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Chile Travel Guide: Tips From My 6-Month Solo Chile Trip

What does this Chile Travel Guide contain?

  1.  Where is Chile?
  2. How did I decide to travel to Chile? What inspired me to visit Chile?
  3. What is English Open Doors program? – Volunteering in Chile.
  4. But why should you travel to Chile or South America? What is so special about Chile?
  5. How is the landscape of Chile?
  6. What are the natural disasters of Chile that you should be worried about while traveling in Chile?
  7. The Geography of Chile (Along with the things to do in Chile).
    1. The North of Chile.
    2. The Central Valley of Chile.
    3.  The Lake region of Chile.
    4.  The South of Chile
  8. Chile is far. What about the long flights and the insane timezone shifts?
  9. How to stay connected with family?
  10. Didn’t I feel homesick or lonely that far away from my home country and friends?
  11. What about the rough Latin American Spanish? What language do Chileans speak?
  12. Why do I say that Chile people are the nicest?
  13. Is Chile expensive on a traveler’s budget? What is the cost of travel in Chile?
  14. How much did the tickets cost for the flight to Chile?
  15. What about the tourist visa for Chile?
  16. What is the best time to travel to Chile?
  17. What to pack for Chile?
  18. How to move around in Chile?
  19. How should you carry money when you travel to Chile?
  20. Is Chile Safe? This Backpacking Chile guide is updated for the current uproar in Chile. 
  21. How is Chilean food?
  22. Now let’s get real – the drinking scene of Chile.
  23. Some closing FAQs and tips.

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Nawabi Places to Visit in Hyderabad in 3 Days

When I traveled to Hyderabad twice this summer for my US visa interviews, I thought that I would not write a Hyderabad travel guide. Not because Hyderabad didn’t have enough archaic domes, stone-carved mosques, vast green lawns around centuries-old tombs, pigeons clouding the grey sky, flaky flavorful pastries crowding old bakeries, robust fort walls that sprawled through the city, ginger tea being sold at every nook and corner, and historic buildings standing bright and beautiful as proud queens amongst the hustle and bustle of the old bazaar.

But I didn’t want to write this list of places to visit in Hyderabad in 3 days because Hyderabad city seemed orthodox to my independent taste. Men ogled women freely, while their wives roamed around the city fully clad. Hoards of men crowded the corner shops and the streets while the women were nowhere to be seen. I even saw an old Muslim man pointing out to me and then later telling his son that the style of clothes I was wearing (a pink top and three-fourth jeans) weren’t decent. Though delicacies sent out a spicy fragrance in every corner of this Nawabi town, we had a hard time finding delicious vegetarian food in Hyderabad.

Then I decided against my intuition of not writing about Hyderabad. 

As I returned from my Hyderabad city tour, I slowly realized that Hyderabad was so much more than the conservative society rallying the streets of this heritage city. 

Hyderabad was established by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 at the banks of the Musi River to overcome the water shortages at Golconda fort. Later Hyderabad became the major trade center for pearls and diamonds as the mines of Golconda were rich with both. The lineage of the ten Qutb Shahi rulers then shifted their capital to Hyderabad, but the city was won by the Mughals to be eventually lost to the British. 

The present-day Hyderabad can be divided into the historic city that is on the southern side of the Musi River, and the New City that sits on the northern banks.

Though most of the historical places in Hyderabad are in the old city, this division is hardly visible. 

Now Hyderabad bustles like an era from the past that is equipped with modern cars and tall glass skyscrapers. While on one side you will see bright Charminar standing tall reminding us of Hyderabad’s Nizami heritage, on the other side you will see cabs full of white-collared migrants rushing to Hitec city. Laad Bazaar is as popular as Mega Shopping Mall. While Golconda fort is a weekend’s delight for many, the GVK Inox isn’t much behind. KFC might have a long queue of burger-hungry customers, but Shah Ghouse Cafe is even busier.

