Heading North II – Agra, City of Taj Mahal

So this is love. So this is what makes life divine. – Cinderella

Love is powerful, no doubt about that. One proof for it can be found in Agra – meaning the Taj Mahal, an amazingly beautiful building that was only built due to the tremendous power of this feeling. Standing in front of it made me feel small and happy at the same time. Because I saw it, I stood in front of it, one of the new seven wonders of the earth… Continue reading

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Heading North I – Megacity Delhi

Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience. – Paulo Coelho

Sooo… finally it was time for me to leave for my first solo-travel through India, counting in total twelve days, six trains (five of them Sleeper class), three flights and one bus. Only five nights I would spend in hostels/hotels, one under the Milky Way in the desert and all the remaining ones at least partially in public transport. I chose to explore seven different destinations, whose choice was the most difficult task during the whole planning process, which in turn involved an extensive amount of research. One person – Dustin – would support me during the preparation stage, while the majority chose to point out dangers and risks involved, trying to convince me not to go. Continue reading

Satara – Survival Training

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness. – Seneca

As we have been early birds during the past whole week already, starting work between 6 to 7 am every day, the decision to book a train at 4.50 am on a Saturday morning didn’t appear very tempting anymore when we were sitting together with friends Friday night, enjoying some drinks and talks. However, we managed to get up at 3 am, knowing that we could continue sleeping in the sleeper train we booked – the train supposed to bring us to Satara, a city in Maharashtra 22km away from the so called Kaas Plateau. Also known as the “Kaas Pathar”, the plateau is situated in the western Ghat Sahyadri range and is known for the various types of wild flowers which bloom during August to beginning of October every year. Continue reading