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A retiree sums up 4 months backpacking in India

A retiree sums up 4 months backpacking in India

Ron Perrier, a retired Canadian physician, backpacked in India from November 17, 2012 to March 13, 2013. It is often stated that you either hate India or love it. I think most western travellers are … Read entire article »

Tirumala Venkateswara, the busiest temple in the world

Tirumala Venkateswara, the busiest temple in the world

Ron Perrier, a retired Canadian physician, visited this Hindu “Temple of Seven Hills”  earlier this year and shares his experience. On to Tamil Nadu (pop 85 million), the southernmost state in India. On the way I … Read entire article »

Rishikesh, the place of sages, India

Rishikesh, the place of sages, India

The city of Rishikesh is in the foothills of the Himalayas, 240 km north of Delhi. It is on the Ganges River, surrounded on three sides by mountain ranges. Rishikesh is a pilgrim and spiritual … Read entire article »

Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine

Amritsar, home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine

The city of Amritsar is in the Punjab in northwest India, very close to the Pakistan border. It is an affluent state and the majority of people are Sikh. Unlike some Indian cities, there are … Read entire article »

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India?

Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India?

Varanasi, located on the banks of the Ganges River, is one of the holiest cities in India. Hindus from all over the world come here to bathe in the purifying waters.  Wide steps called ghats … Read entire article »

Wagah Ceremony: Closing the border between Pakistan and India

Wagah Ceremony: Closing the border between Pakistan and India

At sunset each day there is a rather extravagant ceremony to close the border between India and Pakistan at Wagah. The village of Wagah was divided in 1947 when India was split into two countries. … Read entire article »

Goa, India

Goa, India

Goa is a popular destination in India, with its perfect beaches, sleepy villages, whitewashed churches, great markets, and almost perfect weather from October to February. This former Portuguese colony, located in southwest India, is India’s … Read entire article »

Surviving India

Surviving India

Memorable moments, both good and bad, are just about guaranteed when travelling in India. One of my worst moments was being in the big traffic circle in New Delhi called Connaught Place and unable to … Read entire article »

The prince and the Great Thar Desert

The prince and the Great Thar Desert

I was travelling on my own in Rajasthan—the Land of the Kings—and it was Valentine’s  Day. So when a handsome young man offered to take me to a place where there were no tourists, where, … Read entire article »

Rajasthan and the North itinerary

Rajasthan and the North itinerary

The desert state of Rajasthan is India’s Land of the Kings and a colourful one at that. I stumbled upon Rajasthan for I knew little about it before leaving home. I had just spent three weeks … Read entire article »

Kerala & beyond

Kerala & beyond

  I travelled through India many years ago, coming down from Kathmandu to Delhi, over to Varanasi (the famous cultural and religious centre on the Ganges River), to Agra (known best for the Taj Mahal) before … Read entire article »