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The rich diversity and culture of India brings a sea of humanity with over a billion people to meet as you travel the country. Agra holds the drawcard Taj Mahal but don’t miss the spiritual Varanasi and the lifeline of the Ganges which will leave you with a new found awareness of hinduism. For a change of pace head south to Kerala and cruise the backwaters on a converted rice barge.

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You won’t (and shouldn’t) avoid train travel in India. With over 20 million locals taking the train every day it’s a perfect way to get assimilated into the Indian way of life! Check out cleartrip.com for timetables and tickets.

rice barge backwaters kerala india

Stay at The Old Harbour House in Fort Cochin, Kerala. While the hotel itself is an amazing old colonial building it is a perfect place to access houseboats in the well known backwaters where you’ll cruise past small villages at a snail’s pace.

taj mahal

The Taj Mahal is closed of a Friday. On the full moon you can get a night time viewing, which is a unique way to see this wonder of the world. Just hope for clear skies!

Travelling in India

Kerala Backwaters Houseboats
Posted by Warren Dobe | 27 Sep 2010
Kerala Backwaters, India

The overnight train from Varanasi continues till 7am. Our elderly guest packs away his belongings into his briefcase and is ready for his day of business in Delhi. We on...

Ritual washing Varanasi
Posted by Warren Dobe | 25 Sep 2010
Varanasi

Awake to the clickity clack of the overnight train from Agra into Varanasi. Slept pretty well and with no reason to get up, slept through to 10 am. We arrive...

Taj Mahal
Posted by Warren Dobe | 23 Sep 2010
A Night at the Taj Mahal

We had passed the 3rd level of security. The small group of tourists was down to 12. We felt like Charlie visiting Willy Wonka's chocolate factory clasping our golden tickets....

The effigy of Ganesh being led to the sea.
Posted by Warren Dobe | 22 Sep 2010
Ganesh festival, Mumbai

We awake early on the first day of our India travels and take a stroll out to the Gateway of India. Being early we awaken some of the locals who...