Madurai is major city of Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and its grand temples have made it a pilgrim destination
MahaShivratri, “the Great Night of Shiva” is a popular Hindu festival of India and Nepal. Celebrated on a new moon day, devotees revere Lord Shiva, the powerful ascetic deity and seek his blessings.
“Om Namah Shivaye”, the mantra, is chanted by devotees, who fast on this day to honor Shiva.
Imagine yourself majestically riding through scorched, windswept deserts on camel back and camping out under the heavenly stars! If you’re looking to experience something unique and new in your travels, a camel safari may just be what you’re looking for. Camels, also known as the ships of the desert, have historically been the lifelines of these golden landscapes.
Fast food is popular all over the world, be it a hot dog or fish-n-chips. But nothing can beat the variety of fast food in India. Simple yet exotic flavors make Indian fast food different and an all-time favorite. No matter where you are, be it a flea market, a mall, or a movie theater, indulging in fast food (or commonly known as “street food” in India), is a favorite pastime.
Panchkarma is one of the most popular holistic detox therapies of India. It is a five-step complete rejuvenation experience that comprises of herbal oil massages, steam baths, cleansing enemas and other purifying practices.
A Panchkarma “retreat” is a misnomer, and is definitely not a spa holiday with poolside massages and green juices. It is a mind-body experience that will ooze toxins out of all orifices of your body – butt, nose and ears included.
Cows are considered sacred by Hindus in India. They were the favorite animal of Lord Krishna, and they serve as a symbol of wealth, strength, and abundance.
Solo travel in India can be fun, adventurous and amazing! Realize that much of India is still a traditional society, and in certain parts of society the genders do not mix. Err on the side of caution. As a tourist in India, keep safety in mind at all times.
During my time living in India for about 15 years (till I turned 25), I got to understand the country in a unique way. I found my fellow countrymen to be warm and big-hearted, but also traditional and dogmatic, almost as if stuck in the past. Every year, we would go traveling to some part of the country, and I got to experience many surprises, adventures and frustrations along the way.
Diwali is just around the corner… it is important to start preparing a week in advance. As a child, I would watch my mother deep clean the house a week before Diwali, making it ready for “Lakshmi Pravesh” (the entering of Goddess Lakshmi inside the home). Lakshmi is symbolized as the Goddess of Abundance, and more so of Wealth and Prosperity. So, it was an important ritual every year to prepare for Diwali and give Her a welcome fit for a Goddess.
Every year around October and November, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights that stretches back more than 2,500 years. And in India, the five-day celebration marks the biggest holiday of the year.