Is Solo Female Train Travel in India Safe?

One of my favourite things about India is the train travel.  Planning a trip to India as a (solo) female traveller there are plenty of articles and blog posts out there about safety tips for women. What I couldn't find much information on, however, was train travel...

What you Need to Know to Plan Train Travel in India.

Those who've been to India will know. Unlike other countries, train travel in India is many things. But being 'turn-up-and-go' is definitely not one of them, especially not for foreigners.   I tend to subscribe to the saying that you haven't been to India (let alone...

Night Train to… The Land of Kings.

For me there’s something inescapably romantic about the names of the train routes in India.

Regardless of the reality of a long journey, it’s far more tempting to get swept away by names like the “Island Express”, the

Rajasthan: An Ethical Travel Guide.

Ethical Travel in Rajasthan. Rajasthan is a true state of contrasts. From desert scrub to holy lakes, one thing that is hard to grasp for the first-time (or even repeat) visitor is the sheer size of the place. I was fortunate enough to have three weeks to explore the...

Discovering the Real Desert in Rajasthan.

Sand and sun stretched before me, as far as my eyes could see. Dotted with huts, buildings and endless scrub, I'd left any romantic visions of mountainous sand dunes and empty desert at home. After all, this is India and not Arabia. Spotless and dramatic sand dunes...

Chandelao Garh: Staying in a Rajasthani Village. 

Chandelao Garh is the home of former generals of Marwar (as the region of Jodphur, Rajasthan, was once known). The main part of the house was built in 1744 and has been well looked after to retain its charm and beauty.

Should I Visit Dharavi Slum in Mumbai?

“City tour, see outdoor laundry, slum tour??” Were the cries of hopeful / would be travel agents that greeted me on my recent wanderings around Mumbai. There are a few parts of the world that seem to have become famous for the insights that they offer into the living...

The Rise of Sustainable Hotels in Mumbai?

India, and her biggest city at that, may not seem like the obvious choice for sustainable travel, or for sustainable hotels. Finding sustainable hotels in Mumbai might sound like an unlikely prospect. India certainly has challenges with the state of her environment...

First Time India: What to Expect.

I'd dreamed of going to India all my life. I'd always wake up from fitful sleep on flights to Asia whilst flying over the subcontinent.  Not once, or twice---but every single time. When I took time off work to travel last year, the only country I knew I absolutely had...

Train Travel in Sri Lanka: Beaches, Jungle and Tea Country.

Just the rails, glinting in the afternoon sun, a jagged slither of sand, and the crashing sea.  For miles and miles along the coast. That's one of my lasting memories of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has always looked like the tear drop of India on the map to me. In reality,...

Soul and Surfing in Sri Lanka.

I've always loved that popular expression about cycling - that in order to keep our balance, we have to keep moving. The same could be said of many things I guess, but for me none more so than of surfing, which I discovered for a week last November against the...