Belly-Friendly Snacks to Bring on Your Next Trip

Most people will experience the occasional bout of travel sickness. Sometimes it comes from drinking unfiltered water. Other times, it comes from eating sketchy street food. But, when you travel as much as I do, you learn which foods will make you feel better. Ideally, you’ll also pack these items so they’re ready to eat as soon as you hit a low spot. If you’re starting to plan a trip to India, consider bringing along any of these stomach-friendly foods. You’ll thank me later.

Luna Bars – You can find Luna bars at just about any airport or pharmacy in America, and they’re widely available abroad. I like to pack a few in my day packs to supplement meals or, in dire situations, replace them. They have a great carb-protein-fat ratio and enough calories to keep you going through a full day of travel – or through a surprise stomach illness. Importantly, the flavors are easy on my gut, which let me get nutrition without risking upset. Lemon is my favorite, and I typically buy them in bulk on Amazon before a trip.

Smoked Salmon – It might sound strange, but I find smoked salmon to be an excellent salve for an upset stomach. It’s a great source of protein, B vitamins, and vitamin D, making it a good option for when I’ve been sick and need to replenish some nutrition. It also has plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help boost energy when you’re feeling low. Of course, smoked salmon does have quite a bit of sodium, but this can be helpful if you do a lot of rigorous activity when traveling in hot places. It can help replenish electrolytes lost while moving around or while sweating through a fever. I tend to order smoked salmon online from Lummi Island before heading out for a trip so I have my favorite brands with me.

Oatmeal Packets – When I’m feeling really terrible, I pull out a trusty packet of oatmeal. These are easy to use while traveling in India because nearly everybody has a tea kettle. Just heat that bad boy up, add it to your oatmeal, and you have a belly-friendly snack or meal ready to go. Bland carbohydrates are easily tolerated by the stomach, and they can suppress everything from nausea to heartburn. I usually bring a pack of Quaker Instant Oatmeal packets on trips. They’re great because you can pour the hot water directly into the packet and eat out of that – no bowls needed.

Applesauce Pouches – Applesauce is the best sweet treat to sooth a sick stomach. It’s easy to digest and has tons of nutrients, like pectin, which is a kind of fiber that dissolves in water. Pectin is great if you’re experiencing a case of food poisoning, as it can help to firm up your stool. I like to bring Braniac kids applesauce packets with me on trips. I might look a little silly while eating them, but they really hit the spot when I’m not feeling so hot.

Travel to India to See The Red Fort

The iconic Red Fort in Delhi is one of the country’s most popular attractions. The massive complex was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1648 and required just under nine years before completion. The location served as home to India’s royal for nearly 200 years. The fort is octagonal in design and quickly became famous for the structure’s ornamentation, gardens and water channel. The Lahori gate serves as the main entrance, which is bordered by the Chatta Chowk bazaar. Guided tours are available.  
 
What to See  
Upon entering the fort, guests encounter the Naubat Khana or Drum House. Musicians entertained royals here on special occasions. The structure has since been converted into the War Memorial Museum with exhibits that include weapons dating back to the Mughal era. The stunning array of buildings includes the Mumtaz Mahal that was once the palace of the Shah’s wife before becoming an archaeological museum. Additional museums include the Drishyakala, which exhibits hundreds of historical artworks. Touring the palaces provides a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle back in the day.  
 
When to Visit 
The best time of year to visit India and the Red Fort is between the months of November to February. In this way, the weather is not too hot and guests avoid the rainy season. The fort is open every day except Mondays from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. In the evenings, the staff presents a special multimedia show to further provide the fort’s history. Visitors are allowed to take small bags into the complex. But, all items are inspected by security first. The lines are separated for man and women. Thus, groups must decide where to meet to prevent losing each other in the crowd. Visitors must exercise caution, as the site is known to attract pickpockets.  

Travel to India to See The Golden Temple of Amritsar

If you are planning to visit India, there are many beautiful sights to see. However, there is one particular spot which stands out from the rest. Visiting The Golden Temple of Amritsar is a beautiful, once in a lifetime experience that you cannot afford to miss. As Sikhism’s holiest site, this temple offers all of its visitors a beautiful and spiritual experience. Your faith, race, and culture do not matter, as everyone is welcome to visit India’s shining star. The Golden Temple of Amritsar is located in Punjab, about 460 km from Delhi. 
 
