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 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
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
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
The closest train station to Pushkar is Ajmer, which is 12 km away. On my way back to Delhi, I scheduled a few hours to spend in this city. Ajmer sits next to the artificial Ana Sagar Lake which was built around 1150 AD. It surprised me a little to find pelicans here because I… Continue reading Ajmer, 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