Jaipur # 1 : Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort

Rajasthan was a long awaited trip. There are two things to see in Rajasthan – its desert and its magnificent forts. I was on a 5 day trip to Rajasthan which included Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ajmer; so basically I was covering the royal part of Rajasthan. We were four people; let’s start by introducing all through this picture: Read more

Jaipur #2 : The City Palace & Hawa Mahal

City Palace, Jaipur

The City Palace of Jaipur is located in the heart of Jaipur City along with the Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal. The palace was constructed during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who ruled Amber from 1699 to 1744. The palace was constructed during 1729-32 after Sawai Jai Singh moved his capital from Amber to Jaipur in 1927. However, there has been further additions by the subsequent rulers. Read more

Hyderabad: The city of Nizams and delectable Biriyani

Qutub Shahi Hyderabad

Hyderabad is somewhat like Kolkata. A sprawling economic center serving as the hub for corporate agglomerations but the core of the city still maintains its quaint charm. Threads of 400 year old traditions weaved as a fabric of a modern city. A perfect blend of traditions and modernity. Hyderabad served as the capital of undivided Andhra Pradesh and now Telangana. Hyderabad emerged as the cultural capital of India following the collapse of the Mughal dynasty with Qutub Shahis and later the Nizams taking charge. Apart from iconic monuments, Hyderabad is also famous for its food joints and unique recipes. The scrumptious Hyderabadi biriyani, in particular, has accomplished worldwide fame and is popular among food lovers. Read more

Mysore Trip: Watching the illuminated Amba Vilas Palace

It was my third visit to Mysore, the city of Palaces. Mysore is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country and boasts of the sobriquet “The cultural capital of Karnataka“. Unlike most other dynasties and monuments of South India, the monuments of Mysore have escaped the atrocities of Muslim invaders and later the British administration and at its prime was perhaps the most flourishing kingdom of South India after the great empire of Raja Raja Chola. Read more