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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Update Chalo! Travels

Exactly one year ago I said goodbye to the participants of the last Multi-Active Rajasthan trip. It was the last I accompanied for Chalo! Travels before the Corona epidemic. After that we only had one backpacker trip at the end of March, which our tour guide Dikshika handled fabulously, despite all the restricions. Then the […]

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Arrival at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi

A few tips for entering India 1) On the plane Small cards are often handed out during the flight itself, in which personal information (name, passport number), flight number, an Indian address and a telephone number are to be filled in. It makes sense to fill in this note in advance, so that you can […]

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Famine in India

Call for emergency aid for people in India during the Corona crisis Dear family, dear friends, dear Chalo Travels guests and donors. Thank you. I am overwhelmed, a bit emotional and can still not quite comprehend, that within the last nine days, we have received 6817 € (55000 rs) donations for the poor daily labor […]

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Corona Virus in India and How I and my Business deals with it

Update: As of today, March 25, 2020, the whole of India has been under a three-week curfew, as Modi announced yesterday at 8 pm in his second speech in a week. Especially in the cities a bit of panic broke out: hasty shopping and departure to the villages. India’s poor population, in particular, is struggling […]

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The entry of Germans to India prohibited until further notice

From 11 March 2020, entry from Germany to India is prohibited. All German nationals are not allowed to enter India until further notice due to the Corona Virus, despite a valid visa. This also applies to citizens of France, Spain, Italy, Korea and China. It is not yet clear when the situation will ease again. […]

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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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India Active Travel: Kerala vs. Rajasthan

Multi Aktive Trip Kerala The Multi Active Trip in Kerala is created for an active holiday: mountains, sea, the backwaters and lots of greenery in the form of national parks, primeval forests, spice and tea plantations. […]

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Experience Indian Cities through guided bike sightseeing tours

What once started in Delhi with the agency “Delhibycycle” is now offered in various Indian cities: Guided bike tours, usually in the early morning hours for about 2 to 3 hours in length, often with included snacks or even a breakfast. Anyone who knows me and my travels, knows that I like to incorporate many […]

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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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Passport lost or stolen in India – Here you can find out what to do now

You really don’t want to lose your passport during your long-distance journey, but it can happen and then it’s good to know what to do. The most important thing: Don’t lose your head. Losing your passport is not nice anywhere in the world, not even in India. Especially since you will unfortunately lose one or […]

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An India Group Trip for Women only- Why?

From time to time you read in the news: India. Mass rape. Men’s dominant. Risk for women travelling alone. (More on this topic can be read here and here). At the same time, however, I and so many other women from all over the world feel a great interest in the exotic subcontinent. […]

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Singing Bowl Healing

In my life here in the Indian part of the Himalayas, singing bowls are ubiquitous. Not only does a large part of the Tibetan refugee community live in the Indian mountain states of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, but a large part of the population is themselves Buddhist and singing bowls are part of everyday life. […]

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Highlights and facts about the Indian tourist paradise Goa

India’s smallest state  Goa looks almost like a grain of dust on the map. It is located on the western coast, surrounded by the much larger states of Maharashtra and Karnataka – and yet unfolds its very own charms. The Arabian Sea stretches along the coast of Goa and  there are numerous fantastic bathing beaches […]

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Giardia Lamblia – the parasite that causes India travellers abdominal pain

When I returned to Germany in 2011 after my one-year voluntary stay, I immediately took a stool test.. For weeks I had stomach cramps, I had a bloating belly and felt filled all the time and several times a day I had to go to the toilet. No symptoms that force you to stay in […]

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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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Chalo! Travels is growing

No, we are not expecting a baby, but Gracy from Germany. Gracy – fun-loving, travel-loving and interested in culture – will live, travel and work with us in India/Manali for six months from 15 May. Gracy travelled India with Chalo! Travels already  and brings a lot of experience in the travel business through her work […]

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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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Goa- Hippy Oasis, Spiritual Training Area, Party Place and Long-Term Holidaymaker Paradise

A report about my three-week stay at Arambol beach Among the 50 beaches in Goa there is the right one for each of us : there are the beaches for package tourists in Baga and Calangute with large luxurious hotels. Then there are relatively natural fishermen beaches like Benaulim without big parties but with water […]

