To really see the Varanasi is to see the Ghats (series of steps leading to holy river)- and what better way than from the river Ganges. Boat rides are offered almost anywhere. Most popular times are sunrise and sunset. Sunset boat ride will provide the view of ceremony on the Ghat, which can also be … Continue reading Varanasi pictures and boat ride
Global Pagoda is listed in Lonely Planet as number one attraction in Mumbai. Indeed, it’s a fabulous building for it’s unique architecture- It is the words biggest hall made entirely by locked bricks technique- There are no walls or pillars inside the Pagoda, just massive open space that can easily fit 8 000 people inside. Global … Continue reading Global Vipassana Pagoda in Mumbai
Your trip to India is not complete without a train ride. Train ride is much like the whole India- unpredictable, versatile and mysterious. If you’re open-hearted you might mingle with local people and you’ll have enough time to make new friends. Choose first class coach for your first travel, but later or if you feel … Continue reading Traveling by Train in India
If you’ve been to Thailand you probably enjoyed the ease and simplicity of washing the laundry because they have laundry shops on every corner – Not in India. India provides fewer laundry shops and the quality of service is different. Places near Ganges wash in the river and sometimes dry on the floor (which can be … Continue reading Laundry service in India
India is big and the weather is much different depending on the exact location. Weather is also dictated by the time of the year. Dry season means a lot of dust everywhere, while the raining season brings moisture and mud. You should avoid bringing your best pair of shoes or snickers because walking surfaces in … Continue reading What kind of shoes to bring to India
There in no shortage of pharmacies in India. Be aware that many are Ayurvedic pharmacies and don’t sell real medicine. Pharmacy can be a closed space with white walls and neon banner advertising some cosmetic product but more often it will look like this- unattractive open space with a sign: The pharmacist might not … Continue reading Buying Medicine in India – Indian Pharmacy
You’ll encounter two types of toilets in India- locals call them Indian toilet – you don’t sit on it, instead you squat English toilet – you sit on it, europe-like toilet Most hotels and guesthouses will have English toilet. Most of low cost accommodation will not provide toilet paper with it. Find out more about … Continue reading What kind of bathroom to expect in India?
Here are few images from menus in low/ medium budget restaurants. Prices are from January 2015 so if you’re reading this much later prices might be very different: Prices of Indian Food in USD Main dishes: from 1 USD to 2 USD Drinks and Chai: from 0.5 USD to 1 USD Mumbai has 50% higher … Continue reading Average meal price in India
Here are some unexpected hygiene issues I encountered in India: Dirty beddings – Low and middle budget hotels will not change sheets for new guests, they change sheets once a month or so. If you prefer not to sleep in same sheets as a previous few guest ask hosts to put clean sheets Even clean sheets are not … Continue reading Hygiene shocks to expect in India
Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy in India when it comes to water. Water is not drinkable in almost all parts of India. Not even in the north near the Himalayas. The best precaution you can take is to buy bottled water. When buying water make sure it is properly closed … Continue reading Drinking Water in India
Most of the scams in India are innocent – they will not endanger you but only make you pay something more than it’s worth. Here are a few I faced, please let me know if you know of others as well: barber scam- guy approaches you and offers to shave you- you arrange the price … Continue reading List of Scams in India
If you know the regular price in advance tell the driver- can you take me to e.g. Leopolds Caffe for 100 Rupees? If he says no- leave to find another one. Chances are, he will go after you and say- 100 Rupees is OK. If you ask for the price than the driver might say- … Continue reading How to bargain with a Taxi driver?
It is indescribable how tired one can get from constant nagging. Unfortunately, tourist places in India (Rishikesh, Varanasi, Agra…) are a non-stop sources of that. If you’re a tourist, especially white-skinned one, you will be offered rickshaw, Taxi, Shopping, Food, MoneyChange, Hashish, Guide and many other things. You will be asked for a few rupee … Continue reading How to get free from people constantly offering something on the street
This is my experience so please use it as a warning. I came to Delhi in the middle of the night by plane. I had a hotel pre booked so I felt safe. You have 2 options, to use regular taxi or a pre-paid taxi service. I was advised to use the prepaid taxi and … Continue reading Arriving to Delhi, India safe – Warnings for first time visitors
Bodhgaya is for buddhists what Mecca is for muslims. It is the place Gotama Buddha chose for his biggest life project – self awakening. He set under the Bodhi Tree for 40 days. That exact spot is clearly marked by the tree and the stupa (the tree is a close relative from the original Bodhi tree). Arriving to … Continue reading All you need to know about Bodhgaya, India
Some statistics say that 80% of tourists get some kind of stomach issues in India. I don’t know if it’s true but I’m the one of those “lucky ones” who got a worse case of Diarrhoea in India. Diarrhoea prevention tips Never drink unfiltered water. Use only bottled water and make sure it was properly closed … Continue reading How to prevent and cure Diarrhea in India
Yes and no- indian food can be spicy but they use green chilli, not the red one. Green chilli is spicy but, unlike red chilli, it is good for the stomach. You won’t get diarrhea from green chilli. Which doesn’t mean you’ll avoid diarrhea in India. Almost 80% of travelers do experience problems but mostly … Continue reading Is Indian Food spicy?
There are 3 things people come to Rishikesh for- Hiking/ Trekking Yoga Hindu Spirituality If you like trekking you’ll love rishikesh. It is situated just on the gateway to Himalaya. 5 000 meter Tops are nearby. Also, Rishikesh is world yoga center with more than 100 Yoga places and ashrams. Almost everyone does yoga in … Continue reading What to do in Rishikesh?
If you come from New Delhi, Rishikesh will seem like a quiet place, if from anywhere else in a world it will be a busy, noisy place full of cow manure . If you’re in Yoga stay in one of many ashrams, we recommend Omkarananda Ashram guest house. It has nice view of Ganges … Continue reading Where to stay in Rishikesh?
Taxi/ Rickshaw If you arrange the price in advance than you’re not expected to tip. If your taxi is going by the meter it is customary to tip around 5% of the amount. In Mumbai, one driver, after taking me to destination, showed me the note saying that service charge is 5%. Sometimes, taxi driver … Continue reading How much and how to tip in India?
Airports offer the worst exchange rate so if you arrive by plane and need some Indian Rupees for taxi you should exchange small amount of money (50 EUR or USD is minimum), and later exchange the rest. Most of the hotels will provide reasonable exchange rates for buying Indian Rupees. If you really want to get … Continue reading Where to exchange money when traveling India?