It is important to note that both men and women cover their heads out of respect before entering the temple, and you will be expected to as well. It is also expected that you wear long pants and cover your shoulders. In addition to this, you are not allowed to wear shoes inside of the temple, like most other holy places. Do not fear, however, as there is a foot bath you must walk through prior to entering to make sure your feet are clean. Surrounding the temple is a moat, known as the holy tank. It is filled with holy water, which many people bathe in to wash away their sins and keep illness away. Men have an open area in which they can bathe in public, however, women have their own private area in which to bathe. Once you have bathed, you are allowed to walk to the most sacred and central temple, the Harmandir Sahib. What makes this temple special is that it is gilded in 750 kg of pure gold, not something you see everyday. 
 
In general, crowds are large for the better part of the day, but you are allowed to spend as much time in the temple as you like after waiting in the long line. Up to 100,000 people are usually expected at the temple each day. Locals are also very friendly, and will take the opportunity to speak with you and educate you about the temple and their religion. If you ever get the chance, visiting this site is truly a life changing experience. 

Travel to India to See The Holy City of Varanasi

India is a culturally diverse land of enchantment and spirituality with a lot of mysterious and unique places to visit. One of them is Varanasi – a cultural capital of the country and one of the most unique and fascinating destinations on the planet. Only in this city full of contrasts you can become shocked, impressed and fascinated at the same time. However, before visiting Varanasi, you should be well prepared and understand certain nuances of this holy city.  
 
The best and most comfortable time for visiting Varanasi is winter (from November to February) when the temperature is low and humidity is not too high.  
 
When traveling to Varanasi, try not to miss its famous spiritual and cultural festivals and celebrations. One of them is Mahashivratri (in February or March depending on the lunar calendar) – a religious festival worshipping Lord Shiva. During the festival, you can enjoy dancing performances, fairs, and temple rituals. Another event you should definitely see and experience while traveling to Varanasi is Holi. It is the most colorful Indian festival held in March. People throw water and color powders on each other by celebrating the victory of good over evil.  
 
Your visit to Varanasi will be incomplete if you do not visit some of the city’s famous attractions. They are ancient temples, River Ganges (the Holiest Hindu river), the sleepy village of Singhpur, and Ramnagar Port on the eastern bank of River Ganges.  
 
As for the money, one day in Varanasi will cost you approximately $17. This includes about $3-4 a day spent on food, between $1 and $1.5 on local transportation, and $13-14 on housing. So, a one-week trip to Varanasi will cost you about $240. 

Travel to India to See The Gateway of India

The Gateway of India remains one of the most popular attractions in the country and is situated in the southern region of Mumbai. Construction on the massive and intricate structure began in 1920 and was completed four years later. Yellow basalt was used to create the gateway, which is designed in Indo-Saracenic style with Gujarati features that include complex latticework. The Mumbai harbor and the famous Taj Mahal hotel are nearby.  
 
The arch is rectangular and contains three distinct sections. The center of the structure rises 85 feet into the air. The top boasts a dome that is 48 feet in diameter. The dome has four turrets adorned with latticework. On either side are expansive halls covered by intricately carved stone. The interior of each is large enough to hold 600 guests. Behind the arch are steps that venture down to the Arabian Sea.  
 
When to Visit  
Making the journey to India after September spares guests from the monsoon season. Venture to the site in the early morning hours or after sunset to see the structure illuminated. The entrance to the gateway is free. However, visitors are advised to bring cash in the event they decide to make purchases from local vendors who frequent the gateway.  
 
Additional Attractions  
As the gateway is situated along the harbor, guests often take boat trips to see the city from the waterfront. Local boats also venture for six miles to the Elephanta Caves, which involve a series of temples constructed in the caves to honor the Hindu God Shiva. The caves are open to the public daily from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Entrance fees for visitors is 250 rupees. One can easily spend up to five hours touring the site. 

Travel to India to See Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

I recently returned from my trip to the 485 square mile Periyar National Park. While I had a wonderful time, there are some things I would do differently next time. To save you the hassle of having to visit this national park that costs 300 rupees to enter for foreign visitors, here are some of those things. 
 
