Category Archives: India

Diwali Finale and Goodbye India

It’s time to wave goodbye to Mother India, after an amazing month here. My last few days have been spent back with the girls at Press Enclave, slopping around the place and enjoying being in a real home again before … Continue reading

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Post-ashram adjustment in dippy, hippy, new-age Rishikesh

Stepping out of the jeep taxi in the middle of a busy market street in Rishikesh was a strange jolt to the senses. Just half an hour before I’d been soaking up the simplicity at the ashram and now suddenly … Continue reading

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Phool Chatti Ashram – A Very Special Place

Looking back, I can’t exactly remember my reasons for booking a seven day ashram course, other than the fact I had a vague notion that it would be a peaceful break from the noise and city-hopping and I was curious … Continue reading

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Tip-toeing through the Cowshit in Varanasi

Even by Indian standards, Varanasi is a crazy place. I feel I’ve already acclimatised to the ‘million and one sights / sounds / smells hitting you simultaneously in the face’ effect of India, but Varanasi turns up the insanity volume … Continue reading

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Delhi Dallying

I emerged from New Delhi Train Station, blinking in the dusty afternoon sun and still foggy-headed from an early start and a long morning on the slow train. Another busy Indian city to explore and another moment of arriving in … Continue reading

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Agra: Amazing rickshaw rides and happy tears at the Taj

I loved Agra. I’d heard tales that it was a filthy city only worth visiting for the Taj Mahal, full of touts, beggars and people waiting to cash-in on the tourist dollar. In actual fact it is a dirty smelly … Continue reading

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Exploring the realm of the Maharajas in Jaipur

My last day or two in Pushkar was spent at a gentle pace. Time trickled by as I spent lazy lounging hours in the rooftop cafe or wandering around the market. I became a creature of habit, with a morning … Continue reading

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