South Asia

Kerala Backwaters

What are the Kerala Backwaters? Essentially the Kerala Backwaters means all the crisscrossing brackish lagoons, canals, deltas and lakes that riddle the state of Kerala along the coast of the Arabian Sea. This is also known as the Malabar Coast and is where the world-famous Malabar cuisine comes from. The backwaters have been heavily promoted

Mumbai in India

Sprawling, overcrowded and chaotic Mumbai is one of the most stifling and stimulating cities on the planet. Home to Bollywood, India’s fashion capital and the capital of Maharashtra state, Mumbai can at times be overwhelming, but this metropolis is also endlessly fascinating. >> Darjeeling In India >> Red Fort (Lal Quilla) Mumbai is a hustled city Squeezed

Darjeeling In India

Darjeeling, the land of thunderbolt, is located in West Bengal. This place is the epitome of natural beauty making it popularly known as the ‘Queen of the hills’. Darjeeling, most popular for it aromatic tea, is home to only a few thousand residents. Darjeeling’s total turnover and economy is dependent on its tourism and tea

Red Fort (Lal Quilla)

The construction on this mammoth fort began in 1638 and was ordered by Shah Jahan – one of the Great Mughal Kings to have ruled the subcontinent. The fort was completed in the year 1648 and has since served as the symbol of the nation. Having been passed on from the Mughal to the British

Swayambhunath Temple

Also known as the Monkey Temple in honor of its resident population of sacred simians, Swayambhunath is an ancient cluster of religious buildings that sits atop a small hill dominating the west of Kathmandu. This is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage places in Nepal—second only in importance to Bodnath—and is also revered by

Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Sagarmatha (Mount Everest), the world’s highest national park, lies in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, consists of 443 square miles of gorges, glaciers and rugged terrain in the high Himalayas. Sagarmatha National Park incorporates several mountain peaks, including Everest, Cho Oyu and Lhotse,

Finding peace in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is an assault on the senses. It is a blend of fume-shrouded traffic chaos, clanging temple bells, cooing doves, the sticky scents of temple food offerings, wafts of incense and the sound of the ubiquitously piped Buddhist mantra om mani padme hum pouring from the shops in the tourist neighbourhood. The beckoning of persistent

Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka

Situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka is the fun coastal town of Hikkaduwa. Almost 20km northwest of Galle and approximately 100km away from Colombo, Hikkaduwa Beach was one of the first beaches to have been discovered in the island, by tourists in 1960. The town is actually located around the main road, which

Swayambhunath Stupa, Nepal

The Swayambhunath stupa is one of the crowning glories of Kathmandu Valley architecture. This perfectly proportioned monument rises through a whitewashed dome to a gilded spire, from where four faces of the Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. The noselike squiggle below the piercing eyes is actually the Nepali number ek

Dambulla Cave Temple

By far, of all the cave temples that are found in Sri Lanka, the most impressive is the Dambulla Cave Temple. Situated in the town of Dambulla, 150km east of Colombo and located in the arid Northern Plains, these caves form the best preserved and biggest cave temple complex in Asia. Locally, it is also