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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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…

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Kaziranga National Reserve

Kaziranga National Park, the home to two-thirds of world's Great one-horned Rhinoceros in Assam, is an UNESCO World Heritage site. When To Visit: The park stays closed from 1st May to 31st October every year. The winter season from November to March is mild and dry and a perfect time to visit the Park. There…

The Mughal Seat Of Power: Agra Fort

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Agra Red Fort has seen many a births of Mughal Dynasty's future kings,  clandestine love stories,  conspiracies,  heart breaks, coronations, revolts, treachery and the rise and establishment of a powerful reign. The red sandstone edifice stands in all its strength and glory still towering over the city of Taj,…

Taj Mahotsav, Agra

Trivia on Taj Mahotsav: 1. A minimal of 50 Rs is the entry fees for the festival with tickets available at entry gates. 2. No ticket is applicable for kids below five years and foreigners. 3. There is no separate ticket for Cultural programmes. Taj Mahotsav: If the once Mughal capital Agra on the banks…

Bhillar, The First Book Village Of India

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”  Neil Gaiman-American Gods I wonder what American Gods author, would say if he heard about 'Bhillar'.   Tucked away in the folds of idyllic Western…

Sarafa Bazar, Indore: A Gastronomic Orgy

Indore, a fast developing city in heart of Madhya Pradesh, besides being known as the seat of power of Holkar clan, its erstwhile rulers, is also a delight for food nerds. Whenever I visit Indore, it amazes me no end to see the variety that is doled out in form of 'namkeens and farsan' the fried…