Visiting India

Once a destination for wannabe yogis, India now attracts both the intrepid and the cosmopolitan with backcountry villages and vibrant cities. The Taj Mahal in Agra astounds as a gleaming expression of love, the Elephanta Caves depict India’s royal past, and Darjeeling reveals fields of potent tea. Once a destination for wannabe yogis, India now attracts both the intrepid and the cosmopolitan with backcountry villages and vibrant cities. The Taj Mahal in Agra astounds as a gleaming expression of love, the Elephanta Caves depict India’s royal past, and Darjeeling reveals fields of potent tea.    Close

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Pre-paid or Fleet cars?

Written by koshkha on 21 Nov, 2013

If you want to take a taxi from an Indian airport you will have plenty of choices but they can be confusing. If it’s your very first time in India, I would recommend to splash out a bit and ask your hotel to send a…Read More


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Lunch at the HMI Canteen

Written by koshkha on 19 Nov, 2013

One of my top tips for a snack lunch in Darjeeling is the canteen at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which offers super-cheap filling food, wholesome and filling enough to help you go out and climb a mountain in the afternoon. It’s worth knowing this place…Read More


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Dharma Bodh Ashram

Written by koshkha on 18 Nov, 2013

Our driver seemed determine to make sure we got our share of temples and after two Buddhist temples and monasteries, he took us back into Kalimpong town and dropped us at a third. He didn’t tell us anything about it so it was only once…Read More


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The Bangalore Literature Festival: Books, books, and more books

Written by phileasfogg on 06 Nov, 2013

Talking at one of the sessions ('The anatomy of literature festivals') at the Bangalore Literature Festival, a writer referred to the sudden proliferation of literary festivals in India as "let a million flowers bloom", which is really what this festival is: another one, following in…Read More


Air India Domestic Flights

Written by koshkha on 03 Nov, 2013

A few years ago we took a flight with Air India Express from Mumbai to Kochi. The flights were very cheap, but boy did the experience FEEL cheap. The plane was old, battered and the seats were so squeezed in that we almost had our…Read More


Mumbai Airport Domestic Terminal

Written by koshkha on 02 Nov, 2013

We have previously flown from Mumbai’s International airport terminal but never from the Domestic terminal – even when we’d flown domestic flights with Air India’s budget arm, Air India Express. This time we were flying with ‘Air India proper’ and using the Domestic Terminal. We’d…Read More


The Charity Donation Scam

Written by koshkha on 05 Sep, 2013

The Charity Donation scam was one of the first I was ever warned about on my first trip to India. The warning on that occasion related to a particular version of this over-worked technique which was based on the use of small flag pins. The…Read More


The Closed Hotel Scam

Written by koshkha on 02 Sep, 2013

This scam is not one I’ve ever personally fallen for but I’ve been set up for it a few times and been able to avoid it because I’m a control freak of the first degree and I like to know exactly where I’m going to…Read More


My Uncle's Emporium - retail commission scams

Written by koshkha on 01 Sep, 2013

This next scam is not an exclusively Indian one but it’s one I first learned about in India. It’s particularly rife in the most touristic areas of the country – Delhi, the Golden Triangle, Rajastan are all places you can be sure to see this…Read More


The Baby Milk Scam

Written by koshkha on 29 Aug, 2013

The baby milk scam is one which we observed outside the Dalai Lama’s temple in Dharamsala and a little bit of googling established that this is one of the main places where tourists have seen this particular technique in operation. It’s not exclusively an Indian…Read More


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