India, India 2017

Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Delhi is the first place I've lived in where a mountain is not immediately visible, which I find somewhat sad. Volcanoes and mountains dominate the landscape of most of Mexico. In a clear morning, you can see Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl from many points in Mexico City. As a child, I would spend many weekends at… Continue reading Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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India, India 2017

Old Delhi, Delhi

I have been to Old Delhi on multiple occasions, usually with friends that are visiting Delhi for the first time. I always take them to Jama Masjid and the Red Fort. I know that there is a lot more to explore in Old Delhi but I usually shy away from it because the area is… Continue reading Old Delhi, Delhi

India, India 2017

Bodhgaya, Bihar

Bodhgaya is the most sacred place in Buddhism. Tradition tells that prince Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha, meditated under a bodhi tree during 49 days, at the end of which he reached enlightenment. King Ashoka was the first to build a shrine in this place around 250 BCE. The present temple was built during the Gupta Empire around… Continue reading Bodhgaya, Bihar

Sri Lanka 2017

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

During our third day in Sri Lanka, we visited Sigiriya Lion's Rock, located 20km away from Dambulla Cave Temple. Sigiriya is an ancient fortress built around a column of rock nearly 200 metres high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa to build a new capital in the 5th Century CE. The capital was abandoned after… Continue reading Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka 2017

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

After our short visit to Galle, we returned to Colombo to spend the night. The next morning, we started our ride to Dambulla in Central Sri Lanka, 150 km from Colombo. Along the way, we stopped at the Elephant Orphanage of Pinawalla. This place was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife… Continue reading Dambulla, Sri Lanka

India, India 2017

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,… Continue reading Ellora, Maharashtra

India, India 2017

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.… Continue reading Ajanta, Maharashtra

India, India 2017

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… Continue reading Pangong Lake, Ladakh

India, India 2017

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.… Continue reading Leh, Ladakh