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

Kaziranga, Assam

I had a four-day weekend during Diwali, the most important celebration for Hindus, and probably of all India. I traveled to Kaziranga with a friend. We were looking forward to spending some time around nature. We took a flight from Delhi to Guwahati, and from there, a travel agency helped us arrange transportation, lodging and safaris.… Continue reading Kaziranga, Assam

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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

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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

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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

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Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Delhi is the first place I've lived in where a mountain is not immediately visible, which I find somewhat sad. Volcanoes and mountains dominate the landscape of most of Mexico. In a clear morning, you can see Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl from many points in Mexico City. As a child, I would spend many weekends at… Continue reading Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Old Delhi, Delhi

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

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Bodhgaya, Bihar

Bodhgaya is the most sacred place in Buddhism. Tradition tells that prince Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha, meditated under a bodhi tree during 49 days, at the end of which he reached enlightenment. King Ashoka was the first to build a shrine in this place around 250 BCE. The present temple was built during the Gupta Empire around… Continue reading Bodhgaya, Bihar

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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