Expect to Pay Extra 
Make sure to bring extra rupees with you. You will need to pay 100 more rupees for every still camera and 250 rupees for every video camera that you bring. You will also have to pay 50 rupees to bring a vehicle in. Each activity has its fees attached.  
 
Best Time to Go 
While October to February are popular times to visit this park, if you want to see elephants, then go in March or April. The elephants will be in the water, which makes them much easier to spot. Try to plan your trip on a weekday that is not a public holiday to avoid crowds.  
 
Take the Early Boat 
The best way to see the animals at Periyar National Park is from a boat. These 90-minute rides leave throughout the day, but the best chance to see the most animals is on the 7 AM trip. You may also want to opt for a night-time safari as many animals are more active at night.  
 
Go Trekking 
You will also want to go trekking while you are at Periyar National Park, but avoid the whole-day excursions. Instead, look for opportunities to go with local tour guides on trekking trips lasting about three hours. First, the whole-day trips are filled with too many people to make them worthwhile. Secondly, the local guides are former poachers and loggers who are now doing eco-tourism to make their living. 
 
Visiting Periyar National Park is a wonderful adventure. Follow these tips to make the most of your time in the park. 

Travel to India to See Amer/Amber Fort

If you are planning on visiting Amber Fort and Amer, then following some tips will help you maximize your time there. 
 
Use a Hired Car 
When visiting Amber Fort, go ahead and rent a car with a driver. The public buses in this area are dirty and very crowded. There are very few parking spaces available, and someone needs to design a better road system. Go ahead and rent a car with a driver for the day so that you can enjoy your time in Amer. 
 
Take the Jeep 
When you arrive at Amber Fort, you will see that it is located on the top of a steep hill. You have three choices on how to get up the hill. You can choose to walk, but that can be hard as temperatures are often hot. You can also choose to ride the elephants, but that is very expensive. Instead, choose to take the jeep, which brings people up the hill once an hour. 
 
Best Time to Visit  
Escape the summertime crowds and the brutal heat by touring Amber Fort between November and March. Try to go during the week and not on a public holiday. This is one attraction where going later in the day pays vast dividends because you can tour the fort, watch the nightly sound and light show, and have dinner at the restaurant inside the fort. 
 
Costs 
You can expect to pay 100 rupees to get into the fort. The sound and light show will cost you 295 rupees. Dinner at the 1135 AD restaurant within the fort can be expensive, but it is worth the splurge. 
 
Visiting Amer Flor is a memorable experience. You can expect to spend an hour touring the fort, 90 minutes at the sound and light show, and a couple of hours dining at the restaurant. Speed up the process by going during the week and taking the jeep up the hill when you arrive. 

Kachchh and Gujarat Planned Itinerary

Day 01 

Arrival at Mumbai and board the flight for Bhuj 

Arrival at Bhuj, transfer to hotel, and rest 

Dinner and night halt a Bhuj 

Day 02 

Full day sight-seeing at Bhuj 

Night halt at Bhuj 

Day 03 

After breakfast, departure for Mandvi, 60 Kms 

Visit old city and harbour Laxmivilas Palace and beach 

Back to Bhuj by evening, night halt at Bhuj 

Day 04 

Full day visit of Banni villages, like Hodoko, Dhordo, 100 Kms 

Bhirandiyara for culture of Kachchh and handicraft 

With packed lunch, night halt at Bhuj 

Day 05 

Full day visit to Narayan Sarovar, Mata Na Madh, Koteshwar, 300 Kms 

Lakhpat, evening arrival to Bhuj, night halt at Bhuj 

Day 06 

Departure after breakfast for Jamnagar 

Afternoon arrival at Jamnagar, Check in at hotel 

Evening free, night halt at Jamnagar 

Day 07 

Departure for Dwarka after breakfast, 150 Kms 

Afternoon arrival and check in at hotel, attend evening Aarti and Darshan at main temple 

