07 Jul 2018

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, India + Trichy Travel Tips

The main reason for visiting Tiruchirappalli (Trichy for short) is the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple complex, a vast collection of temple towers and carved pillars on the outskirts of this busy city in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The other reason to visit is that it’s one of the cheapest

Meenakshi Temple tower, Madurai, India
23 Jun 2018

The Amazing Meenakshi Temple + Other Things to Do in Madurai, India

In Madurai, a small city in Tamil Nadu, colourful towers covered in ornate carvings rise from the grounds of Meenakshi Temple, one of the most striking places of worship in India. The colour, the detail and the dominating presence of this amazing temple brings a steady stream of tourists (and

25 Jan 2018

Backpacking in Himachal Pradesh, India: Mountains, Monasteries and Torturous Bus Rides

About 30 minutes into a nine hour bus ride I started to curse the day I’d decided to go backpacking in Himachal Pradesh. The bus was completely full and I had to stand for hours on end in the crowded aisle. After around five hours I finally got half a

29 Nov 2017

Two Weeks in Rajasthan, India: 9 Amazing Places to Visit

India is so tightly packed with iconic sights and regions that it can be hard to plan a trip there. If you only have a short time in India it’s best to stick to a small area. Rajasthan, in the north west of India, is the perfect size for a

30 May 2017

Old Manali VS Kasol VS Dharamkot: Which Hippy Tourist Town in India is Right for You?

How happy are high, Hamlet reading hippies on holiday in Himachal Pradesh? That’s just one of many deep, existential questions you’ll find yourself mulling over while hanging out in one of north India’s hippy enclaves. But which one is best? I boldly went where dozens, possibly hundreds, of travel bloggers have

27 Mar 2017

Two Days in Delhi: Into the Belly of the Beast

They say if you can survive in the mean streets of Old Delhi you can survive anywhere. The heat, pollution, poverty and constant noise put many people off, but the incredible historic sights make it a city not to be missed. I spent two days in Delhi during my trip

27 Feb 2017

Gwalior Fort: The Perfect Day Trip from Agra, India

In travel, as in life, not all things are created equal. We took two separate day trips from Agra and they couldn’t have been more different. The first, to Fatehpur Sikri, was a major letdown. The popular old Mughal city was disappointing in every sense, but the trip to Gwalior

23 Jan 2017

Hiking in the Pin Valley: One of the Best Things to Do in Spiti, India

If you’ve been following my travels in Spiti you’ll be well aware of what a scenic little corner of the world it is. Postcard worthy views stretch out in all directions from pretty much every inch of high altitude earth. One of the best things to do in Spiti is a