The Ultimate Guide to Visiting China

 Shanghai and Beijing are two of China’s most famous cities, and it’s not hard to see why. Each offer some incredible sights to see, but there’s so much more to China outside of these places.Xi’an, Hangzhou, and Suzhou are three cities. I travelled to Suzhou for work and it was one of the amazng trips I have been on. If you are going to China but don’t speak Mandarin don’t worry you can still have a great time and not get lost. P.S I did get lost once for a few hours, thanks to DiDi(equivalent of Uber in China). Before your trip Setup your phone with apps: Google offline translate with Chinese dictionary downloaded , DiDi, offline maps,Alipay,WeChat(optional) Carry cash, AMEX, VISA most international cards just won’t work and it save you a lot of pain. I will recommend carrying around $2000CNY for a decent 3 week long trip, unless you plan to splurge If you are vegetarian pack alternate sources of food, dry fruits, rice cakes, nut butters, smoothie mixes, noodles Carry a windbreaker, gloves and comfortable shoes  A good backpack will save you from a lot of trouble if you are like me and enjoy exploring a city […]

A Memorable Trip to the Capital of India – New Delhi

  Delhi is a land of so many flavours. There are so many places for street shopping and uncountable number of handicraft shops all over the place. Above I am wearing an embroidered white kurta with a Handloom Patterned Indian jacket panel work. I got this while thrift shopping in Central Delhi, Janpath.I had been meaning to write this post for quite some time but for some reason I kept forgetting.I have been to Delhi quite a few times as its near my home and the city and the capital of India is exquisite and so colourful.It has a lot to offer when  it comes to food, fashion and sightseeing.     So one of my close friends from college is getting married in Delhi.Besides the wedding I also had some sightseeing and food safari on my mind.So here is how I organised my travel essentials and planned my time.Key to a happy trip is effective planning and packing light.So all I have is a backpack and a small trolley as luggage.I would usually limit to a rucksack but then because there is a Indian engagement it can never be minimalistic.I also took a print out of the Delhi Metro for ease of travel […]

Lucknow Travel Diaries

    Lucknow town with simplicity and immense history. The town is popular all across India as “Tehszeeb Ka shehar” meaning city with culture. The first banner you would see on landing in Lucknow would read “”Muskurayae Janab Aap Lucknow Mae Hain” which roughly translates to smile because you are in Lucknow now.Sure you will find the streets quite dirty , covered in paan (beetle leaf) stains and potholes, to which I saw welcome to Lucknow. The only issues a tourist would face here , especially females is the constant gawking from total strangers, eve teasing and catcalling on the streets. It wont be surprising if total strangers grope you or slap you inappropriately on busy roads. To that I would say I apologise for the state of affairs in this city. We have unfortunate government here and it justifies such creepy acts by saying “boys will be boys”.   “Muskurayae Janab Aap Lucknow Mae Hain”   Carry a pepper spray and a stun gun if you’re coming from outside of India and you will be pretty safe. Avoid public transport and refrain from talking to the insanely talkative and nosy cab drivers . Amidst all this evil, its proximity to […]