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  

Recently discovered the White Owl Brewery in Mumbai, a warehouse-like brewery bistro located in Lower Parel at Indiabulls Center. The White Owl was conceptualized by two young entrepreneurs with fancy business degress from the USA who returned to India to set up the “Owl”. Their commitment to detail is evident by their teaming up with Obataimu Design Studio to engineer a rather unique creative concept. Right from the interior design to the menu, everything is beautifully crafted to suit the tastes of the young professional, bright-eyed entrepreneur and anyone with a free spirit. At The White Owl, old world objects…
After vowing that we would be on full alert, all systems go, eyes peeled and ears cocked, money changed, visas opened and as on guard and vigilant as we could possibly appear...turns out Delhi airport was nowhere near as scary, hectic or confusing as we were incessantly warned it would be. In fact, it was one of the calmest, most relaxed and organised arrivals hall of our whole trip. Our first impression of India had caught us completely off guard. So many people had made cutting comments, taken sharp intakes of breath and mumbled something about us ‘ being in…
Whilst in Madurai, a heaving, working, ancient shouting city of blackish earth streets and slow-moving buffalo in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, we take a rickshaw to Meenakshi Amman Temple. The 30-minute drive lasts for an eternity, and I disembark with a dam of unshed tears. Cycling through the slums, weaving in and out of sloppy wet mud and through rivulets of brown sewage, swerving to avoid mounds of waste and trying not to scrape against corrugate hut walls or bump into clay shacks, shatters my thoughts into shards of painful glass that stab at my chest. The people…
Gujarat is one of the most aggressively marketed states in India from the tourism point of view. So when I got a wedding invite from a friend (with Ahmedabad as venue) I seized the opportunity with both hands. And Gujarat hasn't let me down. The trip itself was short but quite memorable. We spent a day in Ahmedabad and got a taste of the famed Gujarati Thali. The meal was sumptuous and I ate more than my fill. Ahmedabad is like any another bustling Indian city. A mix of the new and the old, of the organized and the chaotic.…
Like most countries, India’s north and south are worlds apart. While Delhi and Jaipur pedestal grand architecture and royal palaces, Kerala boasts that it is ‘God’s Own Country’. And it is as though God himself has picked this tiny part of the world for His own. The rice paddies, the tea plantations, the coconut groves, its backwaters, beaches, cliffs and the sunshine: Kerala really does have it all. And then, pinned to the chest of this southern state, there is Varkala. It is our fifth consecutive day by the beach. The sun is hiding in its milky cloud sky and…
Kerala is literally a paradise set in green! And the Kerala backwaters is one of its unique attractions. National Geographic Traveler has tagged the Kerala backwaters as one of the top 50 Must-Visit Tourist Destinations in the World. What Are The Kerala Backwaters? The Kerala backwaters consist of a chain of brackish (a mix of saltwater and fresh) lagoons and lakes lying almost parallel to the western coast of the state. These backwaters stretch from one end of Kerala to the other. You can enjoy the vivid yet varied glimpses of Kerala culture while experiencing its pristine backwaters. Come with…
The Jungle Book tour in Goa, India, truly is one of a kind. With so many new activities and experiences that the average tourist would never normally encounter this is, for many, a one off opportunity! I will tell you about it now. We were collected from our hotel in the resort in the morning and after picking up all of the other tourists we drove for around 2 hours to the spice plantation. The spice plantation was just as expected -- an area where they grew lots of spices! They gave us a talk about how each spice grows…
Rajasthan's royal forts, palaces, and havelis have marked itself high on the tourist trail. The luxury of the kings and queens, the princely state and the comforts of the royals have now open to the world. Lots of old forts and palaces are opened to the guest for their comfort stay as well as royal treatment and luxury. Some of the royal ones are listed here with a brief description of what makes them unique and worth visiting. The famous forts of Rajasthan include: Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajsamand, near Udaipur UNESCO World Heritage Site Built by Rana Kymbha, this fortress has…
Rajasthan as known as a state in India where you can find deserts, lakes, mountains and valleys, as well as amazing arts, crafts, architecture and history. Rajasthani culture is symbolized by camels and desert, traditional costumes and mustaches, royal havelis and palaces, special spicy food with mouth watering desserts, enriched traditions, and great hospitality, especially towards foreign guests. That is why they have said for decades "padharo mare desh" -- "WELCOME TO OUR LAND". Rajasthan has all the ingredients to be a perfect Destination for Royal wedding. Traditional Rajasthani camel herder If you want to find a destination that is…
Even in India, a nation that is flooded with cultural symbolism, history and numerous religious practices, Jaipur stands apart from the others. The city not only reflects the above mentioned practices but also incorporate rich heritage of craft and art. The Nahargarh Fort, which used to guard the Pink City, now overlooks the growth and prosperity of the modern Jaipur. It has seen various chapters of Jaipur history from its existence to India independence and still today, it silently observes the growth of the city. The city of Jaipur, built by Sawai Jai Singh II, was heavily fortified, since the…
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