Most people around the world have probably seen at least one Star Wars movie in the series and that’s the first thing I thought of when visiting the Badami Caves in Karnataka, India. The Badami Caves are a series of ancient caves burrowed into towering iron-rich cliffs complete with carvings and paintings of Ganesh, Shiva and Hanuman (and many more). Far in the distance the Badami Cave temples are perched on the edge of 100 metre walls.

 

Why is Goa trying to be the Ibiza of India when it really is not? I may be wrong but comparing Goa with Ibiza is like comparing Barcelona with Manila. May be that is a little unfair as you might know I think Manila is one of the most ugly cities I have ever been. Sorry Filipinos! But what I mean to say is that I have been to Goa now twice, but to me this is a place for hippies, not for hipsters!

 

Stones, stones, stones and more stones. That is what Hampi is! But these stones have a meaning. Some are ruins dating back to the Middle Ages, some created impressive hills of boulders, some are used for carvings and others to build temples. Hampi is not just another historical village, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must visit on your trip to India.

 

Are you traveling to India again? Why? That would never be appealing to me! Too crowded and too dirty, was a common reaction when I told people about the trip to India that was coming up. Those who follow my adventures for a long time should know better. India is not only about poverty, slumps and pollution!

To be honest I had never heard of the Trident chain before I checked in to the Trident Nariman Point Mumbai. The hotel is part of the Oberoi Group and therefore a high standards can be expected. I choose this hotel after roaming the internet and I stumbled upon a picture on Google Images. The room I saw had the most amazing view over Mumbai and guess where I ended up a couple weeks later, yes in the corner suite of the Trident Nariman Point.

This recently opened Taj property has the best location if you are looking for hotels near Mumbai domestic airport. Taj Santacruz opened its doors only a couple months ago and from the terminal you can walk right into the hotel lobby. Of course everything within the hotel is designed with a touch a Taj: luxury and class! I have been working with the Taj group around India and also stayed in some of their palaces: Umaid Bhawan Palace and Taj Lake Palace Udaipur.