Hampi, Karnataka (2nd part)

The Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, stands out because is practically intact amid surrounding structures that lay in ruins. More importantly, it is considered the main center of pilgrimage in Hampi. The temple dates back to the 7th century AD. It started as a small shrine and grew to be a big complex during…

Hampi, Karnataka (1st part)

Hampi is probably one of the most fascinating places of India. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is somewhat hidden away in the state of Karnataka. Getting there is itself and adventure. I traveled to Hampi with two friends during Easter. We took a two hour and 45 minute flight from Delhi to…

Angkor, Cambodia

After spending a few days in Bangkok and surrounding areas, we continued our trip to Cambodia. In Siem Reap, we joined my friend’s relatives who had been visiting other places in the peninsula. Together, we explored Angkor Archaeological Park, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire…

Ayutthaya, Thailand

During our stay in Bangkok, we made a day trip to Ayutthaya, 80 km north from the city. Ayutthaya was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The city was destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. The ruins, known today as Ayutthaya Historical Park, were declared a UNESCO…

Bangkok, Thailand (3rd part)

Bangkok offers so many things to do that it is hard to choose. This time, I followed my friend’s lead and we visited the Erawan Museum, which is 25 km from downtown, approximately 45 minutes in a taxi. This museum is famous because it has a giant three-headed elephant sculpture displayed on the roof, which…

Bangkok, Thailand (2nd part)

I love Thai food, eating  in Bangkok was a dream come true! From street food vendors to high scale restaurants, you are guaranteed to have an amazing culinary experience in this city. I particularly enjoyed our visit to the Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, just 45 minutes outside of Bangkok. It isn’t exactly a floating…

Bangkok, Thailand (1st part)

I traveled to Thailand and Cambodia with a friend during the first week of April. We spent the first few days in Bangkok, a fascinating city that blends history and modernity. The Grand Palace is one of the main sights of the city. This is a complex of buildings that serves as the official residence of…

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

On the last weekend of March, I visited Khajuraho with some friends. We took the overnight train from Delhi, which takes approximately 11 hours to get there. The Khajuraho group of temples has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it includes both Hindu and Jain temples. Most of them were built around…

Ajmer, Rajasthan

The closest train station to Pushkar is Ajmer, which is 12 km away. On my way back to Delhi, I scheduled a few hours to spend in this city. Ajmer sits next to the artificial Ana Sagar Lake which was built around 1150 AD. It surprised me a little to find pelicans here because I…

Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar is a small town in Rajasthan, 420 km from Delhi. Despite its size, it is one of the most important pilgrimage places for Hindus. The city sits around a holy lake, which according to tradition, appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. There are 52 ghats where pilgrims perform rituals and prayers. Among them, you’ll…