Roaming amidst the Chapaner ruins – a day full of struggles

Chapaner, Gujarat

I was standing in the aisle of a crowded bus continuously wiping 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 ice and strike conversation with any stranger we meet while travelling. “Chapaner”, 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 Chapaner”. “Khandar !!!”, he replied Read more

Laxmi Vilas Palace at Vadodara: A royal heritage of the Gaekwads

Laxmi Vilas Palace

Think of any palace you have ever visited, how would you describe them? mesmerizingly elegant, royal, absurdly gigantic, an epitome of history and legacy. Now, what do they all have in common? a regal durbar, an ostentatious collection of jewels, an intimidating armoury, paintings. The Laxmi Vilas Palace has all these as well. So is it just another palace, there is certainly no dearth of them in India, or is it different and if so how. Now let me introduce the Laxmi Vilas Palace of Vadodara, erstwhile Baroda Read more

I conclude Char Dham yatra at Dwarkadheesh temple in Gujarat

Dwarkadheesh Temple, Dwarka

The melodies of a distant shenai are wafting in the air, I hear the drumbeats. I lift my head and I see a large maroon flag sweeping the blue sky. It’s striking, splendid; connoting majesty !!! There is a bustle around me, a sense of urgency, people are rushing in a direction. I join them. As I walk ahead, the drumbeats and the shenai melodies are getting more intense; now I hear the rhythmic beating of the cymbals and people clapping to match the tunes. I am standing at the far end of a queue that passes through a small entrance. I lift my head, raise on my toes and my eyes try to locate what’s at the end. I see a black diety in all its splendor. Read more