The Great Living Chola Temples: Vol II

Second on UNESCO’s list of The Great Living Chola Temples, is the Brihadeeswara Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram. In a tiny village lost in time, is this 982 year old temple. This Brihadeeswara Temple too is built on the same lines as the Big Temple in Thanjavur, complete with a massive stone sculpture of Nandi facing…

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In Pictures: The Valley of Flowers

The Valley of Flowers. A breathtakingly beautiful (literally!) high altitude meadow of alpine flowers in the Western Himalayas. Accessible only through a trek route through the mountains, this valley is located in a transition zone that lies between the Zanskar Region of the Himalayas to the north and the Greater Himalayas to the south. Together…

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Road Tripping through Konaseema

Konaseema. The lush bucolic countryside of Coastal Andhra. ‘Kona’ for corner, this land wedged into a corner surrounded by water, is one of the most fertile deltas of Southern India.  The Godavari river keeps you company, as you Road Trip through these idyllic coastal towns. Known for its beauty, Konaseema has been depicted extensively with its…

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Spiti Valley this Summer

Here are 20 Photos to Inspire you to visit Spiti Valley this Summer. Ladakh’s lesser known cousin. Separated from the popular Kullu valley in Himachal by the Rohtang Pass, this middle land between India and Tibet is home to some of the most stunning lakes and monasteries in the world. Of which, the mythical Chandratal…

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Streets of Pondicherry – Part II: Architecture

They say if you can’t afford a ticket to Europe, travel to Pondicherry instead. Stroll through the white part of town and be transported in time and place to a laid back French town. Or just wander the streets to absorb the distinctive Franco-Tamil culture of the place. This small seaside town has a lot…

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Of Rocks and Hidden Temples: Armoor

In Nizamabad, is a temple. Though not quite as legendary as the Dichpally Ramalayam, but just as historic. Popularly known as Armoor Siddula Gutta, this is the Navanatha Siddheswara Temple and a  series of cave temples inside the rock formations of Armoor. Armoor Rock Formations As you drive along the highway from Nizamabad to Armoor,…

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Walking on Reflections

Reflections, Reflections. Everywhere. From the pristine white marble floors to the inky blue pools around them, its all about reflections. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, of course! Because one is not grand enough. We have two. One real & one a reflection. Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates and…

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To the Perfect Tiratisu!

Verrina Tiratisu Home made mascarpone cream cheese with coffee flavoured spongecake topped with cocoa powder. That’s Eatly’s Tiramisu for you. Hands down the best in Dubai and for me, counted amongst the few memorable ones from all those countless Tiramisus I have ever had! Just the sight of the Tiratisu (a healthier version of the usual Tiramisu…

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North meets South in Sitaram Bagh

Tucked away in a quiet corner of the old city in Hyderabad is the Sitaram Bagh Temple. Built by a banker Mr. Puranmal Ganeriwal in 1832, this centuries old Shri Sitaram Mandir is a sprawling complex of temples and beautiful airy courtyards spread over twenty five acres. From the main entrance and its imposing facade…

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Town of Hymns: Manthani

Named after a Khiledar under the reign of Sikandar Jha during 1803 to 1823, Syed Karimuddin, Karimnagar is one district in Telangana, which has ancient places seeped in historic importance to both Hindus and Buddhists alike. The most popular amongst these is Manthani. Home to the ruins of a Gautameswara Temple, Manthani is a timeless village from an…

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