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

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

Agra Fort: A historical marvel in the shadow of Taj Mahal

Agra Fort

Taj Mahal is arguably the most beautiful monument in the world and therefore with time has rightly become synonymous with Agra. However, when you visit Agra, there is the Agra fort too, which is an exemplary monument especially for architectural enthusiasts and history lovers. Although the construction of the fort is credited to the Mughals, the history of the fort can be traced back to the 11th century. 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