We’re all warned from a very young age that it’s dangerous to talk to strangers. ‘Stranger danger’ is drilled into us throughout our childhood, that we shouldn’t trust, talk, walk, or accept anything from strangers.
But while this is great advice for children, it’s terrible advice for travelers. Especially when visiting a place with as fascinating a humanscape as Kerala.
Odds are that if you’ve traveled, you’ve returned home with incredible stories of having talked to strangers. Stories of the fascinating characters you met, of the locals who invited you into their home, of the remarkable human connections that you’ll never forget.
Because human interactions are some of the best, and most powerful parts of travel. As Anthony Bourdain said:
“To be treated well in places where you don’t expect to be treated well, to find things in common with people you thought previously you had very, very little in common with, that can’t be a bad thing.”
When you’re a traveller, strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. And this is especially true in Kerala; a melting pot where the most diverse ideologies, faiths and cultures co-exist like no other place on the planet.
Access between Canada and India will be greatly enhanced when Air India’s Amritsar-Delhi-Toronto flights commence this World Tourism Day (September 27 2019). The timing of the announcement seems fitting; WTD celebrates the importance of tourism and the role it plays in social, cultural, and economic issues.
Currently, only three airlines offer direct flights between India and all of North America, and Air India’s newly announced route will save both time and money for people traveling between the two countries. So it’s quite an exciting announcement.
The flights will be offered weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; it will take roughly 15 hours, and cover a distance of around 7,000 miles. Passengers can expect to be flown on Air India’s Boeing 777-300ER which will accommodate around 350 passengers.
To celebrate Air India’s new launch of their direct cheap flights to India from Canada, we have compiled a list of highlights from each of the three cities involved in the new route. The following are exciting things to do in Amritsar, Delhi, and Toronto.
Although it is known as the land of color and spice, India is not a country that can be so easily defined. It is a land of chaotic charm that has drawn travelers since 5500 BC, offering a culture which is a pandemonic mix of the modern and ancient worlds.
Travelers visit India for a huge range of reasons; to experience spirituality, culture, and history; for nature, medical tourism, and exotic wildlife.
There are so many different faces of India, that forgetting what you have heard from other travelers is often key to broadening your mind and finding the experience you’ve been looking for.
From spiritual voyages, shopping sprees, new business opportunities to great gourmet experiences, each type of person has a different reason to immerse themselves in the Indian adventure.
Here are 7 types of travelers who visit India – a good guide to the types of personalities and interests the country may suit.
Many of us dream of taking a safari at least once in our lives. And to travel through exotic landscapes and get up close and personal with majestic wildlife really is the experience of a lifetime.
Most people automatically assume they’ll head to Africa to go on safari, but there is in fact another region of the world so rich in wildlife that it might even put some African countries to shame.
India is a land of chaotic charm, but beyond its history, culture, and chaos lies a world of breathtaking natural wonder, where snow leopards roam icy peaks, tigers are the king of the forest, and elephants trek across vast plains.
With cheap tickets to India from most countries in the world, here are 5 reasons you should take an Indian safari.
Welcome to Rajasthan! Perhaps no other place on earth can match the colorful history and royal ambiance of this Indian state riddled with legends of gallantry and valiance.
While Rajasthan has all of your typical attractions, what makes the region stand out is the myriad of palaces and forts. A throwback to ancient India during a time of warring dynasties, these structures offer a unique insight into the architectural practices of the time.
To walk inside is like walking into a living museum. Today, many have been converted into heritage hotels, though others remain publicly accessible in their original, often decaying, form. Many are shrouded in legend, myth, and ghost stories, which makes a visit even more mystifying if you’ve read up on your history before you go.
People generally don’t picture India when they think of tropical beach destinations, but Goa offers a slice of peaceful seaside paradise that is far removed from the chaos and overcrowding you’ll find in New Delhi or Mumbai.
India’s smallest state, Goa offers a great introduction to India where you can get a relaxing taste of the country’s culture, wildlife, and natural beauty without having to navigate your way through crowds and confusion.
The entire state’s population is about one tenth of what you’ll encounter in India’s major cities, though Goa is still well set up for tourism, offering visitors easy transportation and a wide variety of accommodation options.
Hotels in Goa range from affordable basic backpacker hostels to luxury 5-star resorts. Wherever you decide to set yourself up, you’ll find yourself on or near the 100-kilometre coastline that stretches along the Arabian Sea, offering up dozens of picture perfect beaches.
This handy guide to Goa’s top experiences will also allow you to discover why you’ll want to add this coastal gem to your next Indian itinerary.
