What is it really like inside Mumbai’s biggest slum?

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Similar to the idea of a township tour whilst I was in Cape Town last summer, a slum tour in Mumbai, an espionage into a poverty-stricken area, seemed like an uncouth thing to do.  Taking part in Reality Tours’ Dhavari slum tour was far from that, however.  What I saw was a tight-knit community which worked hard, earned their living honestly, operated with sustainability in mind, and quite possibly, some of the most enterprising groups of people I have encountered.

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A boat ride around the Ganges in Varanasi

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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.

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Two Months in India: Solo Female Travels on a Budget

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My last stop: sunrise at the Taj Mahal, Agra

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.

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Friends of Orchha: staying in a homestay in Madhya Pradesh

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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.

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Travel plans for 2016

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2015 has been a whirlwind of travel adventures.  Dressed in clothes from the night before, I cried my way to London before my EuroStar journey to Paris; I tried my hand at veganism after my first solo travel to South Africa; I was mugged during a long weekend in London; I hiked the Black Forest; and I fell in love with the Florentine art scene.

I was very fortunate to be able to travel extensively this year.  Despite having had to study full-time for the majority of the year, I was able to organise myself into a few trips in and out of the country. 

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