India

India

India is the most diverse country on earth. From tropical beaches down south up to the chilly Indian Himalayans in the north, the wide open western deserts of Rajasthan stretching all the way to the lush wet rainforests of India's far east, there is no type of climate not found here. That is why there are so many different cultures and dialects found throughout India. Every state, every caste, every corner has a different history, a different story to tell. (This is why most tourists get a six month visa and take their time.)

Most of my 2015 was spent in India. First I drove 3,000km (2,000 miles) across it from west to east during the Rickshaw Run with my traveling buddy Ryan of Lost Boy Memoirs. Then I went to Nepal just in time for a horrendous earthquake. But after that I spent six months traveling different festivals across India and producing a series of tourism videos. All these adventures and more are on The HoliDaze Blog

Highlights of Incredible India  

50 colorful photos from the Pushkar Camel Fair in India, a festival that should be one every travelers' bucket list
The HoliDaze Rickshaw Run guides, stories, tips and videos

India Travel Guides & Advice  

Do you find traditional hotels and resorts uninteresting when out on a vacation? Avid adventurists and nature lovers will say ‘yes’ to this question, and this attitude is the reason why the camping culture around the world is on rise. Camps help you to experience nature at close quarters. Be it on mountains, in deserts or be on beaches, camping is an ideal way of exploring the beauty of nature. India and its diverse geography offer a variety of camping sites where you can spend the night under a moonlit sky, sitting with your friends around a bonfire enjoying the…
Manali is a hill station, a paradise on earth located in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 6400 ft (approx) above sea level. The hill station is near to the Rohtang Pass which has been a trade route in the olden days and even today. It is one of the route to reach Ladakh, another destination which is very amazing. Manali is located on the banks of river Beas and the best time to visit it is from March to July, as after that the weather can play devil at times. You can visualize lots of landslides in the later…
Leh is located at about 3,500 meters above sea level in the corner of Northern India, to be precise in Ladakh near the Indus Valley. It's the most common and most beautiful entry point to the Ladakh region. It is one of the most popular Kashmir tour packages. Surrounded by two of the world's largest mountain ranges and also surrounded by alpine desert; Leh's dry, barren landscape is rich in historic Buddhist monasteries that make it an incredible sight to behold. This guide will help plan your trip in a better way. How Do You Get To Leh & Ladakh?…
Having a great significance among the devotees of Hindu, Chardham Yatra is a famous Hindu pilgrimage tour in Uttarakhand. It is believed that the yatra washes away all the wrong doings and sins of the devotee and opens the door to salvation. It is certainly a must-visit destination for all the travelers who are spiritual at heart. Large numbers of devotees frequent this holy and auspicious yatra and pay homage to these shrines every year from all round the globe. There is a belief among the devotees that visiting these shrines removes all the sins a person has committed, including…
India is not easy to define, because this vast land is as diverse geographically and demographically as it gets and there are rituals and the traditions that vary virtually from village to village. You will be surprised to know that are over a hundred major languages in addition to nearly two-thousand other minor languages in the country. So even if you are a linguist, you need to be a magician to be able to master all these languages. The geographical difference among its different parts is also pretty apparent, as on one side you have the magnificent Himalaya, while on…
This coastal metropolis is India’s Gotham City. Home to more than fifteen million people, Mumbai shows extremes of both debauchery and deprivation. Do not be surprised to find a custom-made Jaguar navigating its way through a street saturated with bicycles, foot-traffic and a variety of animals. The disparity of the city is as striking as it is omnipresent. Formerly known as Bombay, the city was rechristened with its original moniker of Mumbai, derived from the Hindu goddess Mumba Devi, a few years ago. Mumbai has a lot to offer for the eager traveler. The city is full of ancient temples…
A wildlife tourism trip is always exciting and adventurous. I have covered various Tiger resevres in my previous journeys and an encounter with tiger has always been thrilling but this time I had planned a different jungle safari and intended to cover the Asiatic Lions at Gir Gujarat, the only place in the world to see the Asiatic lions in the wild. Gir is located in the southwest portion of Gujarat and can be reached by road or air. (The nearest airport is Jamnagar / Ahmedabad.) The nearest city is Veraval in south and Junagarh in North. But in all…
India is a wonderful place to visit but is a vast country which cannot be covered in one vacation. The food and the people are so good that you will like to come back to India again and again. The country is incredible....true to its slogan INCREDIBLE INDIA. Now let me present you with 10 important tips that may prove helpful when you visit India. 1 First of all I would like to mention that India as seen by many is not a poor country. You will get all the ameneties provdied that you book in advance and have the…
Taj Mahal, the beautiful palace that symbolises love and romance, is one of the monuments that every traveler to India should visit with their special someone. It has withstood the test of time as a magnet of love and when you walk in with your second half that feeling of romance comes alive even stronger. I believe it is Mumtaz and Shahjahan's soul that inculcates the feel of love and romance in this place and attracts thousands of visitors daily...although some do surely come for the grandeous architecture. Otherwise people like me would never ever turn up on what is…
Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of India biggest state, Rajasthan. The first impression of Rajasthan is reflected by desert, camel and mustached men. The famous Thar Desert is the main cause of this perception, although people often forget that it also is home to the tiger reserved forest and a famous bird sanctuary, as well as the City of Lakes. Facts such as water crisis and the dry Aravali Range strengthen the feel of Rajasthan being dry and desert-like. However as soon as monsoon arrives the brown and dry looks of Arvali altogether changes to…
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