Mandalapa's Excursions

Travel experiences, itineraries, tips, rants and more!

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

Posts Categorized / Magical Destinations

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 […]


African Safari

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


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


4 day Machu Picchu hike

You may be athletic, ran multiple marathons, a gym freak or may be in great shape but remember this, altitude sickness is a bitch. There is no worse feeling than grasping for air to breathe. The challenges were certainly there. I have hiked a lot of mountains, camped out in the wild but never at such […]


Seydisfjordur, Iceland – The Magical Town

It was just another day when I was traveling in Iceland. My friends and I wanted to find a sweet resting spot for Day 4 of our trip. We happened to find this place called Seydisfjordur in east iceland. Getting to this place is not easy. There is a road from the mainland that takes you […]


Polebridge – The magical town

Polebridge, Montana is a tiny village on the northwest edge of glacier national park near Flathead country close to the Canadian border. It has an entrance to glacier national park but this village is barely accessible with a gravel road and the nearest town with electricity (Columbia falls) being 35 miles away. The road connecting Columbia falls to Polebridge is […]


Tofino – The magical town

Last summer, I went to see one of my favorite friend in Canada and visited Vancouver. I had no expectations on what I was going to see and somehow this felt a little different than my usual trips. So I stayed with my friend in this really beautiful town called Robert’s creek and we woke […]


Magical towns all over the world

There are few places in this world that are possess extraordinary natural beauty and certain magical powers that make you feel like you are in heaven. These places definitely have some sort of energy that  binds your mind to the earth and sets your soul free. During my travels for the past 4 years, I […]