Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

At the end of October I made a very short trip to Shimla in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This charming city lies in the hills of the south-western range of the Himalayas. It was the Summer capital of the British Raj from 1864 to 1939. During the hot season, the entire government of India…

Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh

Sarnath is located 13 miles from Varanasi. According to Buddhist tradition, it was here where Gautama Buddha gave his first speech and taught Dharma. Today, this city has become an important pilgrimage place for Buddhists. Some countries, where Buddhism is an a major religion, have built temples in their typical architectural style.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (2nd part)

Varanasi sits in the shores of the Ganges, one of the holy rivers of India. It is the most sacred city of Hinduism and some consider it the spiritual capital of the country. According to Hindu tradition, those who die in Varanasi will achieve Moksha, or liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. Thousands of pilgrims…

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (1st part)

I visited Varanasi twice in 2016, first in June and later in October. Despite being a chaotic city, it has become one of my favorite places in India. Varanasi is the oldest city of India. Archaeologist calculate that it has been continuously inhabited for at least four thousand years. It is located next to the…

Kochi, Kerala

After a day tour through the backwaters of Kerala, I spent a couple of days in Kochi. This city was once one of the most important trading centers of India. Traders and explores came here from very different places. It was occupied by the Portuguese at the beginning of the 16th century, and later by the…

Backwaters, Kerala

The Kerala backwaters are a network of lagoons, rivers and channels running along the Malabar Coast. It is a heaven for nature lovers! We took a day tour which was enough for us according to our schedule. However, those wishing to spend more time in this piece of paradise have the option to stay overnight in…

Periyar National Park, Kerala

After our short stay in Jaipur, my friend and I traveled to Kerala. We took a morning flight from Delhi to Cochin. From Cochin, we took a local bus headed to Kumily, a town located outside of  Periyar National Park. It took us at least five hours to reach this town and arrived at night. The following morning…

Jaipur, Rajasthan

At the beginning of October, a good friend mine came to India for a visit. Together, we traveled to different places. Some of them I had been before, but others were completely new to me. First, we took the Shatabdi express train from Delhi to Agra. I was really impressed because it only took us two…

Darjeeling, West Bengal

At the end of September, I visited Darjeeling together with a friend. Darjeeling is a hill station in the Himalayas in the state of West Bengal. It’s for its tea plantations and the Himalayan Railway. Although it was rainy during my visit, we still had a lovely time. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or Toy Train   Tea…