Jantar Mantar in Jaipur – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 26th, 2017

Jantar Mantar

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 look like boring concrete in different shapes. But it makes a difference when you have a handy guidebook and the descriptions in each structure are well-written. So, read every written descriptions to appreciate each objects in front of you.

The World’s Largest Stone Sundial

Five Must Visit Tourist Places in Hyderabad – Breakaway Backpacker

Author: , March 20th, 2017

Hyderabad

Are you planning a trip to Hyderabad anytime soon? If you are, then you surely are in for an incredible treat. Well known as the ‘pearl capital’ of India, Hyderabad is a culturally vibrant city. The capital of two states namely Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, it is also well connected by air to most parts of the country. It is regarded as a highly popular tourist spot thanks to its mouth-watering cuisines, care-free lifestyle, famous spots and much more.

While the city boasts of several luxurious five-star hotels, it also has its share of relatively less expensive yet equally comfortable options. Booking your hotel with OYO Rooms can easily get you great rooms at unmatched prices. You can utilize the saved bucks on the sumptuous eateries or splurge on a pair of authentic ‘Hyderabadi Pearl Earrings.’

So for instance even if you are looking for OYO hotels in Banjara Hills Hyderabad – an upscale area of the city.

By Jaime Davil – Full Story at the Breakaway Backpacker

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India’s Golden Triangle

Author: , March 16th, 2017

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Last August, in the bleary-eyed numbness induced by over 24 hours of flying—first from San Francisco to Singapore, then onward to Delhi—I was surprised when the driver taking me from the airport to my hotel slowed to a crawl.

I’d often heard that it was fairly common to see cows wandering on the roads in India, but I’d always envisioned this taking place on a rural country lane, not a densely trafficked four-lane highway.

But there I was, in a half-sleeping haze as dozens of cars, trucks, taxi cabs, and motorized rickshaws honked, drivers negotiated with hand signals, and everyone slowly steered their way around a cluster of five saggy- bellied old bessies.

In Hinduism, India’s most common religion, cows are revered. Their milk and its byproducts are cherished culinary staples, and eating beef is banned in most of the country’s 29 states. Often, when a household cow has passed her milking years, owners can no longer afford to feed her, and she is set loose in the streets, eating offerings from devout strangers wherever she roams.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Isa Khan Tomb – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 15th, 2017

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There’s a Persian inscription on a slab inside Isa Khan Tomb which says, “This tomb, which is an asylum of paradise, was built during the reign of Islam Shah ….. by Masnad Ali Isa Khan, son of…”

It is said that Isa Khan built his tomb in his entire lifetime. He died at the age of 95! Can you imagine living your years building your own resting place? Perhaps, in modern age, this is like working your ass off while young to prepare for your golden years. But, I do admire those who are really working hard to survive and save. Nowadays, we’ve got to do things we need to do.

When you visit Humayun’s Tomb and as soon as you get your ticket, follow the footpath on your right. This leads to Isa Khan Tomb.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Qutub Minar in Delhi – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 12th, 2017

Qutub Minar

The might of Qutub Minar in Delhi can be felt once you see it up close. The closer you are with this lone brick minaret, the smaller you become. However, there’s something about this ancient piece of masonry that makes it worth a visit when you’re in Delhi.

Aside from the towering minaret, there are other things around that could be of interest to you. Don’t look at the ruins from afar, but see them closer and you’re in for a surprise. The intricate carvings on columns and walls would leave you speechless. They’re works of talented people from the past who might have considered these as their masterpieces.

Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest minaret made up of piled bricks. It stands at 72.5 meters.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 10th, 2017

Hawa Mahal - Alain

Hawa Mahal is a pink-washed “Palace of the Wind” in Jaipur, India. It was built as an extension of the nearby City Palace. Both of these palaces should be visited, one after the other. While the City Palace is used as a residential area for the royal families, Hawa Mahal wasn’t built to have that same purpose. It was used for lady members of the royal family to see the excitement on the streets below during festivals – without being seen from the public.

Jaipur is aptly called as the “Pink City.” If you go around the old city, the buildings are painted in pink and most ancient fortresses and palaces here are made of pink-washed sandstone. Despite the conspicuous filth and the unbearable traffic from all sorts of transport, the city has a unique presence of regal splendour. Haha Mahal carries that timeless splendour of Rajasthan.

The best time to see Hawa Mahal’s imposing beauty is in the morning. When the soft rays of the sunrise lit the palace, it’s a kind of beauty you’re never forget.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 8th, 2017

Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat - Alain

Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat is a Hindu ritual by the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. This nightly ceremonies is attended and watched by hundreds of worshipping locals and curious tourists from all over the world. It is free for all to witness but you should arrive earlier than 6 in the evening to get a good viewing spot. Watch out for your personal belongings when the crowd gets thicker as the ritual progresses.

Viewing Tip:

If you want to avoid the crowd, get on one of the double-decker boats for a good view of the whole ceremony from the Ganges River. However, this convenience comes with a price. Boat owners will charge you exorbitant amount but don’t go beyond 100 rupees ($1.80).

It is also wise if you have an Indian friend or a guide to explain to you on what’s going on to elevate your experience of being there.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Jal Mahal – A Dreamlike Water Palace – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 7th, 2017

Jal Mahal Jaipur - Keep Calm and Wander

On my way back to downtown Jaipur from Amber Fort (or Amer Fort, as the locals call it), I saw dream-like water palace by the roadside. I had to ask my Uber driver sweetly if he’d be kind to stop for a while so I could see the floating palace in good, full view. Since the Uber price is already fixed, I told him I’d give him a tip in cash. He pulled over and told me to take my time.

It was a very cloudy day so these photos don’t really give justice to its dreamlike appearance. It’s different when you see it in your own bare eyes. I never had the chance to go back at night because I had to catch a train that afternoon. I have no doubt that Jal Mahal glows romance when darkness falls.

Jal Mahal is a Dream-like Water Palace in Jaipur. It’s built right in the middle of an artificial lake built in 1610. Does it look like a floating palace, too?

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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The Taj Majal, Monument of Love – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 6th, 2017

Taj Mahal - Keep Calm and Wander

Visiting Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love – is something you should include in your bucket list. What comes to mind when Taj Mahal is mentioned? Love. Undying love.

Yes, Taj Mahal is always synonymous with the undying love of Emperor Shah Jahan to his favourite wife. He built it to honour the memory of his beloved who died while giving birth to their 11th child. Her death affected the emperor so hard that his hair and beard turned white in few months. Theirs is a love story that has been told from one generation to another. The Emperor’s love to his wife is bigger than the size and fame of this monument.

You might wonder why the Taj resembles like that of a mosque – that’s because Shan Jahan was a Muslim and India has long history with the religion.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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That Time We Almost Got Arrested in Delhi – Nomadic Boys

Author: , February 18th, 2016

Nomadic Boys

Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely fell in love with India. But its government just has major problems accepting its LGBT community.

A very old law dating back to 1861 (Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code) criminalises gay sex with up to 10 years in prison. This was invalidated by the Delhi High Court in 2009, but in 2013, the Supreme Court reintroduced Article 377. In January 2016, the Supreme Court announced it would review this decision, but until this is done, being gay in India remains a crime. We couldn’t find any evidence of Article 377 being enforced, but its very existence is a symbolic slap in the face to the LGBT community.

We interviewed a gay Indian couple anonymously who said that Article 377 is used by the authorities as a validation for all sorts of bullying and harassment of the LGBT community, in particular the Indian police who use it as a way to get bribes. We experienced this first hand in Delhi.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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