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Picture Yourself Here: A Camel Safari in the Indian Desert

The soft wind of the desert envelops you as you lay face up on a mattress laid directly on the sand dunes of the Thar Desert, North India. It’s a moonless night, and the stars sparkle enthusiastically to make up for their missing lunar friend. It was just hours earlier that you embarked on your journey into the desert atop …

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An Idiot-Proof Guide to Hiking the Triund, Dharamshala

You’ve got to be a pretty massive idiot to mess up the Triund hike near Dharamshala, Northern India. It’s pretty much just one track, and straight up to the peak and back. It’s also one of the most popular day hikes in the region which means it’s constantly full of other walkers. Some are well-prepared, others walk by with no …

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India: 10 Awesome Adventures to Try in Manali

Manali is one of the best-known hill stations in the lower Indian Himalayas, and is a Mecca for backpackers, old hippies and young thrill-seekers alike. It’s a beautifully scenic town split into two parts; Old Manali, where most of the backpackers hang out, and New Manali, which is a pedestrianised shopping town surrounded by pine trees which is reminiscent of …

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An Interview With Angie Silver | Silverspoon London

Angie Silver is the blogger behind luxury travel blog, SilverSpoon London. A girl of many phobias, she has used her travel adventures to face her fears and have some extraordinary travel experiences. For more inspiring travel ideas, check out the Adventure Inspiration section of the blog. What’s your definition of adventure? Everyone has a different definition of adventure because everyone …

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No money for a Kerala Backwaters Tour? Try This Simple Hack

Kerala is famed for its backwaters, and the most popular thing to do when heading to Alleppey or Kollam is to hire a houseboat and cruise slowly through the serene waters, spotting wildlife and watching village life at the water’s edge as you go. But here’s the problem. The houseboat tours are just so expensive. A two bedroom overnight tour will …

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Mountains, Log Fires & Castles. But the Location May Surprise You

Take a look at this wonderful building. Where in the world do you think this is? Perhaps nestled in the Scottish Highlands? Or Northern Ireland? Perhaps even Scandinavia? You might be surprised to learn that this is The Himalayan Resort & Spa, and as the name suggests, it’s actually located within the Himalayan mountain range. In India. Yes, I know. …

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Wooo! The Blog is 2! And a Giveaway For You!

I do love a good birthday, and this one is pretty special. The Lovepuffin Travel Blog is the grand old age of 2, would you believe it? If the blog were a person, it would be having its first hair-pulling, ear-piercing tantrum right about now. Thank god it’s not a person. So, to celebrate this wonderful occasion, I thought it …

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Month 2 in India – The Good, The Bad and The Budget

Following on from my month 1 in India post, detailing all of the costs and highlights, this month I’m doing the same. If you’re looking to find out how much it costs for two months in India, visit my previous post and add this post to that one, and you’ve got a good idea. If you saw my round up …

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A Journey Inside a Mumbai Slum

I’m going to ask you to challenge your perceptions. What do you immediately think of when you hear the word ‘slum’? Really think about it for a minute. Do you think of poverty? Of filth and squalour and poor sanitation? Of people living in desperation and misery? I’m ashamed to admit that before my visit to the Dharavi slum in …

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What’s it Really Like to be Invited to an Indian Wedding?

Picture this. As I polished off my breakfast of a banana and honey pancake at my guest house in Pushkar earlier this week, I chatted idly with Vishram, the chef about life in general. “It’s marriage season here in Pushkar.”, he said. “Many people getting married this week”. He proceeded to list off four of his friends who were scheduled …

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Why North India Sucks (Sometimes)

Back in February when all this travelling lark started, I made the deliberate decision to start in the south of India and work my way up to the north. Why? Well, a few reasons really. The first is the weather. India has a distinct monsoon season which soaks the country from June until September, and it starts in the south, …

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Canyoning in Goa – A Thrill in Paradise

When you think of Goa, the first image that’s likely to come to mind is sandy beaches backed by swaying palm trees, bathed in sunshine. Whilst that’s definitely an accurate vision of the beauty of Goa, there’s far more to explore beyond those regenerating beaches. Around an hour and a half from the buzz of Palolem, in the thick of …

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The Ultimate Guide to Panaji, India

Walking through the streets of Goa’s capital city, you’d be excused for thinking you’d accidentally stepped into a teleportal and been transported straight to continental Europe. Panaji (also known as Panjim) is the largest city in Goa, and also it’s finest, with colonial Portuguese architecture at every corner. Houses and official government buildings alike are painted in bright hues of …