Nov 282016
 
Watching Sunrise at Borobudur - UNESCO World Heritage Site Indonesia

Watching Sunrise at Borobudur Temple Indonesia Carefully I watch each of my steps as I try to climb the steep stairs in pitch darkness. Pitch darkness as I am trying my best ignoring the countless light sabres around me to find the path. Luckily these sabres are so weak that their undernourished beam dies before hitting the stone steps of the largest Buddhist temple in the world Borobudur in the largest Muslim nation in the world. Well, that is Indonesia for you, every step you take you to learn something astonishing about this country of more than 17,000 islands [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Nov 232016
 
Celebrating Naropa Festival Leh

My Experience of Naropa Festival Leh Celebrations For more than 2000, years Leh was the final frontier, a few people knew it even existed, even less wanted to visit Leh. Then after the movie 3 Idiots, getting Lehed became something to be proud of. Thankfully for thousands of years, Ladakh was not on anybody’s agenda except for Buddhist monks and an odd invading army from Central Asia on his journey to more lucrative places to plunder. Isolation due to harsh terrain to travel with heavy snow in winters leading to the closure of passes every winter meant that very [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Oct 102016
 
My First Day in Leh: Overcoming  Fears of AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness

How I spent my first day in Leh trying to avoid AMS  So this is a monologue and some boring details about my first day in Leh. Those of you looking for something interesting about “ How going to Leh changed my life” kind of post, please stop reading right here, remember, this is desi Traveler Blog not desi Giani Baba blog. Anyways those of you still with me let us begin my Leh Yatra: It was not my first trip to high altitude, but first via a flight. Experienced Himalayan explorers say a road trip acclimatize you better [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 202013
 
Buddhist Museum On Nagarjunakonda Island

A visit to Buddhist Museum On Nagarjunakonda Island in Nagarjuna Sagar As written in an earlier post we took the boat to Nagarjunakonda island to visit the Buddhist museum on Nagarjunakonda island. We arrived suitably shaken and stirred on the island and were a witness to the great Indian rush to get out of the boat once again. Immediately after the boat docking platform there is a steep ascent to rise to the hill, remember Konda means hill in Telugu and Nagarjunakonda means the hill of Sage Nagarjuna, which is also the name of Telugu superstar Nagarjuna who seems to be getting younger with every [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]