Shikwa Haveli's Verandah

‘Shikwa’ Heritage Homestay, Kaatha Village

When childhood memories begin to nudge and coax to act, a Haveli is born at Kaatha village near Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh.  On a trip with fellow members of Travel Correspondents and Bloggers Group to village on outskirts of Delhi, I stayed at Shikwa Heritage Homestay. The Haveli in its present stage has literally risen…

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Inauguration of Navaratri festival at Ahmedabad

Navaratri Celebrations In Gujarat

I was invited by Gujarat Tourism Department to attend NAVARATRI FESTIVAL 2018 at Ahmadabad and Vadodara. The inauguration event marks the beginning of nine days of  Garba dance where the entire community participates to celebrate feminine power of Goddess Shakti and her nine incarnations. If you happen to be in Gujarat during Navaratri, the opening ceremony…

Migratory Birds In India

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats celebrated on second Saturday of months May and October. 13th October 2018 is the World Migratory Bird Day. I am an accidental birder really. Inclination is not the question, but time is. I would love…

Authentic Traditional Crafts Of Thanjavur With Geographical Indication Tag

A religious, cultural and heritage hub, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu has four authentic traditional crafts recognized as Geographical Indication. When we were posted to Thanjavur, Tamilnadu my first reaction was not very favorable. My apprehensions to move to the place were not unfounded and initial few months in Thanjavur seemed frustrating with sign language conversations and a little-uncomfortable-for-me conservative…

A Slice Of Pav And Blob Of Maska: Glimpses Of Parsi Eateries At Pune

When Alka Kaushik and Puneetinder of Travel Correspondents & Bloggers Group suggested a curated Parsi food walk at Pune with food critic Jayesh Paranjpe who also runs travel company The Western Routes, I wondered if I could do justice. I am not much big on food though I do experiment with food during my travels. But…

Handcrafted Saraswati Veena Of Thanjavur

The Geographical Indication tag(formally granted in 2013) handcrafted Saraswati Veena of Thanjavur is revered by the Carnatic music stalwarts for its sonorous quality. A prized possession of the classical musicians, the artists go an extra mile to procure the original from the temple town. I was in Thanjavur exploring the narrow bylanes when my guide…