Highest post office in the world

Excerpt from the article “Highest post office in Europe and the one in the world” by Gerhard Freund, published in the Berner Briefmarkenzeitung The Hikkim post office in India is at 4,440 m Hikkim is a village in the district of Lahaul and Spiti in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and lies at […]

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Nataraj Asana- Shiva, the Cosmic Dancer

Many of you, who have been practising yoga for a little longer will know him- Nataraj- Shiva, as a cosmic dancer. Some of you have certainly practiced it more often as an advanced balance – back-bending Asana, others may know him as a statue from the shelf of a yoga school. I also have a […]

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5 travel tips for India

You want to make your trip to India very special and not just follow the beaten tourist paths? Do you want to experience India as it is and get in touch with the people on the outskirts? Do you love nature and like to move? Then  these 5 travel tips are perfect for you to make […]

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Raksha Bandhan- The protective bond between brother and sister

Today, the time has come again: Throughout India, the sisters blessly tie a ribbon, the so-called Rakhi, around their brothers’ right wrist. In return, the sisters receive a small gift and lifelong protection. Not only real brothers, but also cousins, close friends and such men with whom the women prefer only to enter into a […]

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The little man’s business and a Samosa recipe

In India, almost every man is a businessman as well. Be it the vegetable seller, the shoe cleaner or the tailor. Almost everyone runs their own small business. Most of the time, the “business”  is set up and dismantled on the street for a day or one owns a small garage with a sliding shutter […]

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MTB Arunachal Hornbill Flight – the slightly different mountain bike stage race

About Arunachal A mountain bike stage race is something special in itself. If it takes place in India, such an event will be quite special. But a seven-day mountain bike race through the far-flung northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh probably tops everything! […]

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India, the land of enchanting traditions

In India there are many different places that are definitely worth a trip. In addition, the country offers many different traditions and festivals, which you should definitely experience once. One of these festivals is called Diwali, which is one of the most important festivals in Hinduism and is also called the Feast of Lights. The […]

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Education in India

October Calendar Sheet  No. 10 School education has also been compulsory for Indian children for several years. Prime Minister Modi has been working hard in recent years to ensure that children from rural areas in particular, as well as girls, have a chance for education and finish their 10th grade degree. In order to support […]

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Post from Gracy- a report of a Solo Traveler

Namaste lovely Chalo! Travels friends, I’ve been in India for five weeks now and I can report a lot. I have experienced many things and have gone through ups and downs. In India, holidays are until July and this is particularly noticeable on the roads in the mountains. The beautiful landscape with the relatively cool […]

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Chalo! Travels Newsletter June 2018 : Preparing for your trip to India

This beautiful Chalo! Travels Newsletter was written this month by Gracy, our new intern, and I thought I’d post it on our blog right away. Have fun reading, Sarah A cheerful hello to the round of India enthusiasts, my name is Gacy, I come from lively Berlin and now live in India for half a […]

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The Indian “Aunt Emma Shop”

In Germany we call small shops which provide alldaily needs ” Aunt Emma shops”. These days they hardly exist anymore next to all these big super markets. But in India you still have them!  If you do your daily shopping in India, you go to the so-called “Bazaar”, the Indian market. There are vegetable stalls, […]

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Mountain bike workshop at an Indian girls school

I have been living in India for seven years and have been doing mountain biking as a regular hobby, challenging sport and out of deep passion. While a lot has developed in the Indian cycling Industry in the past and there is now a growing mountain bike community, it is unfortunately still the case that […]

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New: Cooperation with non-profit organisation in Delhi

I myself came to India through a year of volunteering with a non-profit organisation in Delhi. Freshly graduated  from high school as a 19-year-old, this year was an incisive experience and a very instructive but also enriching time for me. India is a beautiful country with wonderful people. But despite the emerging country’s increasing progress, […]

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Arranged Marriages- No Forced Marriages!!

Note: This Article is written from a very limited perspection. The above mentioned concept is only one way how marriages and the arrangements can work in India. Of course there are plenty of other cases, such like Love marriages, unhappy marriages, divorced marriages….all depending on the cast, the class, the region, education, family back ground […]

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Traditional Indian martial arts

If you travel to Kerala, you not only have the opportunity to attend an impressive Kalari (Indian martial arts) show, but you can even learn this sport in an ashram. In the following guest article by Raphael Gorschlüter you can learn more about Kalari and that it is much more than just a martial art! […]

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Love goes through the stomach

A love that defies the unwritten laws of the caste system Rekha and Rishi seem to be a normal Indian couple, in a normal Indian home in Jodhpur. When we are picked up by Rishi by his motor- rickshaw from our hotel to take part in a cooking class with his wife Rekha, we meet […]

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Julley from Leh – The six best things to do in Leh

Julley is the magic word in the northern Indian region of Ladakh. Translated, it means “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Thank you” and “Please”. With this simple word you get through in the high mountain desert of Ladakh quite well. Everywhere you are illuminated by Ladakh faces and a “Julley” is shouted at you. […]

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The People of the Manali Leh Highway

