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    One day in Mumbai, India

    If you happen to travel through or to Mumbai and only get to stay for a few hours, that’s still amazing! I mean even though it’s not a lot – and India always always has something to explore and discover – a bit of it is still better than none of it 🙂 As always in life there are at least 2 (or more) options.   You may decide to check in at a fancy hotel, jump into your swim suit and relax at the pool. Get in your workout at the gym. Treat yourself like a king or queen by ordering room service. Or have a nice spa day.…

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    An interview with an Indian shop owner – Gita’s story

    During my stay at Agonda beach I met a young lady who owned 2 shops along the only street that led through the little town. She was known among the visitors and travellers for her good prices. Gita and her husband run the two shops with such joy and honest smiles that I wanted to know more, and asked them a few questions:   Me: How does a normal day look like for you? Gita: We get up at 7am. Around 8am we open the shop and start to prepare it for the day. We set up the jewelry and books on the table and hang up the clothes.  …

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    Food in India

    In a previous blog post I mentioned the huge gap between poor and rich. Not only is this division clearly visible when it comes to where people live, but also where they eat. In Delhi we have been invited to a Champagne brunch in an extremely nice and luxurious building. Once entered the complex with water fountains, blossoming gardens, pools and golfing areas, I couldn’t believe I was in India where poverty, hunger and dirt exist just on the other side of the fence. And this surely was not the only de luxe complex.   Contrary to such locations and numerous 5 star hotels and restaurants, which offer international cuisine,…

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    The streets of India

    Compared to Australia, European countries as well as northern America, Asia is very very different. A lot of the citizens live in poverty, streets are crowded and dirty often times, and tradition and culture couldn’t be more unlike.   Personally Asia fascinates me – with all its colors and intense smells, the friendliness of the citizens, the language and the way of living – but there for sure are people who dislike Asia. However I do believe that this is based on a “cultural shock”. It is not only in travelling, but when one has expectations about something and it turns out to be different one is unhappy about the…

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    2 weeks India – what to see and do

    India is a really big country and if you don’t want to spend most of your time on the plane or in a car hurrying to get to places, then I recommend to pick a part of the country and only travel through this specific area. India is just way too big to see everything in 2 weeks. During our time there we travelled through the northern part, and stopped at a few cities around Delhi. I wouldn’t have done it any other way! Initially it can be said that historic monuments, museums and markets determine the cityscape all throughout the country.   Delhi We started and ended our tour…

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    Travel Tips for India

    Know what you want to see and experience Do some researches about what India has to offer and spend some good time thinking about what you want your trip to be like. Would you rather see the countryside, relax at beaches, become part of their traditions, or would you rather travel to the big cities and see some famous sights? Or maybe a mix of all? Come up with a plan and schedule your days – when to be where and what to do. You may also consider booking hotels/hostels/homestays in advance so you don’t have to bother with any of that while you would actually want to have fun…

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    How to get around in Delhi

    HOHO bus HOHO means “hop on hop off” and is a sightseeing route covering important tourist destination. Visitors are able to hop on or hop off at any stops along the way and visit the sights that are located on the route. From 8am till 8pm every 30 minutes a bus stops at the bus points marked with the HOHO sign. It is a great way to get around and see lots of sights in a short amount of time.   public transportation 2.1. Delhi metro In term of length Delhi’s metro is the world’s 12th largest metro system which makes it easy to travel fast and safe. 2.2. public…

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    16 sights to visit in Delhi, India

    Old Delhi(=walled city) The lively, chaotic Old Delhi with its narrow alleys, founded in 1639, is a must to visit. Back then chic gardens, mosques and mansions as well as elegant people dominated the cityscape. Nowadays it is a pretty crowded area with a rustic charm, narrow lanes and tiny shops, and an important part of Delhi.   New Delhi (=the British city) New Delhi was designed by British architects and also called “the British city”. Compared to Old Delhi it is a lot less chaotic, but rather tidy and neat. New Delhi is the capital city of India, and residents the Indian government as well as many international organisations.…