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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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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Lost in Time: Nagunur Ruins

Less than three hours from Hyderabad, the district of Karimnagar in Telangana is peppered with numerous lesser-known forts and ancient ruins, making it the ideal day trip destination. Not yet over run with tourists, here you can happily explore at your own pace. Home to a  cluster of Kalyana and Kakatiya temple ruins, Nagunur is one such…

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The Great Living Chola Temples: Vol I

In and around Thanjavur are The Great Living Chola Temples, three temple complexes dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. Built by the Cholas, who were undoubtedly one of the most powerful monarchies of South India that ruled for over four and a half centuries, all of these ancient temples are ‘living temples’ –…

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From a billion years ago.

Thwack. Down came the elephant’s trunk on my head, in a gesture of blessing. I was surprised at how gentle it was, gentle giants indeed. We were in Trichy to attend a wedding at our family friends’ home and the temple elephant was here to bless the newly weds, to flag off their journey together…

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In the Nomadic Settlement of Puga

Snow crunched under my heavy boots as I stepped out of the heated SUV, into the freezing winter of Ladakh. It was -16 degrees and we had just arrived in Puga, a little nomadic village in the Changthang valley. Located in the Eastern Ladakh Region of Jammu and Kashmir, Puga is a geothermal field and…

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Streets of Pondicherry – Part I: Art

New Settlement. That is Pudicheri for you. Interpreted into Pondicherry by and for the French. From the Romans who came here to trade in the 1st century AD to the Portuguese who returned in 1521 to trade in textiles, Pondicherry has had a colourful legacy. Not the Pallavas, Cholas, Pandyas, Sangamas or the Mughals; not even…

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Pondicherry, Racist much?

Pondicherry has South India’s most distinctive sub culture. 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 where cafes cool and inviting are at every turn. But, just how racist…

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A Trinity of Faiths & more: Medak

Everyone in Hyderabad has heard of the Medak Church and if you grew up in this city it is highly likely that you would have even gone there on a school trip. It is after all the largest diocese in all of Asia and is believed to be second only to the Vatican, even across the…

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24 Hours in Dubai

Dubai is my second home. Having briefly lived there in 2014, I have gone back to this glamorous city thrice since. So, when I had to pick my favourite city to spend 24 hours in, I didn’t really need to think twice! The only choice was on how to go about it. It happens ever so often,…

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Travel Wishlist: Go Israel!

It all started with Instagram. The wanderlust-ing, frantically adding and reorganising my Travel Wishlist, in fact all that stunning imagery from some of the most beautiful destinations in the world was part of what inspired me bring together and share my own travel stories here on the blog! So here I am kicking off a…

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A Song of Stone: Dichpally Ramalayam

One of the oldest and the most renowned temple in Nizamabad is the Ramalayam in Dichpally. This 14th century temple dedicated to the Ram Avtaar of Lord Vishnu is also called the Indhoor Khajuraho and Khilla Ramalayam. Sitting on a hillock the Dichpally Ramalayam offers one, sweeping views of the quaint little town of Dichpally…

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