India’s Most Underrated Destinations You Need to Visit

India’s Most Underrated Destinations You Need to Visit

 

India is a huge country, and there are tonnes of famous (and fascinating) tourist destinations to visit.

But what if you want to do something different, and see somewhere a little less well known? Especially, for the travellers who wish to stay away from the touristy stuff and crazy crowd, finding the least known places becomes quite a task. There are many jewels hidden in almost every corner of India.

I ’ve put together a few of India’s most underrated destinations to help you make up your mind. Plan your trips now… Read more

A Glittery Christmas Eve in a Portuguese Colony of Mumbai

A Glittery Christmas Eve in a Portuguese Colony of Mumbai

Long before the British Colonised the islands of Bombay(Bom Bahiya), the tiny Portuguese villages flourished at the shores of the Arabian Ocean. There were a number of such Gaothans (Shore villages) earlier but now only a few exist in their original form.

The city of Mumbai is now a metropolitan and the people no longer remember the antique architectural jewels of the city. Unfortunately, these antique precincts are now overshadowed by the high-rise buildings and the modern architecture. However, despite too much of development, a few little towns tucked among the concrete jungles of Bandra, Vasai and Charni Road area have been successful in preserving the heritage.  Read more

In Pictures; The Rustic Charm of Ayodhya

In Pictures; The Rustic Charm of Ayodhya

The city of Ayodhya is all geared up for a brand new temple which would almost resemble the Swaminarayan Temples all over the world. There are chances that it may lose its rustic charm of the temple ruins, houses with wooden carved balconies and of course the overall antique look of the town.

The town is a blessing for all the street photographers with the colourful doors and the painted walls all around the city. During my exploration in Ayodhya, I could capture a few of them and I just love all of them.

Rajeshbhai was totally engrossed in the work of carving a pillar for Ram Mandir despite being surrounded by a number of visitors. He belonged to Gujarat. Elated by the fact that he was from my state, I soon plunged into a long conversation with him. He said that he has been a sculptor ever since his childhood. He has been a worker for the construction of many of the stunning Jain, Hindu and Swaminarayan temples of Gujarat. He has been devotedly working for Ram Mandir since past 2 years and is expecting the time span of another 4-5 years that would be spent in Ayodhya while building the actual temple after completion of the carving work.

The Stunning Streets of Ayodhya

And he was not distracted even a bit while working with that hammer and a nail! A true unsung artist indeed!

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

A few of the best-decorated flower bowls can be seen in  Ayodhya. During a morning walk at Ram ki Paidi, the flower market takes you back to the bygone era when King Ram might have also walked through this place for his swimming at his pool created out of Saryu River.

The Stunning Streets of Ayodhya

The century-old houses constructed in a temple style are another unique thing about Ayodhya. And such saffron clad people can really be your stunningly vibrant subject 😛

The Stunning Streets of Ayodhya

A part of Ayodhya flourishes with such grand structures while the others are tiny one floored rooms. It clearly shows the societal hierarchy in the ancient city of Ayodhya where the rich lived in the havelis while the lower class and the sepoys were allotted the tiny rooms along the fort streets.

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

If you see the people having conversations with cows on the streets of Ayodhya don’t be surprised. The cows here are pampered a little too much and sometimes, just like a little child, it would follow you eyeing your bag or hand if you have food.

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

Most of the houses have a common compound where they park their cycles and have a well for their daily water need. If you enter any one of them, it reminds you of Mumbai’s old chawls. This wasn’t probably meant for the poor but a huge rich family having a number of members. The wells definitely look pretty with that rustic charm.

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

The size of the house doesn’t degrade its beauty. The tiny houses are painted in red, blues, pink, purple and saffron.  They look utmost beautiful in the mild light of the morning. The streets starting from the Lakshmi Dwar have the best tiny frames waiting for you.

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

And yea! you would see more of cycles and cycle-rickshaws in the streets than the cars or other vehicles. Not so crowded streets make it an all the more beautiful frame for you.

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

Did you ever try climbing up your running cycle? I mean when? When do we even use cycle for a regular commute like this!

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

And then you have the evenings with such photography set in the streets.

The Stunning Streets of Ayodhya

I had taken almost hundreds of pictures with different people against this background. But she nailed the candid pose. The vibrant blue background and her pastel shades blended in to create this lovely frame.

Ayodhya streets temple photographs

This did remind me of a jail but looking at his zeal on a Sunday evening, my mind was forced to change.

The Stunning Streets of Ayodhya

The city centre keeps bustling throughout the day, and such scenes can be seen throughout the day.

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A School That Creates Geniuses out of Failures

A School That Creates Geniuses out of Failures

“My name is Dolkar and I am from a remote village of Padum region in Zangskar,” said a student who was given the responsibility of taking us around a school campus in Ladakh. “Initially when we joined here, it was too tiring to even take one round of the school, but now, as it is ‘my responsibility’, I got used to it,” she continued. I was surprised to see a young girl like her being so conscious of her responsibility. Moreover, she had just come from a village that is hardly connected to the other parts of the Ladakh region and was now confidently conversing and showing the school campus to the strangers. Read more

Kwan Tai Shek – The Chinatown of Aamchi Mumbai

Kwan Tai Shek – The Chinatown of Aamchi Mumbai

China Town in Mumbai?

A town habited by Chinese?

How is that possible?

Yes, this was my first reaction when I heard about a Chinese temple located at Mazgaon in Mumbai. Honestly, I was totally unaware of the Chinese religions and Gods. Hours of research about the same lured my  curious mind to barge into this hidden jewel on a Sunday morning. Read more

10 Places to Explore Mumbai like a Local

10 Places to Explore Mumbai  like a Local

Enough is said and written about the famous tourist places like Marine Drive, Chaupati, Band Stand, Juhu Beach and Gateway of India that stand like iconic symbols of the city. But there is much more to explore in Mumbai than these haunts. And here is the list of off-beat places in Mumbai for all travelling souls.

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