China 2017

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

After spending an amazing weekend with my friends, I was on my own on Monday. They had to go to work and left me with a Lonely Planet guide as my companion. I went to the Temple of Heaven and spent most of the afternoon there. The Autumn weather was great, somewhat cold but still… Continue reading Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

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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

China 2017

Jingshan Park, Beijing, China

I traveled to China in November to visit some friends of mine who are living in Beijing. Two of them have been there for four years and will be leaving soon. The other two arrived a few months before my visit. I had a small window of opportunity to see them all together in the… Continue reading Jingshan Park, Beijing, China

India, India 2017

Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

Keoladeo National Park is a birder's paradise. The closest city is Bharatpur, three hours away from Delhi by train, which makes it a perfect weekend gateway.  The park includes wetlands, grasslands and woodlands. It is home to more than 230 species of birds, an many more that arrive in winter. A visit to this places… Continue reading Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan

India, India 2017

Pondicherry, Puducherry

I traveled to Pondicherry with a friend during the fourth weekend of September. Pondy, as the town is affectionately called, sits along the Indian South coast, facing the Bay of Bengal. It was a French colony since 1674 until 1954. Today, it is the capital of the territory of Puducherry. Compared to most towns in India,… Continue reading Pondicherry, Puducherry

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

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