Varanasi is the epitome of India many people think of before they touch the soil: it is dirty, crowded, loud, noisy and crazy. When I arrived from an overnight train from Khajuraho, the tuktuk drivers proceeded to harass my friends and I; when we finally got a good deal on a pair of tuktuks (it took a lot of haggling), we passed through narrow streets littered with trash, which was also where skinny cows seemed to loiter around.
My stopover in the dessert city was as colourful as the city is multicultural. I was fortunate enough to be there whilst Sikka Art Fair dominated the Al Bastakiya area. In contrast to the modern vibes and expatriate-heavy culture of Sikka, the Heritage Village gave a wonderful insight into Dubai’s past in pictures and architecture. Of course, a trip to JBR will not be complete without spending Saturday on the Kite Beach, suffering from a Barasti hangover, and overlooking the mighty Burj Al Arab, the epitomic symbol of the city’s luxurious offerings.
India was at the top of my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember.I’m not sure why or how I became fascinated with this South Asian country, but the promise of a colourful adventure was very appealing.Rick Stein’s latest programme on India and its cuisine re-affirmed my desire to visit the country.I just had to go.
Situated over 1 km away from Orchha, the village of Ganj is home to the beautiful initiative created by Asha. Friends of Orchha is a unique homestay in Madhya Pradesh, showcasing the beauty of rural life in Central India, with particular emphasis on the socio-economic progress of the villagers and the sustainability applied to their day-to-day lives.