Jami masjid champaner

Champaner, Gujarat

Having enjoyed the Navaratri celebrations at the largest congregation of dancers at United Garba on my earlier visit to Vadodara and a visit to Kevadia for Statue Of Unity, I was all set for exploring Gujarat's first UNESCO World Heritage Site at Champaner-Pavagarh Archaeological Park in Panchmahal district of Gujarat where 114 monuments have been…

Must See Monasteries In And Around Leh, Ladakh

Ladakh, the newly formed Union Territory, the land of clear azure skies, crystal clear blue-green gurgling rivers, snow-capped Himalayas and friendly smiling people, is predominantly Buddhist region and home to many monasteries. The minute you reach Leh, the sight of fluttering colorful flags, prayer wheels installed on streets or symbols representing Buddha are in abundance.…

Smithia Hirsuta flowers bloom like a carpet

Why You Should Visit Kaas Pathar, The Plateau Of Flowers in Satara, Maharashtra

  The dry thirsty landscape is fed with life elixir all through the monsoons. The environs turn a lush green and soothe our eyes and senses. But with September the rainy season almost ends.  And it is during this lull period when rains have just about ceased and the second wave of heat has not…

Saputara Monsoon Festival, Gujarat

Located in the hills of Western Ghats is the little Dang District of Gujarat at the edge of Maharashtra. A predominantly Bhil tribal area, the Dang district has roots in mythology. Dang is assumed to be the the 'Dandakaryanya' of Ramayan which Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman passed through while going towards Nasik-Tryambakeshwar. It is…

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Grand Dragon Hotel, Leh

Luxurious Retreat In Ladakh: The Grand Dragon

If you are hoping for a luxurious stay in the amazing and gorgeous and yet difficult terrain of Ladakh, Grand Dragon Hotel, the first and only luxury hotel at Leh ticks all the right boxes. I first visited Leh-Ladakh in the year 2000. The things were pretty less tourist oriented back then. This year I…

Siang River

Abor Country River Camp By The Mighty Siang River

What do you do for adventure? Trekking? Scuba Diving? Rappeling? Or Water Rafting? If it is water rafting that makes your heart thump with excitement, you must be thinking of Rishikesh... But AborCountry River Camp in Arunachal Pradesh on the banks of mighty, furious and expansive Siang River right in the middle of a forest…

Informatics Centre And Museum Of Dinosaur Fossils At Balasinor, Gujarat

If one looks closely at the engravings in ancient temples in Rajasthan and Gujarat, there are depictions of certain animals that look like dinosaurs. I have come across a few in Jain temples at Kiradu. I often wondered where all on Indian terrain did dinosaurs roam. First fossilized dinosaur egg was discovered as early as…