Blue sky outside an airplane window.

Tips for Air Travel In India

 5 Things You Need to Know

Indian train travel is a must do for any serious traveller, but even with the new online train bookings options, it is still much easier to book flights than it is to book train passage. And the cost, availability, and timing make flights a reasonable alternative for getting around the sub-continent. While air travel is air travel almost everywhere you go (except, perhaps, in Pakistan!), there are a few peculiarities in India. Here are a few things new visitors to India should know before they head to the airport.

The Remarkable Women of #JLF

Nevertheless, They Persist

That the Jaipur Literature Festival is an event for women is obvious as soon as you arrive. Invariably, the women’s security line is miles long, while the men’s line is virtually non-existent. The volunteers and staff also seem to be mostly women—from the students managing the author signing booths to the venue hosts introducing the speakers.

Of course, this doesn’t diminish the dominance of men’s voices or the everyday challenge of moving through space occupied by men.

Jaipur Literature Festival: 10 Tips for Experiencing the Greatest Literary Show on Earth

The 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival kicks off next month. For five days in January, thousands of people will gather at the Diggi Palace in the Pink City of Rajasthan to talk about books, ideas, and the world. I had the great fortune to attend JLF this past year and wish I could go again this year. If you find yourself in Rajasthan next month, here are 10 tips for making the most of the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Terrifying Taxi Rides

There’s a lot of talk about safety and the solo traveller out there—but few people consider the fact that just getting on the road is one of the most dangerous things you’ll ever do when you travel, whether you’re a man or a woman, on your own or in a group. And sometimes the safest thing to do on any road is to go with the flow—even if the flow makes your head spin!

Safe Solo Travel Can Come at a Price

How I Hated Being Safe in India

A woman was just raped. And by the time you finish reading this post, at least (at the very least) five more women in this world will have been raped.*