India: Travel Writers Wanted!

This opportunity is now closed. Thanks to everyone who has applied. Keep your eye out for the India Insiders Guide!

Are you a local, or have you been to India and explored beyond the major cities? We’re looking for professional writers and photographers to be a part of our Insider’s Guide to India!

Have a look through the titles and let us know in the submission form below which ones you’re an expert at, and why you are perfect to write the story.

Please note – we have a specific brief, with specific requirements for style, tone and approach. DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS THROUGH MOJOS. You must apply to be awarded the commissions, where you should include links to published work or your own travel blog, and we will be in touch if you are successful with more details regarding the assignment.

Deadlines: Applications by 5th May

First draft by 12th May

Payment: 50 cents (USD) per word. If you’re a blogger, writer or author, we’re also happy to put a backlink in the author bio. For photo stories, payment will be discussed separately.

Expertise required: Professional Writers and Photographers wanted. See individual stories for more details.

The Brief:

Select one or more of the following stories about India. Please note, though included experiences under each story is mandatory, we also welcome your personal tips and additions – you’re the insider!

1. Cost Guide to India (500 words maximum)

Please talk about the costs of travel in India, including food costs, accommodation costs, transport costs. Talk about getting cash out at ATMs, how much to budget per day, areas of India that you will need cash only, or denominations of cash that are no longer accepted.

2. Finding and Booking Accommodation in India (500 words maximum)

How to find places to stay, how to book accommodation, how much it will cost. Include: local homestays, hostels, hotels.

3. Visas and Vaccinations for a Trip to India (500 words maximum)

How to get a visa for India – talk about different visas for travel to India. Talk about essential vaccinations for travel to India. Do travelers need to pack their own first-aid kits in case of an emergency? Do hospitals have clean medical equipment?

4. Getting Around India: Transport Tips (500 words maximum)

Write about the best ways to get around India. Talk about bikes, scooters, taxis, trains, overnight trains, safe transport. Is public transport safe for female travelers?

5. Festivals and Religion in India (500 words maximum)

Write about the best festivals in India, where to go for the best experiences, and the religious significance behind each. You will need to have experience at any of these festivals, plus any other favorites: Holi, Diwali, Durga Puja, Pushkar Camel Fair, Ganesh Chaurthi.

6. Useful Phrases for Travelers to India (300 words maximum)

List all useful phrases to help travelers when they first arrive in India.

7. Etiquette and Faux Pas in India (500 words maximum)

Talk about what travelers should know before a trip to India: how to dress, common behaviors you should avoid doing, how to address people, things you should/shouldn’t do in a local homestay, how to approach photographing locals.

8. Indian Cuisine (500 words maximum)

Talk about the best dishes in India.

9. Climate and Weather in India: Best Times to Visit (350 words maximum)

Write about the various seasons and best times to travel around India. Successful applicant will have a good knowledge and experience traveling through all of India, and will be able to provide details around which regions to travel when.

10. Safety for LGBT Travelers in India (500 words maximum)

Talk about danger zones, etiquette and cultural attitudes towards LGBT travelers to be aware of, safe areas etc.

11. Hiking and Trekking in India (500 words maximum)

Based on your own experiences, please talk about the best treks and hikes in India. You should mention these, plus any of your own: Spituk to Stok, Markha Valley, Parang La, Kang Yatse, Chadar Trek, Manali.

12. Spiritual Travel in India: Yoga and Meditation (500 words maximum)

Have you traveled through India for spirituality? Share your experience with us. We want to know why India is a great destination for yoga enthusiasts, meditation retreats, spiritual experiences.

Articles on Himalaya & Northern India

13. Delhi things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Talk about the best markets, temples, parks, tombs, museums, but focus on less touristy experiences in Delhi.

14. Varanasi things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Based on your experiences, please talk about temples, Ramnagar Fort, all the best Ghats, museums, Ganges River dolphin, stupas and your experiences at each. Please also talk about how to be a respectful tourist in places of worship and near the burial sites.

15. Agra things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Based on personal experiences, please talk about Agra’s best things to see and do including: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Tamuna river, tombs, gardens, sites to see, things to do that are less touristy.

16. Himachal Pradesh Top Experiences (500 words maximum)

Write about your top experiences in the state of Himachal Pradesh, we’re specifically looking for articles about Dharamsala and Manali. You must write about the best experiences for backpackers including lakes, valleys, parks, temples, cycling and hiking.

