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

Somnath: History, mythology & the 1st Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva

Somnath Temple

21st April, 2018; a fine dawn, I woke up for the nth time. I had been doing this for last 2 hours just to fall asleep each time. But this time before my eyelids could redo what they have been doing, I was hit with a strong pungent smell. As I looked around with dizzy eyes, everyone in the bus was struggling with the smell, either fanning their hands in front of their noses or covering it. I drew the curtains to look outside and saw factories lined up along the road. Read more

My first impression of Ahmedabad

Hello Ahmedabad !!!!

I had been taking about my 2 month internship in Gujarat in my previous posts. I have finally arrived in Ahmedabad and I am writing this post to share my first impression of this amazing city. I arrived on Wednesday and after 3 days of wandering in the by lanes hopping from one shoddy PG to another, I have finally found a good place to put up. Read more

The ancient group of monuments at Mamallapuram

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

Mamallapuram, earlier known as Mahabalipuram, is an ancient coastal town about 60 km off Chennai along the Coromandel coast. Mahabalipuram is famous for its group of monuments and features in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The monuments were built during the Pallava dynasty around the 7th and 8th century. Read more

Kanchipuram : The heritage city of Temples

Kanchipuram

Kanchipuram is a very old town and is well known for its temples. The town is believed to be one of the holiest places and is one of the Sapta Puris of Hinduism. Kanchipuram was ruled by the Pallava rulers followed by the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijayanagara empire. The town has some major shrines dedicated to the three sects of Hinduism. While the Kamakshi Amman temple is one of the 51 shakti peeths, out of 108 major shrines of Lord Vishnu, 14 are situated in Kanchipuram itself. Read more

5 reasons to stay near Hall Bazar while visiting Amritsar

Golden Temple Amritsar

Traveling to Amritsar and have no clue where to put up..!!!! Confused about the location of hotels?? Well, I had the same predicament when I traveled to Amritsar last year and after soliciting lots of opinions, my final choice was the Hall Bazar area. I am going to give you 5 good reasons why to book your accommodation here: Read more

Pilgrimage to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine #2: Adhkwari to Bhawan

Trek to Mata Vaishnodevi shrine is an arduous pilgrimage and often tests the endurance of the devotees to its limit. Yet year after year millions of devotees undertake the trek with unflinching devotion for the divine mother. Most devotees divide their journey (at least psychologically) into 2 parts – Ban Ganga to Adhkwari and then Adhkwari to Bhawan. Read more

Konark International Sand Art Festival 2017

Konark Sand art festival

The International Sand Art Festival is a one of its kind festival organized at the Chandrabhaga beach of Konark in Odisha from December 1 to December 5. This 5 day extravaganza features sand artists from many countries who compete with the best Indian artists for the title. Its a remarkable cultural event held along with the Konark Dance Festival and is organized by Odisha Tourism to provide an impetus to tourism in Odisha. Thousands of people visit every year to witness sand artists showcasing their talent and creating masterpieces with sand. During this 5 days, there are 5 different themes and the artists are required to change the sculpture every day as per the theme.  Read more

Mata Vaishnodevi shrine at Katra #1: Ban Ganga to Adhkwari

A shivering cold night, mantras played on speakers are wafting in the air accompanied with zealous chants of “ZORR SE BOLO… JAI MATA DI…“, there are horses and mules rushing up and down the tortuous paths and there are enervated people climbing with their walking sticks, panting, struggling to catch a breath yet unwilling to stop. Read more

The Excavation site of ancient Nalanda University

Nalanda University ruins

In India lotus is often associated with knowledge and the word Nalanda translates to “Giver of Lotus stalks“.  At its prime Nalanda University was one of the best centres of excellence and attracted students from as far as China, Mongolia and Persia. Nalanda University was established in 5th century by the Gupta dynasty rulers with subsequent additions by the rulers of Kanauj and the Pala dynasty of Bengal. Read more