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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Delhi, India – Gallery

This is not JUST a dirty, busy, frenetic, smog filled city...it is also the most fascinating place to explore. A riot of colour and a wealth of culture stemming from the different rulers down to the presence of the British colonials.

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Disappointed with your Holiday Destination?

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, …

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Lay Down Your Weary Head

Welcome to my pick of the pops. Here are a few albums and tracks selected by yours truly. After a long day sometimes all you want to do is listen to some easy tunes.  Regardless if you are a stay at home or a travel bug, hopefully there is something here for everyone. So relax, close your eyes and enjoy. Don’t Explain is a 2011 cover album recorded by American blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa …

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Who Says There is No Such Thing As Coincidence

I don’t know about anybody else, but over the years I have struggled with not really knowing what I want to do in life. It is only really over the last 8 months or so, that writing has come to light and I now find myself writing on websites.  For me English has always been a struggle and I am not ashamed to admit it.  Through a variety of different life challenges my studies suffered …

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How much does a trip to India cost?

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 …

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McLeod Ganj, India – Gallery

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

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Extended Itinerary for touring India

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 …

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India travel tips from the old guy

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 …

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Tibetan Struggle – A Mother Burns herself in protest

There was an A4 sheet of paper sitting on the reception at our hotel and written by a Tibetan person seeking help in developing his English skills in order that he might eventually become a translator. I decided to contact him or her and offer my limited time and skills to help and so met him over a coffee. Escape from Tibet Quite simply he is about 30yrs old and his story is a harrowing …

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Taking a Career Break From Your Paid Job

If packing up all your belongings and heading off around the world is not an option, then why not opt for a Sabbatical? This time can be used to simply relax, or you can take the opportunity to pick up a new skill. If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, then a sabbatical might inspire you in ways that your regular life could not. Perhaps you were thinking of pursuing a completely new …

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Indo Pakistan Border spectacle – Gallery

If you are in Amritsar you MUST go to this spectacle...it epitomises India with fun, dancing, colour and of course the border guard ceremony which defies description without taking away from the glamour. GO THERE

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Golden Temple, Amritsar, India – Gallery

This is such a wonderful spiritual centre for the Sikhs of India...you are made so very welcome here and the atmosphere in the Temple is indescribable...but you will be moved for sure. Worth visiting day and night.

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Cheapest Travel Destinations in Asia

Many students and backpackers seek for the cheapest place where they can have a vacation. Oftentimes, they go to Asia because the currency there is lower compared to other countries. So if you have 100 British Pounds, then that’s already more than 6,000 Philippine Pesos or 3,000,000 Vietnamese Dongs already. You can become an instant millionaire in a foreign country just by exchanging your pocket money. Isn’t that awesome? I know reading this got you …

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Cherai Beach, Kerala, India

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 …

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Cherai Beach, Kerala, India – Gallery

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.

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Worst Job in India? – Not quite

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 …

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