Exploring India 2009 – Amritsar

Oct 14

Exploring India 2009 – Amritsar

I continued my journey up North to a city named Amritsar. I arrived with a couple from South Korea who was on their way to Pakistan. After Taj Mahal, I felt like there was nothing else I wanted to see. What else could be more interesting than the seven wonders on the World? I was so wrong. India is more than Taj Mahal. There are many more interesting places and the...

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Exploring India 2009 – Agra (Taj Mahal)

Oct 11

Exploring India 2009 – Agra (Taj Mahal)

Oh my god. I can’t believe I am finally here. As soon as I check-in to my room, I rushed to the roof top of my guest house to catch a glimpse of Taj Mahal. However, it was too dark to see anything. So I woke up the next day at the break of dawn and I was rewarded with this view; That’s how eager I was to see the greatest monument ever built for love....

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Exploring India 2009 – Jaipur

Oct 09

Exploring India 2009 – Jaipur

After 2 weeks in India, I have finally reach the golden triangle of India’s tourism which consist of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi. Being the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is not surprisingly chaotic and congested. It was a big big mess and it was not something I enjoyed very much. Arriving in the city alone during night time didn’t help much. I wandered around...

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Exploring India 2009 – Mount Abu

Oct 06

Exploring India 2009 – Mount Abu

Being in the dessert, the heat can be unbearable sometimes. The nearest place to escape the heat is Mount Abu. It was only 5 hours of bus ride from Udaipur. When I reached the peak of Mount Abu, it was already night time. Together with David, Stefano and his sister Giulia, we lunged our backpack looking for a room in a chilly night. After a short walk, we managed to...

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Exploring India 2009 – Udaipur

Oct 05

Exploring India 2009 – Udaipur

Ah Rajasthan! Mere mention of its name, images of grand palaces and forts, Maharajahs riding on top of the gigantic and yet gentle elephants, fearsome warriors with their bended swords riding proudly on top of white horses, oasis with exotic parrots and squirrels in lush greenery surrounded by vast desserts came into my mind. Only this time it is real. My first...

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Exploring India 2009 – Mumbai (Bombay)

Oct 03

Exploring India 2009 – Mumbai (Bombay)

Ah… finally I am in Bollywood. Together with Thierry; a skateboarder from Belgium who visited India almost every year and Wendy; an adventurous grandmother from South Africa who has penchant for jewellery disembark from the air-conditioned train into the famous Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST aka Victoria Terminus) around 6am. It is famous not only because...

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Exploring India 2009 – Panaji (Panjim), Goa

Oct 01

Exploring India 2009 – Panaji (Panjim), Goa

Finally I am on my own again and it feels good. The sense of freedom is exhilarating. The vast and mysterious land is ready for me to explore and the fun part is I don’t really know what to expect. I began my solo journey in Panaji in Northern Goa. The midnight train from Manipal took around 8 hours and 30 minutes to reach this rustic town. Normally, travelers...

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