taroko gorge in hualien, taiwan
Taipei had left me wet and soaked. But I wasn’t finished with Taiwan yet. After 2 days in Taipei, with no improvement in the weather, I took the train to Hualien. Hualien, considered to be one of the finest cities in Taiwan and tourism mainstay, had another attraction : The Taroko Gorge. And the fact that it was not raining in Hualien. Hualien is just a 3 hour train ride from Taipei, and getting a train was a relatively easy, given the frequency of trains running between Hualien and Taipei. Once you reach the Hualien train station and step out of […]

Hualien and the Taroko Gorge : Taiwan

Taipei 101 4
If there ever was a country which lured me with its food, it was Taiwan. Living in Singapore, I had many friends from Taiwan. And every time we met over a beer or a kopi o peng, they kept describing how they missed Taipei, because it was the undisputed food capital of Asia. So, as it normally goes, I succumbed to the sins of gluttony that ruled my travel plans, and booked a flight to Taipei. Visa for Indians to Taiwan The Taiwan Taoyuan International airport, also called the Chiang Kai Shek airport, was modernistic and developed, but it was […]

A rainy night in Taipei : Taiwan

Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon 2
Everybody is doing it. So, I might as well.   To recount a year is difficult, and especially when it is a year like 2013 which was nothing short of momentous. I checked my hard disk to find out that I have travelled to a total of 14 countries this year, and the total pictures in my hard disk totalled up to 32000! So, what better way to recount a year, than to show it in pictures.   January The Thaipusam festival is one of the most bizarre festivals that one can imagine. I have been wanting to check out […]

2013: My year in travel photos