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Doors inside Jaipur City Palace (Pink City, Jaipur, India)

Itinerary – 10 Days in India

Early this year, I had a 10-day trip to India. Yes, I know, for a huge country like India, 10 days is a joke, right? šŸ˜€ That’s why, I chose to explore New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These three cities are the usual tourist destinationsĀ for those who have little time in the country. They’re called […]

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What Morning Looks Like at Ganges River in Varanasi (India).

What Morning Looks Like at Ganges River in Varanasi

The Ganges River in Varanasi is everything to the Hindus who live in the city. They consider it holy but they don’t treat it like one. It’s murky and polluted. For a visitor like me, I see the flowing river crying for help. Strolling along the banks, I saw a lot of things that’s not […]

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Sarnath – Where Buddha Preached His First Sermon

In Sarnath, Buddha preached his first sermon to his followers. Right after he attained Nirvana under a Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, he traveled to Sarnath to preach. That sermon he gave became the central belief of Buddhism: The Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path. Today, Sarnath is synonymous to Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. There’s […]

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The Burning of the Dead on the Banks of Ganges River in Varanasi (India).

The Burning of the Dead on the Banks of Ganges River in Varanasi is not for the Faint-Hearted

The burning of the dead on the banks of Ganges River in Varanasi is not for the faint-hearted. There’s nothing like this in the world where cremation is done in public view. Locals and tourists can sit and watch the whole ritual from a distance or closer if you’re brave. However, taking photos seem be […]

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Sheesh Mahal – The Flickering Palace of Mirrors in Jaipur

Sheesh Mahal is inside Amer Fort in Jaipur. It’s a flickering Palace of Mirrors that would delight your experience in the imposing fort. You can’t miss it. Most tourists spend a long time here, taking a hundred selfies. And that means, good luck finding a spot for your own selfie without Neanderthals in the background. […]

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Amer Fort (Amber Fort) - The Palace Built on a Mountain in Jaipur (India).

Amer Fort – A Palace Perched on a Hill in Jaipur

Amer Fort or Amber Fort (as the guidebooks name it) literally sits atop a hill in Jaipur. I’d say that Amer Fort looks more marvelous that the Red Forts in Agra and New Delhi. You’ll find every courtyard, palace and room interesting to discover. Though there were some renovations going on when I went there, […]

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Doors inside Jaipur City Palace (Pink City, Jaipur, India)

Jaipur City Palace – Your Window to Royal Extravagance

Jaipur City Palace is your window to royal extravagance of ancient India. The complex is a maze of courtyards, palaces and architectural beauty, ready to blow your mind away. And oh, it’s super pink, too, like the rest of the city. This Palace was used as a royal residence of the Singh family who ruled […]

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Jantar Mantar in Jaipur - Where You'll Find the Largest Stone Sundial (India).

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – Where You’ll Find the Largest Stone Sundial in the World

At Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, you’ll find the world’s largest sundial stone. This place a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an ancient collection of 19 astronomical structures built in the open field. Including in these 19 objects are the zodiac signs – better find yours. At first, you might not be impressed as they […]

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Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort

Agra is known for its timeless Taj Mahal. But, if you go beyond the world-renowned marbled architecture, you’ll find yourself busy with other places of interests. There’s Sikandra where the Emperor Akbar the Great was buried. His large tomb is impressive. Fatehpur Sikri is also a stunning place to visit where Akbar built three palaces […]

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Fatehpur Sikri, the City of Victory in Agra, India.

Fatehpur Sikri in Agra – City of Victory

Taj Mahal is not the only tourist attraction worth visiting in Agra, India. If you have time to spare before you get on your train to another destination, visit Fatehpur Sikri. It’s just 40 kms outside Agra and there’s a bus that goes there from the main station in Agra. But it’s better if you […]

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