While Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations seem to engulf the United States and Europe in December, there are celebrations in other parts of the world as well.
Yi Peng and Loi Krathong are two different festivals in Thailand that occur so closely together that they often blend into one. Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai calendar. In 2013, the festival will be held on Sunday November 17th. During Loi Krathong, Thais put […]
Diwali means “rows of lit lamps” in Sanskrit and is known as the Hindu “festival of lights”. During Diwali oil lamps called ‘diyas’ set cities and towns aglow and strings of lights swoon over sacred lakes and rivers.
Day 5-Jaipur- Rajasthan- North India Early morning, I started the day with a heritage walk with a local guide. I heard the temple bells and smelled the jalebis – the special, sweet local delicacies. The city was waking up and we saw people drinking chai and eating spicy deep fried pakoras (spicy doughnuts). Bela BankerI […]
Day 1- Udaipur- Rajasthan- North India Udaipur is absolutely a fairy tale city. The Taj Lake Palace with its magical setting surrounded by Aravali Hills on Lake Pichola is breath taking. I arrived at the Lake Palace by boat and was welcomed by sunny courtyards, pillared enclosures and airy balconies. It is an indulgent retreat. […]
Overall, tipping in Japan is not customary. The Japanese culture is one that is firmly rooted in dignity, respect, and hard work. As such, good service is considered the standard and tips are viewed as unnecessary. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. The following are some “tips” for tipping in Japan. Japanese Tourist […]