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Chalo India - the India Podcast for Travellers, Expats and India Lovers

Chalo India - the India Podcast for Travellers, Expats and India Lovers

By Sarah Appelt
This podcast is about India and all its diversity. It is meant for everyone who is interested in this huge sub-continent and wants to know all its facets. I am Sarah from Germany and have been living in India since 2009 as a volunteer, yoga teacher, tour operator, mountaineer, traveller, friend and girlfriend. Let me take you on a journey to India. And who knows, maybe one time you will visit beautiful and colourful India yourself for real. Chalo! India- lets go to India!
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Delly Belly- How to eat safely in India
One of the best things of travelling India? Definitely the food. India's Cuisine is delicious, flavourful, exciting and diverse. I am just into a 36 days cooking project in which I cook everyday a different vegetarian dish of one of the 36 Indian states and Union territories.Check it out here.  Obviously home cooked food should guaranty a hygienic standard. This is sometimes not the case at India`s open kitchens and street food stalls. How to travel belly friendly and still enjoy the culinary delights of Indian food, you will find out in the podcast. 
August 19, 2021
My Volunteer Experience with an NGO in Delhi
As I mentioned in the first episode and as many of you might now, my journey to India started with a one year volunteer program in Delhi. In India´s capital I worked with an NGO in South Delhi supporting underprivileged girls on there way of Education and took care of school dropouts and small children in a slum area. 
July 21, 2021
My favourite 10 travel destinations in India
I know, right now it is not possible to visit India- but at least you can dream about visiting this beautiful country soon and already get some inspiration for your next India Trip.
June 6, 2021
Corona Crisis in India 2021
Some updates from my side about the Second Corona Wave in India. Please read this article for more information and also to get some advice for making a donation. Thank you
May 9, 2021
Trekking, Mountain Biking and Climbing Expeditions in the Indian Himalayas
This Interview is very special to me. I talk to one of my oldest friends and closest people in India: Jogi from Manali. Jogi is a highly qualified mountain guide, leading treks, mountain bike tours and expeditions in the Indian Himalayas. Jogi and I know each other for more than 10 years. Together we have trekked hundreds of kilometers, climbed peaks and cycled all over the Himalayan States Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. Jogi is one of the most popular and trusted guides and I am lucky, that he is working with Chalo! Travels, making me and my guests happy with unforgettable memories and experiences. Listen to our conversation in which we talk about some great Himalaya Experiences and explain how our Himalaya Tours work. For both of us, it is now more than one year, since our last Himalaya Tour and we can't wait to be back in the mountains with you guys!
March 25, 2021
Interview with the Ayurveda Chief Doctor of Greens Ayurveda Dr Asghar
3 wonderful months at Greens Ayurveda have come to an end. At the Ayurveda Center in the North of Kerala I have completed the course to an Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant and also did some Ayurveda Treatments including a Pancha Karma Cleanse. In this episode, I am interviewing Doctor Asghar. Doctor Asghar is the founder of Greens Ayurveda and the Chief Doctor. You will learn a bit more about Greens Ayurveda,  about the difference between Indian and Western patients, how Ayurveda and Yoga is a great combination for holistic health, how to become an Ayurveda Doctor and about some Immune boosting Ayurveda advice. If you are new to Ayurveda I advise you to listen to the previous Podcast Episode in which I give a small introduction to Ayurveda and also talk a little bit more about my stay at Greens Ayurveda. If you are interested in an Ayurveda Retreat or Course yourself, check out my programs. Enjoy the Podcast Episode!
