India is a destination on most travellers’ bucket lists. It’s bright, it’s busy and it’s loud, but it’s also an extremely spiritual place. And when planning a trip to India, it can be difficult to know where to start, so we recruited Intrepid’s destination manager for the Subcontinent, Ryan Turner, and directed some FAQs his way.
Kerosene lamps are responsible for millions of deaths in India each year. This is the story of Alexie Seller, co-founder of Pollinate, a company that aims to provide life-changing solutions for India’s urban poor.
People don’t have a lot of time for ugly when they travel. Markets that are more crowded than ‘bustling’, run down temples that aren’t as ‘glowing’ as they were described online, and waters that could never pass for ‘azure’ in a million years: these things exist, we just don’t want to look at them.
Here at Intrepid, we don’t think kids are ever too young to start travelling.* But taking your kids travelling can be a daunting prospect. Will they be safe? What if something goes wrong? What if they get sick?
Ladakh translates as ‘Land of the high passes’, which, on arrival, feels rather appropriate.
It’s easy to feel the world is a shrinking place. Journeys that used to take months now happen in the time it takes us to watch Godzilla and eat a microwaved meal, and we have more information in our pocket at any time than the sum total of human knowledge for the last three thousand years. In such a world it’s easy to think there’s very little mystery left, very little tradition or magic or authenticity.
Shakespeare once said, ‘The sauce to meat is ceremony; meeting were bare without it.’ Basically this translates to, ‘Festivals, they’re pretty cool, eh?’ And those Elizabethans really knew how to party, so I’m inclined to agree with his opinion. Ceremonies and festivals are the cultural glue that binds us as people.