Hiking to the Gypsy Caves of Granada

gypsy caves of Sacromonte

“The music, it feels to many, has an Indian touch,” said our guide while we heard a troop practicing their Flamenco steps inside their caves. Of course, they will have a bit preserved from their roots in India, thought I. The hippies in Granada are the decedents of Indian nomads who made Granada in Spain their home.  And their dwellings in Caves of Sacromonte are famous for two major cultural components, Flamenco and the white-washed caves.  Read more

How to Explore Cordoba on a Budget: Best Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do in Cordoba

On my way to Seville from Barcelona, I decided to spend a day in this not so sleepy town of Cordoba. The city has a history dating back to 152 BC when it was a Roman Settlement. From Muslim Invasions to Christian retrieval, Cordoba has seen it all. The city now stands proudly on the northern bank of one of the largest European rivers, Guadalquivir. It is also declared the UNESCO World Heritage City.  Cordoba is not just for history buffs, its narrow cobbled lanes flanked by sparkling white Moorish houses make it a fairytale town of Spain. All these houses are decked up with the vibrant flowers during the spring flower festival. The indigo designed Moorish tiles just give them a perfect Cordovian look, as I felt.

Here is my personal recommendation of the Best Free Things to do in Cordoba

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Manali to Leh – A Solo Traveller’s Hitchhiking and Budget Travel Guide

Manali Leh Roadtrip hitchhiking Budget travel guide

 

The whiff of mud after a drizzle, the chilling wind, the topsy-turvy roads revealing the best of the panoramic view and the Lahauli songs playing loudly in the car, made my lips stretch into a smile. Sometimes while some famous song played, I would be explained the meaning and then we all would follow the dancing step as shown by the elderly lady clad in a Lahauli dress. The little girl of the family in the car kept smiling and waving a goodbye to each vehicle we crossed on Manali-Leh highway.  In between, I was asked if I wanted the freshly plucked pears and apples from their farm. The nectar-like taste of those fruits, the music and the fun we had, made me realize the perks of hitch-hiking. It is more than just a drop!  Read more