Mini Guide to India

Important Sites and Natural Wonders

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Ellora and Ajanta Caves are two complexes of monasteries and temples that were carved out of stones representing stories from Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. Ellora has 34 caves and Ajanta 29, which started being carved from 200 BCE, but were only “discovered” in 1819 by a British Officer called John Smith.

Several caves depict the many incarnations of Buddha, others are dedicated to Lord Shiva, but the highlight is the Kailasa temple, a massive monolith that was built from the top down, instead of the base up.

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Golden Temple

Located in Amritsar, the Golden Temple is the most sacred place for the Sikh religion. It’s visited by thousands of pilgrims every day and all the people you see working there are Sikh volunteering for the complex (visitors can also help if they feel inclined). You’re required to leave your shoes outside and cover your head to enter the area, and once you’re inside, make sure to visit the dining hall and have some dhal, chapati, and rice with other devotees.

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American City Guide: New Orleans

New Orleans has a reputation as one of the most fun cities in the United States. Nicknamed “The Big Easy”, most tourists come to New Orleans during Carnival, a raucous outdoor festival that celebrates the beginning of the somber Lenten season. If you manage to get beyond Bourbon Street, there’s a vibrant city just waiting…

American City Guide: Chicago

One of the largest and most underrated cities in the United States is Chicago. In fact, Chicago ranked first in Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, topping other highly-ranked cities like New York City, Melbourne, and London. There are so many incredible things to do in Chicago, plus it lacks the hectic craziness of other vacation destinations in the United States. It’s a great option for a fun weekend trip, even if you’ll never see everything the city has to offer in just two days.

American City Guide: New York City

New York City is the most populous city in the United States and has a reputation as the most vibrant and thrilling vacation destination on the continent. It’s the home of New York Fashion Week, the United Nations, Broadway, Wall Street, and the Statue of Liberty. Its fast pace inspired the phrase “New York minute” and even if you only have $5 per day to spend, you can still enjoy every aspect of this incredible metropolis.