10 things you need to know before going to India

1. Visa Most of us are required a Visa in order to enter India. It is a pretty simple process to obtain one but you have to make sure you apply about a month before your trip, due to sometimes your application can be delayed. If you live in the UK, all you have to […]

Encounter with Buddhism, back to Delhi and goodbye India!

In the last day spent in Varanasi we visited Sarnath (also known under the name of The Deer Park), 13 kilometers from the city, the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon after his enlightenment. There are  lot of different temples in Sarnath, including an 128 feet high stupa, that marks the spot where Buddha gave […]

Varanasi – Contrasts, fascination, death – Part 2

It was still dark when we climbed down the stairs of the ghat, leading to the Gange river. The air was cold and we couldn’t see anything beyond the steps ahead, just a white cold haze, surrounding us. When we stopped, on the gray concrete lane leading from one ghat to the other, we suddenly […]

Varanasi – Contrasts, fascination, death – Part 1

I wouldn’t know where to start the story about Varanasi, this sacred city of India, an enigma for the outsiders, hard to understand. Here, death is present at every corner of every street. And for a weird reason, after a few days, you get used to it and accept it as part of your life. […]

Agra – so much more than only the Taj Mahal

For the first time in our trip we were taking a comfortable train, from Jaipur to Agra. As usual we woke up early in the morning to catch the 7 am train, which was delayed anyway because of the fog. But this time it didn’t matter, because the seats were very comfortable and we even […]

Pushkar – New Year’s on the roof, broken fireworks and rest

I remember Pushkar being one of my favorite places in India, from my first trip so I was very looking forward to be back again. The colored market, the lazy fruit lassi’s, the fearless monkeys. But life had other plans.   Prepare your trip to India with the Lonely Planet guides. Click on the photos […]

Udaipur – Yoga, traditional dances and miniature painting

Another early morning, another local bus to catch. This time though we had to walk with our backpacks on for quite a while, to the bus station and back, being unable to find where the bus was picking us up. We went to the bus station while the bus went to the hotel. Finally we […]

Zip-lining in Jodhpur – The Blue City

Another day, another early start. This time the local bus was waiting for us in front of the hotel, which made the commute easier. It was still cold but not as cold as the local train. The chair were very comfortable also and between sleeping and snaking on Chocopie biscuits, the 8 hours ride from […]

Jaisalmer – The Golden city

We had a very early start the next morning, to catch our first local train to Jaisalmer. It was still dark when we boarded the Tuk Tuks at the hotel and left for the train station of Bikaner. The town was covered in a thick fog and the temperatures was very low. I was looking […]

Christmas in the desert

The night train to Bikaner wasn’t that bad at all. I actually managed to get some sleep even if I was a bit cold. We arrived in Bikaner early in the morning and went straight to the hotel to leave our bags and freshen up. The hotel was simply an architectural jewel, a haveli belonging […]