India is a land of chaotic charm; a country with a civilization dating back to 5500 BC, and a culture which is a pandemonic mix of the modern and the ancient worlds.
While many travelers visit India to experience spirituality, culture, and history, the country also has an incredible natural allure.
From the icy peaks of the Himalayas in the North, to the sun-kissed beaches in the South; from the dry deserts of the west to the wettest place on earth in the east, India is often rightly called the mini world.
The following are 10 of India’s greatest natural wonders, but visit now; with an evolving world climate, some of these sites may not exist for too long.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the tallest building in the world made of bricks, Qutub Minar is a 73-meter high tower that consists of five storeys and a spiral staircase with 379 steps.
Built-in red sandstone, Qutub Minar is a real masterpiece of Mughal Islamic craftsmanship. The design is based on the Minaret of Jam located in Western Afghanistan, which marks where the ancient city of Firuzkuh once stood.
The complex in which it stands is regarded as one of the most famous arrays of historical monuments in Delhi, so if you’re traveling to India it’s highly likely that you’ll find yourself (at some stage) in front of this famous minaret.
But with so much cultural heritage tied to one monument, it would be a shame to visit and not appreciate the story or history behind it.
Based in the Trans-Himalaya region, this is India’s Land of High Passes, also known as “Little Tibet.”
If you’re a beach lover, chances are that Ladakh won’t exactly thrill you. But if you are a nature enthusiast and a fan of the mountains, a trip here definitely won’t disappoint.
What makes Ladakh unique is the landscape. You might be surprised to know that the local population lives at an elevation between 2,700m and 4,500m. Even the capital of Ladakh, the city of Leh, is at an altitude of 3,500, (which can cause travelers some high-altitude symptoms).
And within that spectacular landscape? There are a huge range of tourist places in Ladakh and exciting things to do.
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There are many hill stations throughout India, though Nainital is a well loved favorite. Most (hill stations) were established by European colonists escaping the summer heat, and with over 20 mountain ranges, today they are spread all across India.
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When it comes to stunning islands, we are fortunate to live on a planet where we’re spoiled for choice. From the Greek Islands to some 7,000 that form the Philippines, paradise islands inhabit all corners of the globe.
And whether you’re satisfying a craving for adventure, or searching for a potent Caribbean rum, there are plenty of options that will make you feel worlds away from the urban craziness you’ve traveled to escape.
The following are 10 of the world’s most stunning tourist islands. Leave us a comment at the end and weigh in on your favorite island experiences around the globe.
When considering the best time to visit Andaman Islands in India, most travelers choose to avoid the monsoons. The heavy southwest monsoons are usually over by September, so October generally marks the start of tourist season every year.
But what if you wanted to take an off season vacation and visit during June, July and August to actually experience the monsoon? Sure, it will be raining heavily, but these incredible islands actually become more magical during the rainy season.
Picture this: a rain drenched experience amid tropical rainforests and ancient jungles, (because let’s be honest, sunning on the beach has become so terribly cliche!) where you’ll rub shoulders with elephants, and watch glorious flame-and-purple sunsets.
This is the Andaman Islands as you’ve likely never thought to see it: during the magical season that is the monsoon.
The tag of ‘the most romantic spot on the continent of India’ sits well on Udaipur. Formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, it is known as the city of lakes and palaces; a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan set around a series of shimmering lakes and known for its lavish royal residences.
It is a city which exudes romance and luxury; majestic palaces sit against a backdrop of craggy green hills, whitewashed havelis and bathing ghats are clustered around the waters of the lake, and bustling bazaars and tempting food only add to the city’s natural charms.
Old-world charm and hospitality make Udaipur one of India’s top destinations for the discerning traveller. The city is “far from unspoilt or undiscovered, though remains a richly rewarding place to visit”. While many people spend at least a week, it is possible to take in the main attractions of Udaipur in just a couple of days. Here are the best places to visit.
A 3 to 4 hour drive from Mumbai, Sula Vineyards is the oldest winery in India. It is a fabulous way to unwind from the hectic bustle of city life, where you can discover the place where Indians first experienced wine.
In 1996, Rajeev Samant planted the first wine grapes in Nashik and today this region is India’s premier wine-growing region, producing 80% of the country’s total wine.
Spread over a total of over 3000 acres, Sula’s vineyards are home to some of India’s finest grapes, so if you’re looking for a place for your next wine tour, you should visit Nashik, in Maharashtra state.
This is India’s Napa Valley; after Sula Vineyards was established in 1999, 35 other wineries followed suit in the region over the next decade. It’s quite incredible how one man paved the way for the emergence of India’s Wine Capital.
