Category Archives: Cultures

Musings: Bhutan is unique and special but not for everyone

One of my main takeaways from my recent trip to Bhutan and India (Kolkata, Sikkim) is this: Bhutan is a unique and special destination but not for everyone. Independent travel and backpacking is unheard of as tourists require a guide and a driver. There’s also a daily tariff which is high but also all-inclusive and include guides, drivers, daily meals and entrance fees.  Continue reading Musings: Bhutan is unique and special but not for everyone

Bobigny: The “Queens” of Paris

Have you heard of Bobigny, France? Probably not. I hadn’t either until June 2015. That summer, my mother, younger sister and I paid a visit to Paris for just three short days as part of a longer London trip. We of course visited the major cultural sites in and around Paris – Eiffel Tower, Louvre, North Dame, Versailles – all in summer heat and humidity. So what took us to the outskirts of Paris Continue reading Bobigny: The “Queens” of Paris

Throwback: I “broke” into a Chiang Mai Gurdwara

Given the title of this post, I probably sound like an incredibly bad person. Absolutely downright awful. Just terrible. But hold on and hear me about. It’s a story with a memorable ending. After all, traveling is all about creating new memories.

Thailand has about 20 Sikh temples, or Gurdwaras. My trip to Southeast Asia (Thailand and Cambodia) was 19 days long; Continue reading Throwback: I “broke” into a Chiang Mai Gurdwara

Happy Vaisakhi, Gurdwaras Around the World

Happy Vaisakhi! April marks the time when Sikhs around the world celebrate Vaisakhi. This year Vaisakhi was celebrated on Friday, April 14th. Vaisakhi marks an important day in the lives of Sikhs. The day is significant because its a day to recognize and remember the Sikh identity and commemorates the formation of the Khalsa Panth in 1699. It’s also considered a Spring festival. Wikipedia is a great resource to read up more on Vaisakhi.

As for me and my family, we attended an evening Sikh Gurdwara diwan on Continue reading Happy Vaisakhi, Gurdwaras Around the World