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Cruising the winding backwaters of Kerala, Southern India

Last week we introduced you to Alyce, one of our new India Tailor Made specialists, in her blog about her whirlwind tour of India’s Golden Triange and Rajasthan. She’s here to help you plan your perfect trip to India, based on exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it and how you want to do it.

This week, Alyce is back, to take us through her favourite experience in India so far, cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Indian house boat.

Alyce, and our other India Tailor Made specialists Thomas and Nick, have been trained to create bespoke and personal trip itineraries in India, so we sent them on their own adventures there to make sure they are super clued up and ready for your call. Here’s Alyce’s favourite memory of her trip to India’s beautiful south…

Take a traditional Indian house boat for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India.

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My Whirlwind Tour of India’s Golden Triangle and the Highlights of Rajasthan

This month, we’ll be introducing you to Tailor Made India trips, born from our vast knowledge of India itself and the understanding that, while an adventure here is without a doubt one of the best travel experiences you could ever wish to have, putting a trip together, can be hard work and pretty confusing.

That’s why we’ve spent that past few months training 3 of our best Travel Experts in all things India. It’s safe to say, Alyce, Thomas and Nick were all completely India obsessed before and are now ready for the challenge of helping you create a specific and completely personal trip to India that ticks every single one of your boxes.

This week on the blog, Alyce is here to share the experience of one of her trips there, and explain why she has fallen completely under it’s spell.

Alyce (L) at the Amber Fort, Jaipur.

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5 Unmissable Locations to Add to your Travel Bucket List this Year

On 28th May this year Qatar Airways start their new service flying from Edinburgh, opening up their network of 125 destinations to the northern part of the UK, via their base in Doha.

That’s exciting enough, but wait, here’s some more exciting Qatar Airways related news: did you know they’re the only airline to offer a complimentary glass of champagne to their economy class customers? True that.

So, with those two golden nuggets of information ringing in your ears, let’s take this opportunity to remind ourselves of our 5 favourite destinations you can reach using Qatar Airways – now via Edinburgh (champagne in hand).

Perth.

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10 Amazing January Sale Deals That Will Help You Make 2014 Unforgettable!

If December is a party, then January is the hangover. We know this feeling far too well! But to take your minds off work, resolutions, diets and detoxes, STA Travel are making sure that there is plenty to be positive about this January.

When it’s cold and miserable outside, what better way to avoid the January blues than by booking your next trip? Start 2014 as you mean to go on, by doing what you really love: travelling.

Whether you’re making a big change with a round-the-world trip or you just want to tick another country off your bucket list, make sure you don’t get #STAFOMO and check out our top deals from our epic January Sale.

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9 Delicious Treats to Devour on Diwali this Sunday

For most of us, Indian food usually means one thing: curry. Hot and spicy Indian food is what we know and love, but for people on the Indian Subcontinent Indian food is so much more than just bhunas and dhals. With Diwali, the most famous and holy holiday in the Hindu calendar, coming up this Sunday 3rd November, there’s not better time to find out what else Indian food has to offer.

Diwali is one of the most significant religious celebrations in India and Nepal; Hindu families all over the world celebrate ‘the festival of lights’ which honours Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Diwali is a time for decorating houses and businesses with lamps, wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts and eating festive ‘Mithai’ with family and friends.

The food at Diwali is the centrepiece of the festival. Curries and heavier dishes take a back seat as ‘Mithai’ steps into the spotlight. Mithai are little sweets and snacks prepared for specially for Diwali and enjoyed all across India, Pakistan and Nepal during this time.

Here are 9 new things to eat during Diwali, to give you a real taste of a sweeter India… and not a bhaji in sight!

Indian Mithai

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