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

The crumbling beauty: Kolkata’s palaces and temples

The most interesting part of Kolkata spreads north of the Esplanade. There aren’t many particular ‘sights’ to visit, you just have to take it all in, strolling through the narrow … Continue reading The crumbling beauty: Kolkata’s palaces and temples

Kolkata unveiled: colonial and multi-cultural heritage trail

The vestiges of the days when Kolkata was the rich and prosperous capital of the British India can be seen all around the city. Kolkata always was and to lesser … Continue reading Kolkata unveiled: colonial and multi-cultural heritage trail

Kolkata – the City of Joy?

Kolkata, one of the Indian mega-cities, might feel a bit overwhelming if not repellent at first sight. It also has a misfortune to be associated mainly with poverty due to … Continue reading Kolkata – the City of Joy?

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 – 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