Experiencing Varanasi, The Ganga and Ghats

A Guide to the Holy City of Varanasi

Varanasi, the holy city of the Ganga (Ganges) and ghats is an easy place to get lost and maybe even lose yourself.  As with most busy cities in India, bazaars and shops are everywhere.  Whilst the lanes and bazaars near the Ganga are a nice place to amble around, the holy river of the Ganga and the many ghats that line its banks are the main draw to this photogenic Indian city.  In North India this is one of the cities that visitors to really feel India.

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Top 6 Things to do in Jaipur

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Rajasthan and Jaipur conjures up images of the mighty Mughals that ruled much of India from the 16th to 19th century. Today we can still see their influence on Indian culture in Jaipur in the form of art, architecture, food and dance.  One of the many great reasons to visit India is due to its cultural diversity and regional differences.  Whilst you may need to venture out of Jaipur to see more traditional and authentic Rajasthani culture it’s still a great place to get a taster.  Our top 6 things to do in Jaipur: 

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3 days in Delhi – A Guide to What to See and Do

A Guide to Delhi

Staying at a budget hotel called Smyle Inn meant that we were right in the middle of Delhi’s main bazaar, albeit on a street off the main road. With only a short 3 day stay in the capital of India, location was important to squeeze in many things to do in Delhi.

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The convenient location meant that we battled our way up and down the main bazaar a few times a day. It proved to be a good training ground for what should be a simple task: walking down a busy street in India.

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Visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra

A day trip to Agra from Delhi to see The Taj Mahal

Agra is just a 2 hour train ride away from Delhi. Agra can easily be done as a day trip. Once there you can discover the wonders of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jahal Masjid, Jahangir Mahal and many other historic buildings.

Getting to Agra

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Landing in Delhi: Metro Airport Transfer, What to Expect and Shams not Scams

Crash bang – Landing in Delhi

Bang! It’s a cliche but as soon as we land in Delhi all our senses are smacked hard by the hustle and bustle of the Indian capital. Tuk tuks honking, the blazing sun hitting your neck, Honda Heroes darting in and out of traffic, colourful saris flowing along, cows meandering down the street, and the sweet and spicy smell of street food is a busy Indian city.

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The hustle and bustle of the streets of Indian cities means that it’s not a place to chill (if you’re a tourist anyway). It’s easy to get distracted with everything going on around you and right in your face.

We landed right in the middle of it all at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Getting from Delhi Airport into the City by Metro

The Delhi Airport Express Metro gets you to New Delhi after landing in Delhi in about 20 minutes, it runs every 10 – 15 minutes with trains running from 04:45 – 23:30. It’s clean, fast, and efficient and only costs 60 Rupees to get you into the heart of Delhi.

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Digital Nomad – Cost of Living by Country

Being a digital nomad, working where ever you want and not being tied down to the same desk in the same office from 9-5 is the dream.  Cost of living is a heavy consideration for digital nomads as well as other factors such as connectivity, lifestyle, and safety of a country.

We’ve put together a chart showing cost of living by country to show you where the cheap countries are to be a digital nomad.

Cost of Living by Country for Digital Nomads: Consumer Price Index Plus Rent Index

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What does the consumer price plus rent index mean? 

Unlike many other cost of living indexes, this data collected by Numbeo includes rent as a factor, a major cost for digital nomads.

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Best Websites for Travel Planning and Travel Research

Travel planning can be exciting, and the travel blogs like the ones we’ve listed in our Travel Links page are excellent inspirations.  With many travel websites available, research can be time consuming so we’ve listed the best travel websites we’ve found that have been the most useful for the more functional aspect of travel planning and research, i.e. travel transportation, accommodation, and destination guides.  Some are general and some of these travel websites focus on regions we are focused on next e.g. India and South East Asia.

Travel Transportation Websites

Rome2Rio is excellent for travellers planning the best way to get from their departure point to their destination.  Plot in two destinations and Rome2Rio will provide various air, land and sea transportation options with timing and cost estimates.  Brilliant for travellers planning for the fastest or cheapest way to travel and excellent for planning the order of your itinerary to find the most efficient travel routes.

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First Draft Travel Itinerary

With around 200 countries in the world it’s always hard deciding where to go.  Sacha has a rule when we travel (which I sometimes try to argue against) that we shouldn’t visit a country that we’ve already been to.  In this case it was pretty useful as it eliminated around 30 countries.  I eliminated Europe because we’ve seen a lot of it recently on our shorter travels and I was after a bigger culture shock.

It came down to a toss up between the natural beauty of Central America and the multifaceted culture of Asia.  Asia finally won mainly because Sacha has always wanted to do the various golden triangles in India and Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos, the opportunity to teach English, and also because of our heritage.

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