These are some of the books I read while in India which I would recommend to fellow travellers. Whether you read them before, during or after your time in India I’m sure you’ll enjoy and relate to them. I found it was a great way to get additional insights into my experience in India, and found explanations for things I would otherwise remain clueless about. Even if you have no plans to visit India I’d say they’re all books worth a read regardless.
Afternoon Tea at the Imperial Hotel in Delhi
After 4 months travelling without a cup of ‘real tea’, I was pretty desperate to try the afternoon tea at the Imperial hotel in Delhi.
Often referred to as ‘High Tea’, afternoon tea means having a pot of tea with scones, finger sandwiches and cakes. Generally speaking it’s one of the great British delights in life.
Bus travel around India
Bus travel has to be one of the easiest ways to get around India. Typically it requires very little forethought – you can either turn up on the day, and hop on, or book a seat the day before for peace of mind. I’ve never known the buses to get booked out the way the trains do. Therefore they offer more flexibility. There are various different types of bus in India, and I’ve summarised a few Continue reading
Why you should visit Havelock Island
Havelock island can simply be described as paradise. Located in the Andaman Sea, 1,370km from the mainland of India, and 150km from Indonesia, it is literally in the middle of no where. It’s remote location means it’s incredibly quiet and peaceful, an absolute haven if you’ve been travelling long term through India.
Here are a few reasons you should visit Havelock Island Continue reading
Trekking in Munnar
Munnar is a lush hill station, located in the the south of India. In keeping with most of Kerala, Munnar is incredibly green, and a lovely place to explore. The landscape is predominately tea plantations, and due to its elevation of 1,700m, it’s a fair bit cooler than other areas in India.
Taking the government ferry to Havelock Island
The government ferry system on the Andaman Islands is utterly ridiculous, but it is also by far the cheapest way to travel to Havelock Island from Port Blair A one way ticket only costs 400 rupees, and a return ticket 800 rupees.
There is a slight catch, and that is you have to buy a return ticket. This seems reasonable, as it’s likely you’re only visiting and will want to return to the airport. However, you can only buy the government ferry tickets 3 days in advance. That means if you’re staying a week or two, you cannot buy a ticket for the date you actually want to return.
Travel Budget – India
I knew before leaving that India would be one of the cheaper destinations on my trip. But still I was surprised just how cheap. Over the 102 days I spent in India the costs only amounted to 113,757 rupees (£1,126) total. And averaged out at 1,115 rupees (£11.04) per day. Continue reading
How to arrange a lion safari in Gir National Park
Gir National Park in Gujarat is the only place in the world to see Asiatic Lions in the wild. Despite this fact it is rarely visited by international tourists.
Prior to visiting myself, I found there was an absolute dearth of information online about arranging the lion safaris. I hope this post will help to fill the void!
A stay at the Taj Mahal Palace
On of the highlights of my trip to India had to be the opportunity to stay in the iconic Taj Mahal Palace, located in Mumbai.
Without a doubt this is one the best hotels I have ever stayed, and it was surprisingly affordable. Continue reading
Rafting on the Ganges
Having visited Varanasi at the start of my time in India, I never imagined I would get up close and personal with the Ganges. The holy river is renowned for its high faecal count and general pollution.
However, upon arriving in Rishikesh I soon discovered it was possible go white water rafting on the Ganges. Thankfully in Rishikesh the water is a fair bit cleaner than Varanasi, as its closer to the source of the river.