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Holi Festival in India: My Experience as a Female Traveller

Travelling India has been a strange and grounding experience, and celebrating Holi Festival in India was no exception. Something that has really surprised me over my time in India is that Indian men will not swear or talk about the thing that happens when men and women hug each other in a very special way, in front of women. Often people will look at Chris when a swear word or something to do with sex is about to be mentioned and say, “I can’t say it in front of her, but, you know…”, and sometimes when we’re in temples, I’m told to go elsewhere while the guide shows Chris ‘man carvings’. Given the way childbirth works, it’s safe to assume women are pretty aware of the ways of the world. Nevertheless, that’s the way it is in India. Of course, this isn’t the case with everyone, but my…

Getting Around India The Global Shuffle

When I left for India, I had all these images in my mind of people sitting on top of trains, hanging out of buses, and piling in to cars – navigating that as a tourist sounded like a nightmare I wasn’t prepared to face, so it was a huge surprise to get there and realise that getting around India is actually pretty easy.

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The Global Shuffle India Travel Guide

Whether you want to lay on a beach and forget about the world in Goa, explore the wonders of Kerala in a house boat, experience a first-class tour through the deserts of Rajasthan, motorbike around hundreds of temples in Hampi or rough it backpacker-style through the south – India has you covered.

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We’ve been catching trains in India, Nepal, and Cambodia for three-months now and, all I really want to do is stand in the shower with my mouth open.

I think our lowest point was on the way to Kolkata from Darjeeling. We booked beds on the train in one of the nicer classes (AC3) for the 13-hour overnight journey (find out how to book trains here). We were number eight and nine on the waiting list, which isn’t as bad a plan as it sounds.

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If you ever go to India, Rajasthan is where you want to be. It’s vibrant, colourful, and totally absorbing with bright textiles, sunshine, smiles, and coffee lining the…

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