Divine Vibes & Melodious Chants at Shree Dwarkadhish Temple

Shree Dwarkadhish temple along the Gomti River Ghats

He arranged the yellow dhoti and then opened the jewelry box. The gold chain with red stones seemed perfect to compliment the Lord’s yellow garbs and so, he chose that for the evening. With that, the Lord was ready to see his devotees. The other man in the room slowly opened the door as his … Read more

Back to the Neolithic Age with Edakkal Caves Wayanad

The entrance to Edakkal Caves in Wayanad

He picked a sharp stone and went to work. He scraped deeper and deeper till he had represented himself. “A mark that I was here” – he thought as he threw his chisel away and made his way out of the caves. Centuries later, the mark was rediscovered along with many others made by the … Read more

A complete tour of Jaisalmer Fort

One of the watch towers of the Jaisalmer Fort

The golden walls shimmered in the bright sun, Was it a mirage? Probably so… for with a blink of eye It had disappeared in the sandy landscape of Thar. For those visiting the desert city of Jaisalmer, the golden fort does appear like a mirage. As I got closer, I realized it was more than … Read more

A whirlwind tour of Patwon ki Haveli in Jaisalmer

Patwon ki Haveli Jaisalmer - one of the must-visit places of the golden city

“We don’t have the time. We will get late to our next destination. Besides, it can’t be more elaborate than the Jaisalmer palace….also, the road is narrow, the driver is reluctant…..” … The tussle continued but my pleading finally won. With a strict deadline of one hour, I set off to explore the “Mansion of … Read more

Shey Monastery & Palace: The summer capital of the Ladakh

Beautiful views from the first level of Shey Gompa

Speeding away on the Leh-Manali road, my curiosity score kept going up. Whitewashed chortens dotted the green fields and lone wooden structures on the mountains made it obvious that this area used to be quite populated. A lone signboard is what doused some of my curiosity. However, it was my visit to Shey Monastery and … Read more

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

The Aesthetic Amalgamation of Athangudi Palace in Karaikudi

Belgian glass windows, Burma teak wood pillars and murals in Athangudi Palace

The wealthy zamindar pointed his fingers towards the hero saying – “You, a mere farmer – cannot marry my beautiful daughter. His suitor – Sir James, can provide 10 times more comfort than your simple hut.” . Totally filmy, right?  Well, this was the scene that ran through my head as I stepped into the … Read more

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