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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11 Great Hostels to Stay In

For budget-minded travelers in search of a cheap place to stay, hostels can be the perfect option. Generally, hostels offer much better value than hotels and short-term apartment rentals. Because less money is spent on accommodations, it allows globetrotters to designate a larger portion of their budget to good food and sightseeing activities instead.

11 Great Hostels in Europe to Stay In

If you’re a budget-minded backpacker interested in meeting fellow travelers along the way, hostels are an exceptional alternative. Intimate, community-minded, and affordable, hostels have exploded in popularity and really come a long way. From shared open-concept spaces to private ensuites, it’s easy to find a mix of both communal and secluded accommodations.

The 10 Most Historic Prisons

While jail time isn’t a walk in the park for any convicted felon, many tourists flock to historical prisons around the world when traveling. This is due to their mystic, history, and eerie ambiance. While it may seem a little crazy, visiting a local prison can provide a ton of insight on a region’s roots and culture.