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A little like the Windsor Castle - Bangalore Palace Bengaluru

At the first glimpse, it felt as if I were standing in front of the renowned Windsor Castle. The high turrets and the stained glass apertures definitely made it appear so… Except that this wasn’t UK. It was my own city in India and what I was standing before was the Wadiyar Palace Bengaluru – … Read more

Best things to do on Malpe beach in Udupi

Malpe Beach in Udupi

The very place where Lord Krishna landed in Udupi The sandy shore that has been mentioned in Ptolemy’s texts The natural port that has been a bustling trade stop And now – it is a buzzing hot spot of fun things to do. Let’s discover Malpe beach in Udupi If you are in Udupi or … Read more

Places to visit in monsoon in India

Weekend Getaway from Mumbai - Lonavala

If you are interested in traveling but prefer doing so in seasons other than summer or spring – then one of the best places to visit would be India. It has vast land with three distinct seasons – Summer, monsoons and winter. The country offers different places for each of these seasons. However, it is … Read more

Floating through the Badal Mahal at Kumbhalgarh Fort

Badal Mahal as seen from the entrance of Kumbhalgarh Fort

It was that hour of the day when the magic took place She ran towards the window of her beloved palace of clouds – her favorite space. Her eyes lit up as she saw the sunlight diffuse across the swirling mist Spreading an orange glow to all that it touched and kissed. These were those … 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

A travel guide to Saputara – the only hill station in Gujarat

Girmal waterfalls in Saputara hill station

Endless stretch of rolling greens attempted to hide its colored floral gems Trickling streams showered pearls on the verdant stems The grey clouds flirted with the hills covering a blue screen When suddenly, a curtain of mist dropped and obscured the vibrant scene. A futile attempt – if I may say – The beauty of … Read more

From Mandir to Masjid with Ahmedabad heritage walk

Shanthinath Ni Pol - a very picturesque pol that you can see during your heritage tour in Ahmedabad

The innocuous door opened to reveal a secret passage that led to a square with four homes facing each other. Where one showed a colonial touch, another showcased the local art. The third displayed a touch of Persia and the fourth stood vibrant with its Maratha designs. Distinct cultures intertwined, differences merged. Such was the … Read more

The rustic vibes of Janapada Loka Ramanagara

Malnad house at Janapada Loka

It wasn’t the first time that we had stopped at the same spot for breakfast Nor was it the first time that we had heard the foot-tapping music near the grand gate next door. However – it was the first time I saw those dancers perform to the beat of the drum And it was … Read more

Varanasi Street Art – celebrating the essence of Banaras

The age-old custom of chillum that prevails in Varanasi

The smoke from his chillum rose high and then merged with the fumes from the aarti. Right next to it, was the Kathak dancer performing a chakkar – all to the tune of tabla. I felt the essence of Banaras through these moments – all captured in the magnificent Varanasi street art. Visiting one of … Read more

Channapatna Toys – The Epic Toy Story

Channapatna dolls - the ones I bought

With one hand, he held the saw to rotate the spinning wheel. In his other hand, he fashioned a chisel. Securing a small part of the lathe with his foot, he began to work his magic. Within moments, the slab of rock transformed into a perfect mini globe that finally became a bobbing head of … Read more