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Dussehra

Dassa Hara is a Sanskrit work which means removal of ten bad qualities with in you:

  1. Ahankara (Ego)
  2. Amanavta (Cruelty)
  3. Anyaaya (injustice)
  4. Kama Vasana (Lust)
  5. Krodha (Anger)
  6. Lobha (Greed)
  7. Mada (Over Pride)
  8. Matsara (Jealousy)
  9. Moha (Attachment)
  10. Swartha (Selfishness)

Hence, also know as Vijaydashmi signifying ‘Vijaya’ (victory) over these ten bad qualities.

Happy Dussehara

Dussehra Festival Celebrations
Dussehra Festival Celebrations

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashmi, is a major Indian festival celebrated on the tenth day of Ashvin month according to the Hindu calendar. This day falls in the month of September or October. The day culminates a 9 day fasting period of Navratri in the Hindu culture. The day also coincides with immersion of the idol of Goddess Durga. The day is celebrated to commemorate the killing of Ravana by Lord Rama. The day also celebrates the killing of demon Mahishasur by Goddess Durga. Dussehra celebration spreads the message of the victory of good over sin.

General Travel Tips

India and Nepal Travel Tips

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A proper VISA to enter and stay in India & Nepal is a must.

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Do not encourage beggars.

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Don’t trust strangers with money. Trust your hotel, but not people you may bump into on the streets.

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Don’t offer bribes to get any job done. Use consultants or trade and industry associations. If you expect favors, let them come free or not at all.

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It is advisable to cover yourself with travel insurance for thefts, loss and medi-claim.

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Carry proper maps of the places proposed to visit in India/Nepal, as signboards are often absent.

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Try to reach a station during daytime if traveling on your own.

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Always use tourist assistance desk for proper advice.

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Women traveling alone in certain deserted places should avoid walking at odd hours.

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While changing money, insist on getting encashment certificate.

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Do not checkout of the hotel in hurry. While checking out it has been noticed in some hotels, the extras are unreasonably charged which the guest hurriedly pays without cross-checking.

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Do not leave your cash and valuables in your hotel rooms. Keep your cash divided in different pockets.

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Take care of proper disposal of your rubbish always whether you are exploring desert, or Himalayas or beaches or anywhere else.

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Don’t accept offers of visiting anyone’s home unless you are confident of the person.

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Use licensed guides for sightseeing.

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Always use strong suitcases/baggage, as mishandling is common at airports/stations.

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Don’t tip unreasonably and unnecessarily in a hotel.

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In Monsoon time avoid night stay in the desert.

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Most of the monuments give very good discount for students from all over the world. They must carry there valid school identity card.

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Peacock – National Bird of India

Peacock - National Bird of India
Peacock – National Bird of India

Peacock – the National Bird of India. Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.

Peacock is found in Rajasthan in big numbers.

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Rare image of flying peacock
Rare image of flying peacock
Dancing Peacock
Dancing Peacock
Peacocks in Rajasthan
Peacocks in Rajasthan

Shopping in India

Shopping in India
Shopping in India

India and Nepal are a shoppers paradise. Shopping could be a pleasant experience. You may get best selection and bargains in handcrafted jewelry, wooden handicraft, precious & semi precious stones, marble, handmade marble statues, carpets, rugs, silk, handmade paper, handmade paper products and leather goods. Shopping is suggested from reputable shops. Most of them will ship your merchandise in time but it is advisable to bring your purchases with you or ship yourself.

North India – List of cities / states with products known for:

Destination Products
Delhi Garments, fabrics, leather, bags, footwear etc.
Jaipur Garments, handicraft articles, precious & semi precious stones, jewelry, wooden furniture, marble, marble statues, sandstone, carpet, handmade paper products etc.
Agra Carpet, footwear, handicraft articles, leather, garments etc.
Bikaner Namkeen, Jewelry, spices etc.
Jodhpur Handicraft articles, wooden furniture, garments, precious & semi precious stones, spices, granite, textile etc.
Udaipur Minerals, wooden furniture, marble, namkeen, incense sticks etc.
Varanasi Incense sticks, sarees, fabrics, spices, carpet, silk etc.

 South India – List of cities / states with products known for:

Destination Products
Mumbai Jeans, garments, umbrella, fabrics, furniture etc.
Goa Cashew, Liquor etc.
Munnar Tea
Kerala Spices, bags, ayurveda, furniture, footwear, umbrella, coir etc.
Chennai Leather, furniture, bags etc.
Mahabalipuram Statues etc.
Kanchipuram Silk Sarees, silk etc.
Madurai Towel, granite, furniture, papad, umbrella, incense sticks, candles etc.
Thanjavur Candle, paper cups etc.
Kanyakumari Fishnet, honey, paper cups etc.

Cost of Traveling in India

Cost of Traveling in India
Cost of Traveling in India

India is a great destination for travelers of all different budgets. In terms of a holiday, India has pretty much all climates and sceneries on earth and that fact that it won’t bankrupt you only makes it a more attractive destination.

From accommodation to transport, guides to meals; we have included a short guide below about what you will potentially spend. This can help you effectively plan your journey to India and enjoy your holiday all the more. Whether you are a backpacker, a modest traveler, a luxury-lover or someone who wants to see everything the country has, this country can fit your budget.

We have separated this article into four ranges; Backpacker, Budget, Mid-range and Luxury. Remember that these rates will change depending on the season, hotels, activities, type of transport etc.

Backpacker (20-30$ / 15-20€ per day/per person)

For the backpacker, you can stay in basic accommodation, eat out in modest establishments and obviously sample some of the amazing street food. You will be able to use local buses and non air-conditioned trains. The value for backpackers is that they really immerse themselves in the culture of this wonderful country.

Budget (35-55$ / 25-40€ per day/per person)

This is a modest calculation for the budget traveler. If you really are a diehard backpacker, you can actually live in India for less than this. However, this calculation will include stay in budget hotels, home-stays and cheap dormitories. You will be able to travel in local government and sometimes private transport and non air-conditioned trains. Monuments in India can cost more and the cost will obviously depend on how much you want to see.

Mid-range (55-80$ / 40-60€ per day/per person)

The mid-range budget is what most travelers to India will live on. With this amount of money per day you can really experience some of the places that this fantastic country has to offer. You can stay in interesting hotels such as ‘havelis’ and even old manor houses and palaces where the royalty used to live. You will be able to have a chauffeur and car, some flights, air-conditioned trains and buses. Although there are loads of different types of eateries you can go to, a mid-range restaurant will set you back between 20-25$ or 15-20€.

Luxury (110-160$ / 80 -120€ per day/per person)

There are some of the best and most luxurious hotels in the world in India. You can have 5star treatment, incredible world and local cuisine, a large car with chauffer, internal flights according to your timetable, guides or escorts and much more. Take in mind that larger metropolis cities will be marginally more expensive (such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata). As a note, the super-high end hotels will probably set you back from 200€ per day per person.

Travelers take note:

Foreign travelers are generally charged more to enter tourist sites than local tourists. Sometimes the change in price can be very alarming, but it is controlled by the Tourism Board of India and therefore beyond our control. There will be additional charges for cameras.

Larger cities like Delhi and Mumbai will be more expensive than other cities, especially the hotels. High season between November and January/February is the most expensive time of the year to travel.

There is lots of opportunity to eat out in India, ranging from simple street food (which is extremely tasty) at around 50INR to medium-range restaurants costing around 400INR up to the high-end establishments which will set you back around 1500INR.