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

Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha

Konark temple (DND)

I am back with my first post of 2017. I  wish you had a great start to the new year and welcomed it by enjoying to the fullest. My first destination of 2017 is a ruined 12th century temple in Puri district of Odisha – The sun temple of Konark.

Konark Temple is an eerie place to visit. For some, its nothing more than a ruined temple while for those with an artistic insight, its a thing of beauty, a subtle combination of science, art and spirituality. Built in 1255 by the Ganga dynasty rulers, the temple had stood firm at its place for about eight centuries and what remains today is only a glimpse of the magnificent workmanship of the sculptures of the bygone years. No one has appreciated its beauty; neither the Europeans who desecrated it nor the democratic governments that followed. Read more

Visiting the Sino-Indian border at Nathula

Nathula located at 14000 feet is one of the three trading border posts between India and China; the other two being Lipulekh in Uttarakhand and Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh. It is on the famous silk route which has been used for trade between India and China, extending to Arabia, southern Europe and Persia, for over 1500 years. Civilian movement is usually restricted about 20 km before the actual border but Nathula is a place where you can reach up to the barbed fences of the Indian border. The experience of reaching the very end of Indian frontier and to see another country beyond it, is what attracts visitors to Nathula. Read more

Local sightseeing of Gangtok on Day 2

Banjhakri Falls Gangtok

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is small hill station located in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. Its favourable weather and pristine natural beauty make it a top tourist destination in the country. There are some features of Gangtok like its stepped buildings, excellent footpath network, marketplace, delicious Nepali and Tibetan food and the enchanting views of Mt. Kanchenjunga which are exclusive to this city. Read more

Baba Mandir: A saga of duty beyond death

Baba Harbhajan Singh temple

Indian Army stands as an epitome of adherence to duties. The story affiliates to a Major of Indian Army who has not been delinquent in his duty to safeguard the Indian border even after his death. As bizarre as it sounds, it is a tale testified and recognized by none less than the Indian army itself. In Sikkim, along the Indo-China border, there is a temple dedicated to a dead soldier who is believed to be patrolling the border even after his death. Read more

Rumtek Monastery of Gangtok

Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery of Sikkim which served as the seat of Karma Kagyu Buddhism. The monastery was originally constructed about 300 years ago but it was not until  Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa arrived here and decided to rebuild it as his seat of power, that it gained preeminence. Ever since Rumtek monastery has been an important center of Buddhism. Read more

Photostory : The City Palace of Udaipur

City Palace Udaipur

Udaipur apart from connoting royalty is also acclaimed as one of the most romantic and photogenic places in India. Currently, the city palace of Udaipur is perhaps the most regal palace of India. A quaint yet imposing royal palace standing against the shimmering glare of a large artificial lake. This photostory dedicated to the City Palace of Udaipur: Read more

Taj Mahal : An elegy in white marble

Taj Mahal

A broken heart is an inexplicable dingus. An oojah that has propelled people to conquer what seemed unfathomable. From the broken heart of an emperor emanated a desire – a desire to built a final resting place for his love. A desire to construct a monument of unparalleled beauty in annals the history. Taj Mahal is the outcome of that desire; a tomb of profound love, a testimony to the mere existence of love. Read more

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