India, India 2017

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

One of my best friends came to India at the end of October. I could not take days off from work to travel with her as I would have liked it, but we managed to visit Varanasi  together during a weekend. This was my third trip to this city. You may check out the previous… Continue reading Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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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

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

India, India 2017

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

On the last weekend of March, I visited Khajuraho with some friends. We took the overnight train from Delhi, which takes approximately 11 hours to get there. The Khajuraho group of temples has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it includes both Hindu and Jain temples. Most of them were built around… Continue reading Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

India, India 2017

Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar is a small town in Rajasthan, 420 km from Delhi. Despite its size, it is one of the most important pilgrimage places for Hindus. The city sits around a holy lake, which according to tradition, appeared when Brahma dropped a lotus flower. There are 52 ghats where pilgrims perform rituals and prayers. Among them, you'll… Continue reading Pushkar, Rajasthan

India, India 2016

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… Continue reading Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (2nd part)

India, India 2016

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… Continue reading Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (1st part)

India, India 2016

Happy Holi

Holi is a Hindu religious festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, the end of winter and the arrival of spring. The date is determined according to the Hindu Calendar and changes every year on the Gregorian Calendar. It usually falls between the end of February and the beginning of March. Holi is… Continue reading Happy Holi