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…

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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…

Big Temple at Thanjavur

Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Brihadeshwara Temple or ‘Periya Kovil’ built by Rajraja I in 1010 AD is the largest and tallest temple in the country at Thanjavur, Tamilnadu. It is one of the three 'Great Living Chola Temples', with the other two being Airawateshwar at Darasuram   and temple at Gangaikondacholapuram. The three temples still carry…

Apple Picking In Troy

The best moments of travel are undoubtedly the interaction with locals and the experiences that allow you the glimpse of their life. But I had not planned on it....and that is why the experience was much fulfilling and happy than any planned itinerary. Instead I was on a spree of crossing out the must-do list…