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Podcast | Heritage Homestay in Rural Takdah with Norbu, India

Podcast Episode 05 | Heritage Homestay in Rural Takdah with Norbu G. LamaWhen I was in Darjeeling in October 2018, my friend and responsible tourism college Raj Basu from Help Tourism recommended me to visit Norbu G. Lama and his Heritage Homestay in rural Takdah, West Bengal Northeast India. It was in the search of finding experiences for Ethical Travel Portal with the combination of being located off beaten track, that gives...

Rural Village Takdah

5 Rural Travel Experiences to do in Takdah, Darjeeling India

Only one hour drive from Darjeeling town in North East India, you will reach Takdah Contonment. A hamlet located in between beautiful mountains and pine forests, tea gardens and blooming orchids. It is still a hidden treasure, off the beaten path that not many travelers know about. Here you can immerse yourself in these 5 rural travel experiences you soon will be introduced to.Takdah has a strong heritage. And some would...

Podcast 04 Sabrina Yoga and photos

Podcast | The Simple Life through Yoga & Photos with Sabrina, India

Podcast Episode 04 | The Simple Life through Yoga & Photos with Sabrina, India In October 2018 I travelled to Darjeeling in Northeast India. My goal was to take 200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training in the Himalayas. A long time mission, and I had finally allowed four weeks to dive into it! After some research, I found the perfect place for me, Himalayan Yoga Bliss in historical Darjeeling. A small town in...

Chicken Biryani

The world opens up through your kitchen when you are unable to experience the sit-down restaurant ambience depending on your preference of the day. I was never a massive fan of chicken biryani, especially the core Indian style served in restaurants, while what tempted me was those street foods of India. The traditional Indian biryani always took ages for me to cook; ‘always’ would be an exaggeration. To be honest,...

Visit to Khadi Weaving Centre, India

Vision a quaint town in Southern India along the River Nila, this is Cheruthuruthy. Nila connects many small societies along the river, each with a story, culture and traditions that are still kept alive. This is also where the roots of the Khadi begun and still serve to this day. Khadi means handspun or handwoven and is a 5000-year-old process all textile makers and designers should be aware of. The...

River Nila Experience, Kerala India

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]River Nila connects culture and traditions. It is a river many people have a passion for; locals and travellers. The nostalgic feeling follows from the community to community located on the riverside. To understand Kerala on an intimate level it’s best to discover through its music, costumes, traditions, scents and sunsets. Therefore by doing this, we become closer to gaining knowledge about its history, get to share the story and...

Spiti – the Hidden Valley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]September 01, 2013 Spiti is perfect as a family holiday, and the best time to travel is during the summer break in Europe. Here is Anne Marie Davies reflection on their trip, travelling as a family with her two daughters aged 5 and 7 years old. Spiti is located in Himachal Pradesh, a state in Northern in India. Spiti is part of the Himalayas, the youngest mountain range on the planet. Not...

Norwegian Country Women in India

Anne Marie a former intern of Ethical Travel Portal, spent time interning with us and our partner gaining a fruitful experience in India. One of the highlights of her experience was leading a journey in India. From a guide’s perspective, here is the account of Anne Marie’s experience leading her group. Last week I was on a journey around South India with a group of sporty ladies from the Norwegian countryside....

Do I Need A Visa To Visit India?

Most foreign nationals who enter India for tourist purposes require some form of visa. All who travel to India regardless of what country they’re from must have six months validity left on their passport.   However certain countries are exempt from requiring a visa to enter India, which can obtain a free visa on arrival they are:   Nepal Bhutan Maldives (up to 90-day stay)   If you're from Japan or South Korea you can obtain a visa...

Learn to PACK LIGHT!

Prior to travelling mountainous countries, you must know how and be able to pack wisely as well as lightly. Likewise, no matter how frugal you are with packing your stuff about 30% of the items you pack you will most likely only use and then return. We can guarantee you! Where do I start?  Begin by selecting two bags. First, a 30/40L day pack and 60/70L rucksack. Before packing make sure that...