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

Uperkot Fort and Mahabat Maqbara: The antics of Junagadh

Mahabat Maqbara

After an exhausting yet exciting day at Somnath, my next destination on the weekend trip was the old fort city of Junagadh. Junagadh, a small town in the foot of the Girnar hills, has an intriguing history spanning over two millenniums. The town has seen multiple change of regimes, some of them being laced with deceit and controversy before it was finally unified with India in yet another controversial move. Read more

The Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur

Jodhpur, known as the “Blue City” was the second destination after the “Pink City”, Jaipur in our Rajasthan trip. Jodhpur was the capital of the Marwar kingdom and has beautiful forts and palaces which attracts visitors to this small yet beautiful city. Read more

Hampi: The forgotten capital of Vijayanagara

Vithala Temple, Hampi

Hampi, located on the banks of River Tungabhadra was the capital of the Vijayanagara empire from 1343 to 1565. With river Tungabhadra on one side and hills on the other sides, Hampi proved to be an excellent strategic location to serve as the capital. During its prime, Hampi was the second largest and one of the richest cities in the world. Today all that glory lies in ruins and Hampi is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more