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.
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.
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.
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.