Roaming amidst the Champaner ruins – a day full of struggles

Chapaner, Gujarat

I was standing in the aisle of a crowded bus continuously wiping the sweat off my face and tracking myself on the google map. A middle-aged man taps me from the back and asks “Where are you going?”; “Where are you going?”-  a typical go to questions that we Indians ask to break the ice and strike a conversation with any stranger we meet while travelling. “Champaner”, I said. The man grew more curious, “Which village?”. I didn’t have an answer to that. I replied, “I am traveling to explore the ruins of Champaner”. “Khandar !!!”, he replied Read more

Konark International Sand Art Festival 2017

Konark Sand art festival

The International Sand Art Festival is a one of its kind festival organized at the Chandrabhaga beach of Konark in Odisha from December 1 to December 5. This 5 day extravaganza features sand artists from many countries who compete with the best Indian artists for the title. Its a remarkable cultural event held along with the Konark Dance Festival and is organized by Odisha Tourism to provide an impetus to tourism in Odisha. Thousands of people visit every year to witness sand artists showcasing their talent and creating masterpieces with sand. During this 5 days, there are 5 different themes and the artists are required to change the sculpture every day as per the theme.  Read more

Mahabodhi Temple : Tracing the roots of Buddhism

Bodh Gaya

Buddhism, one of the prominent religions of Asia traces its origins to Bodh Gaya. The place where Prince Siddhartha became Lord Buddha. The place that preached the world about virtues of peace and nonviolence; about benevolence and the subtle art of dharma. Situated in Bihar, a state much despised for being unruly and rowdy, Bodh Gaya seems like an oasis in the desert. Bodh Gaya dotted with numerous monasteries has a tranquil, spiritual environment much in contrast to some other places in the state. Read more