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

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

What to pack for a long, backpacking trip to South Asia/ South East Asia?

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?

Tips for budget travel around 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