Travelling to India during Diwali

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Travelling to India during Diwali can be tricky but definitely lots of fun. It can certainly make it to your must-visit-once list if cultural experiences form a part of your travel wish list. If you have not heard of this festival or seen a picture of any Indian family celebrating it in full form, then you should quickly take out one of your device and google it. See the grandeur and the energy of the people celebrating Diwali in India. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. First off, let me tell you some bits about the festival. Diwali or Deepawali is a festival of lights. The significance of this festival varies according to the region you are in. It is either linked to Goddess Laksmi (the goddess of wealth and prosperity) or honours the return of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshman from 14 years of exile. It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over dark and knowledge over ignorance. I know, I know – a lot of people have questions around this. “Should we travel around Diwali in India”, “is it safe”, “what to do during Diwali”, “what are the things we should be taking […]

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Indian street food: How to eat it safely?

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Indian street food or chaat (the local name) or Indian fast food (that’s what I love to call it!) is a must try for any foodie. As a kid (well, I still do it) I used to ask my parents to take me out for some chaat or Indian street food every weekend. While a majority of kids would love to have pizzas and burgers today, Indian street food or chaat is still the favourite answer to “I feel like eating something good today” or “I want to eat something different today” or “I want something spicy” or even “lets go out and eat today”, for a lot of kids and adults (including me). It is so darn popular that you will almost never see a chaat stall (a good one, not all) without a bunch of people around it. On weekends, you won’t find your food in your plate unless you have waited it out for at least 15-20 minutes. I swear, no kidding! If you are not aware of Indian street food or the famous chaats in India, take a note that it generally spicier than the food served in the restaurants here. If you are skeptical on dealing with […]

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How to deal with spicy Indian food?

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I was chopping green chillies to cook some extremely spicy indian food (which Mr. Daaku louvvvs!), and was totally bummed when I put my hand on the face. I sreamed out “aaaaaaaa” and ran towards the washroom to  wash my face and put some ice on it to numb the area. Finally, some sigh of relief. In north india, we must easily use 15 spices to make one dish. I tried this new recipe of egg curry today and I used some 10 spices and a lot of chillies. Result, spicy indian food. The spices look something like this, all of this goes into one dish So, as soon as I took that sigh of relief, I realised this could be a good blog post idea. It struck me that we are pretty accustomed to spices in Indian food but others aren’t. So, here I am to help you with this post on Indian food. So, lets begin A lot of Indians (not all definitely) love spicy food and their bodies are tuned to it. The ways and means to lower the reactions of spices comes almost naturally to most Indians, especially the ones with grandmas. “Dadi ke nuskhe” (grandmas prescriptions) as we say in India. You have dadi ke nuskhe for […]

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Places to visit in India: Travel Itinerary for a one month trip (Part I)

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A lot of people ask me about the “places to visit in India”, the “tourist places in India” and what should they include in the “travel itinerary”. Guess, what? I live in India and I do not have a straight forward answer to this question. Yes, you read it absolutely right. I do not have a concrete answer to this. So, I can totally understand the confusions faced by others. India is an extremely diverse country, and offers you a variety of destinations. It can get overwhelming to settle on an itinerary. Driven by this confusion around places to visit in India, I decided to do a series on the potential itineraries. I believe this can (most certainly!) help you plan your own itinerary. I am not going in too much detail of what to visit in a city but I will definitely link it to other blogposts and websites that can help you understand the location better. However, I will broadly cover what the city can offer. If you want detailed assistance on planning an itinerary, read about the travel planning services here. For the purpose of this post, I will be taking January as an example. Jan 1: You should land […]

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Jagdalpur: An offbeat destination in India

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Jagdalpur is one of the most beautiful offbeat destination in India. It is a city located in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh. And, Bastar is the tribal region of the state and a paradise for nature lovers, photographers and culture explorers. You will know why I say that. It offers you forests, waterfalls, wildlife, temples, handicraft and tribal dance and music. The local life of the tribals is untouched, which makes it an interesting destination to learn about (and experience) tribal India closely. I spent one of my weekends there and I loved every single moment of it. PIN IT! However, it is naxalite area so everything will not be accessible for sightseeing. You do not need to worry much, it is definitely safe to travel there. All the sites and places which are unsafe are not open to general public. Bastar is also famous for tribal art. It can be in form of a decorative piece or on a cloth. You can check out some of their work here. Apart from the handicrafts, you will see the art on random walls (no kidding). It is a beautiful piece of work and I was never tired of looking at Bastar art on the walls of civil lines, Raipur. […]

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How to book train tickets in India?

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“How to book train tickets in India” seems like a really silly post for most Indians. aaaaaa and rolls eye! What’s so difficult in that, is the potential response (I guess!) But, I know it is not an easy procedure for anyone travelling to India from a foreign land. One of my friend (from Canada) asked me to write a blog post on how to book train tickets in India and I laughed it off at first. However, she started to ask me a lot of doubts around booking train tickets in India and all I could say was aaa hmmm ahem ooo. I realised that the procedure isn’t as siiiiiimple as I thought. So, I quickly did all the research work and decided to dedicate a “how to” post for this. I personally love a step by step guide so I am hoping you will love it too. Before we go on to understand the ways and means of booking train tickets in India, let’s talk about other stuff related to trains in this country. I. Is it safe to travel in trains? I have travelled solo a lot of times, and I have always felt safe. The people, especially families, are […]

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