Popular by the name of “The Pink City”, the Indian city of Jaipur is royalty well personified. Its enormous treasure of history, culture and architecture attracts a huge number of foreign tourists every year, and, full of colorful celebrations, there is a long list of interesting places to visit in Jaipur.
The city of Jaipur is reckoned exotic because of its royal palaces, temples, dance and music everywhere you go. Its charming rural serenity gives a sense of relaxation to every visitor.
Of the incredible places to visit in Jaipur, we have put together a shortlist of the best sightseeing. The following are experiences and Jaipur points of interest you shouldn’t miss!
India is a magical destination, known for its grand architecture and rich cultural heritage. And one of the best ways to experience both is with a stay in a magnificent palace hotel.
Before the Republic of India was born, this was a region divided into 565 kingdoms. So there were (and still are) many opulent palaces, which have been converted into luxury hotels today.
The following is a list of the most incredible palace hotels in India, which will make make even the humblest traveler feel like a Maharaja. These hotels were actually once home to India’s royalty, and in some cases still are.
What is the first thing that comes to mind whenever you think of India? Obviously, you try to picture its varied and diverse culture. But apart from being a land of multilingual and multi-ethnic communities, India has one more feather in its cap: it’s history.
India is probably the only country to boast of a rich and glorious past that spans for more than a 750 centuries. (Almost since the beginning of time!) So it won’t come as a surprise that the country has no less than a 100 monuments in each of its 29 states. You can do the math to arrive at that total!
To visit every single monument is, of course, an impossible task. But the following 7 structures and sites will offer a glimpse into the historical richness of the land.
India is a land of remarkable diversity, though where nature lovers and romantics are concerned, its dramatic terrain is breathtaking, and we recommend heading for the hills.
There are many hill stations throughout India; towns located at a higher elevation than the nearby plain or valley. Most were established by European colonists escaping the summer heat (temperatures in the hills are much cooler), and with over 20 mountain ranges, today they are spread all across India.
With awe-inspiring access to nature, and a romantic seclusion that modern cities rarely offer, choosing a hill station can be a very challenging task. But if you’re a nature lover or looking for a romantic escape, we’ve narrowed your list down to 8.
India is a diverse country full of incredible history, culture, and nature, and one of the most popular ways to explore is by road trip or bus tour.
But I’ve never felt that flashes of a destination through a window is enough to fully experience its true beauty. I believe that “what we see through the windows is nothing but moving pictures which is kind a like watching TV”. After-all, should we not aim to feel and sense our own presence in the scene, as opposed to just watching it?
For this reason I became a fan of motorcycle travel. And where India is concerned, it’s very easy for tourists to buy or rent. But riding a motorcycle on Indian roads is a whole lot different than riding in the west. So, here are my few tips and tricks to easily ride your motorcycle on Indian Roads.
Medical tourism is booming, and people from all around the world have become accustomed to traveling overseas for medical care in another country. Around 8 million patients each year.
Much of the time it comes down to procedures being substantially cheaper overseas, or not being able to find the right treatment at home. And traveling to another country for treatment often means being able to avoid long waiting lists for elective procedures. Though some medical tourists are immigrants who return to their home country for care, and others travel simply so they can avoid questions from family and friends (having the people of Thailand see the bandages from your nose job isn’t quite as bad as walking down the street at home).
The following destinations are leaders within the industry of medical tourism, and we have included information about the procedures they are most popular for. Just remember the golden rule: thoroughly research the clinic and the location before you go!
Are you traveling to Bangalore with an extra couple of days to spare? Are you looking for some fantastic day trip options to make the most of your visit?
Here we have listed 5 amazing day trip options from Bangalore that are perfect for a quick rejuvenating trip (with driving distance beneath each subheading). Bangalore hotels are a great base for the following day trips.
The small and picturesque town of Manali lies in a valley nestled between mountains in the northern state of India, Himachal Pradesh. The beautiful town is the gateway to an ancient trade route that leads to Ladakh and then to the famous Karakoram Pass connecting India and China.
Manali is natures treasure chest with its majestic mountains, flowing streams and rivers and mystical springs. To get a really immersive experience in Manali, one should stay there for at least a week.
There are many good hotels in Manali to suit everyone from the backpacker to the luxury traveler. Once you are settled in, you can embark on your voyage of discovery. Here is a list of top 5 places you must experience when in Manali.
Cloaked from the world by largest mountains and evergreen forests, untouched by modernization, wild, flaunting its serene beauty, and maintaining its natural diversity, the seven sister states in north east India are cluster of varied cultures, languages and people.