After Darcha, the last village on the Manali-Leh Highway, there are no settlements for about 300 km to Rumtse. Apart from mountains, dust and glaciers, there is not much more. Despite this, or precisely because of this, this highway in the northernmost part of India is so special.Nevertheless, there are at regular intervals smaller temporary […]

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Interview with mountaineer, backpacker and Indian lover David Funseth from Sweden

Our first adventure with David from Sweden we had last year on our ten-day expedition to the 6001 meter high Deo Tibba. David had previously taken part in a month-long mountaineering course in Uttarkhashi (Indian mountain resort in the state of Utthrakhand) and was now fire and flame to apply his gained knowledge. The expedition […]

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Mountain Biking Tour and Race: Manali-Keylong- Manali

Three days of intensive mountain biking in the high mountain desert of Lahaul Keylong is the district capital of the beautiful high mountain valley of Lahaul. The name “capital” is somewhat exaggerated. Locals even call Keylong a village. I would call it a small town. The name Keylong derives from the Keylong towering snow-capped “killing […]

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A Big Fat Indian Wedding in Rajasthan

A month ago I received an invitation to a wedding- no – An invitation to four weddings. A boy from my Yoga Children’s Camp and their family had invited me to the weddings of his two sisters and two cousins, all of whom were to be married on the same day and in the same […]

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Alone among Indians – my life as a foreign woman in India

Life in the Indian city Admittedly, I do not currently live in one of the Indian metropolises, Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore. I was able to have this experience during my volunteer year in Delhi and although the year in Delhi and my work with a non-profit organization in one of the slums brought me a […]

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Three weeks as a clinical trainee in the countryside of Tamil Nadu (India)

Article by Lea Kübler (former travel participant) I have been studying medicine for five years now. I have gained my practical experience so far in Hungarian and German hospitals, in health systems that meet a high standard in international comparison. CT and MRI devices are now part of our basic equipment in Europe. Efficiency and […]

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6 reasons why it’s cool to live in India (at least for a while)

I have lived in India for eight years, admittedly not in one of the big, overpopulated and polluted cities, but in the countryside, in the middle of the mountains in the Indian Himalayas. The Indian country life is not only wonderfully relaxing, but the people are also above average friendly here. The following points apply […]

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Weddings, holidays, festivals – The month of October is the month of the gods in the Kullu Valley!

The tourist season is slowly coming to an end, but peace and quietness in the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh is still not there! For in October most weddings (determined by a priest astrologically), the seven-day international Dussehra festival and many other important holy holidays take place, such as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on October 2 […]

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The village of Karzok at Lake Tsomoriri

September Calendar Sheet  No. 9 The village Karzok is located at 4500 meters, making it one of the highest villages in the world. Once upon a time, the tranquil village on Lake Tsomoriri was located on the Central Asian trade route between China and India. Today, this route is a challenging trek that leads from […]

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Travel Safe as a woman in India

Bärbel has published my article on her blog “Woman on Travel” with tips for single travelers women in India, with 10 tips for a safe travel in India! A Podcast Episode on that topic at the Chalo India Podcast […]

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Two-day trip to the Sunderbans National Park

About the Sunderbans From Calcutta it is only 100 km (i.e. about three hours ;)) to the shores of the Sunderbans – a region in the southernmost West Bengal and in Bangladesh, which is home to the largest mangrove population in the world on an area of 10,000 km². […]

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Women of India

Actually, my headline is already wrong. You can’t actually write about women in India in general. In India there is not the “typical woman”. Depending on the location, caste, and class, the female inhabitants differ greatly in their lives on the Indian subcontinent. Hardly any life is like the other. With this article, I am […]

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Interview with Hamreet- Housewife from Delhi and follower of the Sikh Tradition

Interview with Harmeet Khurana, 25 years old, member of the Sikh religion Harmeet is a twenty-five-year-old housewife from Delhi. She has been married to her husband Charanjeet for 6 years and has a three-year-old son, Angad. Harmeet, who belongs to the Sikh religion, invited me to her home for an interview, so that I could […]

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Interview with a Rajasthani fire dancer

Deep in rural Rajasthan, 100 km from Jodhpur, Shri Jasnath Asan is located in the small village of Panchla Siddha. A small ashram belonging to the Shri Jasnath sect. Saint Jasnath is the first guru of a chain of saints who spiritual guiding the Jasnath community for about 500 years. The disciples of the Jasnath […]

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How safe am I as a woman in India?

Delhi City. Midnight. 31 December 2009. The streets are dark and deserted, no human soul except me and my friend in the quiet alleys of the normally crowded metropolis. There, suddenly people. They come closer to us: 10 boys, drunk, exuberant.They see us. Get excited. Running towards us. Reaching their hands out to us and […]

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Malana – a remote village in the Himalayas,…

… the best hashish and the oldest democracy in the world It is a three-day march from the Kullu Valley over the 3600 meter high Chandrakani Pass to the village of Malana. The pass itself offers magnificent views of the highest mountains in the region, in good weather the two six-thousand-metre peaks Deo Tibba and […]

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