Category Archives: Travel

Backpacking India: Trip Summary

After 4 months backpacking through India, we have a lot of fond memories and unforgettable stories. We did our best to see as much of this amazing, diverse country as possible. We took dozens of trains, buses, and shared jeeps, … Continue reading

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Backpacking India: Amritsar

Instead of spending our final Indian weekend in Delhi, we decided last-minute to take the train to Amritsar. The trains were all sold out, but we had no problem getting foreign tourist tickets. We were excited to visit Punjab, see … Continue reading

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Backpacking India: New Delhi

New Delhi is the capital of India and home to some 13 million people, and our last stop on our journey through India. We flew home on April 15 from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Much like in India’s other … Continue reading

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Backpacking India: Shimla

Our time in Shimla might be the low point of our trip through India, and one of our few places we regret even visiting. All three of us got sick (luckily not at the same time), the weather was miserable … Continue reading

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Backpacking India: Rishikesh and Haridwar

Rishikesh is an eclectic city that attracts an interesting mix of tourists – including yogis, adrenaline junkies, foreigners, and middle-class Indians. The city is located at the foot of the Himalayas and along the banks of the holy Ganges River. … Continue reading

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Backpacking India: Chandrashila Trek

After our failed Singalila trek a few weeks ago, we were a bit nervous to try another one. As we’ve discovered, there’s a lot that can go wrong on a multi-day trek when you’re not feeling 100%. Further complicating things, … Continue reading

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Backpacking India: Kolkata and the Sundarbans

Most tourists we meet can’t stand India’s big cities. They are too crowded, polluted, and overwhelming for many Westerners. And yet, for some reason Emily and I have really enjoyed the big cities, and Kolkata was no exception. We loved … Continue reading

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