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 #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

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

Bullet Baba temple: Legend of Om Banna and the bike deity

Bullet Baba temple

India is a land of plurality – diverse views, opinions and beliefs. However, sometimes these beliefs transcend the precinct of rationality and infiltrate into space where it becomes superstition. For those who believe, he is God and the place a temple; for the rest, everything is a fantasy. 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

Ramoji Film City: World’s largest film studio complex

When you visit Hyderabad, one thing which you can ill afford to miss is the superb experience of visiting the Ramoji Film City. Spread over 1666 acres of land, Ramoji film city is the largest of its kind. It features in the Guinness book of world records as the largest film studio complex. It was built under the vision of Ramoji Rao in 1996 and has since served as the shooting set of many movies and TV serials. Read more

Ooty & The Nilgiri Mountain Railway

If Ooty is the queen of hills then monsoon is the time when she adorns the most exquisite fabric of nature. Never is she more romantic and more pulchritudinous than in the monsoons. The deluge may be a predicament for the tourists but it also brings with it billowing clouds which wreathes the peaks and the tea gardens. The mist and the breeze creates a miasma of happiness and romance. Truly said love is in the air of Ooty in the monsoon. Read more

Madurai trip & visit to the Meenakshi Amman Temple

Meenakshi Amman temple, Madurai

Madurai situated on the banks of river Vaigai is one of the oldest cities of India. Hindu mythology has legends mentioning this place in events that happened millions of years ago. Madurai is believed to be the site of the celestial wedding of Lord Shiva and Tadaatagai (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati). An annual 10 day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival is observed during April and May to celebrate the wedding, which attracts over 1 million visitors. Read more