Searching for Tranquility in Northern India

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No matter how much research or planning you do before your holiday to India, nothing can prepare you for the culture shock of arriving in Delhi. Having been on a relatively tranquil holiday to Goa and Kerala 5 years ago, I thought I was prepared for a bit of jostling and staring on our trip to Rajasthan and the Golden Triangle, but this was another level. I had planned our two week trip to be a taster of the royal state, plenty of palaces and forts and vibrant towns bursting with colour and street food. But it wasn’t long before the bubble burst and we realised it wasn’t going to be as easy as we thought. The noise of the horns beeping was unbearable compared to the blissful beaches of Thailand we’d been sitting on 2 days before. I was stared at relentlessly and shocked numerous times on the first day by the beggars and dying cows in the road. I was going to have to make some serious changes to this trip if we were to enjoy it.

(All photos in this post are from our trip, and mostly credited to my partner, Mickael Augello)

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6 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in India

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India is a huge and varied country and if you’re planning a holiday there, it will be an experience you’ll never forget, but you want to make sure that’s for the right reasons. The first thing to note is that it will be a very different trip depending on where you go. Most people choose to head to Goa and Kerala for a chilled out hedonistic holiday by the beach, others choose Rajasthan for the historical forts and palaces or if you’re into yoga or trekking the Northern States might be more up your street. Whichever area you go for, don’t forget that this is a country like no other, and mishaps can be easily avoided by following some of my key tips.
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