A Bridge on the Clouds

I cant thank enough my dear cousin, Somdatta, for offering to be a guest blogger and lending a vivid account of her journey through some gems of Meghalaya! Somdatta is a blogger herself and you may visit her blog @ https://somdattachakraborty.wordpress.com/ to enjoy more of her brilliance! “Mawlynnong” – It was a difficult name to pronounce,…

Adab Arz Hai, Lucknow!

Think of tehzeeb (courtesy) and nazakat (elegance), think of heritage and history, think of Nawabs and their extravagant lifestyle – and you will find yourself basking in the legacy of Lucknow! The capital city of the northern state of  Uttar Pradesh, located on the banks of Gomti River, Lucknow is the third largest city in the North…

Temple Run: Episode #1: An Introduction

Being an ardent admirer and a fascinated fan of the ancient temple architecture in India, this series of Temple Run is an effort to showcase the treasure house of art that the ancients temples embody! Traditionally constructed as shrines of prayer and worship, the structures themselves are no less than a work of exquisite art….

Road Trip to Hampi: The Lost Empire of Vijaynagar

Dil Chalta Hai to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (For the ignorant, these are blockbuster Bollywood movies) – road trips sound pretty cool! So what if we don’t have Spain in the nearby vicinity of Hyderabad?! 😛 (Again for the ignorant. Spain was the back drop of the movie ZNMD.) We chose Hampi to be our…

The Land of the Golden Temple

Looking for an unusual mix of religion, modern history and patriotism, try out Amritsar! Literally meaning the Nectar Lake, colloquially referred to as Ambarsar and supposedly short for AmritSarovar, Amritsar is situated in the northern state of Punjab in India. Whilst The Golden Temple will touch your devotional chords, the Jallianwala Bagh will invoke moroseness for the unwarranted massacre and…

Kanyakumari: A Dive into Mystical Hinduism

Some experiences just leave an indelible mark. Sometimes a trip can only be the beginning of a longer journey. One such destination was Kanyakumari – literally meaning believe it or not, The Unmarried Austere Girl! Well! It is after all the Incredible India!; located in the state of Tamil Nadu, it is the southernmost tip…

Road Trip to Rayalaseema

Searching for a road trip destination from Hyderabad and having already explored Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi and Goa, truthfully speaking, we were not really spoilt for choice. Gandikota, our desi version of the Grand Canyon, was the pick. And so we set out early on a Saturday morning through the Hyderabad Bangalore highway – NH44….

Go Goa Gone

Goa has been in my bucket list forever. And it was time to put a tick on the checklist! Nestled in the Western Ghats by the Arabian Sea, this small Indian state is the most popular beach getaway in India. Interestingly Goa is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata as Goparashtra or Govarashtra, meaning “a nation of cowherds”. It…

The Jaipur Rains

Continuing our Rajasthan Saga, the next pit stop was Jaipur, the capital city. The overnight train journey from Jaisalmer to Jaipur was quite uneventful. We reached Jaipur before 5 in the morning. A 10 minute auto ride from the Jaipur Railway station took us to RTDC Teej where we had our rooms booked. Uptil now,…

The Deserts of Thar: Jaisalmer

Traveling to Jaisalmer was like entering a story book and becoming one of the characters of the unfolding tale. There was a detective book and then a movie by Satyajit Ray named Sonar Kella which has introduced Rajasthan in an altogether different light to almost all Bengalies. The morning train journey took us past stations…

The Jodhpur Blues

The fact that what transpired on a lazy Thursday morning in Shanghai would get realized into staunch reality was something that I had not probably realized then. Strange but true; the last fortnight has been just that and probably more! Jaisalmer seemed like a place that existed only in fiction, like Jim Hawkins’ Treasure Island…