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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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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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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10 tips for money transactions in India

There is hardly a worse thing than not getting one’s money while on holiday in a foreign country. The fact that you can be in India quite quickly without money can happen very quickly: either the machine is empty, you have reached your credit card limit, the credit card is not accepted or, or, or! […]

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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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The Little Sister of India: Sri Lanka

Pretty much exactly 4 years ago I spent a night in Sri Lanka: I flew from Bangalore to Colombo, went through emigration, slept for a few hours at the airport and flew back to Cochin in Kerala the next morning. The so-called visa run was necessary. With my former tourist visa I was not allowed […]

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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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Motorcycle tours throughout India

In India, the motorcycle has a completely different meaning than in  Germany. While in Germany the motorcycling is rather a hobby and the bike usually only carries a summer license plate and is used for special excursions and trips, the motorized two-wheeler in India is much more used as a commercial vehicle and mode of […]

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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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The Buddhist Circuit – By mountain bike through the Himalayan valleys Kullu, Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur

This June I was finally able to put into practice my long-cherished desire to explore the mountain regions of Spiti and Kinnaur by bicycle. My boyfriend David played a big role in this: passionate mountain biker and adventurer and also fire and flame for this tour. While I have often travelled from Manali to Spiti […]

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Yoga trekking in India – a report from the point of view of the organizer

During the seven-day yoga trek in the Hamta Valley near Manali in the Indian Himalayas, I had to stop every now and then to look into the mountain landscape, take a deep breath and realize what I was doing here! I was on a seven-day trekking tour. In India. In the Himalayas. In the best […]

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The 4th Ultimate Uttarakhand Himalayan MTB Challenge

India – a big country with many highlights Although I have been living in India for almost ten years now, I have still not been able to discover the whole of India. Very often I return to places that I particularly liked, or I travel with my tour groups, whereby my guests usually travel on […]

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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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India is still swinging in me

A wonderful report by Elke, who travelled India with the help of Chalo!Travels. She stayed in a Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh and did a  Yoga Trek in the Himalayas. This beautiful writing deserves a place on the Chalo! Travels Blog. Dirty, noisy. I cannot stand the sight of this extreme poverty. These are some of […]

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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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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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Preparation tips and hints for the Manali – Leh Mountain Biking Tour

Since we have some groups for popular nine-day mountain biking tour on the 470 km long Manali-Leh Highway this Summer, it seems appropriate to give some suggestions for preparation and hints for the tour. […]

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Five days of yoga trekking and six-day mountain bike pilot tour from Dharamshala to Manali

Amelie and Marlies are not only two very ambitious sportswomen, but also very adventurous travellers. Together they have been travelling almost all over the world. While Marlies is active in outdoor sports such as trail running, mountaineering, mountain biking and climbing, Amelie is an active triathlete and trains almost every day. […]

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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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The Indian Himalayas

November Calendar Sheet No. 11 The Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. Snow-capped peaks, raging mountain rivers, deep forests, traditional mountain villages, herds of sheep, moon-like desert landscapes, furrowed glaciers, colourful flower meadows. All this are the Himalayas and so much more. […]

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(No) Rules on Indian roads

5 rules that allow you to survive on Indian roads If you land in India at the airport in one of the big Indian metropolises Delhi, Mumbai and Co., the first adventure will be the taxi ride to the hotel. In the taxi itself, at least in the rear seats, there are no belts and […]

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Emergency pharmacy for trekking tours and mountain expeditions in the Indian Himalayas

The Indian Himalayas are high, huge and not inhabited for large parts. On trekking or mountain tours, you often meet no human soul for days, except for a few shepherds. Villages can usually only be found at the start and end points of the trekking tours. And even here you will mostly not find a […]

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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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In the houseboat through the canal system of the backwaters in Kerala

March Calendar Sheet No. 3 We sit comfortably in our chairs on the “balcony” of our small floating home for the next 24 hours and enjoy the fresh coconut water while we ship peacefully through the small channels of the backwaters. […]

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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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When dreams come true

January Calendar Sheet Nr. 1 This Christmas I gifted my grandparents an “India calendar” with photos of my travels. To each photo I will be add story every month during this year. I would also like to share these stories with you. And here is the first story of the January calendar sheet: It’s 6:30 […]

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Travelling through Rajasthan with our driver

A Rajasthan round trip with your own driver It’s August. Despite the monsoon season, it is hot. Here in the middle of nowhere in the Tharr desert between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. But we don’t notice anything from the 35°C in our Innova Toyota. We sit in the vehicle, let the desert landscape pass  […]

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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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Travelling with children in India – is that possible?

Here is another guest post from me. This time on the topic of travelling with children in India on Julia’s blog TravellingKinder. In the article you can read about my opinion about travelling with children in India and how best to travel with the little ones through the big subcontinent. Read here an article from […]

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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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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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Trekking Peak in Spiti: Kanamo Peak (5969 m)

Another mountain ascent Due to illness, unfortunately, our planned seven-day trek over the Parangla Pass (5600 m) from the Spiti valley to Ladakh got canceled! The trek was supposed to start from the 4200 meter high village Kibber, but our guests unfortunately just didn’t feel comfortable with fever and cold and decided to drive directly […]

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Rajasthan Round Trip

In two weeks through the Indian desert state with palaces, camel, yoga and interesting encounters Rajasthan is the main destination, along with Agra and Delhi, for many Western travellers. In fact, the great desert state, with its impressive stories of Maharajas and Mughal kings, can be traced back while visiting the mighty forts and magnificent […]

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Founder of the State of Brandenburg 2016

As part of the 10th Entrepreneurs’ Day 2016, I participated with Chalo” Travels in the competition “Founder of the State of Brandenburg 2016”. Yesterday, on May 4, 2016, the award ceremony took place. I did not win, but at least I got among the three nominees! A beautiful success after 2 years with Chalo! Travels. […]

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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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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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Three Weeks in India- Two Travel Itienerys

Three weeks for a trip to India is not an insane amount of time, but at least a very good time frame to watch and experience as much of India as possible. Of course, the trip must be well thought out and organized in advance. Only to start thinking about where it should go in […]

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Trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas: How do I prepare for this?

It remains the case: the Himalayas are up to 8848 meters high. At the same time, despite (or precisely because of) its high mountains, huge glaciers, massive rock formations and quaint forests, it exerts a great attraction on us and quite a few are drawn to Asia to the highest mountains in the world to […]

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Happy in Hampi!

Hampi is the number 1 Travel destination according to the Lonelyplanet 2015 (a popular travel guide) and my very clear number 2 (my number 1 is and remains Manali, of course!) Already the fourth time I am visiting this enchanting place and with every further visit I enjoy my stays more and more and tey […]

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Fishing in the Arabian Sea with a Keralan fisherman

Marari beach in Kerala, located between Allepey and Kochi is probably one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches of Kerala. Only a few exclusive beach resorts and a few small homestays are available for tourists here, so that the beach is still characterized by the locals and the surrounding area mainly by small fishing […]

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