Exploring Bangalore Palace | Wadiyar Palace Bangalore

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

The divine aura of Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil, Jaffna

Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil in Jaffna

One dip in the Keerimalai pond was all it took To convert the princess’ disfigured face to a stunning look. It wasn’t the first magic in this place And it certainly wasn’t the last of that divine grace. These are the stories of miracles that have always taken place at the Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil – … Read more

The legendary Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple

Raja Raja Gopuram - the tallest gateway to Jaffna Amman Temple

Her body severed into 51 pieces. Each of these fell on to the earth, sanctifying the spot and turning it into a powerful Shakthi Peetha. It was her anklet that dropped onto a remote Naga island off the coast of present day Jaffna. It was that which gave birth to the holy Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman … Read more

Into the arms of Buddha at Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya Sri Lanka

Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya - a Buddhist temple in Jaffna

His calm demeanour forced them into a powerful silence His soothing voice rendered them both speechless The Words of Wisdom slowly turned their frowns upside down Their moist eyes indicated the mindful turn around. The differences lay forgotten and the unity was sealed for the better At the Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya – they lie hidden … Read more

Along the crumbling walls of Jaffna Fort Sri Lanka

Jaffna Fort Sri Lanka - one of the many Dutch forts in the country

Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland, Utrecht and Friesland faced away from each other in five unique directions. One offered the view of the snapping crocodiles while the other two faced the calm Jaffna Lagoon. The remaining had the guards vigilant of breaches that could emerge from the city. Not one could enter without being seen but many … 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

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

Scouting the Ruins of Basgo Monastery in Ladakh

Getting close to Basgo Monastery in Leh

Pretty landscapes cruised past my window Causing my gasps to be caught in my throat. Then came those Basgo monastery ruins Replacing those gasps with a racing pulse – like an antidote. I stared at the pretty landscapes as our van tackled the curves to Alchi Monastery in Ladakh. My gasps at the stunning scenery … Read more

The Bet Dwarka Story – a mystical mix of fact & fiction

Getting to Bet Dwarka by a ferry from Okha

“It is not just a myth that the Bet Dwarka temple was actually Krishna’s home. There is evidence pointing to it – like the recent discovery of the Bet Dwarka underwater city and the various historical digs on the island itself. The is definitely plenty more to the Bet Dwarka story” I have been digging … Read more