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This is India! 120

Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Werkenntwen.

What I was up to other than here:

  • I’ve just left Israel and came to England to meet Ben and his family. I’ll be here through the end of the month between London and Ben’s mom’s house in Kent.
  • I CANNOT WAIT TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT ISRAEL! I haven’t been on a trip this good in SO long. I LOVE Tel Aviv and the whole country. Everyone is so chilled out, the vibe is like electric… I have so much to write about! But as always, I am behind on work and it will be maybe a month before I have these articles live. Until then, I hope you are following my Instagram – if not click here and you can see some amazing photos from Israel.
  • I’m reading the follow up to Me Before You, which is called 
    After You

Now your story,

I’ve written about Dahi Handi before and explained why it’s my favorite festival in India. I went again this year and filmed some shaky, grainy, footage from my phone. I made a video. I warn you it’s quite terrible but it does show what it’s like at Dahi Handi. It’s a little crowded and chaotic so I’ve done my best to capture. Most of this footage is downloaded from my Instagram story which makes it even grainer. It’s difficult to keep up on social media platforms sometimes!

I hope you like this video and hopefully the next one I make will be with footage from my new camera! I was afraid to take it out this night since there was color and water throwing.

This is India!

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Laura September 24, 2016 at 3:35 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to read yours posts about Israel – your pictures have been amazing!

    • Rachel Jones September 26, 2016 at 6:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Laura, I have a lot to write – and no time to write it because I am traveling so much! haha my work pile is getting higher and higher ;) but I am so excited to share about Israel that I want to take my time and do it justice

  2. Rachel September 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    OMG those guys like to rave! Really wasn’t expecting them to be dancing to techno/EDM haha. It looked like an amazing festival, I’d love to go some day. Thank you for making me smile :)

    • Rachel Jones September 26, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Haha yes I always tell people that even at a 2 year old birthday party in the village in Goa, they are playing this music :)

  3. Rhiannon September 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    As I sit here at 5 am getting ready for my nursing shift all I can think about is travel and adventure……it’s so inspiring to see someone take a leap of faith and live their dreams! India is definitely on my must do adventure list ☺

    • Rachel Jones September 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Rhiannon, ahhh 5 am getting ready for work.. I feel ya! I had to do night shift because I was such a bad morning person :) Hope you make it to India!

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