Airports, transits and visas

Everybody is crossing the horizon today. - Lumbini, Nepal
2nd November 2014 – Lumbini, Nepal The potholes continued, but the views kept getting more inspiring. There were stretches of green paddy fields, after the futile attempts to extort. While the sun took a bow, and retreated into a well-deserved oblivion, I realise that I’ve crossed an international border, and did not even flash my passport. I continued the dogged ride from Ghazipur today early morning. There was still 250 KMs to cover to the border, and never did I imagine that it would take me 10 hours to do that. The road deteriorated as I continued, and soon I was kicking up […]

Project 365: Day 124 – Crossing a border. Piece of cake!

Update: This post was originally written in 2014 as ’10 countries with Evisa for Indians’ (because they were so few before). But the number has increased since then, so I decided to make it a post about all the countries which offer Evisa facilities for Indians. This post is about countries where Indians can get an E visa (Electronic visa or e-visa). For a list of countries where Indian passport-holders do not have to prepare any advance visas, click here. If you are an Indian, and require help help on visa requirements (or have any general questions about Indians travelling […]

All countries with E-Visa options for Indian citizens

The opulence of it all. - Mumbai, India
19th August 2014 – Mumbai, India In the desert, they built concrete oases and glittering fountains. And the oil barons created gold from anything they could take. Minarets and neon lights were both calling me lusciously. but today I chose the opulence of a dream, over the sheikh. I landed in Sharjah today morning and then took a bus to Dubai. The Emirates has literally left no stone unturned to impress me, with wealth showing its ugly head at every nook and corner. And I also clicked copious amount of pictures. But the picture of the day, is from the Mumbai […]

Project 365: Day 49 – India’s largest museum

Actually, I hate to go. - Changi airport, Singapore 2
4th August 2014 – Singapore Goodbyes are the worst sob stories. Oh, the pain! Especially to friends, who saw you in both the low and prime. But with all this travel, I find that I now smile more often at airports. Because, thankfully, goodbyes don’t last a wretched lifetime.   When I started this journey from Singapore, it was heartbreaking. To let go of all the friends here. To start again, on ground zero. I was consumed with depression on the first day of my journey, in Sydney. And rightfully, i decided to make a short pitstop here, on the way from […]

Project 365: Day 34 – Leaving on a Jetplane

Sunrise melbourne airport
This was the 30th post (Day 30) 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. 31st July 2014 – Melbourne, Australia In airports and terminals, I found a new game. Of hide-and-seek, with […]

12 hours in Melbourne Tullamarine Airport: Australia

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

East timor backpackers
One of the last south-east Asian countries, Timor Leste is nowhere on the banana pancake trail. In fact, many people dont even know of this country, which became completely independent only in 2002, and still receives less than 10000 tourists annually. I made my plans to visit it when 2 friends in the couchsurfing community had informed me that this was one of the best countries they visited. Further Reading: Sights from the city-center of Dili. Travelling to Dili, the capital of Timor Leste, can be quite interesting in itself. If you are low on budget, the cheapest way is […]

A short landing indeed : Dili, Timor Leste

Changi airport butterfly garden 4
Everytime I have to catch a flight from Terminal 3 of the Changi airport in Singapore, I look forward to arriving 3 hours before the flight. While this is partially caused by my fear of missing flights, the other main reason is that I like to renew a photographic affair in T3 every time.   ================================================================== Ever heard about dance walking in Singapore? Click here! ================================================================== There are a few different gardens in the Changi airport (sunflower garden, orchid garden etc.), but my favourite one would be the Butterfly garden in Terminal 3 transit area. Apart from the fact that it […]

Clicking around a butterfly garden: Changi Airport, Singapore

Vishnu during the churning
If you are in the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport and wandering through the departure/transit area with a with all the time in the world to kill, you are likely to come across a hindu mythological statue of mysterious proportions. I don’t know how I missed this in my previous travels, but all of a sudden, I was face-to-face with a beautiful artwork depicting the Samudra Manthan, from the Mahabharata. Check out the images from a protest in Bangkok! My friend admired the statue for a few minutes, and then carried on to shop for alcohol at the nearby DFS, while I kept staring […]

Churning of the milk ocean : Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

I have always wanted to go Petra. When I was finally planning on my travel to Jordan for this, I could not help but mix it up with some of the other countries nearby. Are you an Indian traveller, who is tired of all the visa interviews that we have to do? Better, visit these 10 countries where we don’t need an advance visa at all! Egypt was a given, despite all the protests that have been rocking the country recently. And then, the tough call was taking a trip to Israel, which was kind of the link that connects […]

When an Indian went for an Israeli visa interview

Having been globe-trotting for the last 6 or 7 years and making like-minded traveller friends everywhere, one line that I have heard most of my friends say, and which I never had a chance to say myself, was: “I missed my flight!”   Despite being a sticky situation to be in, and despite me making fun of them almost immediately when they tell me, there was always a tinge of jealousy somewhere inside me when I hear that line. I mean, when you think of somebody missing their flight, the first impression you have is of someone who has travelled so […]

How I missed a flight in Cairo!

King khaled airport riyadh saudi arabia 5
When I started planning my year-end journey to Egypt in 2013, I came across a really sweet deal from Saudi airways. For a flight from Singapore to Cairo, with a transit at Riyadh, the price was only about 400 Singapore dollars. That’s one of the closest I have ever come to hitting a jackpot! The only catch? I would be stuck in transit in the Riyadh airport for 12 hours, and during the night.   Transiting through the middle-east? Click for top 10 TOTALLY free things to do at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport! A little bit of reading on the web later, I had some […]

12 hours of transit in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh airport