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Five crazy Indian festivals worth planning your trip around

Little boy celebrating Holi in India

Anna Phipps is a travel blogger at Global Gallivanting who has been based in Goa for the last few years. Since she’s an expert on all things India, she’s shared the five most unmissable India festivals with us. Because who doesn’t love a bit of chaos, a lot of colour and a whole load of awesome celebration?

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Inspiring, immersive, intoxicating India.

Today’s blog comes from Tom Barber over at Bamba Experience, he’s a pro on all things Asia and he’s here to tell us a little bit about India…

India is a vibrant mix of a thousand cultures packed together shoulder to shoulder, all intensely humming to the tune of a different beat. It is a place that on immediate arrival assaults all the senses and bombards the brain. It is quite simply impossible not to be swept up in the beauty, the chaos and the adventure. Limitlessly kind and abhorrently cruel, scenes of the most majestic beauty vie for your gaze amongst pictures of squalid heartache. The impossibly tranquil and calm sit aside the horn-tooting buzz of the hectic. India is travel. India is exploration and India is one of a kind.
Goa
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7 reasons you should travel India on your Gap Year

When choosing where to go on your Gap Year, you’ve probably got some key things that a country needs to offer, whether it’s blissful beaches, full moon parties, world famous monuments, epic trekking, life-changing volunteering projects or, quite simply, really cheap beers. Want all of the above? Pfft, no problem. We’re now going to convince you, in 7 simple points, that India is the place to travel on your gap year.

1. India is a proper culture shock

Taj Mahal

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Quick Start Quide to the Andaman Islands

Today’s blog comes from James Greenslade who, after abandoning STA Travel headquarters, has returned to his native Australia to pine for the awful summers and “friendly” locals of the UK. He still writes a bit though.

Lesser known than their Thai neighbours to the east, the Andaman Islands offer visitors destinations just as beautiful, and even quieter. Sitting in the Bay of Bengal – and actually geographically closer to Thailand than India which they are administratively attached to - only a dozen or so of the 300 islands in the archipelago are open to visitors.

But what gems they are. Think pristine beaches, jungles, clear waters and, possibly best of all, hardly any people…


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What on Earth is The Rickshaw Run?

It’s the least sensible thing you can do in two weeks. It’s a mad ride across a sub-continent with nothing but three mates and three wheels. It’s a chance to get dressed up and pimp out a glorified lawn mower. It’s an excuse to raise some money for charity. It’s a ridiculous adventure like no other. It’s all this and so much more…

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