Our favourite places in India – Udaipur.

By Debbie Kindness | March 23, 2013

.One of my all-time favourite places in India is Udaipur, in southern Rajasthan. Often called India’s most romantic city, it is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. The ‘City of Lakes’ is surrounded by the rolling Aravali hills, white marble Palaces and a special magic which all combine to give Udaipur a very unique appeal. It

Our favourite places in India – Jaipur

By Debbie Kindness | March 21, 2013

.The streets and markets of this colourful and busy capital of Rajasthan, with its palaces and bazaars full of jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts, make Jaipur a thoroughly wonderful city to explore.Known as the Pink City for the terracotta colour of its walls and buildings inside the old city (painted that colour, the colour of welcome when visited

Group Tours and the Commission system

By Debbie Kindness | March 20, 2013

Thinking about travelling with a major adventure tour company…what are you really paying for? It might seem like a bargain, but what do you actually get these days for your small group adventure tour with one of the big tour operators.Some years back, I worked for a Small Group Adventure Tour company. I spent 6 years leading tours

Our favourite places in India – Mt Abu

By Debbie Kindness | March 19, 2013

Mount Abu is known as a Gujarati and Rajasthani weekend, holiday and Honeymoon destination. Being situated close to the Gujurati border (Gujurat is a dry state), it’s a popular place to come for a boozy weekend, so there are a plethora of bottle shops, or liquor stores in and around the town. Conversely, it’s also a deeply spiritual

Our favourite places in India – Panjim, Goa

By Debbie Kindness | March 17, 2013

.Panaji, or Panjim is the capital of the small state of Goa, and was a Portuguese colony up until 1961. During the Portuguese rule, the main capital was Old Goa, 10km further inland, which is now a World Heritage Site filled with churches and cathedrals. Due to repeated flooding and cholera and malaria epidemics, the Portuguese Viceroy in 1843 shifted

Our favourite places in India – Varanasi

By Debbie Kindness | March 16, 2013

Benares; Kashi – city of light; the ‘oldest continually habitated city on earth’; Shiva’s city. Varanasi goes by many monikers, and when I’m asked to describe it, the best way is to say that it’s all of India crammed into one place, or India Squared.On a typical day, the population of Varanasi would double or even triple

Favourite places in India – Mumbai – Maximum City

By Debbie Kindness | October 13, 2012

.Known as Bombay until its name change in 1995, Mumbai is India’s financial, commercial and industrial capital, and its property prices are some of the highest in the world. As such the city hums with activity and its twelve and a half million residents seem to be constantly on the move. There is a distinct multicultural feel here, with

The Pushkar Camel Fair – one of the iconic fairs of the world

By Debbie Kindness | October 7, 2012

In a country overflowing with holy sites, Pushkar is high up on the Pilgrims list, with India’s only temple dedicated to the God Brahma.  A quiet, laid back hippy hangout for most of the year, this small town in the state of Rajasthan, comes alive each November as it hosts the world’s largest camel fair. Over 50,000

Favourite places in India – Jodhpur

By Debbie Kindness | October 1, 2012

One of our favourite cities in Rajasthan is Jodhpur – the ‘Blue City’Founded in the 15th century, Jodhpur is situated at the edge of the Thar Desert in the ‘Land of Kings’, and the city is dominated by the imposing and majestic Meherangarh Fort, which sits atop a sheer rocky ridge in the middle of town. Looking down from

Festivals and Fairs of India

By Debbie Kindness | August 26, 2012

India is a country that seems to have a festival on somewhere just about every day of the year. So, I did some research and found this comprehensive list of the major and many of the less known festivals held each year.Here is a list and short description of these festivals by date order. Try planning your trip around