Exploring India 2009 – Manali

Oct 19

Exploring India 2009 – Manali

After enduring almost 8 hours of van ride through the mountainous region of Himachal Pradesh, I finally reached Manali safely at the break of dawn. I didn’t have proper sleep during the bumpy journey. Instead of sleeping after checking in to my room, I decided to do a 4-hour trek up a mountain to realize my dream of touching a real snow. I was totally flat...

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Exploring India 2009 – McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

Oct 16

Exploring India 2009 – McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

As I moved further north, things began to change. When I arrived at McLeod Ganj, I didn’t feel like I am in India anymore. In fact, I felt like I was in Tibet. The climate, the landscape, the people, the food and the culture are everything Tibet. Why Tibet? OK, here is some brief history lesson: Because of the unrest in Tibet during 1950s, more than 250,000...

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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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