Phobjikha Valley: Silence of the Black Mountains of Bhutan

Phobjikha Valley as seen from Gangtey Monastery

Have you ever experienced the silence of land – when the only sounds that you hear are fluttering prayer flags, the call of the birds, the tinkle of the prayer bells and the soothing calm of gushing water? A silence – so strong that you automatically lower your voice, even if you are gasping at … Read more

The Royal Cenotaphs of Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer

One of the things to do in Jaisalmer is to visit Bada Bagh cenotaphs

From atop the Jaisalmer Fort, somewhere far off in the horizon, I glanced about some unique golden structures. The Bada Bagh Cenotaphs, as our guide pointed out, was the royal tombs of the Bhatti dynasty of Jaisalmer. Even from a distance, they looked glamorous and there was no way, I was not visiting them. And … 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

Inside the Palace of Winds: A Guide to Hawa Mahal Jaipur

Behind the front facade - View of the interiors of Hawa Mahal

The palace of winds or the Hawa Mahal is one of the most recognized landmarks of Jaipur. It was interesting to see how much appreciation and recognition I received with that one picture of Hawa Mahal shared in my post on Best Places to stay in Jaipur. What was even more surprising – I discovered … Read more