The ‘Toy Story’ from Channapatna

Channapatna

Flashback to a long time ago. A bus from Bangalore to Mysore, a Kannada movie playing for the travelers who might or might not be interested. It was my first time in South India and  I was fascinated by the diversity and vastness of the country. I had spent a couple of days at Bangalore, exploring … [Read more…]

Kuldhara – An Untold Tale of Ruins

Kuldhara

Many a times, ancient ruins are referred to as hauntingly beautiful. We don’t really realize this often, but referring to ruins as beautiful really overshadows the pain and sadness that must have enveloped the place after it really turned into a ruin. Sometime back, I visited what remains of the ancient settlement of Kuldhara, near Jaisalmer. … [Read more…]

Knocking History’s Doors at Karla and Bhaja Caves

Seven years ago when I was living in Pune, I came to know about ancient rock caves located in Lonavla. As ignorant as I was that time, I decided to skip these marvels created out of sheer rock on each of my quarterly trips to the chikki-town. In my defence, I really had zero interest … [Read more…]

A Dreamy Aerial View of The Taj – The Taj Balloon Festival, Agra

Taj Balloon Festival

Flashback to a theatre in Pune, year 2009. The movie Up played on screen and with my eyes wide open, I nurtured a dream of flying in a hot air balloon just like the protagonist of this evergreen movie. Turns out, dreams do come true, the Universe does conspire to make them a reality, if only … [Read more…]

Hathipaon with See Green Lodges

Hathipaon

It was a couple of years ago when I first came to know about Hathipaon and ever since I had wanted to visit this Himalayan hamlet. Though I crossed Mussoorie at least three times after that, there was never enough time for a pit stop at Hathipaon. But, as they say, everything happens for good … [Read more…]

Tribal Encounter – Gond Art of Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh

Last year, a visit to Satpura National Park concluded with a solo trip exploring Bhopal. It didn’t take me long to finalize the agenda. Soon I set out to witness tribal culture at the Tribal Museum which boasts of many a stories from the forests of Madhya Pradesh. Months later, a conversation about that museum got me … [Read more…]

An Unforgettable Dussehra At Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace

The city of Mysore holds a very special place in my heart because that’s where I began a very important journey of my life. My corporate voyage began at a beautiful campus in the outskirts of Mysore, which spanned through many a hillocks and almost felt like a holiday resort. But the fact is that training at Infosys … [Read more…]

Mussoorie The Offbeat Way

Mussoorie

Even though I crave for everything offbeat, Mussoorie was one super touristy place that I always wanted to visit. I know something doesn’t quite fit right in my opening line, but then aren’t ironies always beautiful? I had this belief that there must be something extraordinary about the Queen of Hills, hoping that a part of its … [Read more…]

Change Of Guards Ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan

It was sheer luck that I came to know about the Change Of Guards ceremony that happens at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Though this spectacle takes place everyday, but it is open for public to attend only on weekends. The ceremony begins every morning at 8 am and one needs to carry a valid Id Proof to attend. Given that … [Read more…]