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My trip to India and to myself- advice from a spiritual seeker

“A guest post by Lisa, who started her trip to India with a trek in the Himalayas with Chalo! Travels. Lisa did a yoga teacher training at Shri Jasnath Ashram, a small ashram in Rajasthan where Chalo-Travels offers yoga and Ayurveda retreats and Sarah teaches as a yoga teacher. In addition, Sarah met Lisa again […]

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Tourism as an economic factor in India

Around 6 million people spend their holidays in India every year. 140,000 holidaymakers are Germans. In comparison, around 12 million people fly to Thailand every year, and in Malaysia there are around 25 million tourists. Indian tourism accounts for just 1 percent of annual gross domestic product, or about 7 percent in Thailand. But if […]

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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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Rural India

An insight into the Rajasthani village life India is noisy, polluted, overcrowded with lots of traffic, unbearable poor and too many men are around. If you travel from an Indian city to another Indian city, India can make a bad impression. But India’s charms lie much less in India’s overcrowded cities than in its rural […]

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In the land where the pepper grows

I am always very happy about a trip to the green state of Kerala, which is located at the southernmost tip of India. Here, in the so-called “land of coconuts” and christened by the Indians as “God’s own land”, one not only travels in a  relaxed way, but there is also an incredible amount to […]

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The Indian Tourist Visa

Earlier, India’s Visa policies were quite complicated.! The mere application of the tourist visa was annoying. If you wanted to regulate the application for a visa yourself in the past and not to invest in any visa agencies, you had to travel to one of the few major cities to personally submit the visa application […]

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Jodhpur, Pushkar – Rajasthan! Travelling with children through India

I met Louise in a yoga ashram in Rajasthan, where she lived with her small family for a few months as a karma yogi. I was curious and asked Louise to share her experience about being in India with her three-year-old Matilda and to give us some hints about travelling with a child in India. […]

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10 things not to be missed in Mcleod Ganj/Dharamshala

Note: By now few things changed: The Dalai Lama is now more frequently to be seen, as he is retired Sanghey is not teaching Momo making classes anymore, but you can find other teachers having a poster up. Or why not trying it out your self To camp in Triund in a fixed camp is […]

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Cashless in India

Post from 2016 It is now 2 weeks, since the old 500 and 1000 rupee notes in India have lost their value and the new 500 and 2000 rupee notes have been introduced. Only yesterday I returned to Delhi from my ten-day Malaysia trip and I had hoped a little, that during this time the […]

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500 and 1000 rupees banknotes became worthless overnight

News, News, News India in the fight against terrorism, black money and corruption Last night I took the night bus from Manali to Delhi. As the bus stopped for dinner, I turned on my phone and I was flooded by the news: In the evening of  November 8, 2016, the  Prime Minister Modi announced sweeping […]

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India in two weeks

In two weeks through northern India as a backpacker Admittedly, two weeks for India isn’t really much and you won’t see everything of northern India in the two weeks. But let’s be honest: even I (and I’ve been living in India for over six years by now) haven’t visited all corners of India yet. But […]

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Indian Sweets – Sugar Time

The father of a good friend of mine runs the most famous candy shop in the Kullu Valley. Anyone who has ever tasted Indian sweets, knows that they are very sweet, but also very tasty. The shop was opened by Aju’s (my friend’s name) grandfather in Kullu in 1945. At that time he and his […]

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Travel Tip 5 Transportation in India

How to travel through India, depending on your budget With an area of 3.3 million square kilometres, India is not only quite large, but huge! Especially as a traveller with not so much time, one really becomes aware of the size of the subcontinent when it comes to planning the India trip! It quickly becomes […]

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5. Food in India: Where is the best place to eat in India?

1. At home it tastes best… Where is the best place to eat? Of course at an Indian mom’s place!!! Indian women have cooking simply in their blood and it always tastes excellent!!! If you don’t have friends in India and you can’t live with a family at home, you should live in a so-called […]

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Thai Yoga Massage-it is more Indian than the Name suggests

It is known as Thai Yoga Massage, Traditional Thai Massage or “Yoga for the Lazy”. This refers to a massage healing art that is more than 2500 years old and is based on Ayurvedic healing methods, yogic asana, pressure points and stretching elements. […]

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