China 2017

The Great Wall, China

My friends arranged everything to visit The Great Wall on Sunday. They surprised me when they told me that a common friend of us was traveling to Asia and had a 12-hour layover in Beijing, so he and his travel companions would join us.  We went to the section of the Wall located in Mitianyu. It… Continue reading The Great Wall, China

India, India 2017

Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh

I made a day trip Fatehpur Sikri the first weekend of October. Located 35 km from Agra, this walled city has a very interesting history. It was founded in 1569 by Mughal Emperor Akbar. It took approximately 15 years to be built, and it served as the capital of the Mughal Empire since 1571 to… Continue reading Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh

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

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

India, India 2017

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… Continue reading Hampi, Karnataka (2nd part)

India, India 2017

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… Continue reading Hampi, Karnataka (1st part)

Cambodia 2017

Angkor, Cambodia

After spending a few days in Bangkok and surrounding areas, we continued our trip to Cambodia. In Siem Reap, we joined my friend's relatives who had been visiting other places in the peninsula. Together, we explored Angkor Archaeological Park, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire… Continue reading Angkor, Cambodia

Thailand 2017

Ayutthaya, Thailand

During our stay in Bangkok, we made a day trip to Ayutthaya, 80 km north from the city. Ayutthaya was the capital of the Kingdom of Siam from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The city was destroyed by the Burmese army in 1767. The ruins, known today as Ayutthaya Historical Park, were declared a UNESCO… Continue reading Ayutthaya, Thailand

Thailand 2017

Bangkok, Thailand (3rd part)

Bangkok offers so many things to do that it is hard to choose. This time, I followed my friend's lead and we visited the Erawan Museum, which is 25 km from downtown, approximately 45 minutes in a taxi. This museum is famous because it has a giant three-headed elephant sculpture displayed on the roof, which… Continue reading Bangkok, Thailand (3rd part)