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How to Blend In While Travelling in India & Pakistan

When I’m travelling alone in India or Pakistan, I don’t want to be that foreigner trying to lug around a big suitcase on the streets, and I don’t want to be sticking out like a sore thumb because of what I’m wearing. It just attracts unwanted attention. If I’m in Pakistan and I stumble into a […]

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How to Buy Real Silk Saris in India (+ Video)

Banarasi saree is a saree made in the ancient city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The sarees are among the finest sarees in India and are known for their gold and silver brocade or zari, fine silk and rich embroidery. Depending on the intricacy of its designs and patterns, a saree can take from 15 […]

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Are Foreigners Allowed to Fly Drones in India?

The rules for flying a drone in India are straightforward. If you’re an Indian, you need to use the Government’s Digital Sky Platform and register your drone no matter what size it is. Currently, the Digital Sky Platform is not working and there’s nowhere you can actually get a Govt. authorised drone license! Some companies […]

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Success! Police Arrest 4 Scammers in Connaught Place, New Delhi

Good news! After my report with Zee News on scammers in Connaught Place, New Delhi the Delhi Police began a crackdown on people ripping off foreigners and taking them around to overpriced stores. I never expected this to happen, but the Delhi Police have listened. Good work Delhi Police. I hope this continues during tourist […]

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Is Pakistan Safe to Travel to?

What do you first think when you hear the word Pakistan? For me, living in New Zealand and India, since 9/11 it’s been synonymous with terrorism. News reports, the movie Zero Dark Thirty, and Mark Owen’s book No Easy Day were, like most, all I knew about Pakistan. I had similar worries about India from […]

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Foreign Woman Beheaded in India

Kerala Police have finally caught the two men who drugged, raped and beheaded a tourist – Liga Skromane from Latvia. Liga had been missing since February when she went to visit a beach in Kovalam. She had come to India in search of ancient Indian Ayurvedic (natural Indian healing) treatment for depression. The suspects are […]

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The Best Places to Visit Near Indore (Omkareshwar, Ujjain & Mandu)

After having a full eating dose in Indore, I was all geared up for a three days trip to three different places around Indore. It consisted of Omkareshwar, Ujjain and Mandu. Omkareshwar 77.6 km south of Indore exists a place of utmost religious spirit, Omkareshwar. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga (devotional representation) shrines of […]

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How to Keep Your Belongings Safe in Your Room in India

The only time I’ve ever had things stolen from my hotel room was when I was in New York. I was sharing a bunk bed with a German tourist. I remember thinking when I met him that he wasn’t very friendly. That should’ve been a sign. There were no lockers for luggage in the tiny room, […]

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The Time I Was Nearly Kidnapped in India (& How to Avoid Stalking)

Stalking. It’s only ever happened to me once in India, that I know of. Once is enough to give you that sickening feeling in your stomach and ask yourself, “What could have happened?” The sun was setting in Ranchi, the capital of one of the poorest states in India, Jharkhand. I’d just left my hotel […]

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How to Avoid the 3 Most Common Shopping Scams in India

Being overcharged, given wrong change, and high-pressure sales tactics are the 3 most common shopping scams for tourists to India. The first two I still deal with every week being a foreigner living in India. Here’s how to avoid these scams. Being Overcharged When I first worked this scam out, I realised that two stores […]