Nishi Jain

Nishi Jain

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    Looking for tips on travelling from Southern Goa down to Kerala over 2 weeks? Thanks

    I've just returned from a trip to Kerala. Two weeks is a good enough time. I am putting down my recommendations in a list below: 1. Munnar is a a must. On the way, watch a Kathakali and a traditional martial arts show. Buy tea. Visit spice gardens - you'll be amused. Buy spices - you'll get the purest varieties at half the prices of the city. 2. Get a Kerala massage done. Soma Palmshore in Kovalam is an Ayurveda resort; it's quite renowned for massages. I would suggest that you get a massage done from whichever hotel you are staying in, as it's practical to rest in your room after the massage, and the hotels give discounts to their guests. 3. For backwaters, Alleppy and Kumarakoram are the go-to places. Though Alleppy is more famous, I would prefer Kumarakoram - it's less crowded, more beautiful, and raw. I found Alleppy a little commercialized. Yes, I went to both. 4. Thekkady also scores when it comes to natural beauty in its most virginal form. Even if you are not a wildlife enthusiast (it's an elephant place), you'd love the peaceful place. over 3 years ago

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    Any recs on moderate hotel or guest house in shimla for this month

    Cosmos is a good choice. Located right on the Mall road, overlooking the posh Claridges hotel, it is a comfy well-in-budget hotel. Not many know of the Grand Hotel, since it is open only to government employees and their families/friends. The guest house was originally William Bentick's castle, and is situated on the highest point of Shimla. In case you know someone employed with Indian govt., you are in for a treat. Not sure if they have opened it to the public yet. The rents are dirt cheap. The place is grand. over 3 years ago

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    How much time would you recommend for taking a full tour of India?

    Ah well, a year at least. Look at this bucket list of the best of Indian destinations to cover and take an estimate - http://bit.ly/19ccWuy over 3 years ago

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    Travel to Varanasi India? Is it worth visiting this city?

    Yes, definitely. It's a great centre of religion in India. Ghats and temples fill the city. The 3 things you are likely to encounter most are: pandits (priests), tourists looking for a feel of the culture or spiritual solace, and umnn...cows. Attend the evening aartis at the ghats - the ringing of bells, chants of priests, and hundreds of diyas illuminating the waters is a sight. Buy the very renowned Banarasi saree for your wife/girlfriend/sister/mother. The place is famous for its sweets that are made of pure desi ghee. Definitely a must-visit if you dig new cultures. Check out Varanasi packages here: http://bit.ly/1cMFAxJ over 3 years ago

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    I have a just several days in Delhi for a work trip. What's something I can't miss?

    An Old Delhi Tour. You can cover most of the best things of Delhi in just this one. Food of Chandni Chowk -- the chaat, the aloo-kachoris, the sweets, have a meal at any of the famous restaurants like Moti Mahal, Karim's etc. Cover Red Fort and Jama Masjid. If you are tea connoisseur, check out Tea Sancha in Daryaganj. Day 2- Head to Connaught Place. Shop at Janpath. For a feel of the posh Delhi culture, visit any of the market places in South Delhi, GK or Defence Colony, or sit at a cafe in Hauz Khas Village. over 3 years ago

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    Planning a backpacking trip to SE Asia and need help.

    South East Asia is a herculean task. Start with India - trek in the Himalayas, Meghalaya, chill out in the backwaters of Kerala, go for a desert safari in Jaisalmer, attend the evening aarti in Varanasi. Myanmar is an interesting though offbeat place to go backpacking in. Thailand is a must visit. You can do a quick Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia thing too. Remember to get the required vaccinations done. over 3 years ago

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    Best Indian tour operator

    You should definitely try WeAreHolidays which is not just a booking firm, but a holiday planning company. You can get your holiday tailor-made according to your specific requirements of budget, taste, and other preferences. Check out their website http://www.weareholidays.co.in/ almost 4 years ago

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    Best value hotel in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

    Yes there are good inexpensive hotels in Udaipur, even on the City Palace Road, offering a lakeside view. IF you are going off season, you have an even greater chance of finding a good hotel. Bargaining is possible, especially in guest houses, or haveli turned hotels run by the owners. Lakeside View is a very good and cheap guest house, the balconies look out into the lake, and there's a rooftop terrace as well. almost 4 years ago