Durga Puja – grand celebrations of the ten- armed goddess in Kolkata

Durga Puja is the biggest festival in West Bengal, celebrated over ten days in Sept/Oct, simultaneously with the pan-Indian Navaratri festival. Durga is a Hindu goddess representing shakti (feminine power). … Continue reading Durga Puja – grand celebrations of the ten- armed goddess in Kolkata

Intro to India: West Bengal

West Bengal is an Indian state on the border with Bangladesh stretching from the Himalayas and the lush jungles at its footsteps in the north, through the red-soil plains in … Continue reading Intro to India: West Bengal

Many faces of Singapore

Singapore is very pedestrian-friendly. The huge downtown area divided in districts historically connected to various ethnic groups is beautifully renovated and largely traffic free. Furthermore, there are plenty of very … Continue reading Many faces of Singapore

Singapore for a backpacker (part one)

Singapore is likely to impress you, one way or the other. Whether due to its meticulous cleaniness and order, the original modern architecture, the number and beauty of the green … Continue reading Singapore for a backpacker (part one)

Malacca (part two): stepping into the past

Malacca is a delight for the history lovers. Characteristc, brick-coloured Dutch colonial buildings, ruins of churches and fortresses, magnificent merchants’ residences, temples of all denominations, wooden Malay architecture… It takes … Continue reading Malacca (part two): stepping into the past

Malacca – the Malaysian melting pot

Malacca (also spelled Melaka) is an immaculately preserved, charming old city representing the stunning diversity of the Dutch, Chinese, Malaysian and Indian cultural influences. The compact old town, the UNESCO … Continue reading Malacca – the Malaysian melting pot

Kuala Lumpur on a budget in two days (part two)

Kuala Lumpur is one of those cities where you will see scyscrapers looming above and beyond all the historical buildings. If you enjoy the contrast between tradition and modernity, you’re … Continue reading Kuala Lumpur on a budget in two days (part two)

Malaysian visa: a minefield for an Indian backpacker

Whatever could have gone wrong with our idea to go to Malaysia, did go wrong. We could have never anticipated that Malaysia, so open to tourists in general, does not … Continue reading Malaysian visa: a minefield for an Indian backpacker