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Pushkar and the Holy Lake

A new day brought us more closer to the Thar Desert, to the city of Pushkar, known as a town on the edge of the desert. It is famous for its holy lake, temples that annually attracts pilgrims and the camel festival. Pushkar is one of the five sacred places that are highly worshiped by Hindus and Sikhs. In Hindu religion, it is believed that during a certain war, Lord Brahma had slayed the demon, Vajra Nabh, with a lotus flower, whose petals drifted down to earth and were spread in three areas in and around Pushkar, where lakes was created. Even the name of the city, Pushkar, in Sanskrit means “blue lotus” flower. The water of this lake is believed to have healing properties and a dip in the lake implies washing away the sins. We reached our hotel – Pushkar Fort, around lunch time and it gave us a little…

Jaipur – Exploring the Pink City

From Suroth village we hopped on the bus and left to our next destination, which was Jaipur – The Pink city of Rajasthan. Jaipur is one of the most culturally rich heritage cities in India and also part of the Golden Triangle, which is a popular tourist itinerary that included also Delhi and Agra. The city was designed by the Rajput Emperor – Jai Singh who moved the capital from Amber to Jaipur. He wanted to construct a great architectural wonder and he paid much attention to details. The city is named after him. It is called the Pink City after the visit of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Since pink was considered the color of hospitality at that time, Maharaja Ram Singh had the whole city painted pink to welcome the royal guests. Like this it gained the nickname of the Pink city. Play with the monkeys, in Monkey…

Experiencing an authentic Indian Village – Suroth Village

On the way to our next city, Jaipur, we had spent a night in a local, authentic Indian Village. Here, our accommodation was a 700 year old fort – Suroth Mahal. Suroth is a large village located in Karauli district of Rajasthan. Arriving early, we had the chance to have a walk through the village. In the beginning we were little afraid, because it was so rustic and authentic like never seen before, but soon we understood that the villagers were so friendly. People of this village are living a very peaceful life having agriculture as the main profession. The more we wandered, the more fascinated we were by the people and they where fascinated by us. We had so much fun just interacting with the people. It was the perfect way to see the real life of India and its authentic people. We spent the night in a 700…

Delhi – The city of contrasts

Delhi, the capital of India, is a city we really enjoyed. Actually there are three parts of Delhi.  Old Delhi is the historic city, the city that has grown organically around the great palaces and mosques of mogul, the emperors of Central Asian origin, who have ruled India for centuries, is that mad, chaotic but authentic and memorable India. There is New Delhi, the colonial city, built by the English, desperate for the chaos of the Old city, the planned city, the tall and shady trees, a solemn and precious atmosphere determined by the fact that the state authorities are here. And finally, the youngest Delhi is not called Super-New Delhi, but Gurgaon, the modern and funky city where skyscrapers have been built, where the malls have surpassed the bazaars and where the world of business, fashion, that of the twentieth-century India. Early morning we started our visit in Old…

How to survive when travelling with your partner

It is important where you travel to, but the most important thing is whom you travel with. For a long time I used to travel with a group of friends. We were experiencing all kinds of things and we got used to the long talks we had when drinking a bottle of wine or clubbing till 6 in the morning. Lately,  I just like to travel with my love, only the two of us. Traveling with your partner is a skill that needs to be mastered, especially if you have different personalities. You will be together for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There will be no job, gym time or other distraction that can give you time apart. Things like the ones mentioned below can easily happen and ruin your vacation and relationship: You are in a very chic terrace in Paris, one of the most romantic…

Strolling across Comuna 13 in Medellin

Our next stop was the famous “Comuna 13” which had the most tumultuous history of the city, which was once known as the most dangerous community due to its huge homicide rates and forced displacement of thousands of residents. Comuna 13 is an over-populated and poor place situated on the west city hills. Houses are placed on top of the other like in a huge lego puzzle. This place was the center of paramilitary, guerrilla and gang activity because of its location that provided easy transportation of guns, drugs, and money. But today this place looks new as if it was reborn from its own ash. The neighborhood has embraced an era of freedom and hope! Nowadays residents aren’t afraid to leave their homes and their quality of life has increased.They started to express themselves through art like graffiti, street dance and music. Here I’ve seen the most beautiful graffiti ever. The walls became a canvas…

Sleeping under the stars in the jungle of Tayrona National Park

After two weeks in Peru, we arrived at the Caribbean Sea in the North of Colombia. We were supposed to have a trilling get away in the jungle of Tayron National Park. A real paradise. The perfect combination of wild jungle and green palms that make the perfect background for the turquoise Caribbean water. Tayrona is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the world’s highest mountains on the coast, with altitudes of up to 5,700 meters and it is one of those places where you can enjoy peace and nature. There are four things that make this place unique: It is huge. We are talking about 15,000 hectares of wildlife and Caribbean beaches. It had a unique environment of fauna and vegetation. Tayrona is home of hundreds of species of birds, mammals, plants, but at the same time hundreds of fish and coral species. It still has indigenous tribes. Traces of…

Discovering Machu Picchu – The lost city of the Incas

When you think of Peru there is only one thing that comes to your mind – Machu Picchu After all, it is one of the most fascinating archeological sites on the planet. It is also a symbol of the power and ingenuity of the Inca people and a once in a lifetime place to see. We spent the night in the city below the mountain: Aguas Caliente and at about 4.00am we arrived at the queue at the bus station, in order to catch one of the first busses that go up to Machu Picchu. Immediately after us, the queue started to build. Anyway,  we got on the third bus and we arrived at Machu Picchu among the first people that came to see the sunrise here. In the first few hours, everything was covered in clouds and fog. We sat down at the perfect view spot and waited. At mid-morning things started to…

Inca trail to Machu Picchu – The ancient road of the Incas

The most popular and famous hike in South America – Inca Trail, passes by breathtaking archaeological sites, cuts through an exuberant sea of clouds and climbs steep passes to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is an amazing technical achievment, a network of over 22,000 km of road, as it stretches across an entire mountain, a tropical forest and some desert areas of the empire. Of course, there is a tiny fragment of the road that can be taken today. So today’s, if you want to hike the Inca trail you have the following options: Inca Trail 7 days (Salkantay) The trail starts at the sacred Salkantay mountain and joins the classical Inca Trail on the fourth day at Wayllabamba. This route involves some high passes, mountain sceneries of Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna before arriving at Machu Picchu. Inca trail 5 days (Classical) This one follows the same route of…

Strolling in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Andean mountains and the valley surrounding the Urubamba River were once the epicenter of the Inca Empire because of the fertile land, perfect climate, natural resources and strategic position. It is one of the most stunning landscapes in the world and still maintaining its ancient characteristics, like the traditional clothes, spiritual ceremonies, language and the strong connection with Mother earth: “Pachamama”. Here is the place where you can find everything: from well preserved Inca ruins and agricultural terracing to authentic villages and cultural places. We booked a one day tour through the Sacred Valley with KB Peru.com. We chose the one full day transportation through Sacred Valley and they took us to Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins, Maras, Morai and Chincheros. Pisac Market So, we started our morning at a local ancient market: Pisac. The Pisac Market is one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. Especially the…

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