2017 1
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