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How to Choose the Right Tiger Park in India

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India is home to 70% of the world’s remaining tigers. These majestic cats have been making a fantastic comeback due to conservation efforts after being on the verge of endangered just 20 years ago. Seeing one of these big cats is a once in a lifetime experience and there is no better place than on a trip to India to check that item off the bucket list. While it is easy to get lost in the eye of the tiger, there are many other factors to take into account when choosing a park including but not limited to quality of lodges, naturalists as well as other flora and fauna. This blog is going to focus specifically on the national parks of Madhya Pradesh (MP), considered the epicenter for tiger sightings in India. MP is also great because they offer full day permits if you’re really interested in seeing tigers. You get...
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A Day in the Life of a Jungle Safari in India

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Days spent on jungle safaris in India are different than any other you’ll experience on your adventure. With a minimum of 2 nights at a lodge and 3 nights highly recommended you’ll fall into a routine. You wake up with the sun and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle and a full belly. You'll spend hours riding around in a jeep searching for animals and hours relaxing in your room or by the pool. I’ll try to outline to the best I can what a typical day looks like in the jungles of India. Note: These were the times for when I was visiting in October. The times change with the season as the park gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. In the heart of winter, you’ll find later start times and earlier exit times. 5:00 – Wakeup knock on your door. 5:15 – Tea, coffee, and snacks....
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Your Invitation To An Indian Wedding in Rajasthan Has Arrived!

Your Invitation To An Indian Wedding in Rajasthan Has Arrived!
We just received your invitation to attend the wedding of Varun and Vivek, our "second cousins" of sort, in Jodphur, India! 1500 guests have been invited and you'll be part of the wedding party on the groom's side. For you Wild women our guide will help you pick up a sari a few days before the gala event, and it's your chance to go with bold color! Wild guys just need a sport jacket because you'll be fitted with a turban according to the color scheme and style of the Jodphuri family.  This is the wedding of Amit Sankahla's cousin. Amit is our India in-country program director, and if you are able to attend you'll be hosted by Amit and his wife Jessika, and our local guide who will accompany you and explain everything that's happening around you.  So, if you are planning a trip to India in the New Year,...
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The Reality of Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India - Part I

There’s hyped up controversy about paying to go see poverty on a “slum tour” in India, but there shouldn’t be if you do it right and with the best of intentions.  In early February 2014 we went into the Dharavi slum on the edge of Mumbai with Reality Tours and Travel, a local walking tour company.  If you’re going to be a tourist of any sort, better to be a traveler interested in seeing the reality of the place and people, and to do it with everything open: mind, eyes, heart, and a willingness to share. Walking through Dharavi, I couldn’t help but think about what Gandhi pronounced: "Just because we may have a different lot in life, doesn’t change the fact that we are all, at our core, one and the same." What we learned first off is that a slum, by definition, isn’t poverty per se. In fact, life...
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For the love of God (and Goddesses and other living things)

For the love of God (and Goddesses and other living things)
Besides uniting our mind and body with Jen and Heather feeling more self-realization after getting over jet lag and doing a week of yoga, another wonderful benefit of yoga at the start of the trip was how Jen and Heather shared Hindu philosophy and religion with us. After all, Hinduism forms much of the ancient traditions of yogic life. Heather recounted stories of Brahma the lord of creation, Shiva and his wife Parvati, Hanuman the monkey god known for his strength and ability to fly which he used to save Sita when she was kidnapped, and Ganesh the elephant god of good fortune declared by Brahma to be the first god to be worshipped by Hindus. Jen explained the basics of Ayurveda, an ancient healing system translated in Sanskrit as “ayu” life and “veda” knowledge. Most commonly experienced as massage and body treatments, some of us went deeper to get medical...
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