Night halt at Dwarka 

Day 08 

Morning Aarti at Dwarka and visit to Bet Dwarka 60 Kms 

After lunch departure for Porbandar, 105 Kms 

Evening arrival at Porbandar, night halt 

Day 09 

Departure for Somnath after breakfast, 135 Kms 

Arrival at Somnath and attend Aarti at noon in main temple 

After lunch, departure for Junagadh, 80 Kms 

Night halt at Junagadh 

Day 10 

Full day at Junagadh 

Day 11 

Departure for Ahmedabad, on the visit Virpur and Rajkot, 315 Kms 

Evening arrival at Ahmedabad, night halt 

Char Dham Yatra Planned Itinerary

You may know you want to visit India. You may even know where you’d like to go. The question, then, becomes how you want to spend your time. Here’s a great 10-day itinerary of some western coastal hotspots you’re sure to love. 

Day 01- Delhi – Hardwar 
Drive from Delhi to Hardwar. On arrival Hardwar, Check in Hotel. Later we shall take you for a visit to the Har-Ki-Pauri, enjoy the AARTI in the evening. Later back to hotel for overnight stay at the hotel. 
 
Day 02 – Haridwar –Barkot (Drive 230kms, 7 – 8 hrs) 
Depart from Haridwar early morning and stop for lunch on the way in Mussoorie. Continue your journey and reach Barkot in the evening, after visiting Kempty Falls on the way. On arrival check in at hotel in Yamunotri, just 1km out of Barkot town on the Yamunotri Road. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 
 
Day 03 Barkot –Yamnotri –Barkot (Drive 32 kms, trek 14 kms round) 
After an early breakfast leave for Hanuman Chatti (drive 32 kms ) to start your journey. Take a local jeep to reach Phool Chatti to shorten your trek by 5 kms. On arrival, start your day with a tough trek of 7 kms .Arrive at Yamunotri and pray at the temple, and take a holy Achman to start your most sacred pilgrimage to Char Dham. Come back to Phool Chatti in the evening, and check in at hotel.Overnight stay at hotel. 
 
Day 04 Barkot –Harsil via Uttarkashi ( Drive 152kms, 6 -7 hrs ) 
After a relaxed breakfast, leave for Harsil, a drive of 152 kms. En route, stop at Uttarkashi for lunch. On the way stop at Gangnani for a hot water spring dip. Continue towards Harsil, one of the most beautiful valleys in the world, and arrive at the Char Dham Camp, set amidst an apple orchard in Dharali village, 2 kms away from the Harsil cantonment. On arrival check in for dinner and overnight stay. 
 
Day 05 Harsil – Gangotri – Uttarkashi 
After breakfast 22 kms drive to Gangotri and on arrival take a holy dip in the sacred river Ganges, also called Bhagirathi at its origin. Perform Pooja after that and relax for some time in the lovely surroundings. afternoon drive to Uttarkashi. On arrival check into the Hotel. 
 
Day 06 Uttarkashi –Guptkashi 145 kms (Drive 9 -10 hrs)  
After a very early breakfast, leave for Guptkashi. A late lunch is scheduled en route at Srinagar. On the way, see the heritage city of Tehri slowly sinking into the mighty waters of the Holy River Ganges, due to the construction of the Tehri Dam. After lunch, continue your journey and today for the first time see the beautiful river Mandakini. Travel alongside the river to reach Guptakashi late in the evening. On arrival check in at Hotel. 
 
Day 07 – Guptakashi -Kedarnath (Drive 32 kms, trek 14 kms ) 
After breakfast pick up your packed lunch, and leave for Gaurikund (32 kms drive-one way). On arrival start your journey on the tough trek ahead. Stop for lunch en route and continue after that to arrive by late afternoon.On arrival check in to the Tourist Bunglow/ Parmarth Ashram. After freshening up, perform Pooja and also Darshan at Shri Kedarnathji. In the evening also visit Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi behind the temple. Dinner and overnight at the Ashram or Tourist Bunglow. 
 
Day 08 Kedarnath – Joshimath via Chopta (Trek 14 kms, drive 200 kms) 
After breakfast start you journey back to Gaurikund, and on arrival leave for Joshimath via Chopta by road to reach the Joshimath. On arrival check in at hotel O/N stay at Hotel. 
 
Day 09 Joshimath – Badrinath –Joshimath (Drive 90 kms) 
After breakfast leave for Shri Badrinathji. On arrival take the holy Darshan and spend time visiting Mana village -the last village before the Tibetan border.Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight at Joshimath. 
 
