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
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?
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
Before going for my first backpacking voyage, I’d spent a long time reading posts about packing. Everybody stressed the importance of going light-weight and being a minimalist. I found all … Continue reading What to pack for a long, backpacking trip to South Asia/ South East Asia?
How much money would you need for a long-term, independent travel around South East Asia? The shortest answer is: it depends on you. Estimating the budget of your trip is … Continue reading Tips for budget travel around South East Asia