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.
Those who know me know that when it comes to planning a trip, I like to do everything myself. The planning, the logistics and papers. I have never been a fan of packaged tours. So when the thought of a small holiday to Singapore crossed my mind, the first question that popped-up in my mind was about the VISA. Blame it to the size of our country or the other obvious things but when it comes to applying for a visa, you realize the Indian passport is not one of the most welcome documents. Let me share my experience of applying for a Singapore VISA in Bangalore.
How to apply for a Singapore Tourist VISA in Bangalore?
After some basic research I found that unlike a lot of other countries who have registered agencies like VFS for VISA processing, Singapore had none.… continue reading
A holiday in the North-East for the quintessential Indian tourist means going to the charm of Sikkim (actually just Gangtok and around) and Darjeeling. Even though things are slowly changing for good and people have started to look beyond, no north-east destination comes closer to the Gangtok-Darjeeling duo as yet. Nestled in the laps of lush green mountains and snow-capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, Gangtok is one of the most beautiful state-capitals of India. Darjeeling, the queen of hills too, is equally mesmerizing if not more. Not to mention the quaint little towns spread all around and the to die for views from them. And then there’s the mighty Kanchedzonga which overlooks the entire region. Who would not want to go there, no?
If you too have fancied a trip to this part of the country, let me suggest you some things to see in Gangtok and Darjeeling. … continue reading
In my previous post about how to prepare for Ladakh I talked about how Ladakh was one of the most extreme places and the things you should know before visiting Ladakh. I had also mentioned that of all the ‘dangers’ that pose a threat to someone visiting Ladakh, Acute Mountain Sickness or AMS is the one thing you really should know well about before visiting Ladakh, or any high-altitude destination for that matter. The topic of how to avoid altitude sickness is a big one but I will try to be precise here. So buckle-up and be rest assured that by the time you are on the other side, you will have a clear idea about how to have a safe and wonderful trip to Ladakh.
What is high-altitude?… continue reading
Ladakh is a land of many extremes. The cold there can freeze you to death and you run the risk of suffering a sun-stroke as well. An old Ladakhi saying perfectly sums up Ladakh in one line, “The Land is so barren and the passes so high that only our fiercest enemies or Our best friends would want to visit us“. What it also means to someone who wants to visit Ladakh for the first time in practical terms is, you cannot do an impromptu visit to Ladakh. In order to enjoy your trip to this magical land in the laps of the Himalayas, you should have some idea about how to prepare for Ladakh before you actually embark on your trip.
If you are one of those wonderful people who have been following my blog regularly, you must have noticed that I always travel on my own and have almost never traveled with any travel agency. That is because I always enjoy doing the planning and preparation for every trip I go on myself. Be it the bare minimum and haphazard research that I do before my trips, be it finding the best deals on flight and accommodation or be it hunting for eateries that serve the most delicious of food. To me, all this is as much fun as the actual travel is and I never delegate these things to someone else. But when the trip is a trek, things change.
As much as I wanted do the trek to the Hampta Pass me and Ruchi did last year, the sensible thing to do was to join one of the groups going on the said trek by registering with a Trek Agency.… continue reading
I had stayed at a backpacker’s hostel during my last solo trip to Goa and had quite liked it. Though the hostel was not one of the best, it had helped me get an idea about what to expect and what not to while staying in such environments and I personally did not find many items that I could complain about or which bothered me in any way. During my visit to Gokarna the previous weekend (more on that coming soon), I chose to stay at a backpacker’s hostel again. This one however was quite different from the previous one I had stayed at in Goa. Different in a good way.
One of the first things I remember however was the tiring half-a-kilometer up-hill walk which I had to endure in that sweltering heat.… continue reading
After I researched and later-on wrote about long-term bike parking at the Bangalore airport, I realized the problem is not limited to only whether it is possible or not. It goes beyond that. Thankfully in Bangalore we have fixed and pretty much sensible rates for parking at the airport but that is not the case elsewhere.
No matter how a person looks at it, whether flying alone, with friends or family, travelling sure provides more than enough fuel to feed everyone’s inner wanderlust. However, behind this highly beneficial experience rests inevitable – and often unnoticed – worries that tend to make or break the whole trip.
It’s fairly easy to overlook the hassles of airport parking, besides, most travellers are just as excited at how simple it is nowadays to book a flight and visit their dream destination.… continue reading