The India Travel Course Blog

Honest, independent and thoughtful advice for foreign travelers to India

VIDEO: How to eat amazing food in India and not get sick

Between 20 and 50 percent of people traveling to developing countries get sick with stomach and intestinal problems. That’s a huge percentage! Learn to be in the 50 to 80 percent who DON'T get sick... This is our first video blog post! Please leave a comment below and tell us what you...

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United Nations International Day of Yoga 2016

At the request of the Government of India, the United Nations has proclaimed 21 June as the "International Day of Yoga". The special designation aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga. This 3-minute documentary on yoga and IYD is worth watching: As the...

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10 Ways to Find the Perfect Yoga Program in India

Interested in finding a yoga school in India? The first step is asking yourself what you want to get out of your travel and yoga experience in India. Once you have a sense of what you are looking for it is time to start researching your options. We suggest you start with your friends, mentors...

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How to get a mobile phone number in India (PART 2)

This is the second part of a multi-part series on how foreigners can get a mobile phone number in India. In PART ONE we looked at which mobile phones work in India. In this part, we cover Indian mobile operators, where to buy your SIM card, as well as the essential documentation and process for...

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How to get a mobile phone number in India (PART 1)

This is the first in a multi-part series on how foreigners can get a mobile phone number in India. We will start by looking at which mobile phones work in India. You may be able to use the phone you already have with an Indian number! If you are a foreigner traveling in India, and you plan to...

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Getting over negativity in India travel books

Raise your hand if you make decisions based on the reviews you read on Amazon? For me, Amazon reviews are more than just a way of seeing how people feel about the books and other items they buy. They are a source of information in their own right. This is particularly true for travel books...

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Is vegetarianism the norm in India?

There are more vegetarians in India than in any other country. By some estimates, India has more than 500 MILLION vegetarians! Since I love an opportunity to challenge a stereotype, let me point out that even with this huge number of vegetarians, an estimated 60 percent of people in the country...

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What is the official language of India?

We try hard to help foreign visitors understand how incredibly diverse India is. Here is an interesting statistic to help drive that home: Two people selected at random from the population of India will have different native languages in 91.4% of cases! (source: Linguistic diversity...

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Regular Visa or e-Tourist Visa?

There are two types of Indian tourist visas that visitors to India commonly use. They are called the Regular Visa and the e-Tourist Visa (eTV). You can read more about both of these visas on the Indian Visa Online website — which is an official website with content provided by the Government of...

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Booking Flights and Trains in India

When we purchase airline and train tickets in India we usually use Cleartrip. We have no connection to the company, other than being happy customers. In fact, I would say that they have earned our endorsement through the great service they have provided for us over the years. In addition to...

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