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Travel article "Why You Shouldn't Fear Scams in India" on the sustainable travel blog Teja on the Horizon | View up Babua Pandey Ghat by the river Ganges in Varanasi, India | Laundry hung out to dry on a ghat in Banaras | How to deal with scams in India | personal growth and character development opportunity 22

Why You Should Not Fear Scams in India

The very first person I met when venturing into Varanasi, was probably a scammer. This may be a strange way to begin an article about not fearing scams in India, but stay with me.  Then...

Travel article 'The Tuktuk Driver at the Lucknow Train Station' | Sun setting behind the many-domed red and white building of Lucknow train station | Teja on the Horizon blog 2

The Tuktuk Driver in Lucknow Train Station

I did not need a tuktuk driver in Lucknow. The modest 3-star hotel that I booked (mainly because I couldn’t find backpackers’ hostels for Lucknow), came with a pickup service. I suppose Lucknow is...

View of Indian railway train tracks against countryside from inside a train cabin | Travel sustainably by taking the train 4

Leaving Varanasi on a Train Bound for Lucknow

I stowed my things beneath the bottom bunk, climbed up to mine, and breathed a sigh of relief. The train leaving Varanasi had not left without me.  A detour for Banaras silk before leaving...

Wide pavement leading to the Buddhist temple in Sarnath, near Varanasi, India | Seeking Sanctuary in a Sarnath Day Trip from Banaras | Teja on the Horizon blog travel story 5

Seeking Sanctuary on a Sarnath Day Trip

My Sarnath day trip was an impromptu decision. That day, I actually intended to explore more of old Varanasi – specifically the festival that was going to be observed in the Kashi Vishwanath temple....

Kali goddess relief carvings over a portal at the house of the Kumari | Kathmandu Durbar Square under reconstruction after the Nepal earthquake | Hinduism | Hindu temples | child goddess Kumari | A Kumari Contemplates Kathmandu Durbar Square | Teja on the Horizon 4

A Kumari Contemplates Kathmandu Durbar Square

The tour guide seemed to hope greatly. An older man, he insisted on showing me his credentials as an authorised independent guide with quiet dignity. And he continued giving me his pitch on why...

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