Women Only Tours

By Debbie Kindness | March 5, 2017

.Tours for women-only are getting more and more popular each year. Why?   Is it because women travel differently than men do?Is it because women like to take time to discover and appreciate cultural differences and get to know the people and the culture, not only see the sights.Is it because women relish the freedom

Our favourite places in India – Bharatpur

By Debbie Kindness | May 2, 2013

Bharatpur, 60km west of Agra, was founded in 1733 by the Jats, a caste of Hindu farmers/peasants. In the late 17th century, they were bandits who would loot caravans between Delhi and Agra. By 1750, Badan Singh and his armies controlled almost all land between Delhi and Agra and succeeded in defeating the Mughals. In Bharatpur you can visit

Our favourite places in India – Roopangarh

By Debbie Kindness | April 28, 2013

 Roopangarh Fort was once a vast war fort with nine tower fortifications. This architectural marvel used to house foundries, armouries, granaries, underground passages, jails and palaces.The fortress was originally built by, and named after, Maharaja Roop Singh of Kishangarh. It was sited at strategic point atop a hill to the north of Kishangarh controlling the important trade route to

Our favourite places in India – Pushkar

By Debbie Kindness | April 20, 2013

With one of India’s only Brahma temples and a very holy lake, Pushkar is a major destination for pilgrims and sadhus (holy men) from all over India. A firm favourite with travelers and modern-day hippies, Pushkar’s small town atmosphere is very friendly and mellow. There is hardly any traffic and the town is small enough to walk

Our favourite places in India – Bijaipur

By Debbie Kindness | April 16, 2013

Bijaipur village reclines at the foot of Vindhyanchal Hills, in the far South-Eastern corner of Rajasthan and is surrounded by graceful forests of Flame of the Forest & Jacaranda. The village, which dates back to the 1500’s, remains a testament to rural Indian life. The surrounding countryside unfolds in agricultural lands harvesting peanuts, mustard, corn and poppy. As

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 – 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

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