Month: January 2017

Bodhgaya — What To Expect From The Birthplace Of Buddhism

The birthplace of Buddhism. The crucible of a new philosophy. The epitome of knowledge and compassion. That’s what Bodhgaya is! Located in the Gaya district, in the Indian state of Bihar, Bodhgaya is a tiny little town where prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment beneath a Pipal tree, some 2500 years ago. In terms of blessedness, consider this tiny temple town for Buddhists what Mecca is to Muslims, or Varanasi to Hindus. Unsurprisingly, the town attracts thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, who come for prayer, study and meditation – with some in their flaming red robes, and other, in Turmeric and Saffron ones. Though of course the most hallowed spot in Bodhgaya is the Bodhi tree which flourishes inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, the many Buddhist monasteries and temples that mark its bucolic landscape, built in their national style by foreign Buddhist communities, no less add to the city’s charm. Every country in the world, which has a Buddhist population, including Japan, Burma, Bhutan, and Nepal, among others, have erected their own respective monasteries and temples in Bodhgaya. …

Getting Your First Few Sponsorships

I know I took a long time in delivering my promised tips on How to Score a FAM Trip. And I apologies for that. The problem is, I am one of those unskilled writers who need some inspiration, a fresh perspective perhaps, before they can pen down their thoughts. And I got my inspiration just a couple of days few, hence I am writing. What inspiration, you asked? For my Europe backpacking trip, which is happening sometime between March and April, next year, Basel Tourism Board (in Switzerland) and German Tourism Board, have just confirmed that they’ll be supporting FootlooseDev, on his trip. Though they’re not paying me any money (I did not even ask for it), they’re offering a few days of free stay, transport, guided tour(s) and activities – in short, they’ll put a complete itinerary in place. Isn’t that awesome? It sure is. Blogging itself is awesome, and rewarding, if you know how to do it right! It has been 11+ months now since I’ve been blogging. And I’ve started getting amazing free …

How To Choose The Best Travel Backpack

Over the past few years, my mode of transport has fluctuated between flights, buses, overnight trains, hitchhiking, motor-bike trips, walking, you name it. And this has forced me to change my travel backpack quite a few times – sometimes because I was unsatisfied with the product, and sometime because it no longer served my needs well. When it comes to travelling I’m totally okay to adjust with the situation. I can sleep at an airport, travel in a rickety bus, and eat at someplace disgusting. But while buying the travel gear, or more importantly a backpack, I make no compromises. A proper gear makes your travel easier, and helps you feel more confident. Hence, no compromises. But I wasn’t like that always! I remember the first time I bought a backpack (some 5 or 6 years ago), I bought it without a single thought. It had no padded straps, no hand rest, no waterproofing, and it was only a top loader. What’s worse is that it came with no warranty (I’ll tell you why warranty …