Varanasi Luxury on life experiences by Carlos Melia

Varanasi Luxury on life experiences by Carlos Melia  |  429 MAGAZINE  |  Hi there everyone, like every week, my column on Luxury Gay Travel for 429 MAGAZINE is OUT and  ONLINE. This week I take a different meaning of luxury, the life experiences, and where better than India. Read my chronicle on my last visit to the holy city of Varanasi and mother River Ganges. Varanasi, Luxury on life Experiences. Hope you like it. Till next adventure in full luxury. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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My 07 days in India portrayed by 30 Postcards Project


My 07 days in India by portrayed by 30 Postcards Project  |  India  |  Great video by friend and colleague Kevin Richberg on his project 30 Postcards around the world. This time of our trip together to the north of India. You can see me in a few scenes, specially the one being harassed by the street vendors ” Hawkers “, just look at my face priceless. After a week of travel, I was kind of OVER them. Great work Kevin. Cheers CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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Ganga Aarti Ceremony at Varanasi

Ganga Aarti Ceremony at Varanasi   |  Varanasi, India  |  India always has that way to challenge, move and shock you with its harsh reality and traditions. During my visit to Varanasi, almost a month ago, I was lucky enough to experience a true Aarti ceremony, a Hindu religious ritual of worship, which took place over the stream of the holly river Ganges thus Ganga Aarti. One of the most interesting things I have seen and experienced during 2011. Varanasi is a very special, spiritual destination. I have never felt so much peace, mysticism in one place, but at the same time I connected with a very dark and evil side of the Hinduism believes which far from scaring me, created a very particular bond with their believes. Continue reading Ganga Aarti Ceremony at Varanasi

Thailand a very strong case on LGBT Travel by CNN

Thailand a very strong case on LGBT Travel by CNN  |  Asia  |  According to CNN GO with base in Asia, Thailand is a very strong case on LGBT Travel compared to other Asian destinations. And I am happy and honored to say that CarlosMeliaBlog.com has a big part on that. Last week during the 1st. Asian Gay and Lesbian Tourism and Hospitality Symposium, together with the Marketing team of the Tourism Authority of Thailand with base in New York, we showed to the attendees and the international press the work we have been doing in mutual collaboration to position Thailand as the top LGBT friendly destination in Asia and among the top 10 in the World. India was the host country of this Symposium, which took place in New Delhi, mainly supported and coordinated by the private sector, with complete absence of the Indian Tourism Office, which put a big question mark into many of us. Completely different is the case of Thailand, where the Tourism Office has joined the private sectors to promote and potentiate the arrival of regional and international LGBT travelers from all over the world with main focus on Luxury, Gourmet, Wine, Culture, Religion, Beach and Adventure. I was appointed by TAT New York to be the person to research and communicate this message through my blog and other various international media outlets. Proud and honored to have such and important network like CNN recognize the work and effort that together TAT New York and myself have been working very hard for the last few months. Thank you CNN GO for empathizing with our project. You may read the full article @ India: Unofficially ready for gay travelers. Mai Pen Rai Thailand. CM

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Street Indian magician pulls two Rupees from my pants

Street Indian magician pulls two Rupees from my pants  |  Jaipur, India  |  Tell me he is not talented and extremely cute. He came into our bus, while touring around Jaipur in the northern region of  India, and performed to amaze us all with this tricks and charm. For the rest of the trip we were all playing his voice and the constant YA!!!!. What amazed me by this kids in India, is the power to survive they have, which indeed I call, quoting Herbert Spencer‘s , “The Survival of the Fittest concept. I think I should hire him to pull coins and bills out of my pants  everyday and make me rich. All the way from Jaipur in India. Continue reading Street Indian magician pulls two Rupees from my pants

GPS Carlos Melia Leaving India in full Royal status

GPS Carlos Melia Leaving India in full Royal status  |  India  |  Farewell India. Leaving in a few hours. Once again FANTASTIC journey back in time, traditions, cults and human heritage. I arrived seven nights ago, as a regular tourist, met and mingled with members of the Royal family, became the Major on foursquare of the Amber Palace, been called GURU many times on the streets by the local people (hmmmm while they were touching my ass or my chest) and I got my own coronation. I think I can leave in peace and in full glory now. Tomorrow back to Bangkok and Thailand for the King’s Birthday. CM

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LIVE Carlos Melia Night Markets of Jaipur India

LIVE Carlos Melia Night Markets of Jaipur India  |  Jaipur, India  |  One of the many amazing things you can do while being in India, and especially in Varanasi or Jaipur, is to visit the busy, crazy, bursting Night Markets of Bazaars. This way you will get to interact with the locals, better understand their customs, play the bargain games and eat lots of street food. Well at least that is what I did, after being ran over multiple times by local motorbikes and walking among some elephants. Mind blowing. Continue reading LIVE Carlos Melia Night Markets of Jaipur India

LIVE Carlos Melia from Amber Palace in Jaipur India


LIVE Carlos Melia from Amber Palace in Jaipur India  |  Jaipur, India  |  I will be posting more on Amber Palace and Amber Fort in Jaipur, India. But I just want to share with you all, my new mingling time with the elephants this time in India. Elephants are the regular way of transportation for visitors to go from the base to the top of Amber Fort to visit the Amber Palace. Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com

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GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Thailand

GPS Carlos Melia heading back to Thailand  |  Jaipur, India  |  Good Morning Everyone. !!!! Leaving India tonight after and amazing week of touring around the Northern region – Varanasi, Agra, Bharatpur and Jaipur – and taking part as press and as a guest speaker at the 1st. Asia Gay and Lesbian Travel Symposium. I will be on the road all day today, transferring from Jaipur to New Delhi and later tour of the South section of the city. 11PM I will board my AsiaAir.com flight back to my beloved Amazing Thailand and Bangkok. Destinations to cover in the next 12 days are: Bangkok, Hua Hin and Pattaya. Photo above: one of my series of pride photos, I took at the Amber Palace in Jaipur. Have a great Sunday everyone. CM

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Tailor made Suit in 24 hours in Jaipur India

Tailor made Suit in 24 hours in Jaipur India  |  Jaipur, India  |  I got a new suit Tailor Made in Jaipur,  India and today I did the final fittings…. it is looking AMAZING… exactly like my other Hugo Boss original one BUT 5 times cheaper. So I came to Jalmahal Textile & Carpets, in the urban area of Jaipur and the minute I saw the samples and fabrics I was fully tempted. More so when I heard the final price for a full Tailor Made and Bespoke suit. Final price USD 350, for a suit and fabric that would not go lower than USD 1400. Brilliant customer service, the suit was made and delivered in less than 24 hours right to my hotel, which is located approximately 30 minutes away from their store. Final fitting made, alterations in less than 2 hours and I have the final and brand new suit right here with me. So you will see me soon enough lounging around wearing it. Love India. !!!! Brand New suit in 24 hours. Corporate world here I go again. The most dangerous part is that they keep all your measures and profile, and they deliver anywhere in the world. Jalmahal Textiles and Carpets (Plot No. 8, Dashera Kothi, Amer Road, Jaipur – Tel. +91.141.2630995). CM

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