Early morning trip to the Sarnath archaeological site

Sarnath

Banaras is a mystic place. Its an epitome of the history, culture, and heritage of Hinduism. The imposing ghats, the vibrant rituals, the passionate devotees, the street food, the sunrise, and the revered waters of the holy Ganges, everything is magical in Banaras and people who visit Banaras invariably fall in love with it. Thousands of visitors throng to Banaras every day, some stay here for weeks but very few of them include Sarnath in their plans. Whether its the ignorance of the visitors or the magic of Banaras, most people do not visit Sarnath. Read more

Humayun Tomb: The first garden tomb of India

Humayun Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb is the mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun and has the distinction of being the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. The tomb was completed in 1570 by Humayun’s first and favorite wife Bega Begum who after Humayun’s death in 1556, constructed the magnificent mausoleum as his final resting place. Strongly influenced by Persian architecture, Humayun’s Tomb is a stunning combination of red sandstone and white marble in harmonizing symmetry and scale. Read more

Roaming amidst the Champaner ruins – a day full of struggles

Chapaner, Gujarat

I was standing in the aisle of a crowded bus continuously wiping the sweat off my face and tracking myself on the google map. A middle-aged man taps me from the back and asks “Where are you going?”; “Where are you going?”-  a typical go to questions that we Indians ask to break the ice and strike a conversation with any stranger we meet while travelling. “Champaner”, I said. The man grew more curious, “Which village?”. I didn’t have an answer to that. I replied, “I am traveling to explore the ruins of Champaner”. “Khandar !!!”, he replied Read more