Mandalapa's Excursions

Travel experiences, itineraries, tips, rants and more!

Currently in: New York | Miles traveled: 450,000 miles | Countries Visited: 27

meditation

How to meditate

I’ll be honest, I never was good at meditating but I try sometimes. Here are 6 steps that might help you focus your mind.

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Chasing dolphins off the coast of maafushi

Chasing dolphins off the coast of Maafushi, Maldives

Two weeks ago, I went on an amazing adventure with my family and had one of the most incredible time ever. The Maldives-Chagos-Lakshadweep Atolls are the largest atoll system in the world and the most extensive coral reef system in the Indian Ocean. We stayed in a Island called Maafushi and had it as our base […]

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Advice from 110 year old man

Don't marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependants, don't buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!
~ Advice from an 110 year old man ~
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My favorite Quote

Light travels faster than sound. This is why people appear bright until they speak.
~ Anonymous ~
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BodyOn Yoga

Yoga for mind, body and spirit

Yoga has definitely transformed the way I go about my everyday life. It’s not just a physical exercise, It’s a state for your mind, body and spirit to vibrate in harmony.

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Quote by Albert Einstein

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
~ Albert Einstein ~
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Yosemite valley view from half dome.

Yosemite valley views from half dome

In August of 2013, I went on a trip to california and climbed Yosemite. It was one helluva hike. That’s for sure. The last bit where you have to hold on to the ropes to climb the mountain face is incredible. Below are yosemite valley views from top of half dome.

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  • A lion sitting and waiting for it's prey to come out.

    A lion sitting and waiting for it's prey to come out.

  • Zebra crossing! - Norongoro Crater

    Zebra crossing! - Norongoro Crater

  • We watched the sunset slowly behind the rift valley at Tarangiri National Park.

    We watched the sunset slowly behind the rift valley at Tarangiri National Park.

  • A view of Tarangiri National Park from Tarangiri lodge. One of the best places to relax inside the park.

    A view of Tarangiri National Park from Tarangiri lodge. One of the best places to relax inside the park.

  • Zebra closeup. I love how their hair stands up.

    Zebra closeup. I love how their hair stands up.

  • Hippopotamus running to find a pool. These aggressive animals can get sun burnt easy.

    Hippopotamus running to find a pool. These aggressive animals can get sun burnt easy.

  • A male Impala staring at me when I took this picture.

    A male Impala staring at me when I took this picture.

  • An African elephant trying to beat the heat by finding shelter. Temperatures around the park reach 100 F during midday easy.

    An African elephant trying to beat the heat by finding shelter. Temperatures around the park reach 100 F during midday easy.

  • My most favorite land animals. Giraffes are amazing beasts.

    My most favorite land animals. Giraffes are amazing beasts.

  • A male and a female lion smell each other before they being to mate. They mate for 4 straight days with 30 minute breaks.

    A male and a female lion smell each other before they being to mate. They mate for 4 straight days with 30 minute breaks.

  • Grant's Gazelle. They are one of the fastest animals clocking at 45MPH. Easily outruns Usian Bolt.

    Grant's Gazelle. They are one of the fastest animals clocking at 45MPH. Easily outruns Usian Bolt.

  • A lonely bull elephant strolling through the swamps at Norongoro crater.

    A lonely bull elephant strolling through the swamps at Norongoro crater.

  • Herd of female impalas staring at me while taking a picture. May be they are simply posing?

    Herd of female impalas staring at me while taking a picture. May be they are simply posing?

  • A male and a female lion playing

    A male and a female lion playing

  • A swan sitting on top of a branch just before sunset. Tarangiri National Park, Tanzania.

    A swan sitting on top of a branch just before sunset. Tarangiri National Park, Tanzania.

  • Buffaloes staring at me for some reason. May be they feel threatened.

    Buffaloes staring at me for some reason. May be they feel threatened.

  • A mom and a baby elephant running away after they smell us. Elephants have poor eyesight but a powerful nose.

    A mom and a baby elephant running away after they smell us. Elephants have poor eyesight but a powerful nose.

African Safari

Check out these awesome beasts that were caught by my lens.

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Milkyway rising from the ocean on a cold september night.

Camping in Big Sur

Camping in the woods is always special to me. Add an ocean, stars and sounds of whales to it, it becomes even more spectacular. It’s hard to capture the true joy of my heart in this two dimensional picture, but this was one of the best experiences I have had in a while. Looking at the […]

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Top of Uhuru Peak - Irene, Rosario, Charles and me [R to L]

Lemosho route hike

During the summer of 2013, I embarked on an adventure to hike kilimanjaro. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not just a hike, but a journey and a lifetime experience. The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Hike begins at Londorossi Gate, located in the western base of mountain. The route heads […]

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Hiking Mt.Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro – How I did it

In the summer of 2013, I went on an adventure to Africa with a plan to climb Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. It was on my bucket list for a while. But the entire climb and feeling of accomplishment was more than just an item to cross off  the list. It was […]

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Shira 2 campground

Shira 2 campground views, Kilimanjaro Hike

In the summer of 2013, I went on an audacious trip to Africa to climb the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. On my 8 day hike to Kili, we stopped for our night at this place called Shira 2 at an altitude of 3,400 meters. It was our first day of sunshine for us […]

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Yoga while travel

Yoga for travel

I am sure all of you have made your summer plans already. It is an hectic season for traveling. Although you are excited for your travel plans, I am sure it involves a lot of sitting in a tin can (plane) , taking the train or driving an automobile for long hours. The worst part […]

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Halong Bay - Vietnam

Why westerners retire in Asia

When I was traveling in Indonesia, I found a lot of westerners, especially people from the Americas living there. I had some interesting conversations with a few of them and they loved the tropical places like Bali, Java, Sumatra, Philippines, Thailand etc. Not surprisingly, “Retire In Asia” has come up with a neat little info-graphic to show why […]

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Paddy fields (Rice fields) in Bali

Top 16 destinations to travel in Asia

I have a love for Asia as I grew up in India and love the diversity it offers in the world of flora and fauna. To travel in asia has unique advantages. It is also the largest continent by landmass and the most densely populated place in the world with 60% of the world’s population […]

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dog

10 commandments from a dog

Folks, try not to tear up after reading this. The other day, I stumbled upon an article from PETA and I found it pretty inspiring. These are 10 commandments from a dogs perspective. You can read the full article here 1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years; any separation from you […]

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Safest Places to Travel alone for Women in Asia

Safest places for women to travel alone in Asia

If you are women and wish to travel alone in Asia then the following article will provide you the list of the safest places. The folks at Retire in Asia had this brilliant piece of article to assist women who want to travel alone in Asia. The original article can be seen here.

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