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Indian Dancers at the Red Fort in New Delhi

It was India’s Republic Day when I arrived in New Delhi. I only saw a tiny part of the parade because it was raining cats and dogs. Being short really sucks especially if you’re standing behind hundreds of people with their cameras and cellphones up in the air. The next

Street Ear Cleaning is a Thing in India

Yes, street ear cleaning is a thing in India. Or maybe, it’s just in Delhi. These are my very first three photos when I landed in the country’s capital. I saw these guys outside the metro. I stood next to them because I was waiting for someone to pick me

The Might of 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

Jama Masjid – The Largest Mosque in India

Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. It is in the old part of New Delhi, perched on a hill and overlooking the markets below and the Red Fort nearby. This is the first tourist attraction I’ve seen in India. I landed in Indira Gandhi International Airport in the

Hawa Mahal at Night

In my previous post, you’ve seen Hawa Mahal bathed in sunlight in Jaipur, “The Pink City.” As you know, Hawa Mahal was built to be a viewing palace for the female members of the royal family without being seen by the crowd who are participating in the festivities on the

Hawa Mahal – A Pink-Washed Palace of the Winds in Jaipur

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

Jal Mahal is a Dream-like Water Palace in Jaipur

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

I Wasn't Allowed to Bring my Rainbow Wig at Taj Mahal

Yes, that’s true. I wasn’t allowed to bring my rainbow wig inside the Taj Mahal. People with backpacks were sent to the scanner line to have their things scanned. Unfortunately, my rainbow wig was detected and the girl in-charged asked what it was for. I told her “it’s a harmless wig

Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love

Visiting Taj Mahal – The Monument of Love – is something you should include in your bucket list. What comes to mind when the Taj Mahal is mentioned? Love. Undying love. Yes, Taj Mahal is always synonymous with the undying love of Emperor Shah Jahan to his favorite wife. He

New Delhi – First Impressions

Stepping outside the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi at the height of summer in May, you feel a blast of hot air surge over you. For a moment you feel detached from your body; as the 50 degree heat presses down, dust settles on your sticky body and

Bangalore Pride Parade 2013

It’s raining rainbows (mostly umbrellas), if not men, at the Bangalore Pride Parade 2013! A fabulous friend of mine (who happens to be also a traveler) has recently attended the event and he got nothing to say but optimism and pride to demand equal rights for all LGBT communities in India. Escorted
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