Hampi – Trail one leading to Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple Hemakuta Hills Hampi 1

In my previous posts, I have mentioned Hampi several times and every time, I wonder how I would be able to do justice to this huge treasure trove of heritage. There are just so many places to see in Hampi that one post is not going to do justice to this place. A UNESCO heritage site, this … Read more

An Offbeat Trail Of Hampi Across the River Tungabhadra

Virupaksha temple from across the Tungabhadra river, Hampi

Most of us visit the main Hampi and get so lost in the treasures that fill it, that rarely we decide to cross over the Tungabhadra river to figure if there was something that we have missed while visiting this heritage town. So, while my earlier posts guide you through the main Hampi town, this one will … Read more

Hampi – Route Two from Vittala Temple

The Stone Chariot of Vittala Temple, Hampi

I hope you are well rested after that beautiful Hampi trail through Virupaksha Temple and its surrounding wonders. With those memorable historic pieces, anyone would need to cool their senses – especially to recover and soak in the details. Assuming that you have done that, it is time to set out to explore the masterpiece … Read more

Adalaj Ni Vav – a beautiful melancholy in stone

Adalaj ni Vav near Ahmedabad

She traced the flowers with her fingers as she recalled her beloved. With tear-filled eyes, she sought the blessings of the Lord etched on the walls. Murmuring a silent prayer, she completed the circumambulation of the new Adalaj ni Vav And then without hesitation, she plunged in to the very dream she had completed. Adalaj … Read more

Udupi Krishna Temple Story of Mystic & Miracles

Madhwa Sarovar - the Udupi Krishna temple pushkarni

He asked the holy one to choose anything from his ship – “A gratitude for guiding us to safety.”  Madhvacharya chose the sandalwood ballast. While transporting it, a small piece broke away to reveal a glittering jewel. Curiosity unleashed a sparkling discovery. Sri Krishna had just arrived in Udupi from Dwarka by way of an … Read more

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The musical notes of a Chariot – Darasuram Airavatesvara Temple

The Mukhamandapam with the chariot base

The stunning architecture of the famous Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur ignited a new thirst in me. Its surreal carvings and the advanced construction techniques made me wonder what the other Great Living Chola Temples would be like. My trip to Karaikudi gave me the perfect opportunity to quench this thirst – partially. Though the plan … Read more

What to see in Berlin, Germany

Berlin - by the river Spree

“When you are watching the setting sun from the Warschauer bridge, underneath the glowing train tracks and the TV tower in the background… there’s nothing compared to that.” – I said to a friend explaining what I love in Berlin. It’s not easy to pick what to see in Berlin, in a city which has … Read more