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…

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…

Jodhpur countryside, Rajasthan

After a whole day of sightseeing in the city, on Sunday a took a tour around Jodhpur countryside. The guide was supposed to take me to the Bishnoi villages in the area. Bishnoi people are said to love nature and be committed to wildlife conservation. However, in the end, the tour consisted of a visit…

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jodhpur, located in the state of Rajasthan, is known as the “Blue City” because many of its houses are painted or decorated in this color. I visited Jodhpur during the second weekend of February and the weather was great. The average temperature was around 25 °C and the skies were clear and blue. I took…

Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab

Chandigarh, the capital city of the states of Haryana and Punjab, is an Indian city unlike any other. It was planned during the first years of India’s independence with the support of Primer Minister Nehru. The first layout was done by the architects Albert Mayer and  Matthew Nowicki, but it was the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier…

Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar, Punjab, is located in the northwest part of India. This city is home to the Harmandir Sahib, better known as Golden temple, the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. Sikhism originated in Punjab around the 15th century A.D. Today, it has around 25 millions adherents and it is India’s fourth largest religion (behind…