Khandwa Haveli Jaipur + how to get free luxury hotel accommodation around India

Jaipur is just one of those places you can return to again and again – which I did despite having been there less than six months ago. This time I was hosted by Treebo Hotels as part of their Friends of Treebo program in the gorgeous Khandwa Haveli, a heritage hotel in Jaipur featured by […]

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Chennai floods & how you can help

Unless you’re south Indian, you’ve probably not heard about the floods in Chennai (Madras) due to the lack of media coverage – being Australian, I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for my grandma who lives in south India (thankfully not in Chennai). The attacks in Paris had a death toll of 132 people and generated […]

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Stay golden; Jaisalmer

Entering Jaisalmer is like going back in time, with its sandstone carved buildings and lavish décor. It’s easy to while away time roaming the streets, eating sweets and chatting to locals… Jaisalmer fort is unique, as unlike other forts in India it is still inhabited by citizens; it previously held the entire town but now […]

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Exploring Jaipur

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and makes for a good place to start your Rajasthan adventures. It’s a good mix of modern and traditional, with it not uncommon to see elephants waltzing past large shopping malls. Whilst the new city is relatively ‘normal’ looking, the old city (the infamous pink city) is full of gorgeous […]

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A snapshot of Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a little town in India, known as the World Capital of Yoga. Since the Beatles stopped by in 1968, it has been full of western hippies and yoga enthusiasts. The vibe wasn’t my favourite in as I found it a little too touristy, with more foreigners than Indians, many of whom gave me […]

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Haridwar photo story

Haridwar ‘Gateway to God’ is a spiritual place in India. It’s set on the banks of the Ganges and is less touristy than Rishikesh with most signs being in Hindi and the majority of locals only speaking Hindi (most larger businesses and hotels do have English speaking staff though). There are several mandirs (temples) to […]

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An extravagant tomb and my secret identity

“A teardrop on the face of eternity” – Rabindranath Tagore, India’s Nobel Laureate poet proclaimed of the Taj Mahal. Indeed the Taj is architecturally one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve encountered; the symmetry is perfect, the marble still glistening white after centuries and the size is enormous, however it’s hard to shake the eerie […]

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Embracing the chaos of Delhi

Metropolitan cities like Delhi and Mumbai are generally a foreigner’s first glimpse of India and can set the tone for the rest of one’s India travels. Most first impressions of Delhi (including mine) are that it’s busy, dirty and full of scammers and touts. However if you look closely and go to the right places, […]

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How to get healthy in a third world country

During my six weeks in India I’ve lost 5kgs, gotten clear skin, walked more than I have in my life and felt substantially more peaceful – that’s despite the oily curry and roti (wheat based flatbread), humidity, lack of clean pavements and walking spaces, and stressful chaotic people and places. Here are some tips to […]

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