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Periyar Spice Gardens, Kerala, India

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There are a number of spice gardens on offer around the Thekkady and Periyar district and you will be offered a number of options from the different tour operators and hotels. The gardens we visited provided a superb short outing and we absolutely recommend adding a visit to your tour. The main photo for this article is a really lush rice paddy field within the garden. Entrance A quick rickshaw ride takes you to one ... Read More »

Flying to Kathmandu from India

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The journey from India to Nepal (Kathmandu)is best done by plane but there is also the extended but less comfortable route by train and bus dependent upon where you are leaving India from. I was leaving from Delhi and decided on a flight costing approx £60 one way from Delhi International Airport to Kathmandu Tribhuban International Airport. The airport is easily accessed using the new and efficient metro from down town Delhi. An Airport Hotel In my ... Read More »

Volunteering Abroad – a Debate

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Volunteering abroad can produce remarkable experiences for volunteers and the community in which they offer their services but is it a simple decision on the correctness of the volunteering gesture? I have spent a long time debating the issue of volunteer work in foreign countries and have found it really difficult to come to any fixed conclusions. I am therefore presenting this blog post by way of opening a debate on the subject and canvassing ... Read More »

Our Choice of Cause – Khagendra New Life Disabled Centre

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I have so many articles to write about as a consequence of my Asian journey to date and the backlog builds daily. But the trip itself has not just been a self centred pleasure affair even though I have certainly gained so much from it. Di, my partner, and I have been searching for deserving causes to provide some long term support to; both in the country of origin and remotely from the UK. This ... Read More »

Volunteer Work for Free – Nepal and India

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Volunteering and voluntary work is an activity researched by many of us, young and old alike, wishing to do something meaningful and worthwhile either at home or abroad. This can take the form of working with charities, animals, nature or often the most sought after; working with local less fortunate people and children, this time in a less well off foreign country. Sadly there is one thing which often curbs our enthusiasm to venture abroad ... Read More »

Cherai Beach Resort, Kerala, India

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Although we stayed in a self catering homestay on Cherai Beach, Kerala, India, we did spend a fair amount of time in this resort using their bar facilities and gaining internet access. The Cherai Beach Resort is classed as 4* and in many ways it lives up to this rating. In other ways it does now fall somewhat short. When newly built the resort would undoubtedly have been the cutting edge in this type of ... Read More »

Disappointed with your Holiday Destination?

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How many times have we travelled to a dream destination only to be sadly disappointed by the place? I sincerely hope it is not too often otherwise you will by now be a dyed in the wool “Stay at home” person when it comes to holidays. Why is it we would be disappointed? I believe that the way we perceive things starts at birth and we are influenced by everything from schooling, growing up, family, ... Read More »

How much does a trip to India cost?

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So you have a dream to travel to India and you need an answer to the simple question… “How much does it cost to travel to and in India?” Well that really depends upon a number of factors; some which apply to all travellers, some which are consequent upon your itinerary and others which are very specifically determined by the comfort and style of travelling that only you can select. 6 weeks in India My ... Read More »

McLeod Ganj, India – Gallery

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McLeod Ganj Just up into the mountain from Dharamsala, is the residence of the Dalai Lama and has a wonderful Indian climate. This is so different from many of the Indian town due to it's location close to Tibet witha large population of Tibetans. A really relaxing place for India Read More »

Extended Itinerary for touring India

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We have just completed a 6 week tour of India in an attempt to capture a flavour of this marvellous country. Obviously even 6 months would not be sufficient to get a real in depth feel for such a diverse country but with the time available to us we feel that we have experienced the frenetic and balanced it with the relative calm of other parts. We have looked at Indian tradition, the iconic monuments ... Read More »

India travel tips from the old guy

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This is a short post which I will add to as the weeks go by. It applies to every traveller in India and also applies elsewhere  Due to failing limbs, eyesight, memory and all ailments associated with getting old, many of the tips will be much more applicable to the slightly older traveller, backpacker or simply adventurer. Don’t adjust contact lenses after eating curry Indian style using only your right hand! Do try to book at least your first night ... Read More »

Cherai Beach, Kerala, India

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Cherai Beach is in the southern state of Kerala in India and faces west to south west and is further south than the popular holiday resort Goa. The beach is just outside Cochin (Kochi) which has an international airport and 2 train stations and runs for a full 10 km with the soft Arabian Sea lapping the shores. The beach itself is gently sloping lined with palm trees providing excellent safe swimming and bathing. Arguably ... Read More »

Cherai Beach, Kerala, India – Gallery

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Cherai Beach is in the southern state of Kerala in India and faces west to south west. The beach is possibly not as picturesque as the beaches in Goa north of Kochin but the beach is not commercialised and still provides beautiful palm lined sand and tub hot water for relaxing safe bathing. Read More »

Worst Job in India? – Not quite

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Who would want to be a tuktuk (auto rickshaw) tour guide in Bangalore? It’s an earner for sure but how limited are the options. We discovered the limitations of Bangalore after a very un-relaxing 12 hour sleeper bus ride from Munnar to Bangalore when had the invidious task of finding suitable accommodation at 4:30 in the dark, hot,sticky morning. I would not normally have succumbed to sucker pressure tactics but in this instance we had little ... Read More »

Rishikesh, Ganges, India – Gallery

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This is the fulcrum for Ashrams, meditation, yoga, trekking and white water rafting in India. Once famous for visits in the 60s by the Beatles it is now the hub for self improvement courses and alternative practices. This sis one of the most relaxed, laid back places you could find in India..certainly worth a week out of anyones time. Read More »

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