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Goa, India

Goa, India

We had heard so many wonderful things about Goa, that we had very high expectations. We had trouble deciding which town to stay in because there were a lot of choices with seemingly beautiful beaches. Ultimately, we decided to stay in north Goa because it was an area where we could potentially surf (the likelihood of good surf was low, but the potential appealed to us). We stayed in a town called Arambol, in a guest house we booked through…

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Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

Bombay or Bust Spoiler alert: it was a bust. To be fair, it isn’t Bombay’s fault. It actually is one of the more sophisticated cities that we visited in India. The stop was a last-minute decision, thrown in during planning with the intent of having a quick whirl wind visit of the city; to get just a taste. I had grand (possibly absurdly overly optimistic) plans that were spoiled by India Customs/DHL, and Chris’s unresolved case of Delhi belly. As…

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Golden Triangle: Jaipur, India

Golden Triangle: Jaipur, India

What to Expect: Jaipur is called the pink city We saw animals everywhere Snake charmers, camels, goats, elephants. We watched a monkey run across a woman’s lap to grab some abandoned food. If you’re interested, there are many places and options for interacting with the animals – camel rides, elephant rides, etc. What Not to Miss: Amer Fort (with Elephant Ride) Called both Amer and Amber fort, this grand fort is situated at the top of Cheel ka Teela (Hill…

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Golden Triangle: Agra, India

Golden Triangle: Agra, India

What you might expect: People are here to see the Taj So it’s going to be crowded. Especially at sunrise and sunset if the weather is good. There isn’t much else to see and you probably want walk around to explore the city   What not to miss: Taj Mahal You really can’t (or shouldn’t) visit India without seeing the Taj Mahal. Words cannot express the awe inspired by the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan’s love for his wife (and anguish…

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Golden Triangle: Delhi, India

Golden Triangle: Delhi, India

We scheduled a tour of the Golden triangle with only a brief stay in Delhi. After a long drive from Rishikesh, we met our guide and visited some of the local attractions. While it was a neat place we could’ve done without seeing Delhi, and we were glad we didn’t plan much time there. We were really beat by the time we got to the hotel, so we skipped dinner and settled in quickly at our hotel. It was a…

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Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh is known for its spiritual aspects. Ganges, Aarti, Hindu, temples, yoga, and meditation. But we were surprised to learn that it’s also amazing for many types of outdoor adventures. Located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, it boasts of both the religious and nature aspects of India. We had expected to visit Haridwar and Rishikesh at the same time, but didn’t have sufficient time (we drove through Haridwar on our way; it’s about 25km from Rishikesh). While we…

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Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, India

The location of our first stop in India was based on two things: my desire to meet some of my former co-workers (whom I had only “virtually met” prior) and the most cost-effective use of my airline miles. In any case, it isn’t likely that Hyderabad would be on your tourist radar; however, if you find yourself in the city, here are our tips. What you might expect: Locals aren’t as used to westerners – you may be asked to…

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What to Expect in India

What to Expect in India

We went to several places in India, but there are some general themes across the country about what you might expect. Have multiple options for getting cash Getting cash was a little more difficult in 2016 because of efforts to move to a cashless economy. Cash circulation and ATM withdrawals were limited. Though it had been significantly improved as of the time of our visit (January 2017), many vendors did not accept credit cards and some ATMs quickly ran out…

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Prepare for takeoff!

Prepare for takeoff!

SandClover is all about adventure and travel as a couple. We are typically a little older than most of the long-term travelers that we meet, but we’re hoping to help inspire folks to break the two-weeks (at best) per-year vacation cycle, by sharing tips and strategies. You’ll find that our travel style is mostly budget-friendly, with some splurging. Our aim is to set up a forum that shares tips, events, and deals with fellow explorers, while providing an honest, behind-the-scenes look…

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