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.…

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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…

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…

Dandi Kutir

Dandi Kutir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

A colossal mound of salt, shimmering as if lit by moonlight, rises up against the sky, piercing the darkness of the night in defiance proclaiming the relevance of the epic Satyagrah March.  Dandi Kutir or Mahatma Mandir at Gandhinagar, Gujarat is a tribute to the man who preached and practiced non-violence and forced British to…

Inauguration of Navaratri festival at Ahmedabad

Navaratri Celebrations In Gujarat

I was invited by Gujarat Tourism Department to attend NAVARATRI FESTIVAL 2018 at Ahmadabad and Vadodara. The inauguration event marks the beginning of nine days of  Garba dance where the entire community participates to celebrate feminine power of Goddess Shakti and her nine incarnations. If you happen to be in Gujarat during Navaratri, the opening ceremony…

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…

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…