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The complete guide to: Kolkata travel

The complete guide to: Kolkata travel

olkata is India’s second largest city and is known as the country’s artistic and cultural capital. Formerly Calcutta, the city’s name was officially changed to Kolkata in 2001 (so don’t get confused when you see mention of the former name as you’re doing your pre-trip research!). Filled with temples, monuments,...
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4 lesser-known Diwali celebrations

4 lesser-known Diwali celebrations

The celebrations of Diwali are held at a huge scale in India. With the neighbourhoods lit up with bright oil lamps, candles, earthen lamps, and fairy lights, this auspicious moonless night is celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm. No matter which part of India you are in, you’ll find locals...
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40+ things locals say you should know about their cities when you visit

40+ things locals say you should know about their cities when you visit

There are some basic rules that follow travellers around wherever they go: watch out for pickpockets in tourist zones; negotiate a taxi rate before you get in the cab; when in doubt, don’t drink the water. But then there are some specific rules for each country, and even each city....
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Lighting up lives in India

Lighting up lives in India

Pollinate Energy is a social business dedicated to improving the lives of India’s urban poor. With a focus on sustainable solutions such as solar lights, Pollinate Energy helps families living in India’s tent slums to reduce indoor pollution from kerosene and wood stoves, enjoy better quality light, and save money. They...
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Forget Black Friday; let’s celebrate #GivingTuesday

Forget Black Friday; let’s celebrate #GivingTuesday

If you’re like us, Black Friday probably doesn’t tend to get you too excited. Battling crowds at the mall and fighting over laptops just isn’t our thing — and we know there are lots of you out there like us who just don’t get the buzz. Something we can get behind, however,...
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The stories behind 8 Indian city nicknames

The stories behind 8 Indian city nicknames

Love ’em or hate ’em, nicknames are inevitable. And we don’t just mean that name your granny from Punjab or your aunt from Canada gave you when you were a kid. Even cities aren’t immune to being graced with nicknames — especially when those cities are in India. The subcontinent...
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We’ve won gold at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

We’ve won gold at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

Today is World Responsible Tourism Day, and we are beyond excited at today’s news: Urban Adventures has won a World Responsible Tourism Award! We won gold in the category of “Engaging People and Culture,” which honours the best examples of holidays that celebrate local people, traditions, and ways of life....
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24 hours in: Chennai

24 hours in: Chennai

So you’ve got 24 hours to see Chennai? No problem! Sure, it might be tight trying to cram it all in, but even with just a day, you can still get a feel for life in this South Indian city. Here’s our guide to making the most of a mere...
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