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12 Hidden Gems to Find in India

India is rich in travel gems. You can visit the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, boat down the River Ganges and tour the slums in Mumbai and yet India has so much more to offer just round the next corner (well, a bus/train/plane ride away).

If you want to get off the beaten track and explore the best-kept secrets of India we’ve unearthed 12 hidden gems you should definitely go out your way to find. We admit, some of them aren’t that easy to get to (cue rickety train rides and trekking on foot) but they’re all well worth the journey and after all, that’s kind of the point.

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5 lesser known Indian festivals

Now, don’t get us wrong, Holi is amazing. Whether it’s from the depths of Rajasthan or a park near Battersea, the sight of revellers covered in colourful powder had become common all over the world. But, though being painted by a rainbow is undoubtedly a whole lot of fun, there are numerous other events throughout India every year that are no less amazing for their lack of opportunity to throw stuff at your mates.

India has a population of 1.2 billion people so calling any festival based there “lesser known” is stretching it a bit. But, while some have entered the traveller popular conciousness others have remained more obscure. Build one of these amazing experiences into your trip for a unique taste of India’s diverse, incredible culture.


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Meet your multi-stop: Fly South for the Winter

Multi-stops rock our world at STA Travel – they’re a great way to stretch your journey and see more of the world. New Zealand is amazing sure but what about all that land you’re flying over? Could there be something to explore down there as well?

This week we’d love to tell you about one of our favourite multi-stops “Fly South for the Winter”. Flying with Emirates with 8 sectors to 6 countries and the opportunity to travel overland in New Zealand; all from £1149 for students & under 26 and £1429 for all – what more could you need!

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12 Weird and Wonderful Drinks from around the world

Supping the local brew is one of the true joys of travelling, be it a cold Chang on the beaches of Koh Samui, a green tea on the Great Wall or taking part in a traditional Kava ceremony in Fiji. But at what point do you draw the line?

Read on for our list of 12, good, bad and downright odd drinks from around the world…if you dare.

Image from Flickr courtesy of melanie

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12 Important Things to Know About Taking the Train in India

STA Travel CRM Executive Carmen Bergne share some top tips for taking the train in India.

We’ve all been there, sitting on the grubby tube or train on a wet autumn day, heading into work and hating the extra few people who’ve squeezed on for making you feel like a sardine in a slightly damp, steamy pod.

Well, you ‘aint seen nothing yet! Rail travel in India is like no other. Home to one of the world’s largest rail networks, the tracks you’ll travel are stories in themselves. Never has the saying ‘it’s not the destination, it’s the journey’ been more relevant than when you’re travelling in India.

If you’re planning on taking the train in India (and you definitely should) there are several things you’ll need to be prepared for, here’s the lowdown on what to expect.

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