Day 10 Joshimath – Rishikesh (Drive 249 kms 9-10 hrs) 
After breakfast leave for Rishikesh and on the way stop for lunch at Srinagar. Continue the journey and if time permits, visit Devprayag ( The confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, which become the Ganga ). Reach Rishikesh in the evening to check in to Hotel.Evening visit Laxamn Jhula and Ram Jhula and see the evening arati. Overnight at Hotel. 
 
Day 11 Rishikesh – Delhi 
After breakfast drive to Delhi via Hardwar. 

Leisure in the South Planned Itinerary

You may know you want to visit India. You may even know where you’d like to go. The question, then, becomes how you want to spend your time. Here’s a great two-week itinerary of some southern hotspots you’re sure to love. 

Day 01 Mumbai  
 
Arrive Mumbai, meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 02 Mumbai  

In the morning visit the world famous: 
Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honor Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. 
In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of city.
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 03 Mumbai – Banglore 
 
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Bangalore. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
In the afternoon enjoy sightseeing tour of:  
City which includes the Lal Bagh, Gole Temple, the Government Building, Vishveshwara Industrial and Technology Museum and the Ulsoor Lake.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 04  Banglore – Hasan  
 
In the morning leave Bangalore for Hassan by surface.  
In the afternoon visit : 
Belur – Halebid : Visit the Chennakeswara Temple at Belur and the Hoyasaleswara Temple at Halebid. These are some of the finest examples of temple architecture.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 05 Hasan – Mysore  
 
In the morning leave Hassan for Mysore by surface and enroute visit: 
Sravanabelagola : “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D. “White lake of Jain hermit” is the leading Jain pilgrimage centre of the Deccan. Amongst the temples is the 57 ft. colossal statue of the hermit Gomateshwara built in 985 A.D.  
Srigangapatnam : 16 Kms. north of Mysore Srirangapatnam meaning “port of the Lord of the World” is an ancient religious site on an island in the river Cauvery.  
Continue you drive for Mysore. Rest of the evening at leisure.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 06 Mysore  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: 
Mysore: The old capital town has the magnificent Maharaja’s Palace, Chamundi Temple, and the Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings and musical instruments. Finally you also visit the fruits and flower markets.  
Afternoon free for independent activities.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 07  Mysore – Trichy  
 
In the morning leave Mysore for Trichy by surface.  
Afternoon at leisure.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 08 Trichy  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:  
Trichy : Visit the Rock Fort, Srirangam, one of the largest temple of God Vishnu; and the jambkeswaram temple of Lord Shiva submerged in water.  
After sightseeing tour of Tanjore. 
Tanjore: Famous for the Classic Dravidian style temple of Brihadishwara (Shiva in his fearsome aspect), also noted for its art and crafts; pottery, silk, jewellery, beaten copper, bronzes & silver statutes.  
Overnight at hotel. 

Day 09  Trichy – Madurai  
 
Leave for Madurai by surface and check in at hotel. Rest of the day free  
Overnight at hotel 

Day 10  Maduri  
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of:  
Madurai City : You will visit Minakshi Temple- built in the 17th century the iconography makes much use of the lotus, which in Indian symbolism is a representation of the female sex and at the same time an emblem of bliss and of the abode of the gods; Palace of Nayak Tirumalai – depicting influence of Mughal art on traditional Hindu art- the beginning of the Indo-Saracenic or Indo-Mauresque Style.  
Afternoon at leisure.  
In the evening witness the “Night ceremony” at Minakshi Temple.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 11 Madurai – Chennai  
 
Transfer from hotel to airport in time to connect your flight to Chennai.  
Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
Afternoon at leisure.  
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 12 Chennai  
 
Enjoy full day excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.  
Kancheepuram: known as the Golden city of a thousand temples. This is one of India’s sacred cities. Many early styles of temple architectural design; the Five Radhas-a group of monolithic monuments and animal figures carved out of solid rock; the Shore Temple, lashed by the waves of the Sea; and the huge frescoe; ‘The Penance of Bhagirathi’.  
Mahabalipuram: An ancient coastal port South of Madras, here you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South India architectural designs; the five Radhas – A group of Monolithic monuments of animal figures carved out of solid rock; the shore temple, lashed by the waves of the sea, and the Huge frescoes; the penance of Bhagirath.  
Overnight at hotel. 

