Mini Guide to India

Main Cities and Towns

Goan Cities

Many travelers who visit Goa tend to say that it’s completely different from the rest of India — less chaotic and more easygoing. This is due to the fact that it was a Portuguese colony for a long time and one of the main destinations in the Hippie Trail. It’s the perfect place to slow down and enjoy the many beaches scattered along the coast. Make sure you visit the Anjuna Flea Market, explore the Portuguese churches and have a night out of electronic music (Goa is the birthplace of psytrance).

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Considered one of the most sacred cities by Hindus and Jains, Varanasi will take you along a religious experience. Many people believe that dying in the city will bring them to salvation, so more than 200 bodies are cremated every day on the banks of River Ganges. There are 84 ghats in the western bank, which are the steps that lead to the river and where it’s possible to see the burning bodies along with people bathing to purify their souls.

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11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.