Initially, I had planned to spend the whole week in Beijing, but my friends suggested a short trip to Pingyao in the Shanxi province. Pingyao is a walled city that dates from the 15th century. It has preserved almost intact its traditional architecture, so it is a good option to see what Imperial China was like.… Continue reading Pingyao, Shanxi, China
The Forbidden City is in the center of Beijing. This palace complex was the home to the Emperors during the Ming and the Qing dynasties, from 1420 to 1912. There are 980 buildings in the complex which are a beautiful example of traditional Chinese architecture. The Forbidden City is in front of Tiananmen Square. There… Continue reading The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Summer Palace was probably my favorite place in Beijing. It is a large complex of lakes, gardens and palaces. I covers an area of almost 3 square kilometers. I spent many hours walking around this place. It was slightly cold and very peaceful.
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
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
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