Mandalapa's Excursions

Travel experiences, itineraries, tips, rants and more!

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


Pic of the month, February – asperatus clouds

I was just stunned by this image of Asperatus clouds in new zealand from NASA APOD. If you don’t subscribe to them, I highly suggest you do! Image Credit & Copyright: Witta Priester From NASA APOD: Explanation: What kind of clouds are these? Although their cause is presently unknown, such unusual atmospheric structures, as menacing as they […]

Northern Lights Alaska - Credit Joshua Strang

8 places to see in 2013

With spring only a month away, If you’ve been still thinking about where you might want to spend your vacation this year, don’t make any plans until you’ve read this list. Here is a list of 8 places to see in 2013. Alaska Head to Alaska during early spring and catch the dazzling northern lights also […]

Top 10 places to travel alone for men

Best places to travel alone for men

Travel is the best way to feel wonderful and delighted. Some people are so determined that they save for a lifetime to plan a trip round the world. This info-graphic describes the best places to travel alone for men. Traveling is one of the exciting things to do. The places mentioned are the homes for what most men […]


10 things that I have learnt so far

I turned 29 a week ago and have been spending time the past couple of days reflecting on the ride I had so far – things I learned, things I absolutely must NOT do again, what I have improved on, what I still have a a long way to go, experiences gained, and how far […]

Start of the Inca Trail with 15 strangers

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 […]

solar flare destroying the earth

why the world won’t end in 2012

Clearly this is the most popular topic of the month so far. Let me put a nail in the coffin of all believers who think that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Don’t get me wrong; the world WILL end someday but not Dec 21, 2012. My friend Petee was so worried about […]

Downtown Toronto

Fears of the ignorant American: Toronto edition

By Pete Dombrosky I consider myself a pretty patriotic person, like many Americans do. So naturally, I consider the 4th of July one of my favorite holidays. Grilled meats, cold beer, explosions, warm weather, watermelon and did I mention the grilled meats? Throw in a parade, potato salad and some flag waving (with some Springsteen […]

Paddy fields (Rice fields) in Bali

7 reasons why you should visit home

I visit my parents at least once every two years and I always have a blast every single time I go back. For a lot of people who live pretty close to their families, this is not a big deal but if you live 12,000 miles away from home, it is. Let me give you […]


15 places to see before you die

Everyone wants to travel the world. So many places to see but so little time or money. I have scoured the internet/used my travel wisdom to find 15 breathtaking places in the world to see before you die. Beautiful mountains, blue water lakes, magnificent oceans with fabulous islands – our planet has many breathtaking places […]

Road to eternity

Benefits of traveling alone

It is late summer. There is this familiar feeling that sets in that you have not enjoyed the summer to the fullest. Warm weekends are limited, that lake house trip you planned with your friends is not happening anymore, that big trip to Europe you planned with your sister got cancelled. These things are bound […]

Dark Chocolate Nutrition Label - An example of Metrication

Is America slowly moving to metric system?

I was looking at the nutrition label on a chocolate I was eating (yeah yeah, I know. Don’t judge me :) ) and something struck me, the nutrition value was in grams. Even in fluids, the nutrition value was represented in grams. This made me go exploring to see where else the metric system is […]

Piedmont park - View of Atlanta Skyline

What I think of Atlanta

Last weekend, I took a trip down south to Atlanta to visit a good awesome friend of mine. It was a wonderful experience to be back in the south after my 2 year stint at Kentucky. My first impression about Atlanta was it was beautiful. For some reason, I thought it was an OK place […]

Kenai Peninsula - Alaska

10 day Alaska Itinerary

In 2009, I took a trip to Alaska for about 3 weeks. I had very little idea what I was going to do there and rented a car for the entire time I was there. One thing about alaska is that it is an extremely large state, traveling from one corner to another takes about […]

Yosemite Valley and Half Dome - Yosemite National Park

Best National Parks in America

Every year, I make it a point to visit at least one national park in America, not because they are closer and cheaper, but because they are way beautiful than people give them credit for. Ease of accessibility, sheer natural beauty, more secluded backcountry camping spots, diversity in wildlife, gorgeous hiking trails and breathtaking scenery are […]


why full moon has no effect on you

The other day, I was talking to my friend Jill and she told me that Moon has crazy effect on people. She told me criminals commit lots of crimes, a lot of women give birth during full moon, it affects menstrual cycles and even large earthquakes are caused due to full moon. This does make sense because […]


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 […]


The all time greatest traveler in the history of the planet

UPDATE: NASA Confirmed Voyager 1 has left the solar system. On september of 1977, a pair of human emissaries were launched into space to venture into the unknown, to discover what’s lurking in the darkness beyond the orbit of Mars. The nuclear powered space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, were launched within 20 days […]

Fette sau

Fette Sau – NYC’s best BBQ

Every once in a while I get this craving, especially after my long runs, to eat some southern food, really good southern BBQ food. And watching BBQ pitmasters with my roommate Conor, only increases my cravings for it. Damn it Conor, you make me fat. Fortunately for me, there is an amazing BBQ place close […]

Check out my two part article on how I spent a week in glacier national park

A week in Glacier Park – Part 2

Last week, I wrote an article about the first part on how I spent a week in Glacier Park. I am going to continue about my adventure in glacier park. Day 4: Two medicine lake, Dawson Pass, No Name Lake, Twin falls Hands down the best day in glacier park. The hikes I did, lakes […]