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Svatma: A Heritage Resort In Heart Of Thanjavur

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The white and powder pink flowers gently nod from the Chinese honeysuckle creeper resting on a bluish pillar….the faint smell lingering in the air…the sound of gurgling water in the heart of town distracts you and a sideways glance satisfies your curiosity and surprise as you spot stone spouts disgorging clear water in a stone

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A Wishlist And Not The Bucket List!

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As 2016 draws to an end, I reflect back on the year and its sweet and sour moments. The year has been quite fruitful but it is ending on literally a sour note for me….Why? ‘Coz I got infected by the Chikungunya virus after a mosquito bite in November and it has been really crippling with

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The Temple Town of Rama’s Ishwar: Rameshwaram

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I enjoy road trips; there is always something that catches the eye……people, landscape, birds, ruins, abandoned structures, amusing sign-boards or plain and simple food from a wayside eatery we might stop at. It’s usually me who insists for a road-trip but this time the suggestion came from dear husband. He didn’t have to ask me twice…

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In Search Of Rama's Setu At Dhanushkodi

The sea seemed to have receded somewhere near the horizon….the rattling mini-bus ran along the deeply entrenched tyre marks on what seemed like an almost dry sea-bed. Sun had begun its westward journey and the skies were clothed in orange hues even as I traveled towards Dhanushkodi. Mythology says, that it is at Dhanushkodi which literally

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The Handmade Tiles of Athangudi Palaces Of Chettiyars

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That the Chettinad is more than a chicken delicacy of same name, became evident while I walked around marveling at the old charm of a 150 year old heritage mansion and a sudden moment of realization made me look down on the floor….it dawned on me that the floor was as old as the structure above! And it

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Shimla Sojourn

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Vacationing in Himachal, was a long overdue plan. Then things fell in place with a short trip to Manali and Shimla. After spending a day in Manali, we decided to drive to Shimla as well with sight-seeing at Kullu naturally fitting in the itinerary. Nothing could have prepared me for the beautiful landscape that unfolded

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Matheran Nostalgia

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It is that time of year again, when the love-struck couples make a beeline to Matheran, the cozy and tiniest hill station in India. Located in Western Ghats of Raigad district in Maharashtra, Matheran, a quaint little town, the name of which literally means “forest on forehead of the mountain”,  is Asia’s only automobile free

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Travelling With An E-Visa

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If I remember correctly, my exposure to travelling to different locations for tourism began at two years of age when my parents traveled to Goa tugging me along on a cruise. While most kids and their parents traveled to grandparents’ home for summer vacations, my parents introduced a new destination every year. Travelling to new places

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Meandering Through Manali

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The inky blackness swallowed up all that came in its way…..the deep valley was dark and eerily silent as our lonely car trundled up the winding road…tired and desperately wanting to crawl into a warm bed,  I still sat alert clutching at the door, fearing the worst as the midnight crept upon our car on that hill-side.

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Kath Kuni Architecture: Heritage Of Himachal Pradesh

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Heritage, as defined in the dictionary means “an inherited property such as historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generation and are worthy of preservation”. The intangible heritage includes the traditional knowledge and practices relating to the natural surroundings that have been handed down by preceding generation. On a recent trip to Manali and

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Romancing The Rain: A Trek To Bhimashankar

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I have never been keen on getting wet in the rain…so much so that when a few years ago, darling husband had very romantically suggested a motorbike ride to Lonavala in thick of monsoon I had, with an equal ardour, convinced him to cozy up at home instead of getting wet and cold in the rain! But a few

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Festivals of Goa

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There is more to Goa, the most favored destination for fun-loving travelers, than just sea and surf or sun and sand or overflowing spirits for that matter. Mere mention of Goa conjures up the images of colorful gaiety, exuberance, festooned decorations, merry revelers, foot-tapping music and joyous vivacious dances and for me….most definitely the caricature art depicting local

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When Phoolandevi refused to budge!!

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Phoolandevi refused to budge ….no, not the dacoit of 1980s, but the great Indian tusker at the Kaziranga National Park!! She stood still attentively listening to the sounds that the wind carried and trumpeted loudly, searching and signalling… desperately. She stopped in her tracks and would take us no further. A mother always worries…and wild beast

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Hazaar Khwaishein Aisi (A Thousand Dreams)…

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Only a few days ago, I had poured out my angst post the mindless attacks on innocent lives at Nice, Kabul, Turkey and Munich. With such everyday restless frenzy and hatred in world, I have slipped more often into a contemplative mood and wondered where on earth should I go but a traveler at heart I have also

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Jaaoon Kahan E Dil (Where on earth should i go?)…..

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The snow-clad mountains, the misty verdant mountains, the roaring blue-green oceans and soft sandy beaches, the gurgling streams, the deep mysterious forests, the arid stretches of deserts with shimmering sands, the ancient ruins, the temples, forts, cave dwellings, the palaces, monuments and memorials….the wonderous, scenic, cultural, historical and architectural heritage of the world is but

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The Land Of Royals, Jaisalmer

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Steeped in sagas of royalty, bravery, conspiracy and scars from many wars, this city of sun, sand and ship of desert, has abundance of history, art, architecture, and desert adventures on offer for the inquisitive and intrepid travelers besides being a shopper’s delight and I knew from the word go, when we planned a trip

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Cat’s Eye Restaurant, Diu

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By the time we finished visiting few of the places at Diu, the sun was high up and we were famished. A quick surfing threw up some names claiming to serve authentic Portuguese cuisine and then some more. I usually prefer to find out choices in area specific authentic cuisine, but anything beyond the regular fish and poultry dish

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Why Take a Vacation?

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Vacations are that whiff of fresh air which rejuvenate and relax us. If I am stuck in my work for about three months at a stretch, I start feeling the urgent need to refresh myself…I need to have a break, honestly! Travel makes me feel alive… Here is a post by Rajveer Khanna: Benefits of taking a

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Chugging Along Aboard The World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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The mellow morning sun playing hide and seek with the snow-white gossamer clouds made the balmy weather only more pleasant…As I walked down the road towards the little town station I marvelled at the wild flowers swaying eagerly from the hill-side along the road to paint it  in their individual hues; purples, blues, yellows and oranges

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Heritage Run at Udagmandalam

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“Is it okay, if I walk instead of running? I haven’t run in ages!!” When I came to know about this GoUNESCO Heritage Run at Ooty, tempted as I was, I knew I would be panting more than I would be running. I had almost given up but a nagging lingering desire made me post a query on

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Haridwar – The Treasure of Uttarakhand

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When I was a teenager, my parents were located in crime saturated Muzzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Haridwar and Rishikesh were the two close destinations where we would often go….it gave my mother some peace. I loved going to Har ki Paudi…the stepped ghat at River Ganga. Once when my 80-year-old grandfather was visiting, he wished

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A Holiday In The US of A

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I love to travel…period. But it’s not everyday that we plan a holiday, a month-long at that, abroad, because honestly that is a big decision and a hell lot of budgeting….And yet we did plan for a month-long vacation to the United States. Our 15th wedding anniversary was a milestone in our married life and a

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Road To Kodaikanal

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I love taking road trips (preferably in self driven cars) not only because it gives me an excuse to travel to new places but also because it affords me a melange of sights all through the journey…a weird tree stump, a garishly dressed up couple, a pond with water lilies, a sunset, an odd signboard,

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10 Destinations Safe Enough To Travel Solo or In An All-Woman Group

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This article was written for and has first appeared on  Women’s Web.  Who doesn’t like to travel to new places and be free of chaos of regular life, to relax and rejuvenate….to just be one with nature? Women at times are concerned about safety which makes them think twice before going solo for travel. This has

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In Shiva’s Refuge At Airawateshwara Temple, Darasuram

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Even as we drive carefully to Darasuram through the thatched huts lined village road, half expecting a cow to saunter down the road or a child suddenly running across behind a baby goat, I notice the lazy pace of some people who seem to be few of the early risers on a day after ‘Mattu Pongal‘.

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Kostamar Beach Resort: A Review

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The fact that town of Diu is very small with only a hand-full of people arriving at its airport, was reiterated at the arrival lounge that had no conveyor belt to bring our luggage…instead two men hand-transported bags. As we made our way out of airport , at a distance the sea shimmered silver under the white ball of

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The Foundry Of The Steel Giant

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“Saavdhaan! loco aa rahi hai” the haunting voice suddenly caught my attention as I donned myself with the safety gear issued for a visit to the workshop of sixth largest steel plant of the world. My puzzled expression brought an indulgent smile on the face of the Plant’s representative who in an attempt to explain managed to confuse

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The Train to Howrah

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Tatanagar, a popular nickname for Jamshedpur, did not feature on my travel itinerary till a few days back when I was visiting the Steel Plant of Tata. For a city that is named after the steel magnate himself, it is not surprising that the original name of railway station Kalimati was changed to Tatanagar after the name of city’s

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Siddis: A Tribe Lost In The Pages Of History

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What are the chances of meeting an Afro-American who can speak Hindi, knows which part of the country Indian prime minister hails from and claims to have a great grandfather from Gujarat too? I would say none except that I met someone just like that on my maiden trip to USA at Times Square, New

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Adalaj Vav: An Illustration of Love and Religious Tolerance

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This post was first published at Open Road Review. The longer version is here:  “It’s amazing what people do for love. It’s even more amazing what love does for people” It was for this love, for her deceased husband Veer Sinh chieftain of Vaghelas, that Rani Roopba, consented to marry Mehmud Begada, the slayer of her

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10 Trips in Twelve Months: 2015, A Year of Travel

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I guess I took this quote literally this year… Yes we travelled and travelled a lot with as many as ten different trips sprinkled over the year. The year began with a bang with a para-gliding event within the city of Barmer to increase awareness about adventure sports. Having the advantage of acquaintance with the staff conducting the

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5 Reasons That Are Making Me Question Travel Blogging

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These are just my feelings not meant to disregard hard work of other travel bloggers. As the year draws to an end I look back on my journey as travel blogger…I am still far too insignificant in this burgeoning crowd of travel writers and bloggers. When I started writing about my travels, I genuinely wanted people from

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Six Steps To Responsible Tourism

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Why do we travel? To our villages and to our ancestral homes in far-flung remote areas because we want to reconnect with our roots…we need assurance of our existence. We travel to experience new places because we need to escape from the daily monotonous cycle of work-success-work…to savour few moments of no worries, to value

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Life lessons I learnt while snorkelling at Andaman Islands

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 “The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish”- Jacques Yves Couousteau  So I agreed to a trip to Andaman Islands with the highlight of itinerary being snorkelling at Elephant Beach. I felt as buoyant as the boat that rode over the inky blue ocean, the improvised motor reverberating noisily over the

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Born free: In wilderness of Gir

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A moment of silence after the collective gasp soon turned into excited yet hushed murmurs as soon as the bus carrying us, the ever-yakking homo-sapiens, came abreast to the tawny beasts taking a break in the shade of broad-leafed teak tree. Everybody clamoured to one side trying to capture at least one image of the

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Para-sailing in DIU: A #TravelLoveStory

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This story has first appeared at streettrotter.com …. Go on and read fun and adventure sports at Diu with a little sprinkling of love… http://streettrotter.com/india/para-sailing-in-diu-a-travellovestory/

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Two days in Ilaha-de-Cama

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Portugese called it Ilaha de Cama, The Isle of Calm. And true to its name Diu  is one laid-back calm town. Ours was the only car that seemed to occupy the wide metalled road besides an odd motorbike or pick-up van here and there. There was no hustle-bustle otherwise a very common site on any given

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Fast-tracking through Udaipur, The Venice of East

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Meandering through the narrow crowded streets of this gorgeous old city, negotiating the sharp turns, taking in the little glimpses of  people and their way of life we rode around in a black and yellow auto-rickshaw bumping at obscure speed-breakers and protruding stones our bones rattling in silent protest….we avoided a cow here, a bunch of dogs there, an on

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An evening at Lake Pichola

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“Blue, limpid, mighty, restless lakes God’s mirrors underneath the sky….” Lake Pichola shimmered with its azure waters reflecting like mirror, the equally gorgeous skies above… A large boat whisked us off , all eager tourists on a ride across the tranquil, picturesque and fairly large Lake Pichola.  For an hour we sailed across the lake taking it all

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A Glimpse Of Royalty At City Palace, Udaipur

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With whatever time we could squeeze out to visit Udaipur, in our long road trip from Rajasthan to Tamilnadu spread over a period of six days, we were left wanting for more…. Though old Udaipur is a maze of meandering narrow alleys teeming with people, cows, stray dogs, trash thrown carelessly, vehicles and tourists but it

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Guard at the Ganesh Dyodhi and the story of his “Moochh”

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Most men have special place in their hearts for their moustaches. There are dialogues and sayings dedicated to moustaches… Uttpal Dutt, the veteran actor of yesteryear erupts into his famous dialogue “moochh nahi to kuch nahi” in the movie Golmaal. And an English proverb goes… “A man without a moustache is like a cup of tea

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Appearances can be deceiving : Shree Vilas- Vilas by the Lake

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I am not an greatest luxury kind of traveller…I don’t look for a laaavish spread of food, the scented pillows, personal masseuse, butlers or cool wine bottles served in wine buckets…..but I need at least a nice clean bed, a functioning wash room and warm breakfast when I book a room for my vacation  anywhere. En-route to a long

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A poetry in stone: Ranakpur

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“Behen ji, ek shawl pehan lo….mandir me jaane nahi denge aapko!” You see, I was wearing a sleeveless kurti with chudidaar leggings and no dupatta…. At the ticket window of Ranakpur Jain Temple, one man cheekily informed me to take a shawl or else I wouldn’t be allowed inside the temple!! I had convinced Aby, my hubby dear,

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See you later Alligator, After a while Crocodile….!!

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While I marvelled at the ingenious idea of Bangalore based NGO in bringing attention of civil authorities towards the dangerous pot-holed roads, by filling the pot-holes with life-like crocodiles and more recently Anaconda, I remembered one such visit to Crocodile Bank near Mahabalipuram, some 40 km from Chennai, Tamilnadu. I remember, how I was surprised to hear about

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To chill(!!) at Nainital….

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In India we have a rich collection of stories for almost everything including names of cities, lakes, rivers, mountains, gods, goddesses, festivals, forests…. According to one such mythological story, the Goddess Sati felt insulted that she and her husband Lord Shiva were not invited as guests by her own father King Daksha for prayer gathering. She forced her

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In search of Diamonds at the ‘Shepherd’s Hill’

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The first thing that I learnt was that all the world-famous huge diamonds…..the Darya-e-Nur, the Koh-i-noor, Hope Diamond, the Regent Diamond all were excavated from Golkonda mines! The fort city once, was an important trade centre of precious stones and gems and kings had a dripping with riches, opulent lifestyle. That piqued my interest….diamonds are a girl’s best friend they

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Oasis at Khuri

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“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery And there it was…A well….well-hidden under the muddy platform with an opening just large enough for only one pail at a time to reach in to draw water but when we had reached the camp resort, there was no activity,

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Modern Art in a Cave: Amdavad ni Gufa

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What would someone expect when two great minds…. one who conjured up three-dimensional contemporary spaces with traditional concepts and another who with just a stroke of his brush created images on the canvas, amalgamate their ideas? Yes! When art and architecture join hands…..it gives birth to this cave like Art Gallery under the ground to

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A Rainy Day Drive at Tamhini Ghat

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A light drizzle that continued from late morning till early evening brought the pre monsoons in Pune. “Ata bagha Tamhini Ghata che thaat“(Now see the beauty of Tamhini Ghat) announced the Marathi newspaper soon after the pre-monsoon showers came thundering down on the parched soil and justified our on the spur decision of driving along Tamhini Ghat.

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The Fire Altar : Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujrat

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The  first soft yellow light of the early morning fell on the face of the gold idol of Surya, imparting a resplendent glow shattering the darkness……It seemed as if the Sun God himself emerged from the sleepy confines of the garbha griha of the temple riding his golden chariot heralding the dawn of a new day. The

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Lure of the Taj

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“Love is not finding someone to live with; its finding someone you cannot live without” Love is immeasurable…undefined….limitless…boundless…we seek to be loved forever, remembered forever….. One man who has been able to let his love for his wife known to the world was the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan….His undying love survives even today in lore

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Keoladeo National Park

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As a kid in Ghaziabad near Delhi, I remember, my father planning a visit to the sanctuary. I was a mere nine-year old then and my younger sister just six and we were very upset with our father, for dragging us in the sanctuary for hours together even when the sun was up, in hope

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Golu Devta Temple,Ghorakhal (Nainital)

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My parents had come visiting and in a bid to escape the heat wave at Bareilly, all five of us, my parents, me, my husband and our daughter, left for Nainital for a long lazy weekend. We stayed at a private residence a part of which was converted by the family into resort known as

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1971, Battle at Longewala

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A cricket match between India and Pakistan  is no less than a war….emotions run high with people on either side praying for victory of their teams, betting high stakes or promising lavish parties post a win. The players are under huge pressure to play well because a defeat causes so much of heartbreak and  depression that people burn effigies of

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Rani ki Vav(Queen’s Stepwell): Patan, Gujrat

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Back from a long vacation recently, there was no agenda of another holiday. However a last-minute decision to join in a family get-together was the reason that we stayed overnight at Ahmedabad, Gujrat while returning from Pune. The next day being Sunday we were in no particular hurry to make it to Badmer, Rajasthan, our city of

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Sunburn Goa 2014

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Held in December since 2007, Asia’s largest music festival is here again. The Sunburn Goa is many music lovers dream. It is being held at Vagator Beach in Northern Goa. For more information head on to… http://www.festicket.com/festival/sunburn-goa/    

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A trip to US of A….

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For the families like us, with a sole earning member and a fixed salary every month……planning, prioritising, compromising, budgeting and reallocating is very much a part of routine. So, planning an expensive abroad trip is an overwhelming luxury and risk in managing our funds. And on top of that…a trip to America, a country much costlier in smallest of

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A photo journey : Havelock Island, Andamans

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I had never seen so many hues of blue till I made a trip to Havelock Island , Andaman Islands. The most popular and the best beach in Asia, Radhanagar beach with its silver sand strewn with thousands of beautiful shells and corals, elephant rides in sea, snorkelling was so breathtaking that I could not stop shooting photographs. Here are

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Sun City: Jodhpur

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A hot cup of coffee is my utmost requirement when I am tired and post my shopping adventure I sure was tired, famished and in no state to go searching for a coffee cafe near the “Clock tower” of Jodhpur though it has many eateries catering quick bites. The market place near the clock tower is the much

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Lord Ganesha’s visarjan (departure)

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For ten days since Ganesh Chaturthi which is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada (August-September), starting on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, the atmosphere reverberates with songs and prayers in praise of Lord Ganesh. This is particularly a major festival for the state of Maharashtra. (Read Swarupa’s vivid description of the festival at

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The Great Indian Thar Desert

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“Sir, just for Rs 800 I will take the camel cart to the farthest limit of this desert…..You can see the finest golden sand there…no coarse grain. All films with desert scene are shot in that part, sir!!” Our camel ride guide was trying his selling pitch on us as we stepped down the cart to shoot

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Designs on walls…

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When I moved into a new house, I unpacked and put up all those freshly washed and ironed curtains, the polished wood furniture and other small curios to decorate the house but still there seemed something missing in the decor. Ah! Yes! My walls were bare!! When a wall is adorned with paintings, photographs of family, textures

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Baijnath Temple, Kausani

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I have this lust…. weekend outings! Being a homemaker there is really no ‘off-day’ for me and it becomes real boring for me if I am stuck at home for the weekend doing all those same household chores like every other day. While in Pune (Maharashtra) we had lots of weekend getaway options plus the weather was pleasant

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Where Gods love…..

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“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” ― Gautama Buddha Sringara is one of the nine rasas, which forms the basis of all classical Indian arts like theatre, music, dance, poetry and sculpture. Rasa means the flavour and ‘Sringar-Rasa’ is mostly about romantic love, attraction, beauty and erotic love. Indian arts revolve

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Brackets and Corbels :Temples and Forts

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The Hindu architecture is replete with magnificent examples of stone work……. embroidered stone! With simple tools like hammer and chisel these ancient stones tell the tales of knowledge and accuracy of workmanship of the craftsmen. A few examples to marvel at(no words required…..) : Related articles Indo-Islamic Architecture   

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The Mughals: Agra Fort

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My fascination for Mughals and the architectural heritage that they left must have begun way back in 1977 when I was two years old  🙂 and my parents on a visit to Agra clicked me with the “TAJ MAHAL” as backdrop. With a grandfather to tell the tales of Indian History, a wonderful history teacher in primary school

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Jaipur: Chand Baori (Abhaneri Stepwell)

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Step Wells were integral part of Indian villages before the British imposed their way discarding the need of such water reservoirs and belittling the societal functioning of the villages. Some of the step-wells still exist but are not in use like Agrasen ki Baoli (New Delhi), Rani ki vav (Patan, Gujarat), Chand Baori in Abhaneri (near Jaipur, Rajasthan),  Pushkarani (Hampi, Karnataka). Abhaneri (originally

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KULDHARA : The Haunted Village

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Kuldhara, the haunted abandoned village, lies some 15 kms west of Jaisalmer (the golden-sand-desert city of Rajasthan). The village inhabited by Paliwal brahmins in around 18th century was a prosperous village. It was a well laid town consisting of 84 villages. The roads laid in cardinal directions were wide and there were separate domestic and

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Forts of Rajasthan

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Trikuta Fort, Jaisalmer Jaisalmer is a town in the state of Rajasthan, of golden sands and yellow sandstone and hence also known as the golden city. The “Trikuta Fort” is the only fort which is still occupied by the families which in earlier times owned the land inside the fort. However, due to the  houses

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You Are Invited !

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Ever asked a street painter to paint an invite on an external wall of your house or your neighbor’s wall? No, I am sure no one has. Even I never knew of any such practice until I visited Jaisalmer , a small town in the state of Rajasthan, with ornate havelis (large houses of rich

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Wandering In The Haunted Kiradu Temple Ruins (Rajasthan)

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“Mandir ke avshesh hain….dekh lo, par sham ko mat rukna….wahan bhoot aate hain (You can visit the temple ruins here, but do not stay after sunset because it is haunted)” the owner of the small restaurant told us as we sat eating the spicy local cuisine made from dried sangria beans  and ker berries  with

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Elephant headed God : Lord Ganesh

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Many a Hindu symbols and deities fascinate people world over. A lot of people are aware of the elephant headed God of Hindus…….Lord Ganesha. For the Hindus, Ganesha is the most important. All festivals, functions or any thing auspicious begin only after a prayer to Lord Ganesha.  Why a God with elephant head? According to the mythological

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Mamallapuram

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Our holiday was to be in Puducherry. As it ended,  we decided to extend it and visit my sister at Hyderabad. We booked a taxi for Chennai where we were supposed to board a train for Hyderabad. On way to Chennai from Puducherry via the coastal highway we reached Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram as it is

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Ajanta Caves

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Weekends bring along a wish to escape from the routine day’s boredom. And having developed a liking towards long drives, I start getting all fidgety as the weekend nears…..I just have to go ……!! At the time we were posted in Pune and on one of our such weekend getaways we visited Ajanta Caves, a

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Cherrapunji: Root Bridges

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This year began with a long  vacation which was pending since last year. Every time we planned a trip to the north- eastern states of India, some thing else cropped up and we kept on re-planning. Even this time we could fit in only Kaziranga National Reserve and Shillong-Cherrapunji. The whole group of seven states “The

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Agra: Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb

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When we got posted to Agra, I was ecstatic. Agra was the seat of power of Mughal Dynasty for a long time before the capital was shifted to Delhi. I have a penchant for old historical structures and having grown up reading ‘Akbar-Birbal’ stories, I was itching to visit all the palaces, forts and mausoleums. I remember visiting Taj Mahal

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Gwalior

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Though I was born in Gwalior and spent many summer vacations at my grandparents’ home in Gwalior yet this was the first time I planned a visit to the fort besides the market to remember the good old days…. Gwalior is one of the big city in the state of Madhya Pradesh(central India) which has

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Happy New Year…

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ऊपर वाले ने क्या रंगोली है सजाई हर क्यारी और गलियारे में फूलों की चादर बिछाई वृक्ष भी इतराए और अपनी नयी हरियाली सबको दिखाई खेतों ने तान के सीना नयी फसल उगाई चहक चहक कर चिड़ियों ने दी नव वर्ष की बधाई वसंत ऋतू आई, वसंत ऋतू आई…   India celebrates many festivals through

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Cellular Jail…”Kaala-Paani”

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कर चले हम फ़िदा, जान-ओ-तन साथियों, अब तुम्हारे हवाले वतन साथियों… Sung thus the freedom fighters before embracing the sentence for life- “Kaala-Paani”. The name stuck because all communication with near and dear ones was severed off  once the prisoners were sent to Andaman Islands. The punishment, on the islands surrounded by water as far as the

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A colourful festival

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I feel like I am back in school writing essays but if I choose to write about the country then I can not miss its festivals . And India is a barrel full of festivals with its 28 states, 7 union territories and 18 major languages(1600 dialects), each having their own name and way of

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An ordinary life….is it?

A few days back eight people were killed while travelling atop a passenger train from Bareilly. Random accidents of people crossing railway tracks while the gates are closed are heard every now and then. Overloaded vehicles topple injuring the passengers. The recent tsunami at Japan has once again driven home the point to live life

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फिर भी..

हर दिन हों लगे चाहे सारे छप्पन भोग, पर रस-स्वाद ढूँढ़ते हैं वो लोग, हम तो लगाते अपने प्रभु को, नमक-सूखी रोटी का भोग, फिर भी हर दिन थोडा, मुस्कुरा लेते हैं हम लोग !! फीके रंग, कपड़ा ढीला या तंग, इसका करते हैं वो सोग, पुराने-फटे पिछली होली के रंगे कपड़ों में, साल बिता

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