The title might trick you a little because the idea of driving your own vehicle in China sounds like a dream for almost every overlander wandering through Asia.
Currently, there are still limitations for foreign guests to take this kind of self-riding tour in China. It consists of many processes for permits such as national, provincial, customs, wireless equipment permit, the Chinese temporary driving license and vehicle plate. The only option is using an agency which, in 2-3 months, can arrange the whole permit application. Continue reading
Regardless if you are thinking that there are too many tourists, too much hassle, it’s too hot, it’s too cold, the light is not right, it’s too expensive, or it’s a bit out of your itinerary; the Taj Mahal has to be seen if you are traveling in the north of India.
We collected some information and together with some notes and pictures of the Taj Mahal which, thanks both to its romantic aura and exquisite details, attracts millions of visitors each year.
It is because of this everlasting charm that the Taj can boast of being one of the most popular world heritage monuments on earth. Shah Jahan’s own words in praise of the Taj is found in Badshah Nama: “…..The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs, And makes sun and moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made, to display thereby the Creator’s glory.” Taj Mahal, the seventh wonder of the world, symbolizes India. Taj Mahal means “Crown Palace” and is without any doubt the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb. Described by the English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold, as “Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but a proud passion of an emperors love wrought in living stones.”
The Taj Mahal was built over a period of 22 years from 1632, as a tribute to a beautiful woman and as a monument for enduring love by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Devastated by the death of his wife, the Empress Mumtaz Mahal, Shah Jahan had the Taj constructed to enshrine her mortal remains and be a center of pilgrimage. This shrine of mystique and love was designed by the Iranian architect Ustad Isa. The workmanship on the Taj is said to be purely Indian. Shah Jahan was known to have patronized Indian artisans irrespective of religion and caste. Continue reading
Tunday kababi restaurant Lucknow
In Lucknow the busy capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh tucked away (click here to see the map) in a road covered with all sorts of business activities typical of India, there is a non-vegetarian paradise.
Tunday Kababi emerged as one of the best places in Lucknow to taste meat based dishes of the NawabiMore infoHonorific title ratified and bestowed by the reigning Mughal Emperor to semi-autonomous Muslim rulers of princely states cuisine
as said by their menu:
“The Legacy of Tunday Kababi has ruled the hearts of millions right from the common man upto the most magnetic personalities and celebrities for more than a century. With an extraordinary assortment of over hundred spices and herbs, the delicacies have made a mark worldwide Continue reading
ATMs in India are as plentiful as the auto rickshaw but the problem that many tourists face is the limit of 10.000 Rupees per transaction. Banks like Axis Bank, Bank of India, HDFC Bank, just to mention some that we personally tried, have this limit and considering the fee that you pay in your country (5 Euro, 3 Canadian dollars or something like that according to your country and your bank account) it’s a little bit excessive especially if you are on a budget. Continue reading