All posts tagged: Asia

Sri Lanka Travel Itinerary

Sri Lanka, a tiny little island county from Asia will give you thousands of reasons to pack your bag and make it your next travel destination. Indeed, one of the most peaceful, beautiful and affordable countries to visit in the world. Beaches, Hills, History, People, Culture, Cuisine, Spirituality and a lot of Tuk Tuk Rides. In short, Sri Lanka has it all. Back in 2015, I visited Sri Lanka for the first time. It was a sort of unplanned backpacking trip for 9 days and it turned out one of the best trips I have ever had. My travel experiences in Sri Lanka include some of awesome experiences like watching one of the best sunsets at Mirissa Beach, hitched-hiking till mini Adam’s peak from side to side tea gardens, rigorously climbing 1200 steps of the world famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, visiting the ancient ruins and a few UENSOC world heritage sites, insanely travelling across the states in TUK-TUK, searching leopards in Yala national park, chasing the whales in the Indian ocean, rice & curries & …

Sri Lanka Tourist Visa Process for Indian Citizens

Visiting Sri Lanka for the first time?  No worry, Getting Sri Lankan Tourist Visa is a quite simple. Being close to India, Sri Lanka has become one of the favorite destinations of Indian tourists. Back in 2015, I have traveled most of the Sri Lanka in 10 days.  And it was an amazing experience. Before planning any international trip, we need to first get Air tickets and visa done. In case of Sri Lankan tourist visa, Visa procedure is quite simple and there are no hard and fast rules of Indian citizens. There are two ways of getting Sri Lankan tourist visa ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) (Recommended ) On Arrival What is ETA? ETA is an Electronic Travel Authorization granted online through the web based visa system. An ETA is issued only for Short Visits to Sri Lanka for Business purposes, Tourism and Transit purposes. Official link for  Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization online visa application – Click Here  So first, you need to do is to submit ETA form online at the link, wherein …

Leh Ladakh – An Epic Road Trip to the Land of Endless Discoveries!

My Leh Ladakh trip was the most awaited trip of this year. Finally after a long waiting time I got an opportunity to travel to one of my dream destinations and that too a Road trip.  Yippee!! 🙂 🙂 Ladakh is a region of Indian state Jammu and Kashmir. It is best known for it amazing landscapes, diversity, culture and outstanding environments. Being surrounded by the world’s best mountain ranges of Himalayas and Karakoram make Ladakh a perfect destination for travel adventure. Planning for such epic trip was a bit pain since we were 20 travelers.  After long hours of research and recommendations, we opted to get a customized tour package and luckily we got a good deal with Himalyan Escape. Himalyan Escapes is one of the leading e-travel services company based in Srinagar and it provides travel related services to tourists. So our tour cost includes accommodations in hotels or tents, breakfast and dinners, all transport arrangements, sightseeing and inner line permits. And on complement to it Royal Enfield bikes from Leh to Nubra. …

The Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Well, it was a bit nostalgic feeling to say goodbye to our lovely hosts of the Globetrotter Tourist Inn in Sigiriya. No doubt, I was quite overwhelmed with the all kinds of hospitality and love that we have received in our Sri Lanka Trip. Srilankans are helpful and caring people. Globetrotter Tourist Inn, we found it through Airbnb.com and without any doubt, it was one of the best places to stay in Sigiriya, and firstly it is close to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and it is surrounded by the paddy fields. Our host recommended us Manju, our driver plus guide, who has his personal car. Manju was our travel companion for a few days. Getting a personal car is the best thing happened to us on the Sri Lanka trip. It made our journey comfortable and chaos free. Earlier day, we climbed  1200 steps of Sigiriya Rock Fortress  and we were completely exhausted, but Manju asked us to get ready early in the morning since as per our itinerary plan, we had to travel a day …

100 Places To Visit In India

Mission India 100, My India Travel Bucket List, 100 Places To Visit In India  What’s on your bucket list?   What is Bucket List?? Bucket List – A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime. (Standard Dictionary Definition) What do you want to do before you kick the bucket? Wondering??  Well, then it is time for you to think about the things you want to do before you die. Life is short but you can make it large by doing the things that make you happy. Luckily, I know what makes me Happy. What I want to do in my life.I am so thankful for a moment and a thought that made me start ‘The Travel Junkie’ blog and I can proudly say, it is one of the best decisions I have made in my life.  My life is changed completely after that and I am happy about where I am now. Slow progress towards your dream is better than no progress. So, what is on my Bucket …

Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Itinerary Day 3 On day 3, we had a big day ahead since we planned to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya rock fortress. After having a big English breakfast of bread-butter-jam, eggs and some fruits in the morning we met Manju. Manju owns a tourist car and he was our car driver cum guide for the next few days. When I first saw Manju, I was quite surprised by his look. He was so neat and clean. Manju was a big fan of Hindi movies and he told us once upon a time he was addicted of Hindi movies and he stopped watching TV to get rid of his addiction. He knew some Hindi movie dialogues as well. We decided to go Polonnaruwa first since it was a bit far and it needs more time explore. Polonnaruwa is an ancient archeological city and one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. On the way on our journey, at one point we saw few monitor lizards roaming on the road and that …

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage and nursery for Asian Elephants. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is established to feed, nurse and house baby elephants found abandoned by their mothers. On day 2 of our Sri Lanka trip,  we started early in the morning since we wanted to go Pinnawala village and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The distance from Colombo to Pinnawala is around 90 kilometers. At Bus stop, we made inquiry about travelling options to Pinnawala.  We met one Tuk Tuk driver, who was ready to take us to Pinnawala, but he was asking too much money.  After some discussion, we agreed on rate of 35 LKR for per kilometers. It was around 2 hours journey, so we decide to go by Tuk Tuk. Though, the buses are cheaper than Tuk Tuk. There was a beautiful lake nearby bus stop along with some local shops & restaurants. We went there and had breakfast.  I tried Sri Lankan breakfast of Noodles, Daal and coconut Sāmbhar. After …