Top Places To Visit In Delhi

For all of you who plan to make a trip to Delhi, India, here are some of the places I visited that you might want to consider on your list too!

My family and I took a personal tour for just the four of us so it was pretty much easy to get around as the local driver took us to all these places as per out itinerary.

Let's go!

1) Delhi Gate

Anyone who has watched Hindi movies will definitely notice this spot. Most of the films were shot at this historical monument and as you can see there were loads of people when we arrived, probably because it was a public holiday.

2) Raj Ghat - Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

A memorial built on the exact place Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The Mahatma Gandhi Memorial known as the “Raj Ghat” in Hindi is built on the banks of the River Yamuna surrounded by a beautiful garden.

 

3) Gandhi Smriti (Birla House)

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4) Lotus Temple

Officially my most favourite place in the world. This Bahai house of worship welcomes all regardless of religion. It was such an amazing feeling, entering the Lotus Temple and being able to come together with other people from all over the world for one purpose only, to be at peace with oneself and God.

 

5) Indira Gandhi Memorial

The first and only female Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was the only daughter of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Indeed a woman of power, intellectual wisdom and influence.

She is the second longest serving Prime Minister of India after her father and before her assassination by her own bodyguards.
I felt chills walking through the hallways that depicted her whole life's accomplishments.

 

6) Rashtrapati Bhavan

This is basically the Presidential Residence in India, plus a lot of movies were shot here too.

 

 

So there you have it! Places to go to when in Delhi! 🙂 Sorry my photos were not consistent. The most shots I took was at Birla House as that was the place my heart was the most 🙂 Stay tuned for my next post on Rajasthan!

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Yehliu Geo Park, Northern Taiwan

 

If you're a fan of the outdoors and you enjoy sight-seeing, not that I know of anyone who doesn't then this should be on your list when you are in Taiwan!

Getting there

Its pretty easy to travel around Taiwan, as the public transport is reliable and I would say pretty affordable.
We travelled to Yehliu from Taipei West Bus Station which is right beside the Taipei Main Station. The bus journey was quite long, about an hour plus since it had multiple stops.

Along the way

The journey was a transition from the bustling city to the suburban more countryside part of Taiwan. Along the way you could see old villages and small plantations.

Arriving at Yehliu

This is heads up for those of you who plan to go here. Since the bus is public bus that does multiple stops, the bus we took did not drop us directly in front of the Geo Park. It was about a 10-minute walk in the super hot sun, where we passed by a few restaurants that serve mostly seafood, had a quick lunch and then proceeded to the entrance of the Geo Park. Another heads up, since the restaurants serve mainly seafood, they are slightly over-priced.

Yehliu Geo Park

Entrance fees were reasonable, students get half price if you have a valid ISIC (International Student Identity Card) although I'm not really sure about regular Student ID's.

After getting our tickets, we walked towards the main hotspot where there were loads of rock formations and amazing geology. It was just amazing and I'm really glad it was in our itinerary. Since my Dad is a geologist, he really enjoyed it too and explained me his observations and quick analysis of the whole area.

  

The view was simply breathtaking. You could also see the ocean that stretched so far in the horizon and a few islands surrounding Taiwan. It was nice to see many tourists around too. Although it was super hot we managed to head back before it started to pour.

 

Heading back

Our journey back by bus was shorter than getting to Yeh Liu. There were fewer stops although we did not arrive back in Taipei West Bus Station, instead we arrived at a bus stop near to Gongguan MRT Station. From the MRT we stopped by a few places including Taipei 101 before heading back to our hotel.

 

For more information head on to their main website: Yehliu Geopark

Stay tuned for my next post on Taipei City!

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How To Adapt In A Foreign Country?


Since I have been in Taiwan for about 6 months, here are my personal tips on how to adapt in a foreign country:

1) Learn the language
It helps when you can speak a little of the language. It makes basic communication easier and definitely makes your life easier too. Its good to learn up basic words like numbers, directions and how to order food. You can pretty much survive if you have these three. I know you are assuming that the English language is an international language but not most places practice it. So heads up!

2) Find other people from your home country
This is the most common thing anyone would do. Its normal to find people of your kind in other parts of the world but surprisingly  I have yet to find Malaysian students here in Taiwan! The reason why I believe finding people from your home country would help is because, they probably would have been there longer and are able to assist you if needed.

3) Don't compare food
I know its hard being a Malaysian and being robbed of all the deliciousness and spices of multi cultural food, but it is what it is. Learn to adapt with local food and if you ever get bored, then there's always the good old classic bread and jam that is available practically everywhere.

4) Explore
The many perks of being in a foreign country is definitely the opportunity for you to travel and explore the country itself. Plan your weekends for short getaways and discover the beauty of the land you are in. You never know how lucky you are until you allow yourself to feel it.

So there you have it, my 4 personal tips on how to adapt in a foreign country. You might have your own tips, so let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Ximending, Taipei City

Taipei is the capital of Taiwan and also the most modern city. The MRT's are always packed, and there are lots of people travelling be it by car, bus or train. I enjoyed Taipei the most compared to Kaohsiung and Tainan probably because it has more to offer in terms of urban lifestyle and entertainment.

The thing about Taiwan that I can never get enough of, is its excellent town planning. The roads are very pedestrian friendly and its convenient to cycle around too. Its nice to stand at one corner and be able to catch a glimpse of the whole city.

 

Where To Stay?

I travelled to Taipei with my Mum & Dad. We stayed at 'The Diary Of Taipei II Hotel" in Ximending for 3 nights. It was an excellent location since we were right at the heart of shopping streets and restaurants. If you ever plan to visit Taipei, stay in Ximending!

Things To Do in Ximending?

SHOP & EAT! Like duh. Ximending is known for its shopping streets, variety of eateries and a few cinemas too. At night it becomes more active with street performances and flash mobs. Pretty cool indeed although I don't have much pictures that can provide you a real glimpse of what the whole area looks like but here are some.

 


Mandatory shot along the streets of Ximending



Early dinner at the 'Choir Cafe' in Ximending

 

So yeah, inconsistent pictures as I'm still new to travel blogging and I had no idea I was going to write about it in such detail. Well guess you guys just have to visit Taipei yourself and experience it 🙂

 

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