October 16th, 2008


Hi all,

I spend 3 months living and working Rajakaad, Kerela in the summer of 2006.  Rajadakaad is a small village about an 1 hour outside of Munnar, only accessable by bus, as it's all up in the mountains.  This area is the tea plantation region and is stunningly bueatiful.  I'll post pictures some day.

Anyway, I spend a little time travelening throughout Southern India, but need to go back to do Northern India.  It's too large of a country to do properly.  If you have questions I've spend a lot of time in Enarkalum/Kochi, Munnar, and Varkala (our get away and rest spot) and a lot time on the trains and buses.  I've also been to: Bangalore, Chennie, briefly Mumbai,  Mallapuram, Pondicherry, Tranvajore, Trichy,  Maduri, and Kovalam.

I kept a blog at the time, which you mind find interesting if you'll be doing extensive travel in Southern India, or are interested in the rights of tea plantation workers.

Excited to be here and live the trip again through you all!

hey, new here

I'm 17 and already love India =)

I'll try and post pictures in the next few days, but for now, here's a list of where I've been and stayed in India so far:-

new Delhi and old Delhi
New Jalpur juri
Mumbai (Bombay)
Thekkidy-Periyar tiger reserve
Wyanad district

So several states =)

My fave places have been the hectic cities of Delhi and Mumbai, the modern shopping of Chennai, the rolling himalayas and mixed British-Indian culture of beautiful Darjeeling in west Bengal, Jaipur and its amazing forts, the blue city of Jodpur, the beautiful backwaters and rainforests of Kerala and the impressive temples of Tamil Nadu.

I have grown to appreciate Radjani's for their lovely flavoursome thalis, banana leaf and mcdonalds (yes, not a typo) for their cheap but 'healthy' food (really!) and barristas and coffee days for their cleansliness and good coffee. Being a veg India is awesome. I love dahi vadas, sweet or mango lassies and paneer tikka. Kulfi and halwa are awesome.

I love the monkeys, or earth bound Hanuman's.
I also love being blessed in hindu temples. & racing through crazy streets in a rickshaw and getting frustrated as you get lost because the guy didn't really know where the heck he was going.

I love the warmth and high humidity-the way you always feel so healthy.
I love the lack of order and the random things and adventures than can occur out of nowhere.
People are so friendly there. I love the way it's not so rude or unusual to stare and be stared back at. Curiosity is welcomed and friends made fast.

I like the healthy and happy attitude. Hell, I love India.

I'd love to go to Kolcutta, kasmir, hyderabadi, bangalore and the adaman islands.
I'd also like to actually see a tiger and not just a pugmark. Quit poaching these beautiful big cats!

  • sighris

Going to India in December 08

I will be making my first trip to India in December. I fly out of the USA on the 5th or 6th, and arrive at DEL airport. I spend one night there, then I fly to AMD, where I will spend about two weeks. Then I will drive back to AMD, taking about 4 or 5 days making many stops on the way. Then I fly from AMD back to the USA.

in Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali is a small tourist town, part of the Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh. was there in July, summertime, probably the best time to be there.

I'm just gonna recount my favourites...

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Firstly, the weather was perfect. sunshine, clear skies and cool air. coming from the equator, i was extremely grateful for that.

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Shopping in Manali is not commonly mentioned, but to me it was so delightful. everything was colourful and aesthetically beautiful. i remember there being two shopping districts, Mall street and Old Manali.

Mall street seems to be the main marketplace. I noticed a couple of shops selling Kashmiri shawls, it seems to be a featured item in Himachal Pradesh, and most of the ladies around town had one around their shoulders. these shawls are colourful and highly ornamented. i got an absolutely gorgeous one in gray, of cashmere and silk, for 1500rps.

Mall street

at Old Manali, an up-slope street lined with shops, sold items that were Hippie inspired. Manali is one of the key destinations on the Hippie trail, so over the years they probably adapted to this intervention.

at Old Manali

Old Manali was where i came into contact with the locals. all of them smile back, very heartwarming. i saw a girl wearing a pair of harem pants in magenta, she was running around. she looked so adorable in them, inspired me to buy two pairs for myself, lol..

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the group i was with, we trekked up one of the hills behind Old Manali. the greenery on the hills were picture perfect, almost like walking right into a fairytale storybook. so we frolicked around in the clearings for abit. along the way were small streams, and cows grazing. at the peak there was a lovely view of the town. it was very uplifting for the spirit.

fairytale woods

a cow

i believe Manali is also a good starting point for treks to the Himalayas in the summer. and that was what i was in Manali for. from there, i took a jeep towards Chandratal Lake.

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in my opinion, quite a touristy place. but i wouldnt mind going back there to simply spend time. enjoy the weather, the nature, meet more friendly locals, soak up the hippie spirit.