One of the most amazing things you can find when travelling is a place that you never knew existed. A place that is so incredible and authentic and is barely mentioned in any guidebooks. There are rarely tourists or even any hotels.But it feels like a gift to have been there, because you know how rare it is that other travellers will get to experience it. We were lucky enough to experience such a place on our recent trip to West Bengal when we met up with Ben’s friend and fellow herpetologist, Vishal. Where is Buxa Fort? Buxa fort is…

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Masala Chai It’s been just over a month since we left India. There are some things we were glad to leave behind, but other things that we’re already missing. Of course we made some amazing friends but I also wanted to write a bit about the absolute institution of Masala Chai. It’s the Indian equivalent of what a good English Breakfast brew is for the Brits. So yes I am going to write an entire blog post on a type of tea, after all it is actually National Tea Day. It feels like the nation as a whole runs on…

It seems like the whole of India runs on this sweet, spicy, milky tea, masala chai. After a few weeks of lapping it up everywhere we could we were converts.

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I’m expecting some backlash on this one, but first of all please read this post before you go crazy at me for riding an elephant. Then you have my permission. “You’re meant to be a responsible traveller!” – I know. “You know why you should never ride Elephants!” – I do. “What the hell are you playing at?!”- Well… I can kind of explain if you’ll let me.  This post is my explanation. If it helps, I regret it. Its taken me a while to come to terms with it enough to write this post. This post is not to justify my…

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Where to do a Camel Safari in Rajasthan? Jaisalmer is the town located in the heart of the thar desert. Hundreds of tourists come here for the desert but Jaisalmer is also a really cool city. In Rajasthan a lot of the cities are associated with colour. Jaipur is the pink city. Jodhpur is the blue city. Udaipur is the white city. Jaisalmer is the golden city and it’s easy to see why. Nearly all of the buildings are made from yellow sandstone that look golden in the intense desert sun. There are many homestays and hotels in Jaisalmer and lots of…

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One of Kerala’s main attractions, and the reason it gets so many visitors are the stunning Alleppey backwaters situated about an hour away from Cochin. A lot of tourists stay on houseboats but these can be very pricey at around £100 each for 3 nights. If you’re on a budget this isn’t ideal but there are a few tips I can give you to make sure that you get the most out of the Alleppey backwaters without blowing your budget. Houseboat or Hostel? First up you have the decision to make about where to stay. Many people stay on the houseboats…

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