Day 13 Chennai 
 
In the morning enjoy sightseeing tour of: 
Chennai City: A typical Indian city, its the capital of Tamil Nadu. Though it was the oldest settlement of the British, Chennai remained unaffected in spirit. Only the cathedral and the Fort of St. George are a reminder of its British past. Visit the Marina Beach- second longest beach in the world, it’s an elegant promenade; Fort St. George- the first foothold of British from where Robert Clive started the expansion of British Rule. 

Day 14 Chennai – Mumbai  
 
In time transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai.  
Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel.  
Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 15 Leave Mumbai  
 
Transfer from hotel to international airport in time to connect your flight back home. 

City Spotlight: New Delhi

New Delhi, an urban district of Delhi, serves at the capital of India and the seat of all three branches of Government. The city was officially founded in 1911 by George V, Emperor of India during the Delhi Durbar, and it was designed by British architects. When Calcutta, now Kokata, became the epicenter of the Indian Independence movement, British colonizers moved the capital to New Delhi, where it has remained for more than a century. After the country gained independence in 1947, a limited autonomy was conferred to New Delhi.

 

New Delhi forms just a small part of the Delhi metropolitan area, sitting on the Indo-Gangetic Plain. As a result, there is little difference in elevation across the city—something quite rare to find in large Indian cities. While New Delhi lies on the floodplains of the Yamuna River, it is essentially landlocked. Additionally, the city falls under the seismic zone-IV, making it especially vulnerable to earthquakes. New Delhi is also known for its bad air quality and pollution. In 2014, the World Health Organization ranked New Delhi as the world’s worst polluted city among the 1,600 cities tracked. The city is doing what it can to alleviate some of the pollution, the Indian Medical Association declared a public health emergency in 2017 due to high pollution levels. If you travel to this city, especially in the winter, when pollution is at its worst, I recommend wearing some sort of face mask. You can purchase these items at most stores and pharmacies.

 

Despite the devastating pollution, New Delhi is a remarkably cosmopolitan city. This is due, in part, to the cultural presence of the vast Indian bureaucracy and political system. National events, such as Republic Day, Independence Day, and Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, and I highly recommend timing your visit with a celebration. The city is full of historic sites, museums, and gardens, making it a perfect Indian destination for lovers of art and culture.

 

When traveling to New Delhi, visitors can utilize its railways, Metro, bus system, and motorways. Getting here is remarkably easy. In fact, in 2010, Indira Gandhi International Airport was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world (within the 15-25 million category). This is a can’t-miss destination in your Indian experience.

How to Travel in India

India is a slight departure from most western travel norms. When on vacation, most Americans opt for places in Western Europe—think France, Italy, Germany, and—for the more adventurous—Portugal. Most travelers only experience the Asian continent on the Eastern end—Japan, South Korea, and China. India, however, provides the opportunity to explore an intersection—what happens when Europe collides with the east?

 

This crazy, beautiful, overwhelming country is a must-see destination for people worldwide, but the traveling itself can be a bit intense. I am here to help you navigate through some of the most challenging aspects of Indian travel. My name is Lukas, and I (basically) grew up in India. Though my family is originally from Vienna, we moved to Pune so my mother could take a job at UWC Mahindra College. I spent my childhood exploring the country and, after attending UWC myself, took a gap year before starting university in the United States.

 

During that year, I worked as an independent tour guide and travel consultant. Using my personal experiences, I learned to craft the perfect vacations for visitors. If they wanted to go on safari, I knew where to point them. If they wanted to explore India’s Islamic history, I drew up a list of important mosques. In addition to helping plan trips, I also, at times, traveled alongside clients, helping to translate, haggle, and book accommodations along the way.

 

Though I have since left India, my love for the country will never die. I want to turn my experience into a resource for anyone planning to travel there. That, in essence, is the mission statement for this blog. Here, you will find travel guides, tips, and must-see destinations. If you every have a personal question or want an individualized travel guide, shoot me an email!