The road trip I’ll never forget

An epic journey to the Northeastern most state of India.

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Finding paradise in Meghalaya

There are some moments when you travel where you stop and think, “I have found paradise.” They’re rare moments but when they happen you never want to leave. A tiny village in the remote jungles of south Meghalaya, called Nongriat, was such a place, a paradise. There’s very little information on tourism in the Northeast…

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Sikkim: travelling where nature smiles

After dismissing the northwest of India because of the cold and snow at this time of year, I decided to explore the northeast instead. It wasn’t just the slightly better weather that appealed to me though, it was also the fact that it is the most underexplored area in India and government restrictions on foreign…

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Video: Agra, Varanasi and Kolkata

A video of my travels through Agra, Varanasi and Kolkata

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Why you SHOULD visit Kolkata

Not many tourists go to Kolkata. I only met one other foreigner who had been there and there was only one hostel in the whole city but I knew I wanted to go. When you do a Google search there are even articles that come up titled ‘reasons why you should never go to Kolkata’…

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Varanasi: a place like no other

Varanasi was the place that I imagined I would find India’s intriguing spirituality and most interesting of characters and I was not wrong. The city, with its holy people, it’s rituals, it’s maddening traffic, it’s delicious street food, it’s suffocating alleyways and it’s annoyingly frustrating boat touts and rickshaw drivers, was my favourite place yet.…

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Seeing the Taj: take one and two

That big, beautiful, white building that sits next to the pyramids on most travel posters. The one thing you can’t leave India without seeing. The Taj Mahal. I was very excited to see it but I did wonder if perhaps it might not be as grand as I’d imagined after seeing so many pictures of…

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Top 10 shots: Rajasthan, India

Top ten photos taken during my travels through Rajasthan, India

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Finding Pushkar’s magic

When I was heading to Pushkar I had pretty high expectations. I had people messaging me from home saying, “Pushkar is the best!”, “Pushkar was my favourite!” and “I could have spent weeks in Pushkar!”. So naturally I thought Pushkar was going to be pretty great. I arrived in the afternoon off a government bus…

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Happy Hampi

They call it Happy Hampi and I could definitely see why. It was a laidback village amidst a bizarre landscape of giant boulders and ancient temples. It reminded me a lot of Petra in Jordan where you weren’t really restricted as to where you could go and you could scramble up boulders and hills to…

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Primary health care in rural India

India was always on my bucket list but what drew me here this particular time was the Comprehensive Rural Health Program (CRHP) in Jamkhed, Maharashtra. The University of Melbourne offers a public health subject based at the CRHP campus and I opted to do it as part of my Development Studies program. The first time…

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