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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Watch your shoes - it's the Dog Poo Scam

Written by koshkha on 28 Aug, 2013

This particular scam is one I’ve often read about but hadn’t ever experienced until we were in Delhi in 2012. I knew the scam – unfortunately my gullible husband didn’t, and he’s the one on whom it was perpetrated. Luckily it didn’t cost him too…Read More


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The Man and the Town

Written by koshkha on 27 Aug, 2013

If you're reading my reviews about Dharamsala and thinking "Why on earth would anyone go there?" then the purpose of this is to explain where the attraction lies. The Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has a lot of cities and many of them get largely…Read More


The road to Dharamsala

Written by koshkha on 24 Aug, 2013

We left our base at the Sun Park hotel in Manali to head off to Dharamsala but things started a little slowly. Our poor driver, Mr Singh, was late arriving because he’d been staying in a drivers’ hostel where there was no hot water in…Read More


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Multinational Eateries in Delhi

Written by phileasfogg on 12 Aug, 2013

Till well into the 90s, Delhi wasn’t a very happening place when it came to non-Indian food. True, fancy five-star hotels did have good restaurants that served everything from French haute cuisine to the "best dimsums outside Hong Kong" (as a Chinese-born friend of mine…Read More


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Kochi: An Overview

Written by phileasfogg on 16 Jun, 2013

Kochi (or Cochin) has its own special place in history, because this was one of the biggest, busiest and most prosperous cities on the early spice route. It acted as an entrepôt for the spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, long pepper, turmeric, etc—which grew all along the…Read More


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Mall Road Manali

Written by koshkha on 27 May, 2013

Many Indian cities have a street called ‘Mall Road’ and Manali is no exception. I cannot be sure, but my assumption is that it’s a generic term referring to a pedestrian street with only very limited vehicular access. The most famous of the Mall Roads…Read More


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Thoughts on Indian Dogs

Written by koshkha on 19 May, 2013

There's a typical Indian dog on which all others seem to be based. He – or she – is mid-sized, standing about knee high to a typical adult and is most likely to be gingery brown although black and tan varieties are also common. What…Read More


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A Wedding in Vashisht - Maybe

Written by koshkha on 18 May, 2013

After a long day of tourism, we were pretty much ready to head back to the hotel for a snooze but Mr Singh, our driver, had other instructions and wasn’t letting us go anywhere until he’d ticked off all the attractions on his list. The…Read More


Indian 24-hour Hotel Check-In

Written by koshkha on 14 May, 2013

Whether you book directly with Indian hotels or use international hotel booking sites, sooner or later you’ll probably come across the concept of ’24 hour check-in’. I believe – though I can’t be sure – that it’s a uniquely Indian idea and it’s one which…Read More


Is a weekend enough to see Mangalore?

Written by koshkha on 14 May, 2013

When we told people our holiday plans included a weekend in Mangalore, we got used to their reactions. Most would correct us – thinking that we were obviously a bit stupid or suffering from speech impediments. "Ah yes" they would say "Bangalore, centre of India’s…Read More


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