Once known by the name of Bombay, Mumbai is one of India’s most vibrant cities. The interesting history of colonial occupation, blended with traditional religion and culture, gives the city a unique character, and one that will give any trip an exceptional touch.
India is vast and diverse, and the number of transportation options is quite varied. From trains to buses to cars to rickshaws, we’ve broken it all down for your travel research.
Agra welcomes millions of visitors every year to visit the Taj Mahal. While the Taj Mahal is well-deserving of all the limelight, there are other tourist attractions in Agra that cannot be missed. Tourists who visit the Taj Mahal can easily visit monuments like the Mehtab Bagh, Agra Fort, Akbar’s tomb and Fatehpur Sikri. Exploring all these monuments will give a decent understanding of the history of the Mughal Empire and how significant Agra was to its rulers.
Ladakh, the land of supernatural landscapes, is for the traveler, not the tourist. Away from the city’s comforts, nature in all its rawness renders a serenity made possible not by a casual visit, but being one with it. You may be a solo backpacker, meanderer, or part of pack of adrenaline hunters, Ladakh has space for all. We are after the road less taken, the destination less sought. Hidden in the farthest corners of this land are gems hidden in valleys, villages, vivid lives of people who live closest to nature.
If you would find yourself one bright Sunday morning footloose and fancy free in Rishikesh—by the holy river, soaking in old world charms of a quaint temple town, of adventure in the hidden nooks of river cliffs and forests deep, a day full of exhilarating perils and overcoming prayers—Rishikesh really sets one’s imaginations running! And it’s a doable dream at that too, whether you are tripping solo or with a merry bunch of partners-in-crime.
Do you enjoy visiting exotic countries? Then India is one place you cannot miss. The colorful nature, the diverse people, and lively atmosphere will make you fall in love with what you find there in an instant. Many tourists are scared to visit India because of the rawness and wildness of the country, but if you choose the destination wisely, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Visiting India is one experience you won’t be able to forget any sooner. India impresses mostly through culture and food. Indian cuisine is famous all around the world, so if you are a fan of eccentric dishes, this is the place for you. More than that, the varied cultures and the strong faith of people will make you feel like you visit a sacred sanctuary. Genuine experiences can be felt only in the middle of the locals.
Yes, it’s true – visiting a foreign country can be cheaper than living at home. Depending on your travel style and your destination, traveling abroad can be significantly cheaper than the sum of all of the costs associated with living in the U.S.
Our infographic, Traveling Abroad is Cheaper than Staying Home, shows how the costs stack up. We compare the cost of living in five U.S. cities to the average costs of travel in five different countries around the world. The results can be quite surprising and inspirational.
Many travelers take off every year, leaving their jobs, homes, and belongings behind to experience the joy of long term travel. Hopefully some of these statistics in our infographic will encourage you to do the same. If you can give up your job for a little while (or if you’re unemployed), and can minimize your expenses at home, travel can become a financial reality.
Hanne has been to over 50 countries, and we interviewed her about her adventures. She has managed to do what most people dream of – find a way to travel while working it into her career! With opportunities to live in so many different places, usually for a much longer time than a typical traveler will stay in one place, she has been able to dive deep into many amazing destinations around the world.
This week’s photos are from our time in Varanasi, India (also known as Benares). The River Ganges flows through the city and is considered the holiest place in the world for Hindus. People come to bathe and cleanse themselves in the river along the many ghats which descend from the city streets into the river.
India is huge, fascinating, multicultural, and overwhelming. It’s also very inexpensive, so hopefully this week’s Photo Friday will tempt you to visit.