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…

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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…

River Colorado Flowing through Grand Canyon

Helicopter Ride Over Grand Canyon And Mighty Colorado

If thrill is what gets you going, try taking a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado river. The shiny metal bird whirring away dangerously close to the cliffs....You will love it! Four years ago, I was on a month long vacation to USA. With a fixed budget, I wanted to tick…

Jackson Inns, Phaltan

Amidst Sun And Sugarcane: Serenity At Jackson Inn, Phaltan

What do you do when you travel to a destination with miles of sugarcane fields flanking the road and the horizon is dotted with gigantic windmills? The first thing I wanted was to drink fresh 'Ganne ka Ras' or cold pressed sugarcane juice, a childhood indulgence. My secret desire was granted at Jackson Inns, Phaltan…

Baby Olive Ridley Turtle

Olive Ridley Turtle Festival, Velas Beach, Maharashtra

Every Year November to December the two feet long adult female Olive Ridley Turtles also known as Pacific Ridley Turtles, return to the sands to nest. The turtles create a sand pit laboriously digging with their flippers and lay 80 or more eggs at a time. Left to incubate thus, these eggs hatch in about…

Say yes to falling in love with the world

Mysteries, Moments, Mortals And Mirth

Before traveling unknowingly became a part of life, I was stuck in a 4 ft x 4 ft cubicle designing houses and bungalows for rich clients. I would listen to the client's brief where they would ask for something in their homes that they had seen on a holiday to exotic places. While I was…

Buland darwaza

Fatehpur Sikri: A Labor Of Love, Abandoned For Lack Of Water

Civilizations have perished and cities have been abandoned throughout the world due to drying up of natural sources of water. The first planned township of Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, near Agra was one such city established with utmost passion by the Mughal Emperor Akbar but later abandoned for lack of…

Mega Kitchen

Inside The Mega Kitchen At Shirdi

One of the ten Mega Kitchens in India, Shree Sai Prasadalya in Shirdi feeds free food to as many as 70,000 people on a busy day. I have made many trips to Shirdi Sai baba temple since childhood and have literally seen it transform into this tiled huge complex with various sections for different requirements…

Mysterious woods

In Photos: Jim Corbett National Park

What begins as a quest for the magnificent striped jungle cat ends in marveling at the beauty of the forest. I would have loved to meet the tiger in its natural habitat, but the fresh air, the bird songs, the mysterious woods all make up for that one missed sighting. Here are few glimpses from…

Black buck

A Day At Muthupet Mangrove and Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary

Kodiakkarai, the south-eastern tip of Cauvery River Delta in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu where the Palk Strait meets Bay of Bengal is internationally known as Point Calimere, a name given by Portuguese traders who settled there establishing trade relations with Chola Dynasty in 16th century. Having visited the three living Chola temples around Thanjavur, I…