Assi Ghat | A great place to stay in Varanasi

The Hindu city of Varanasi is India’s, and one of the world’s, most religious and oldest living cities. Also known as Banaras or Banares, it was actually the last stop on this two month journey around India. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better end to the trip so I couldn’t wait to write about it!… Read more

Booking train tickets in India and a common scam to avoid

When talking about my experience travelling from Delhi to Agra I mentioned that it is worth booking train tickets as far in advance as possible in India. If you’re on a tight schedule or as soon as you know your plans it’s best to get that purchase out the way. It’s not fun missing out on something you were desperate to do or see (ahem, Holi) or having to stay somewhere longer than you would have liked because you left booking a little too late.… Read more

Udaipur | Seeing, cooking and eating in the lake city

Udaipur is often labelled as one of the most romantic cities in India. It is situated in the vibrant state of Rajasthan and is easily one of my favourite destinations. Although a desert region, Rajasthan boasts so much colour, history, tradition and culture. The train and bus journeys around the state are usually spent staring out the window, mesmerized by the increase in beautifully embroidered saris, heavy silver jewellery and colourful turbans.… Read more

Delhi to Agra on second class unreserved

It’s quite common for trains to depart late in India, especially in the north. And when I say late I’m talking at least an hour or two. The longest delay I’ve heard over the public address system was nineteen hours! (Never again will I complain about the National Rail in England). This doesn’t go for all train journeys of course, but when you add a few unnecessary stops in the middle of the Indian countryside you should generally prepare for a bit of delay.… Read more

“Welcome to India!”

The first three words shouted at us by a street worker whilst emerging out of the taxi from the airport onto the wild streets of Delhi. You soon find yourself uttering these same three words when any kind of insanity occurs in this incredibly diverse and, to the outsider, crazy country.… Read more