March 4, 2021
Introduction to Ayurveda
This episode I recorded in Kerala. More precisely in an Ayurveda Clinic in the North of Kerala. Here, in Greens Ayurveda, I am taking a 3-month course to become a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant and also take treatments myself. In this podcast, I try to explain what Ayurveda exactly is and also give you a small insight into my course and stay here. If you are interested in an Ayurveda Retreat or Course, please visit my Website, where I have a wide offer. Here some Retreats and Courses I offer at the Greens Ayurveda Center. Moreover, I offer more Retreats in the Himalayas and Resorts in Kerala. Please get in touch for more information. Healing Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat Ayurveda Retreat Building Block Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Training in Kerala
February 12, 2021
Religions in India
Wow, what a big and wide topic me and Ketan talked about. Ketan works as a (french-speaking) tour guide in India and is a good friend of mine. He himself belongs to the Hindu Religion but would describe himself more as a spiritual human being. In this podcast, we tried to give you an overview of the major and minor religions practiced in the secular state of India. We covered Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism (all India born religions), as well as Islam, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Judaism and how they are practiced in India. I hope our conversation is not too confusing for you. Please feel free to contact me anytime, in case you have more questions or if you need a french speaking and wonderful India Guide :)
January 28, 2021
Let's talk "Yoga in India" with Noor
India is the birthplace of Yoga, but how is Yoga practised and lived in India? Noor, a Yoga teacher from Delhi and myself (also Yoga teacher ;) get a little deeper into this topic. Check out our Yoga School and Yoga Travel Agency Yoga Maya India
January 6, 2021
Introducing our Indian Cooking teacher Rekha from Jodhpur
A couple of days I announced Rekha's first cookbook, which she and I wrote together. Rekha runs her Incredible Krishna Cooking Workshop in Jodhpur and is not only an extremely good cook but also a remarkable woman. In this podcast episode, we speak about her relation to cooking and food and about her cooking school. If you are interested in buying the PDf of her cookbook (110 recipes!!!) please get in touch with me: The price of the book is 11 Euro -10 Euros go directly to Rekha. You can also book Online cooking classes with Rekha for 1000 rs per person. Please contact Rekha directly via whatsapp: +91 70143 21374
December 15, 2020
CHETNA "Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action" Work of a Delhi Based NGO during the Covid19 Epidemic and how you can support
In this Podcast Episode, I talk with Sanjay, founder and manager of the Delhi based NGO Chetna.  CHETNA takes care of od Street children in Delhi and the surrounding states. Since the Corona Epidemic started, these children face more and bigger problems than ever before. Sanjay and I talk about the work of Chetna, Street children and get more into the problematic of the Covid 19 Situation and what it does to the poorest of the poor. Click here to directly donate to Chetna. A receipt will be provided. Just a reminder: 8 Euros feed a family for 2 weeks, 10 Euros provide warm clothes for a child, with 4 Euros we can improve the monthly hygiene for women, with 5 Euros we can gift a whole family school material and games.  Visit Chetna's Youtube Channel to watch some interesting videos related to the topic.  Here some interesting articles: and one on our blog. Thank you for your support!
October 30, 2020
Covid 19 in India - The influences of the Virus on the Country and People and Me and My Travel Business
Now it is more than 7 months, that we live under the big shadow of the Corona Virus. Since March 18, 2020, all India Visa became invalid and international flights stopped operating. In April and May, we had 5 weeks of strict lockdown. Now live in India almost seem normal, besides that everyone walks around with a mask, schools remain closed and there are around 70000 daily new cases. So maybe not that normal after all. In this podcast, I will share a few insights about what is going on in India, how India managed during the last 8 months, how people deal with it. I also talk a little about myself and my business.  Obviously, with no one allowed in India from outside, international tourism is zero in India. That is especially harmful to all the Indian people working in and are dependent on the tourism industry! Also the poor people still suffer a lot. Here the link to the NGO Chetna. You can donate to them through the donation button. The money goes directly into food rations for the poor and into online education for the children. If you are interested to support my friend Prakash from Varanasi by buying some high-quality textiles, please contact him through his Whatsapp number: +91 96482 93807 or through his Facebook account, where you can see samples of the products he sells.  And here the link to my Yoga Maya India School.
October 20, 2020
Bargaining- The art of shopping in India
By my guests, I get asked a lot about advice for shopping in India. Many of them are a little scared and feel uncomfortable with it. Honestly, I could also do well without bargaining, but in India you just have to do it. Maybe with these small advices, I give in this episode it can even be fun. Enjoy Listening!
October 6, 2020
Travelling Safe as a female traveler in India
One of the most common questions I get asked: Is it safe for (solo) female travelers to travel through India and are there any specific measurements to take, to make it not only safer but also fun and enjoyable at the same time? Unfortunately, India has bad reputations considering the role of women and sexual abuse. Much of it is true to some extent, but with differentiation. In this podcast, you will learn more about this difficult topic from my own perspective with lots of advice and travel tips for females. Find some more insight into that topic through these blog articles on my website: and an article about why and how I created a "Women Only" 3 weeks India Trip:
September 11, 2020
Mode of Transportation- Getting Around in India
In this episode will explain all types of transportation options you have in India, including traveling by bus, train, plane and private car with driver. On my India Blog you can find some additional information in written form here.
August 15, 2020
Arrival in India- All you need to know about your first hours in India
Traveling to India for the first time can be a little bit overwhelming, especially because you will probably fly into the big Cities Delhi or Mumbai. To make your first hours and days in India as comfortable, easy and safe as possible, I created the podcast about your Arrival in India with many tips and advice for you. Also read the Article Arrival at Indira Gandhi Airport and a small report by two travelers about there first hours in Delhi. Enjoy listening and feel free to ask any questions Sarah
July 30, 2020
That belongs in your Backpack or Suitcase- Packing List for India
Planning to come to India, but not too sure what to take along? Let me help you. In this podcast I let you know what you should take along and what not.
July 7, 2020
About me- Sarah, the voice behind the Chalo India Podcast
Hi, it is me Sarah. Before I talk about India, I first talk a bit about myself. Here the promised link to my friend's podcast with me. More about myself and India you can read on my India Blog.
June 24, 2020