Ellora, Maharashtra

The morning after our visit to Ajanta, we went to Ellora Caves, another UNESCO World Heritage Site located 29 km from Aurangabad. While the monuments and artwork in  Ajanta are all Buddhist, Ellora includes Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments dating from the 600-1000 CE.   The most impressive of all is monuments is Cave 16, also…

Ajanta, Maharashtra

The Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra are 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. They are carved into a 250 feet wall of rock and were used mainly as a monsoon retreat for monks. Since 1983, they have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.…

Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Pangong Tso is a lake in the Himalayas, situated at 4,250 meters above sea level in the border between India and China. It is a saline lake that nevertheless freezes in winter, so you can imagine how cold it gets there. It changes color from deep blue to turquoise, depending on the depth and the…

Leh, Ladakh

I didn’t travel in May, the next adventure was during June, when I visited Ladakh with two friends. This is a restricted area, if you are a foreigner, it is convenient to check for the latest updates about permits before making any arrangement. There are daily flights from Delhi to Leh, which take approximately 1:30 minutes.…

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

On the last week of April, I traveled with a friend to Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. This park is particularly famous because it hosts the largest population of tigers in India. It is also home to other animals, like elephants and deer, and more than 500 species of birds. Located 250 km from…

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…