China 2017

Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

After spending an amazing weekend with my friends, I was on my own on Monday. They had to go to work and left me with a Lonely Planet guide as my companion. I went to the Temple of Heaven and spent most of the afternoon there. The Autumn weather was great, somewhat cold but still… Continue reading Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China

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

Sri Lanka 2017

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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

Sri Lanka 2017

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

After our short visit to Galle, we returned to Colombo to spend the night. The next morning, we started our ride to Dambulla in Central Sri Lanka, 150 km from Colombo. Along the way, we stopped at the Elephant Orphanage of Pinawalla. This place was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife… Continue reading Dambulla, Sri Lanka

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

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