It is one of the divine destinations of Karnataka. There are total five monoliths of Gomteshwara – the son of the first Jain tirthankar(Rishabhnath Swami) in the state, the tallest one(58 ft) of which is located in Shravanbelagola making it a tourist hot-spot. It is also considered to be the tallest monolith in the world. Chandragupta Maurya is said to have died here after he assumed the life of an ascetic. Fascinated by these facts and the craze for the fictional character of Bahubali, I planned a day trip from Mysore to this divine place that led to the creation of a blockbuster movie. Read more
The state of Goa is certainly blessed with amazing geographic location along with variety in culture and architecture. The state was once a Portuguese colony and still has many beautiful reminiscent of the Portuguese era. One of such places is located in the capital city of Panjim. Fountainhas area, near Ourem Creek in Panjim has the Latin quarters of the Portuguese colonists. Read more
India is famous as the Land of Spices. It was for the spices that the Europeans took hell lot of effort to find a new route to India. The spices brought riches not only to India but also to the merchants who sold it all over the world. Since the time immemorial they have been a must have ingredients in the kitchens of even the best of the chefs. So, after visiting the Bigfoot Museum and Fonteinhas , I planned to stroll in the wild and visit a spice plantation field. Read more
The Stoner’s paradise to a nature lover’s dream destination, Kasol proves to be a perfect place for every kind of traveler. The beauty of gushing river of Parvati to the Trans music, everything about Kasol is alluring and mesmerizing. The first timers usually have two types of experiences. Either they feel that there is too much to explore and see or they just remain confined to the main streets of Kasol forming a dusty image of the town in their minds.
I have been in love with this town since the time I heard about it. The visit and exploration just added to my emotions for it. Read more
Beyond the hustle and bustle of the most happening town of Kasol lies hidden among the hills, an ancient village of Grahan. The local claims it to be as old as the historic town of Malana. The beauty of this place is untouched by the tourists and trekkers (Written and visited in 2016) and is thus in its purest form. Unlike Malana, the people of Grahan are very friendly and the village is way much cleaner than Malana. Till 2014, when I visited it the first time, the village didn’t have any guest house or hotel. And just within the time span of 2 years, proper guest houses with modern amenities have come up. Though I feel it will make the village lose its original charm, it caters the basic need of a traveler. Read more
Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan has recently come to tourist limelight for its opulent havelis and open air art galleries. The distinctive feature of the art is the frescoes that have remained untouched from the brutality of nature and lack of maintenance. Another interesting fact is that the Marwari, Jain or Shekhawati merchants who dealt in business of opium and spices, are no longer the owners of their lavish creation. Once they shifted to the big cities like Bombay and Kolkata , their havelis were left in hands of the caretaker’s family or were just left abandoned. The life of these caretakers took a dramatic turn after the new property laws post India’s independence. They were given the ownership of these havelis.
The Shiva temple of Chidambaram is just a few miles away from the famous town of Pondicherry. It doesn’t matter if you are a believer or an atheist, you must visit this temple to witness its grand ‘Abhishekas’ and the interesting mythological stories. The temple represents the element of space (Aakash/ sky) among the five element temples, “Panchmahabhoota Sthalams”. The secret of Chidambaram is another interesting fact to know about Hinduism which is famous for its idol worships. Above all, the logic and the myth behind each of the architectures will leave you completely awestruck. Read more
India is blessed to be a Peninsula, and even more blessed to have variety of aquatic creatures with whom you can dive and enjoy the under water heaven. Here is the self-researched and experienced diving sites which I found the best in the country. Read on to get the contact details to book your dive at the best site. Read more
Temples?? And Goa??? Sounds quite contradictory …. Doesn’t it? But Goa is not just about Portuguese architecture, beaches, parties and churches. The colourful temples of Goa has its own charm and the different architecture provides you a glimpse of Goa’s old Indian traditional life.
I rode on for the temple run across the Ponda region of Goa and was really amazed by its beauty and serenity.
The common feature of most of the temples is colourful interiors, kund (water tank) and Deepa Stambha ( Lamp Tower)
Here are some beautiful temples you must visit Read more
A great gateway from Mysore or Bangalore to acquaint yourself and the kids with the important creatures who keeps the food cycle intact and helps human survive and grow peacefully. Among hundreds of sanctuaries in India, Bandipur proudly stands among those which have been successful in saving the jewel of India, our national animal, TIGER.
Visit to this place becomes more memorable with the ease of booking safaris and stay unlike other sanctuaries. It is quite cheaper too. Read more