Goodbye India – Country of extremes and contradictions

Goodbye India – Country of extremes and contradictions

India… the country which smells like diesel, swirling dust, sweet chewing tobacco, and incense. Where everyone believes they are the king of the road, but in the end they are all overruled and stopped by the slowest creatures on earth: cows. Where everyone is eager to help you if you have a problem or need to arrange something. Where fortresses, built to defend against enemies, are nowadays a safe haven for young lovers who are unable to show their love…

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A lovely weekend in Haridwar and Rishikesh!

A lovely weekend in Haridwar and Rishikesh!

After being in Delhi since February we were keen to go somewhere less busy and chaotic, and preferably with more nature. We were also very curious about visiting the Ganges river with its many rituals and spiritual people, so we therefore decided to go north to Haridwar and Rishikesh, where the Himalayas begin. We boarded the train at Ghaziabad on a Thursday morning around 6.30am. The view from the train window was again different than on our other journeys: it…

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Rajasthan roundtrip – Part 5: Jaipur

Rajasthan roundtrip – Part 5: Jaipur

This is the fifth and final blog of our roundtrip through Rajasthan. Please also read our stories about Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Pushkar! The final destination of our roundtrip through Rajasthan was the pink city of Jaipur, which we reached after a short 2,5 hour trip by train from Pushkar. When we stepped out of the train we were immediately approached by “Raj, from Rajasthan”, who offered to bring us to our hotel with his tuktuk. He was a friendly…

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Rajasthan Roundtrip – Part 4: Pushkar

Rajasthan Roundtrip – Part 4: Pushkar

This is the fourth blog of our Rajasthan Roundtrip. Please also read our stories about Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Jaipur! We left Jodhpur at 7am, meaning that for the first time during our trip we could enjoy a train ride by day light! It was very nice to watch the world passing by and see the people of India waking up through our train window. From Jodhpur it only took us 5,5 hours to reach Ajmer, where we took a taxi to…

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Rajasthan Roundtrip – Part 3: Jodhpur + tips for celebrating Holi!

Rajasthan Roundtrip – Part 3: Jodhpur + tips for celebrating Holi!

This is the third blog of our Rajasthan Roundtrip. Please also read our stories about Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Pushkar and Jaipur! From Jaisalmer it only took us 5½ hours to reach Jodhpur by train, where we arrived late in the evening. The first impressions of Jodhpur were interesting. The streets were very narrow – so narrow that cars cannot drive there – but they were crowded with people, and after every few metres people had lightened bonfires. Was there a riot going on? Not…

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How do we experience living in Delhi, India?

How do we experience living in Delhi, India?

We are halfway into our India adventure, and therefore we believe it is time for an update! We are posting a lot of stories and pictures of our trips and beautiful hotspots, but we should be honest with you: that is not what our daily life looks like at all! So, why aren’t we posting more about our daily lives then? Simple answer: it is just not that interesting. The main reason why we are to India is because Stephan…

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Rajasthan Roundtrip – Part 2: Jaisalmer

Rajasthan Roundtrip – Part 2: Jaisalmer

This is the second blog of our Rajasthan Roundtrip. Please also read our stories about Bikaner, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Jaipur! We arrived in Jaisalmer at 5am in the morning, after a trip by night train from Bikaner whereby we did not catch much sleep. Despite our tiredness and the cold morning breeze, we enjoyed the short tuktuk-ride from the station to our hotel very much! The differences between Delhi and Bikaner were huge, but the differences between Bikaner and Jaisalmer were big as…

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Rajasthan roundtrip – Part 1: Bikaner

Rajasthan roundtrip – Part 1: Bikaner

This is the first blog of our Rajasthan Roundtrip. Please also read our stories about Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pushkar and Jaipur! Our roundtrip through Rajasthan started off very late on a Tuesday evening, when we boarded the night train to Bikaner. It was our first experience travelling by night train, and although we didn’t sleep much it was not bad either! It was clean, quiet, and the train was perfectly on time. At 6am in the morning, and about 400 kilometers further, we jumped out of…

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Our weekend in Agra (incl. many pictures!)

Our weekend in Agra (incl. many pictures!)

Having spent two weeks in Delhi and Noida, it was time for us to escape the big city for a moment – hoping to find some rest in the slightly smaller city of Agra. We booked a train for Friday at 6am, and after a short trip of only 2 hours we arrived in Agra. We were curious about travelling by train in India, but the first experience was very good! For 750 rupees p.p. (bit more than 10 euros),…

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Visiting the elephants of Wildlife SOS

Visiting the elephants of Wildlife SOS

During our visit to Agra last weekend, we also visited the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre of Wildlife SOS – which is only 1 hour away from Agra. We read about the centre on National Geographic, and were immediately enthusiastic! So we booked a day and a time-slot, and drove off in excitement. The centre warmly welcomed us with tea and cookies. We were the only visitors at that time, so we received a private tour. The guide started with…

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