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Travel Experience Collection: Classic India + Varanasi Series

The following is a complete collection of the Travel Experience: Classic India + Varanasi series of posts. To read a post, click on the article below. Travel Experiences:  Hotel Reviews:  Food and Drink Reviews: Top 10 Lists: 

The Top 10 Tourist [Bonus] Questions about India you were afraid to ask…

 Top 10 Tourist Q&A (India Bonus Edition): Q: How many people live in India? A: There are about 1.3 billion people in India. 1 out of every 5 humans is Indian. India is projected to surpass China in population by 2022. Q: How big is the economy? A: The Indian economy is worth $8.7 trillion […]

The Top 10 Animal Questions about India you were afraid to ask…

Top 10 Animal Q&A (India edition): Q: If people are starving in India, why don’t they just eat the cows? A: Cows are considered sacred and holy in Hinduism. Cows are thought to have a strong maternal “caretaker” nature. Although they are not eaten, they are used as a source for milk and butter.  I […]

The Top 10 Tourist Questions About India You Were Afraid to Ask…

Top 10 Tourist Q&A (India edition): Q: Do they speak English in India? A: Yes, English is one of the 2 official languages of the India government and one of the 22 officially recognized languages. Most people working in the tourist industry can speak it. Q: Can you rent a car and drive on your […]

Travel Experience: Mumbai, India

Goodbye Udaipur… Leaving Udaipur required getting up really, really early to catch a morning flight to Mumabi via Jet Airways. Hello Mumbai (formerly Bombay) After landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, we boarded a new coach with a new set of local city guides. Immediately, we set off from the airport towards the western express […]

Travel Experience: Udaipur, India

Welcome to Udaipur Having visited the other gloriously sun-soaked Rajasthani regions of Ranthambore, Jaipur, Jodhpur; I made my way to the great southern city of Udaipur. Known by many names, including “City of Lakes” and the “Venice of the East”, Udaipur is perhaps the most beautiful of all the cities in Rajasthan. Founded in 1553 […]

Review: The Ranbanka Palace Hotel (Jodhpur, India)

The Ranbanka Palace Hotel Centrally located along highway 62 in Jodhpur, India, the Ranbanka Palace Hotel is a posh upscale hotel by both Indian and international standards. Having consistently high ratings and reviews on the popular hotel and travel sites, this charming hotel is unabashedly unique with an artsy style and attitude all its own. […]

Travel Experience: Jodhpur, India (The Indigo City)

From Jaipur, we headed due west to the desert outpost city of Jodhpur. Along the way, we traveled through the Thar Desert and it was noticeably getting hotter and hotter; the drive was anything but boring – there were interesting people and things to see nearly the entire way. Midway Megh-Malhar Welcome to Jodhpur, The […]

Travel Experience: Jaipur, India (The Pink City)

Welcome to Rajasthan When we originally set out from Agra, the scenery quickly changed into something totally unexpected – a vast desert. We had entered the westernmost State of Rajasthan. Our guide quickly explained that Rajasthan was in fact a part of the great Thar Desert and that we would be driving west toward the […]

Review: The Pugmark Resort (Ranthambore, India)

The Road to Ranthambore Having checked off another “Seven Wonder” with the Taj Mahal, I boarded the bus for the six hour drive to Ranthambore National Park. The absolute beauty of the Rajasthani desert was tempered only by the harrowing white-knuckle drive from Agra.  Seemingly endlessly, the bus careened wildly down the narrow highway – […]

Travel Experience: Ranthambore National Park, India [Part II: Hiking the Ranthambore Fort]

This is post is Part II of the Ranthambore Trip Experience. Part I addresses the Safari experience and can be found here.  Hiking the Ranthambore Fort:  After the Safari and our up close and personal with Sundari, we were returned to the resort for lunch. A group asked if I’d like to join them in […]

Travel Experience: Ranthambore National Park, India [Part I: Safari]

For many, the chance to catch a glimpse of a rare endangered Bengal Tiger is reason enough to travel to India. That chance is what brought me to Ranthambore National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Ranthambore National Park Safari: Morning Edition As with all Safaris, the best chance at viewing wildlife is the early […]

Travel Experience: Agra, India

After New Delhi, the next stop in the “Golden Triangle” of India was the city of Agra. Agra was a two and a half hour bus ride from Delhi through the largely flat agricultural area of the Uttar Pradesh interior. The Trident Agra Hotel: Like the Eros Hotel in Delhi, the Trident Agra Hotel was […]

Travel Experience: New Delhi, India

After Varanasi, my Indian adventure continued on with a late night flight into New Delhi. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest airport in India and recently won 4th place in SKYTRAX’s Most Improved Airport awards. Arrival Into New Delhi at The Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL):   After deplaning, I headed straight to […]

Review: Gate 1 Tour of India: 15 Day Classic India with Ranthambore

The 15 Day Classic India with Ranthambore Tour Note: This review is for the Gate 1 tour of India alone, including the tour itinerary, guide and driver, bus, transports, and pre-booked accommodations and activities.  This review does not include the in-depth individual reviews of the cities visited, dining experiences, or tourist attractions, etc. – a full […]

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