Guest Blog Post by Pink Escapes. On this journey in early 2014, travel beyond the Golden Triangle, into the heart of the ancient lands. Visit the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur and explore colorful cities of Rajasthan, visiting its many iconic sights. See Jaisalmer at the threshold of the great Thar Desert, where color and life blooms in winters; blue city of Jodhpur; fairy tale city of Udaipur; and benefit from a visit to the largest Camel breeding farm in Asia, in Bikaner. Submerge in the essence of India on this pulsating sojourn with the Desert Festival – experience the rich and vivacious Rajasthani folk culture, which is on display here for a few days. Rajasthani men and tall beautiful women dressed in their bright costumes dance and sing lingering ballads of valor, romance and tragedy. Snake charmers, puppeteers, acrobats and folk performers are the high point of the festival. Camels, the lifeline of the desert, play a major role.
Guest Blog Post by Pink Escapes. Embark on this much sought after journey in early 2014 to explore India’s rich heritage, culture, cuisine, wildlife, textiles, tribes and traditions – start in Mumbai and continue to explore the fragrant Gujarat – an experience to love!! Visit many vibrant cities: Ahmedabad, the hub of India’s textile industry; Palitana, known for the Patola weavers; Bhuj, famous for its colorful textiles and many tribes; Vadodara, a former princely state known for its patronage of education and Lothal, a port and trading post of the Harappan age. Also visit the Gir Forest, home to the Asiatic lion and leopards.
Guest blogging by Neeta Gupta. Travel services by Pink Escapes. No one said this was going to be an easy journey but Pink Escapes made it comfortable, fun and special!
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Varanasi, luxury on life experiences | 429 MAGAZINE | by Carlos Melia Varanasi, is a city located on the banks of River Ganges, known to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. A destination were tradition, legend, mysticism, and deep religious believes by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Muslims all coexist right before your eyes. Varanasi is also known as Benares or Kashi.
Varanasi Luxury on life experiences by Carlos Melia | 429 MAGAZINE | Hi there everyone, like every week, my column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429 MAGAZINE is OUT and ONLINE. This week I take a different meaning of luxury, the life experiences, and where better than India. Read my chronicle on my last visit […]
My 07 days in India by portrayed by 30 Postcards Project | India | Great video by friend and colleague Kevin Richberg on his project 30 Postcards around the world. This time of our trip together to the north of India. You can see me in a few scenes, specially the one being harassed by the street vendors ” Hawkers “, just look at my face priceless. After a week of travel, I was kind of OVER them. Great work Kevin. Cheers CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
Ganga Aarti Ceremony at Varanasi | Varanasi, India | India always has that way to challenge, move and shock you with its harsh reality and traditions. During my visit to Varanasi, almost a month ago, I was lucky enough to experience a true Aarti ceremony, a Hindu religious ritual of worship, which took place over the stream of the holly river Ganges thus Ganga Aarti. One of the most interesting things I have seen and experienced during 2011. Varanasi is a very special, spiritual destination. I have never felt so much peace, mysticism in one place, but at the same time I connected with a very dark and evil side of the Hinduism believes which far from scaring me, created a very particular bond with their believes.
Street Indian magician pulls two Rupees from my pants | Jaipur, India | Tell me he is not talented and extremely cute. He came into our bus, while touring around Jaipur in the northern region of India, and performed to amaze us all with this tricks and charm. For the rest of the trip we were all playing his voice and the constant YA!!!!. What amazed me by this kids in India, is the power to survive they have, which indeed I call, quoting Herbert Spencer’s , “The Survival of the Fittest concept.
Air Asia left me behind in Delhi | India | Hey Bangkok, it seems that I won’t be arriving tomorrow as planned, same as many other passengers of flight FD from New Delhi to Bangkok. Air Asia arbitrarily decided to move their flight schedule without letting us know. Yes you read right they literally left us behind, but trust me…. not stranded. I mean what would be the point discussing this… I am not stupid and I think none of the other passengers are either, why would I show up to a flight, which was supposed to depart at 11.40PM, if I knew that the flight was being moved to a new earlier departure time at 08.20PM. These are the moments in life when I truly appreciate being a travel agent, having a strong voice into the international travel media, and most important knowing my rights as a full paid passenger, regardless the airline being a low cost or premium. Of course Air Asia immediately tried to blame it on me, but I told them differently straight out. Left behind maybe, but stranded NO WAY Air Asia. Big disruption into my itinerary, and I was really looking forward waking up tomorrow at my beloved Bangkok, but instead I have to stay one extra night in New Delhi. Lucky enough and due to my demands, my flight was modified and I was given a complimentary stay at a five-stars hotel, late check out, transfers in/out, free WiFi access and breakfast. My dear followers, please learn your rights as a traveller and check all the conditions on your tickets upon purchase and before departure. Much better, use a trustworthy Travel Agent, that is what we travel experts are here for. Good Night everyone, once again and unexpectedly from New Delhi. Hopefully Air Asia tomorrow will decide to stick to their regular schedule. CM