Vanuatu


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This is a list of countries that do not require a visa, or offer a visa on arrival for Indians. If you are looking for countries that offer electronic visas (E-visas), click this list. There are plenty of countries which do not require an advance visa for Indian citizens. And if you are an Indian – or if you have interacted with an Indian – the chances are likely that you will believe/hear the most commonly stated reason why Indians dont travel much. “I need a visa for every fricking country that I want to go to!” Click here for […]

Top 10 countries where Indians can travel without an advance visa!


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16th July 2014 – Efate, Vanuatu When the cards are full, and the tripod has sand. Like a reflection of the 7 days that has passed, so fast. You know that the bags are ready to be packed And that sometimes, goodbyes are what actually last. I can’t believe that it has been 7 days since I’ve been to Port Vila. They say time slows down when you travel. I dont know what on earth THEY were smoking, because my time has literally done an Usain Bolt here in this idyllic city. I have nearly 2000 pics on my camera, and […]

Project 365: Day 15 – Goodbyes are not a happy affair


The blade and the root. - Efate, Vanuatu
15th July 2014 – Efate, Vanuatu The blade dangled by his side, like a third arm. As ruthless swings ran a relay, like some vintage reel. But it’s not just rusty steel that can cause you harm. Even smiles do hurt. But they always do heal.   I have just 2 more days left in Vanuatu, so finally decided to gather the courage to try some Kava, which is the only legalised narcotic drink that I know of. Some friends told me that it tastes revolting. That the smell was disgusting. And that it causes liver damage. Oh, have I told you I love these kind […]

Project 365: Day 14 – The blade and the smile



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Let’s admit it. For their small size, the Micronesian and Melanesian nations are spoilt by tourism. Prices are sky-high, and you would not be wrong to assume that you are in a developed country. I want to do an extensive South Pacific tour sometime, and I choose Vanuatu as a first point to visit. Just to get my feet wet, and see exactly how expensive it can get. Check out the Mele Cascades in Vanuatu. Click here! Oh, it can get very expensive, as I found out. Starting from the flights to get in, to the accommodation, to the food […]

How to: Travelling Vanuatu in the cheap


The movers. - Port Vila, Vanuatu
14th July 2014 – Port Vila, Vanuatu Their lips were wet, and the breath was warm. They waited eons. Created messiahs. For this one kiss. But like the chill morning breeze slicing through a dream, Oh Albiceleste, how cruel is fate. And this heartbreaking miss. The last day of the world cup, and the last early morning day for me. And the most cruel one. The South American dream was shattered yet again, as Argentina succumbed to a tragic last-minute goal to Germany. And not a last-minute goal in regular time, mind you. This dream was shattered in extra time. But have […]

Project 365: Day 13 – No white and blue sky today


The sun called the shots today. - Port Vila, Vanuatu
13th July 2014 – Port Vila, Vanuatu Like dragonflies in the light, they danced with no duress. Beyond words, beyond questions of tomorrow. Beyond fun. The future holds a key they can’t see, nor can guess. But they thrive, because today, they are children of the sun. Another early day, only to see Brazil get thrashed again by the Dutch. Can’t say I can complain, because the Dutch are my favourite European team. Oh Brazil, thy numbers do you, no justice to your past. Maybe you should have heeded to the words of Thyrion Lannister. After the match, went back […]

Project 365: Day 12 – Children of the Sun



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12th July 2014 – Efate, Vanuatu Life moves at a wretched pace that beckons me To pause, to ponder, and to purportedly fill myself with thoughts and questions, and the final conclusion. That life, like water, now remains beguiling and still. The day began early today again. Surprising that I’ve never got up before 8.30 even when I was working in a workaholic Singapore. But when I am travelling, I found out that I can wake up at ungodly hours, and not hit the sweet snooze button. Because today, we had a full day plan chalked out. Maciej and me left the […]

Project 365: Day 11 – Going with the flow


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11th July 2014 – Port Vila, Vanuatu Through open windows, and creaking doors, They stared at me, like a naked leprechaun falling from the sky. Eyes like uncut diamonds, piercing into my camera, They seemed to ask, “Man blong India, why yu come by?”  I read somewhere that the children of Vanuatu are extremely photogenic. And I found that out the easy way – by taking lots of pictures of them. They are naturally curious of everyone they see, and I think especially with me, because it’s not normal for them to see an Indian tourist. Oh, there are plenty of Indians […]

Project 365: Day 10 – Curiosity doesn’t always kill


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This was the 9th post (Day 9) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 10th July 2014 – Port Vila, Vanuatu (Day 9) The flags were raised, and in all different […]

Flights, Visa and Accommodation: A complete guide to visiting Vanuatu



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This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning