To Hampi, With Love

The ruins dotting the temple town of Hampi narrate a tale of the past as well as form a parallel storyline that I lived last month. Embracing this ancient Vijayanagara kingdom, I lost my heart, beat by beat to the past, present and to the times that lie ahead. Some places are like love, hard … [Read more…]

A Stretch of Paradise from Tirthan Valley to Jalori Pass

My heart is aching for the mountains. Yet again. But, since I am staying put in the city for a couple of weeks to come, I will do the next best thing that is; writing about the mountains. The answer to wanderlust sometimes is re-living memories to fool the heart that places you long for … [Read more…]

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…]