Fatehpur Sikri palaces and pavilions: all you need to know

Fatehpur Sikri palaces and pavilions Diwan-I-Khas

Diwan-I-Khas Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri is just forty km’s west of Agra so you don’t have any excuse to avoid this masterpiece of Mughal architecture desired by and created for the emperor Akbar. It doesn’t matter how tight your schedule is, seeing this delicious mix of Hindu, Jain and Islamic architecture where the best craftsmen worked together is a must. The proximity with the most famous Agra (and Taj Mahal) left this place practically tourist-free after 4pm. A good idea is spending the night in one of the few hotels comfortably located outside the World Heritage site perimeter, where you will also be able to enjoy a visit in the village of Fatehpur Sikri with its lively bazaar. Continue reading

How to get a visa for Iran

Visiting Iran is an experience that every traveler has to consider. Warm and exceptionally hospitable people, remarkable architecture, millenary culture, delicious food, incredible landscapes are among the many reasons that should make Iran be on the top of your future travel destinations.

How to get a visa for Iran is the first thing you have to think about!
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How to bring your own vehicle into Singapore

rnm_erp1The first thing to say if you have the chance to avoid bringing your vehicle into Singapore or you are not so sure about bringing your vehicle into Singapore just give up and park in Johor Bahru or somewhere else in Malaysia and enjoy the city state arriving by public transport (bus or train). Only do it if you really want your vehicle there!
The whole procedure is quite long, tedious, expensive and confusing (yes dealing with foreign vehicles, not Malaysian, is probably the only thing that screws up the efficient Singaporean system!).
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Kiama Blowhole

Kiama BlowholeThe small coastal town of Kiama (New South Wales) has a very distinctive tourist attraction, the Kiama Blowhole. The Kiama Headland is composed of volcanic rock called latite. A volcanic extrusion known as a dykea sheet of rock that formed in a crack in a pre-existing rock body, cuts through the latite. The dyke is composed of a softer rock called basalt. Over millions of years the softer basalt has eroded faster than latite creating a tunnel under the headland. Eventually part of the headland collapsed creating this spectacular spot on the east coast of Australia. Continue reading

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron LighthouseByron Bay, a beach side town that is more or less a must for everyone travelling on the east coast of Australia, is overlooked by the stunning Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Perched on top a precipitous cliff on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland is the prominent Cape Byron Lighthouse. It was completed in 1901, and is the most powerful light in Australia with a beam visible for 27 nautical miles (50 km) and a distinctive white flash every 15 seconds. Cape Byron is one of the thirteen lighthouses built in New South Wales between 1858 and 1903 when the coastal trade route of the eastern seaboard was much like the Pacific Highway is today. Continue reading

The best bookstores in Southeast Asia

If you are still in love with the day after day more threatened paper book, you might be interested in visiting one of the following bookstore through Southeast Asia.

The bookstore chain Kinokuniya is unbeatable in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore with a huge amount of titles covering every topic. Don’t be too excited though, the prices of the books are the same you can find in the West. Most of the stores have a small cafeteria far from cheap of course. Monument Bookstore reign in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Fahasa has different branches in Ho Chi Minh City and in the main cities all over Vietnam. Continue reading

East Timor Visa Application Authorization in Kupang

If you are travelling overland towards East Timor (Timor Leste) you must have the “Visa Application Authorization“, a document which will allow you to obtain the East Timor visa at the border.

I personally met people who went to the border without the Visa Application Authorization document and they had to come back to Kupang, which is roughly 300 km east.

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Jantar Mantar the Jaipur astronomical instruments collection

Jantar Mantar JaipurOne of the main attractions in the so called ‘Pink’ city of Jaipur is the World Heritage Site of Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory. This impressive collection of astronomical instruments were built by Sawai Jai Singh, a Mughal commander, dated 1728. Sawai Jai Singh built five observatories, one in Jaipur, Delhi, Ujjain, Banaras (Varanasi) and Mathura. By far the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is the biggest and the best preserved. This was the place where Sawai Jai Singh himself used to sit for astronomical observations. Continue reading

Departure Tax from Indonesian airports

An update about the Departure Tax from the Indonesian airports.

Prices are based on what I had to pay on August 1st 2013 (Bali-Jakarta and Jakarta-Dubai),

Departure Tax for international flights 150.000 RP

Departure Tax for domestic flights from Bali 40.000 RP

Departure tax for domestic flights from Ende airport on Flores Island  10.000 RP

Please use the contact form in case the prices displayed above have changed or if you know the Departure Tax from other Indonesian airports.

Last updated: August 30, 2013 at 2:36 am