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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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…

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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,…

In And Around Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, better known by the epithet 'Golden City' for its tawny landscape, is steeped in stories of valour, gallantry, vows, battles, sacrifices and royalty. For as far as the eyes can see, the city, surrounded by vast expanse of amber sand of the harsh arid Thar Desert, glows golden due to the rampant use of…

Nilgiri Mountain Train

Chugging Along Aboard The World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The mellow morning sun playing hide and seek with the snow-white gossamer clouds made the balmy weather only more pleasant...As I walked down the road towards the little town station I marvelled at the wild flowers swaying eagerly from the hill-side along the road to paint it  in their individual hues; purples, blues, yellows and oranges…

In Shiva’s Refuge At Airawateshwara Temple, Darasuram

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Airawateshwar Temple is one of the three Great Living Chola Temples. Built in 1162, by Raja Raja II the age old traditions are still followed in prayers and festivals. Darasuram is an hour's drive from Thanjavur and buses and taxis are easily available. Tour operators operate one-day, three-days and five-day tours for…

Lure of the Taj

"Love is not finding someone to live with; its finding someone you cannot live without" Love is immeasurable...undefined....limitless...boundless...we seek to be loved forever, remembered forever..... Taj Mahal needs no introduction to the people world over. It is the most beautiful symbol of love made by a loving husband, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, a mausoleum…

Keoladeo National Park

There are but few National Parks in India that have been given a status of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary as it is better known as is one of those. As a kid in Ghaziabad near Delhi, I remember, my father planning a visit to the sanctuary. I was…

Rani ki Vav(Queen’s Stepwell): Patan, Gujrat

Patan, known for Rani ki Vav and Patola Saris, is two and a half hour drive from Ahmedabad. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Rani ki Vav is an ancient step-well or baodi or vav in Gujarati. Stepwells are water tanks that are reached by descending steps. These were built by digging deep trenches to reach the…