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

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

India, India 2017

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

India, India 2017

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

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

Leh, Ladakh

I didn't travel in May, the next adventure was during June, when I visited Ladakh with two friends. This is a restricted area, if you are a foreigner, it is convenient to check for the latest updates about permits before making any arrangement. There are daily flights from Delhi to Leh, which take approximately 1:30 minutes.… Continue reading Leh, Ladakh

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)

Thailand 2017

Bangkok, Thailand (3rd part)

Bangkok offers so many things to do that it is hard to choose. This time, I followed my friend's lead and we visited the Erawan Museum, which is 25 km from downtown, approximately 45 minutes in a taxi. This museum is famous because it has a giant three-headed elephant sculpture displayed on the roof, which… Continue reading Bangkok, Thailand (3rd part)

Thailand 2017

Bangkok, Thailand (1st part)

I traveled to Thailand and Cambodia with a friend during the first week of April. We spent the first few days in Bangkok, a fascinating city that blends history and modernity. The Grand Palace is one of the main sights of the city. This is a complex of buildings that serves as the official residence of… Continue reading Bangkok, Thailand (1st part)