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Holi Hell in India

What a schoolboy mistake not checking for public holidays or festivals when we booked our flight into Delhi from Bangalore. It could have worked out ok but ended up as HOLI Hell instead. Holi is a major Hindu festival with boisterous behaviour and a real “letting down of the hair” for many whose lives are much more staid. It is characterised by the use of colour…and the way it is administered can be festively chaotic….but fun for …

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Khajuraho, India – Gallery

Ahajuraho is between Agra and Varanasi and very well worth a 3 day visit to take in the numerous temples and an impressive Wildlife Sanctuary. The most famous collection of Hindu temples are the Kama Sutra temples to be found here. The rural town is slower and less frenetic than urban cities.

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Agra & Taj Mahal, India – Gallery

There is much more to Agra than just the Taj Mahal, even though this iconic palace deserves the pride of place here it has Agra Fort as a fantastic complementary attraction. From the Fprt you get additional views of the Taj Mahal and if you have the right rickshaw driver he will show you a brilliant view from across the river.

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Varanasi, another view – Gallery

More photos from this remarkable holiest of cities in India. Words can't describe the atmosphere here nor photos but they do trigger memories for those who have been here and witnessed it for themselves.

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Varanasi on Ganges, India – Gallery

This is probably a "Must visit" for most people visiting India and you should feel privileged since most Indians simply won't get the opportunity to visit this most "Holy" of cities. The plethora of sounds, sights, smells and experiences is overwhelming at times.

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Munnar Tea Plantations, Kerala, India – Gallery

This is one of the most beautiful places on the planet...once you get out of the town!! If you have travelled in other parts of India then this will be the little part of peace and tranquillity you might be searching for. Find the right tuk tuk driver and use him for the day...well worth it.

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Bangalore, India – Gallery

Not the most spectacular of places with only a few tourist locations to visit...not worth more than a stopover on the way north or south

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Taj Mahal, India – Gallery

One of the most Iconic Wonders of the World. Unlike many others, this will certainly not disappoint. An absolutely phenomenal masterpiece of engineering and sculptural beauty. If you visit nowhere else in India do not forget to go here.

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Fort Kochin, Kerala, India – Gallery

With an international airport serving Southern India this is a very interesting part to take in. Fort Cochin (Kochi) has influences from the Dutch, Portuguese and British in many different ways. The Chinese Nets along the promenade are a key attraction but there is much more to see besides.

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Periyar, Tiger & Wildlife Sanctuary, India – Gallery

The tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary at Periyar (Thekaddy) in Kerala, Southern India is one of only a few government recognised regions dedicated to halting the eradication of the tiger and allowing tourists the opportunity to attempt to spot these beautiful creatures in the wild. Elephants, wild boar and buffalo are amongst the other wildlife species in the sanctuary.

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Houseboat on Kerala Backwaters, India – Gallery

Anyone visiting the Kerala state of India "God's Own Country" simply must spend a day on a houseboat operating out of Allepey in the Kerala Backwaters. The stay on board is serene, relaxing and beautiful with such a lot to see and witness. Chill out does not get better.

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India the start

This is the start of a 6 week tour of India and I am starting in Kerala to have a slow introduction to this frenetic country. The people are so friendly and the food a challenge ...beach and sea warm and wonderful.

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Driving in India

Do not even contemplate hiring a motorbike, moped or car in India…it simply would be the action of a lunatic. Starting my tour of India in the quieter Kerala province convinces me that unless you are tuned to the Indian psyche you would not survive on the roads. Yet it is essential to master the art of traveling if you want to make it here. Let’s say you’re traveling from Warangal to Hyderabad, which many …

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Travelling to India?

Going to India? Got your VISA? Feel like Flu coming on? Do not make the same mistake I have made…. consider applying for your visa well before you intend to leave. I had not realised the somewhat antiquated mechanism for gaining a tourist visa to India and so fell foul of the long application process. Simply…you need to allow a good fortnight to ensure you have no problems. I was been informed that it would …

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