Added by on October 8, 2017

In Part One of my India travel video guide, I begin my travels in India with Calcutta (Kolkata). India had long been on my bucket list of countries to travel to in the world, and in April, 2013, I finally made it there, starting with Calcutta, with no better reason than the fact was I knew so little about that part of the country.

Calcutta was once the capital of the British Empire in India, and today it’s home to over 14 million people, which means the city itself is a crowded, dense, loud, but endlessly fascinating place to explore. In this video I explore the alleyways and grand buildings that make up B.B.D. Bagh, the area where the city was founded.

After checking out a parade (a very common occurrence I was to later learn) and grabbing a roadside cup of chai, I stop at the home of famed poet and writer Rabindranath Tagore, the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize, and whose home is a great place to learn about Calcutta’s cultural history.

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In Part Two of my India travel video guide, I travel to Bodhgaya, one of the most sacred places in all of the Buddhist religion. It was at this location 2,500 years ago that a young Prince Siddhartha sat under a fig tree, meditated and found enlightenment, thus becoming the Buddha.

I start off by visiting the many temples that have been built by various Buddhists from around the world, including temples dedicated to Buddhists living in China, Japan, Tibet and Nepal. I then visit the Tergar Monastery, one of the largest Buddhist complexes in the region, which is a short walk from the main road.

I then head to the sacred Mahabodhi Temple complex in the center of town. At sunset it is a scenic, peaceful time to explore the grounds, which include a large monument built at the Bodhi Tree itself, as well as a sprawling garden area where people come from around the world to meditate.

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In Part Three of my India travel video guide, I travel to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in the Hindu religion. In this video I visit the famous ghats, or steps, which lead into the Ganges River, the holy river where visitors and locals come every day to wash themselves and perform religious ceremonies.

It is on the banks of the Ganges where thousands of bodies are burned every year. Having your body burned and its ashes spread here is considered to be one of the holiest places in the world to do so in the Hindu religion.

After exploring the riverfront, I stop by a local music shop to play tabla with a local sitar player. Though I was a drummer in a past life, the tabla are a completely different style of playing than I was used to — you’ve been warned.

I finish up by taking a morning boat ride in the Ganges river. The colors you see on the river and on the buildings towering above are spectacular as the sun rises in the morning, and it was one of my most memorable experiences of the entire trip.

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In part four of my video travel guide series to India, I travel to Darjeeling, the famed hill station known for its views and famous tea plantations. The city itself is nestled in the Himalaya mountains between Nepal and Northeast India, and is a popular place for people to stay before heading into the mountains for a trek.

In this video I visit Observatory Hill, home to the temple where it is thought Darjeeling got its name. Today there are several shrines there, thousands of prayer flags decorating the trees, and even a temple cave.

I then head to Happy Valley Tea Estate, one of the only tea plantations actually located in town, where I explore the grounds and sit down for afternoon tea with a local picker. Despite what I always assumed to be an acute sense of smell, I had difficulty picking out the better tea leaves amongst the options, but I gave it a try anyway.

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In Part Five (my last) of my India travel video guide, I trek into the Himalayas along the famed Singalila Ridge, a picturesque trail that winds its way between Nepal and India, and through multiple small Himalayan villages. The highlight is the morning sunrise over the third highest mountain in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, as well the views of Mount Everest in the far distance.

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The host, Matt Stabile, of this video is the founder and editor-in-chief of the travel site http://www.TheExpeditioner.com. He also served as Director, Editor and Foley Artist for this production.

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27 Comments

  • Great video. Keep it up and ur channel will grow in no time!

  • Radhika Khanna 1 week ago

    Can you please tell me how to become a travel guide ? πŸ™‚

  • Rabi Barman 1 week ago

    oh you visited even Darjeeling also…thanks a lot for coming to Darjeeling its a great hill station ….i think you visited all tha places of Darjeeling…

  • M. A rao 1 week ago

    beautiful adventure video,,come back again nd make more wonderful videos

  • Rajaa Chowdhury 1 week ago

    The City of Joy, my beloved Kolkata, my hometown. πŸ™‚

  • Rodeliza Atiagan 1 week ago

    ive been in india 10 yrs ago and stay for 1yr in Goa.. I missed India lots of big churches

  • MAAVALAN TRAVELS 1 week ago

    wow…. that was energitic trip…. too long but it looks awesome that you are travelling to so many places in just one round. It must be your life the moment.
    Thanks for sharing video.

  • CHANDAN PRAVEEN 1 week ago

    he wen you had been ni bodh gaya. I am glad to sea you in my netive town…

  • svenolley 1 week ago

    well made and informative.Cheers!

  • Bonnie Stern 1 week ago

    Thanks for posting this. I'm traveling to India and Nepal this fall and I'm eating up every video about traveling there that the internet has to offer πŸ™‚

  • CHRISTOPHER LOGAN 1 week ago

    What time of year did you go?

  • Dhruvang Patel 1 week ago

    I hope if u enjoy it! good to be here for my country INDIA.

  • Magdalena Chrzastek 1 week ago

    Great video and guidance!

  • Empress Nzinga 1 week ago

    Good video and very helpful. I'm traveling to India and Nepal next summer. I plan to research holy sites and temples in East India. What was your experience like at the ancient Hindu holy sites? I will either travel at the end of June for 3-5 days or end of July for a few days. Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

  • Andrew Risto 1 week ago

    I'm a drummer too, would love to experience playing tablas in india!

  • Roshan 1 week ago

    u shud visit himachal in india.. its heaven

  • First Name Last Name 1 week ago

    LOL it's so random when the animals are just running about in the background.

  • thumanina 1 week ago

    Beautiful video! Also because you're way is so easy-going, it's not only entertaining but also kind of relaxing to listen to you. πŸ™‚ Thanks.

  • IAM DA1 1 week ago

    This is so beautiful. I want to go to India now!

  • Steve Campbell 1 week ago

    Outstanding, big fan of your casual presentation style. After Peru, India is the place I'd like to get to the most. Will watch the rest of your India series now.

  • Susan Hathiramani 1 week ago

    I have to watch this video again. Yes, India is truly the place I want to go to, while I am still living. I want to experience all of this. My husband Raj is from India. We have talked about this so much, now to save the money to go!!!

  • Alan Lilly 1 week ago

    Another great travel video!! I have enjoyed many of your videos since watching your Colombia travels.

  • Rajnesh Sharma 1 week ago

    That was a great video! Β It was well filmed and informative. Β Good job πŸ™‚

  • Ali Wins 1 week ago

    Nice video. But honest, how bad did it smell there? The streets and the people.

  • Kooocik D 1 week ago

    great videos & excellent work.. hope we'll see some more new videos from you ! ,,gud luck ! )

  • Claudeen 1 week ago

    That was amazing- what a journey. Thank you!

  • Connor Watkins 1 week ago

    Your videos are fantastic. India has never really been on my to do list but now it definitely is. Question: How many battery packs do you take on a trip like this?