Touch of Spirit Tours, India


Mela, the founder of Touch of Spirit Tours, tells us about her journey to starting a tour company: 1. What’s your background? I have a bachelor degree in business and have worked as an accountant for most of my working life. I taught business subjects at a TAFE college for six years. During this time […]

Tour Review: Classic Rajasthan

Camel, horse, elephant

Name: Emma Gardiner Which Tour Company did you travel with?: Intrepid. Mummy Ji (my awesome step mum) and I did the Classic Rajasthan tour last Indian winter. Where did you go?: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bundi, Bijaipur, Udaipur,  Pushkar. Who was your tour leader? What was he/she like?: We had two tour leaders because our first guide […]

Top 5 things to do in India


Rather than waxing lyrical about Punjabi saris, psychedelic religious beliefs and outrageously fabulous Mughal architecture, I am going to make it easy for you. Here’s what I loved about India: 1. The forts and palaces of Rajasthan I learnt one key thing: Mughal kings had a lot of concubines. They also had an unlucky first […]

‘How was India?’


A lot of people have asked me what I thought of India. It’s a big question because India is a big place. It’s huge in every imaginable way – population, religion, history, culture. There’s so much to learn; I found it completely overwhelming. Mughal ruins crumble beside open drains choked with rubbish. There’s traffic and […]

Pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal by Josh Bryer

Pilgrimage to the Taj Mahal An excerpt from ‘100 pens for 100 Indian kids (& other travel stories)’ by Josh Bryer I woke up at 5am to leave plenty of time for my 6.30 express train (2 hours) to Agra –home of the Taj Mahal. The train trip was pleasant – comfortable, with AC and […]

Off the beaten track in Ooty


Off the beaten track in Ooty By Maggie Videan Where did you say that was? Never heard of it? Possibly not! Ooty is a forgotten hill station located 2000 metres above sea level in the Nilgris in Southern India. Alive with industry, it has a delightful climate, friendly locals and a history harking back to British India. Ooty […]


Bangalore! By Maggie Videan It’s taken me 25 years to return to my homeland. That being the case, I started out in Bangalore, a city renowned for service and IT industries. As soon as I arrived, it was quite apparent why it had taken me so long to return. India is confronting. The crowds, the poverty […]