Hyderabad is an interesting blend of traditional and modern that invites you to immerse in it even if that means elbowing your way through crowded streets or standing in line to get into the Golconda fort. These are just the battles you have to win in Hyderabad. 

But if we are talking about imperfection, let me tell you that men stalked me even in the artistic lanes of Paris and Delhi, and I wouldn’t even get started on how crowded London tube gets.

So I will get started on these places to see in Hyderabad list.

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A Day on the Deserted Nyang Nyang Beach, Bali– With Blue Postcards of Memories

When we descended the stairs of a cliff to reach this turquoise beach visible in the distance, my nut-brown eyes first quickly scanned through the different colors that had spread themselves onto the landscape, and then they insisted on exploring each hue for prolonged periods of time and stopped listening to me.

White cottony clouds floated in a light-blue sky, which gave way to a deep-blue sea, whose green waves rolled towards us, and then they washed over the brown moss to run into the fluorescent-green corals and mix with the ink-blue pools in which black and golden stripped tiny fishes darted to and fro from one rock to another.

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My Love and Hate Relationship With the Colorful India – A Story and Memory Postcards

As I move onto a new journey that takes me outside India for a couple of months, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the places that I have lived in and visited in the last one year I have been in India.

India — a country with distinct religions from the ancient Hindu to the declining Zoroastrianism, with a myriad of languages and dialects from Konkani to Jarawa, with a plethora of geographies from fathomless deserts to treacherous glaciers, with a vast network from modern sea links to old hanging bridges, with a wide assortment of food from homely dal roti to mouth-watering, overnight-cooked chicken biryanis, with a range of commutes from rusted Hero bicycles, serene camels, and obedient bullock carts to fancy Rolls Royces, from peaceful Tamil marriages that are held for two hours during daylight to exciting Punjabi wedding functions sprawled over many days in luxurious hotels spread across India; we have it all.

This large and miscellaneous congregation of people — that India is — sometimes makes me proud, but sometimes the restrictions of this collectivist society suffocate me.

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9 Months and 3 Countries – Golden Highlights of My South-American Adventure

In the nine months that I was backpacking through South America (SA), I visited three countries: Chile, Peru, and Bolivia.

White roses, pink bougainvilleas, golden marigolds, and red hibiscuses bloom throughout the day in my parent’s garden, but then comes night, and the queen of the night takes over. These memories from SA waft through my being as the scent of the queen of the night drifts through my parent’s garden and settles in our wistful dreams.

Hope you enjoy these amazing memories from the time I was traveling in South America.

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Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka – A Day in the Winged Paradise

We went on a one day drive to the Ranganathittu bird sanctuary. And I was overwhelmed by its beauty.

I penned down my experience in a poem. After all, what is better than nature and poetry?

Writing down that poem here.

Related Read: If you love animals and are in South India, do visit Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Hampi, Karnataka

 

As we entered the sanctuary, painted storks glided above us in the clouded sky, 

and with our heads tilted towards the heavens,

we walked by the side of the muddy Kaveri,

to see flocks and flocks of white and grey birds just perched onto the canopies of the Arjuna and the Acacia on the islets.

The crisp air buzzed with their songs and shrieks,

though I couldn’t identify even one of those notes.

We gazed at the distant foliage to recognize the winged-ones,

but our eyes instead discovered three crocodiles who rested on the rocks with their powerful jaws wide open,

as if they were waiting for a fish to dive into their mouth.

Their stillness made us wonder if they were real or fake,

and then we saw one of them gracefully gliding into the coolness of the water,

alluring us to go behind him.

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The Brown Cuckoo and The Little Girl

 

Once upon a time, a little girl lived in a house which had an empty land in front of it. A brown cuckoo lived on a red-berry tree in that land. Every morning, before going to school, the girl used to stand on the balcony and listen to the songs of the cuckoo.

The cuckoo flew from one branch of the tree to another to eat the wild berries that decorated the tree like stars on a starry night. One day, when the little girl woke up, she saw that the tree had been cut down and the cuckoo was nowhere to be seen.

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