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Photo Essay: Cool things to See and Do in Madurai

With India, you don’t always know what to expect.

It’s like the way Los Angeles used to be in the 80’s and 90’s before L.A. Country took to white-washing it to erase signs of poverty. I’d drive down the street and each block would change from ghetto to posh and back to ghetto again, like Christmas twinkle lights!

December 17, 2012 0
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Odd Jobs: Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghats

Mumbai is an unrelenting and persevering city. Its drives hard to catch up to its pace, but not the modern age. In many ways, I’m glad it hasn’t. It preserves the kind of traditional jobs, which make you respect India’s workforce all the more.

March 28, 2012 11
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Travel Insider: Where does all of India go to book cheap travel?

But what if you want to handle your bookings from home or in your hotel room at your PC’s convenience? You don’t need to take the 10,000 steps I took in 2008. Instead, just follow India…

September 9, 2011 4
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5 Travel Must Haves for Traveling to India

If anyone thinks tromping through India will be like traveling any other country, think again. Here are some things I found useful on my trip. Here are 5 Travel Must-Haves for India:

July 23, 2011 20
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Harmandir Sahib: Amritsar’s Golden Jewel (Video)

What would make a fearless warrior fall to his knees and drop his sword?

Love and God.

The Golden Temple (aka Harmandir Sahib) was my long-awaited India highlight…

July 7, 2011 4
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Cock show at the India Pakistan Border Ceremony (Video)

Everyone was chest-to-back, but the boob-to-backing became inevitable. We were at the entrance of the [More…] India-Pakistan border crossing performance and everyone wanted in. In India, the only way to get in, is to push; not with hands, but with bodies.

July 4, 2011 5
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What to do in Amritsar in 48 hours

I was finally entering “India” again, after a month-long sojourn into a world of Himalayan calm, yoga and Tibetan Buddhism (Dharamsala hardly feels like India). Was I ready to free fall back into the masala mania?

While the traveler in me was excited to get back on the explorer’s road; the solo gal in me was dreading it. Having found roots for a month in my yoga-family coccoon, I wasn’t thrilled with going back to solo-roughing it.

June 29, 2011 4
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12 Tips for Finding Budget Accommodations in India

I’ll be honest– finding a place to crash is one of my ugh parts of traveling solo in India. It’s literally draining.
Budget cradles here spell the need for an open-mind, with a crowbar of willpower and let’s face it– India is not as cheap as it used to be and the room you get doesn’t always match the higher rupee you’re paying!

Obviously, the rules of the game and standards of house-keeping are different here.

May 29, 2011 19
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Hampi Travel Guide | Hampi Ruins

Dear Love,

In India, there are temples dedicated to Hanuman- the Monkey God- a revered symbol of great strength, perseverance and devotion. The perfect soldier. Thus, some of the monkey temples in India occasionally shelter resident monkeys within it’s hallowed walls.

But in reality, monkeys can be cunning animals, rascal tricksters and in India, often scoundrel thieves!

April 5, 2011 5
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