Recipe: Aloo Gobi

When I travelled through India I liked trying as many different kinds of curry as possible. Aloo Gobi was a dry curry (so less saucy than usual) and tended to be my preferred option if I was feeling a little off. It is also vegetarian, basically curried cauliflower and potato – although in this recipe…

Intrepid through India

On the first night of our G-Adventures tour, our guide asked us all why we were excited to be there. My answer was that a) I love culture shocks; b) I had always wanted to travel somewhere with my mum; and c) I had always wanted to try an organised tour. India seemed like the…

Things I wish I’d known before I went to India…

Some simple tips that will go a long way for your time in India: Cows. Literally everywhere, they are considered a sacred animal of India. This is because they are the mother provider – their milk sustains our young, without them we wouldn’t survive. So it is illegal in India to kill cows, which explains…

Mumbai

Those who have read Shantaram would understand my excitement in visiting Mumbai. I couldn’t wait to explore the sights experienced by Shantaram during his time in Mumbai. Knowing this, you have you to empathise with the distraught I felt when I found out we only had one full day to spend in Mumbai. I was…

Udaipur

Udaipur was the only destination in our whole trip where I felt like the foot was taken off the accelerator, even if it was for just a brief time. With the nickname ‘Venice of the East’, I had high standards, and Udaipur does its best to live up to these expectations. It is a warren…

Bundi

Bundi is located in India’s northwest, and is most famed for its beautiful architecture. It has several ornate forts, palaces and step-well reservoirs which are known as baoris. I celebrated my birthday here, and wow, what a place to turn 27. I think it was the hottest day we had in India, clocking in at…

Goa

Described by Lonely Planet as a cocktail of sun, sand and spices, it breaks my heart to say that I was somewhat disappointed by Goa. I think that the reason for this was not necessarily due to Goa itself, rather it was just a run of bad luck for us (a combination of not enough…

Jaipur

  About a four hour train ride from Agra, Jaipur (or the ‘Pink City’) is the capital of Rajasthan. It is famed for local artisans; ranging from jewellers, textiles (including block prints and carpets) and general thrift markets. It also plays host to the annual Jaipur Literature Festival (the largest free literature festival in the…

Agra

With a population of about 2 million people, Agra is so much bigger than I ever realised. Here I was, thinking that the glorious Taj Mahal was way out in the wops – little did I know there was SO much more to it. Obviously, Agra is home to the Taj Mahal (basically the only…

Delhi

Talk about a smack in the face. Or maybe something slightly more pleasant; a bucket of ice cold water tipped over you on a really hot day – an idea which would actually go down a real treat on your typical day in Delhi. This is India at one of its most extremes, and because…