Getting Touristy in Yogyakarta

Graharu Boutique Hotel Our boutique hotel, in Borobudur, was pretty charming in daylight. It had looked very different on the previous night and the wee hours of the morning — before our sunrise visit to Borobudur Temple. The manager was disappointed that we were rushing to Yogyakarta after spending only a couple hours in the hotel.…

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3 Hours in Sokcho

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In the Garden of Morning Calm

Chuseok is the traditional Korean Thanksgiving Holiday and is the time when most Koreans (especially from Seoul) visit family across the country. Last year, Chuseok (clubbed with other national holidays) extended over a 10-day period in the month of October. Public holidays of this duration are rare in Korea and many Koreans made advance bookings…

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Road Trip to Karakorum

Saying goodbye is never easy… It was the fifth day of our trip across Central Mongolia. After spending two nights with a family of nomads and roughing it in gers; it was time to head back to Karakorum — the ancient capital of Mongolia. We would cover a distance of 130 km, along bumpy country…

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Journey to the Heart of Mongolia

The Views from the Top (Eden Camp) The next morning, we woke up early to hike the rocky peak behind our camp. Boggi, our guide, had assured us that it was perfectly safe to do so and wouldn’t be too hard. We had some time before breakfast and with the camp plunged in silence —…

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