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…

Old Goa, Goa

Goa, the smallest state of India, is located along the coast of the Arabian Sea. Although it is very popular among tourist for its beautiful beaches, it offers more than that. Goa has a rich history that reflects the diversity of the country. It was a Portuguese colony from 1510 until the 20th Century and it…

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…