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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 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, I...

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...

10 reasons why you should go on a cycling holiday

When growing up, one of the first and most valuable gifts I got was a red pushbike. The neighbouring kids and I pushed our cherished bicycles ten metres up the hill. Just so we could fly down at rapid speed! We did this over and over again. It was never a dull moment. By the time we children became what we deemed "cycling experts", we were cycling everywhere! Now, when I...

Weather To Go India

India is the seventh-largest country in the world bordering with countries such as Pakistan, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Due to its size and location, the country experiences a range of climates throughout the year. Depending on the state you’re in, weather can differentiate from other parts of the country.   Northern India : Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.   Winter: October- March This...