Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth – From the Windowseat

We had reached the KL Sentral station a little too early to catch the Komuter from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth which was at 7.50 AM. We had more than half an hour to ourselves before we boarded our train so we decided to walk around. But before that, we had to find our boarding point. Just the previous evening on our way back from Batu Caves to Kuala Lumpur, we had ended our journey at this station and yet, today we were trying to find it. I know it’s embarrassing but I have an excuse! The KL Sentral complex, which houses so many everything from offices, to malls to apartments to Malaysia’s largest railway station was too big and too organized for a rail-head.

The clouds and the Greenery, KL-Butterworth Komuter

The clouds and the Greenery, KL-Butterworth Komuter

Before we could notice the changes in the terrain outside, the Komuter had already left behind the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur and was entering the beautiful Malaysian countryside.… continue reading

Fort Aguada and its Lighthouse

Overlooking the confluence of the Mandovi river and the Arabian sea, fort Aguada has been standing tall on the Bardez Peninsula for over four hundred years. From being a reference-point to ships sailing through this part of the Arabain sea to being one of the biggest aguadas (watering-place in Portuguese) in whole of Asia of the time where ships could replenish their drinking water stocks to being the most prized and crucial fort of the Portuguese to finally becoming a prison now known as the Aguada jail is still operational, fort Aguada has donned many hats over the centuries. It is one of the must-visit places in Goa so a trip there was but natural, what if it was towards the end of my solo trip to Goa.

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Colors of Sunset, Aguada Fort – Goa

Winding through beautiful village roads canopied by tall coconut trees that helped make the ride a pleasant one, I reached Fort Aguada a few hours before the closing time. … continue reading

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

‘It is huge’, was the first thought that came to my mind as soon as the enormity of the main cave came into full view. I had been to other lime-stone caves in the past, like the Mawsmai Caves in Cherrapunjee and to be honest, I had expected something similar here as well. But to my surprise, these caves were so huge that it actually took us 272 steep steps, which is around half-an-hour’s climb including a handful of stops, to make it to the top, from where the actual cave can be accessed. Which involves again going down on the inside of the cave after you are at the top.

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The steps you need to take to come inside the cave

Before we started walking down inside the cave we decided to sit down for some time to relax and take-in the view, if only the crazy monkeys let us do that, that is.… continue reading

Ruins, Rocks and Greenery

‘If you have to relax in the shade, the over-hanging rock there seems a much better choice’, I said to myself as I halfheartedly pulled myself from the soft grass that had been my bed for the past half an hour. The sun seemed to be at its brightest and no one in his right mind would even think of walking even a small distance out in this heat if (s)he doesn’t have to, let alone climb huge boulders a hundred feet high. I however, love climbing so climb I will, I decided. With heat billowing from the hot-like-a furnace rocks under my feet and the scorching rays of the sun from above, there I was, making my way up through thorny bushes and narrow gaps.

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The inviting ‘top’ – Hampi

The views got better every time I turned to look back stopping at random intervals. continue reading

Of Travel, Blogging and more

It is no secret that I love traveling and sharing stories from my travels. After-all, that precisely is the reason of this blog’s existence. Over the years, as I have traveled more and more I have realized how skewed the meaning of travel is to most of Indians. Travel in the Indian society is seen as a luxury whereas the reality is far from that. I have always believed (and experienced) that travel helps you learn things you would never get to learn otherwise, one reason I always advocate travelling as much as possible. If travelling can change the introvert me to someone who now loves talking a-lot, it surely can teach you a lot of other things too.

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A collage of the evening

I now always look forward to and enjoy sharing my experiences in whatever way I can.… continue reading

Merdeka Square – The Square of Independence

Merdeka square was the first place we decided to visit on our first-day in Kuala Lumpur. I mean, we did arrive in Kulala Lumpur the day before and spent some quality time at Bukit Bintang, the most happening place in Kuala Lumpur, but Merdeka square was where we actually started our sight-seeing in Kuala Lumpur. As we walked towards the square, the first thing that caught my attention was that how wonderfully the old and the new complemented each other, standing not far from one another. The more than a century old Sultan Abdul Samad Building that housed various government offices during the British-era now stands perfectly in sync with the modern-day sky-scrapers which stand not far from the historic building.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square - Kuala Lumpur photo

Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square – Kuala Lumpur

Right across the Sultan Abdul Samad Building stands yet another historic building, the Royal Selangor Club. … continue reading

Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians

Because the procedure of applying for VISAs differ slightly from one consulate to another in India, even if you are applying for the same country’s VISA, I was slightly confused about How to apply for Malaysian tourist VISA when I started planning the first visit there. Not enough specific information was available online about it. The stuff that was there on VFS’s official website was very generic and hence of not much help. The Customer care representatives were equally confused, they gave me a different list of required documents each of the three times I called them. Also, the fact that my Passport was not issued in South India, the region handled by the Chennai consulate where I was applying, only added to the confusion.

how to apply Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians In Bangalore

Malaysia Tourist VISA for Indians In Bangalore

How to apply for Malaysia Tourist VISA in Bangalore?

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Malaysia – My First Impressions

One of my most distinct memories, if not the most distinct from my last trip to Malaysia is, of my aimless wanderings through the narrow lanes of George Town, the capital of Penang state. Be it the charming architecture, the rustic shops, the beautiful the graffiti, everything there was so charming in a rustic way. I could not have enough of this charming place even after roaming around the same places not once, not twice but thrice! There was hardly anything which I did not like there (if only the beer was a little cheaper though 😉 ). As I wandered through the narrow lanes of Georgetown, I could not help but imagine how would it have been life here like, half a century back! [More on Georgetown coming soon]

The beautiful buildings of Georgetown, Penang

The beautiful buildings of Georgetown, Penang

Malaysia was nowhere near the top in my list of south-east Asian countries that I wanted to visit.… continue reading