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,…

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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…

Ramoji Film City: Bringing Alive The Fantasy

Films have always been a big part of everyday life for an average Indian. The death-defying stunts have made many a common man believe in super human capabilities of film heroes. The reverence is almost God like. While the Universal Studios in United States had long ago made tours to film sets accessible to common…

Christmas in Puducherry

I have visited Puducherry or Pondicherry as it is better known, twice, both times in December. In 2007 when I had not ventured in the world of blogging and chronicling my travels, I was there during Christmas and last year on the eve of new year. The recent visit was more about seeing the French…

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…

Memories Of Luxury Stay At Fortune Resort, Port Blair

"Memories are timeless treasures of the heart" And a memory of something that happens for the first time...that particular memory is the most special. There have been quite some vacations when I have stayed in luxury resorts but it was on a vacation to Andaman Islands in January 2009 that we first splurged on our stay. For most…

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…

Experience A Little Bit Of Punjab At Gaj Retreat Resort

Punjab, the land of five rivers, the boisterous folk music, the energetic 'Bhangra' and the never-say-die attitude of its brave men and women, reminds me also of thick creamy lassi, the sweetened buttermilk, the peaceful Gurudwaras and the sumptuous 'langar' food! And I have all the reasons to feel happy as I tasted a little…

What Not To Miss In California

The state of California stretches from Mexico to Oregon. The Golden state as it is better known, is hub of art, technology and entertainment. With a variety of natural landscapes to attract, it was very much on our to do list during the month-long vacation to United States. Though we had enough days in hand…