17. Things to see and do in Ladakh (500 words maximum)

Write about your top experiences in Ladakh. You must include mentions of Magnetic Hill, Nubra Valley, Chadar trek, stupas, palaces and key monasteries.

18. Jaipur things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Talk about your top experiences in Jaipur. These should include the following: Tordi Garh, palaces, temples, forts, museums, lakes, less touristy things to do and see.

19. Rajasthan Top Experiences (500 words maximum)

Talk about your top things to do in the state of Rajasthan. Please mention Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, historical sites, palaces, and outdoor activities.

20. Itinerary for Touring the North of India (500 words maximum)

Have you traveled the north of India extensively? We want to hear your suggested itinerary to travel the following states, including travel times and key things to see along the way: Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan. Successful applicants should supply a rundown for their experiences.

Articles for Eastern India

21. Kolkata (Calcutta) things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Based on your travel experiences, please talk about museums, gardens, temples, to see in Kolkata.

22. Darjeeling things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Talk about your favourite things to see and do in Darjeeling. You must have visted pagodas, temples, museums, Tiger Hill, and various monasteries.

23. Odisha Top Experiences (500 words maximum)

Talk about the best things to do in Odisha. Talk about local experiences you’ve stumbled upon, wildlife watching, beaches, sites to visit.

24. Itinerary for Touring the East of India (500 words maximum)

Have you traveled the east of India extensively? We want to hear your suggested itinerary to travel the following states, including travel times and key things to see along the way: Sikkim, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Odisha.

Articles for West India

25. Top Experiences in Goa (500 words maximum)

Based on your own experiences in Goa, please write about the top experiences in Goa. Talk about the best beaches, waterfalls, yoga retreats, spiritual travel, off the beaten track experiences. Mentioning any of the following: Arambol, Anjuna, Mandrem, Panjim.

26. Mumbai things to see and do in the city (500 words maximum)

Talk about the best markets, temples, parks, beaches, top experiences in Mumbai.

27. Maharashtra Top Experiences (500 words maximum)

Talk about the top experiences for travelers to Maharashtra, include Ellora Caves, Ajanta, national parks, Pune, Nanded, Chandrapur.

28. Itinerary for Touring Western India (500 words maximum)

Have you traveled the west of India extensively? We want to hear your suggested itinerary to travel the following states, including travel times and key things to see along the way: Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat.

Articles for Southern India & Bay of Bengal

29. Pondicherry (Pondy, Punducherry) things to do (500 words maximum)

Talk about the best travel experiences in Pondicherry, and why travelers should make the effort to travel there. Include beaches, temples, parks and activities.

30. Hampi things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Based on your travels through Hampi, please talk about your favourite temples, hiking, outdoor activities and things to do in Hampi.

31. Bengaluru (Bangalore) things to do and see (500 words maximum)

Talk about your pick of the best gardens, national parks, temples, palaces, and things to do and see for backpackers in Bengaluru.

32. A Guide to Traveling the Andaman Islands (800 words maximum)

Have you explored the best of the Andaman Islands? We need a writer to share their insider’s tips on how to get there, things to do, scuba diving, hikes, wildlife, camping and top spots to visit.

33. Itinerary for Touring Southern India (500 words maximum)

Have you traveled the south of India extensively? We want to hear your suggested itinerary to travel the following states, including travel times, and key things to see along the way: Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry.

34. Pitch your travel story! (600 words maximum)

We’re looking for your personal travel stories in India! To be selected, we’re looking for compelling travel tales, adventure mis-haps, cultural experiences you’ve experienced; it could be funny, thought provoking, or something that inspires people to travel.

Your pitch should excite us so much that we want to get in touch and ask you to write it for us. Stories should be no longer than 1,000 words. Do not submit full story, just the pitch.

Tips for applicants:

These stories are designed to be standalone blog posts to be featured on WorldNomads.com, but will also be reformatted to become a downloadable Insider’s Guide.

Please include links to examples of your own work published elsewhere, and explain why you’re best suited to write each article. List the number of the article next to the title above. Due to large numbers of applicants, we select writers based on the amount of extra detail provided around why they are best suited to write for World Nomads.

Take a look at existing content written about India on our Explore blog, and travel safety advice for India.

See below for some examples:

On Thin Ice: How I Saved My Sherpa

7 Unforgettable Day Trips from Kathmandu

Essentials Guide to Hiking and Trekking in Nepal

Photography Etiquette in Nepal

Explore Colombia’s Coffee Zone

Explore These Three Deserts of India

Our Guides:

Insider’s Guide to Nepal

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