Five Offbeat Places to See in Jaipur

A walk from Statue Circle to Bidhansabha Arrive at early morning before mass traffic is out. Have a stroll around the beautiful garden built in a roundabout.Walk towards the State Assembly building via Janpath to be impressed by the modern yet artistic government buildings and the colossal, stately Bidhan Sabha Building. Spend a little bit…

Musings of Mussoorie !!

Thundershowers, Mist and Chill greeted me in Mussoorie, The Queen of Hills. It is another Darjeeling that we are used to. The serpentine climb, the pine forests, endless hills, incessant rains, chilling cold and off course a vibrant Mall.The day I arrived was overcast with frequent drizzles and strong winds. It was an unplanned, under…

Jaisalmer – The Fort, Havelis and Cenotaphs

Jaisalmer, The Grand Desert Town of Rajasthan is charismatic in its rustic old world charm despite being swarmed by tourist traffic during winter. It holds a special charm to every Bengali due to its feature in Satyajit Ray’s thriller “Sonar Kella” since 1971. Buoyed by the cult film’s nostalgia I arrived in Jaisalmer couple of…

Gour – The “Ruined” Past of Bengal

Gour, The mediaeval capital of Bengal was once a major town and seat of power in its era. Located at Maldah district of West Bengal today, it is now in ruins and the remnants are conserved by ASI. Shashanka established Gour or Gauda as independent sovereign state in Bengal in 590 CE. His capital was…

desert national park

Desert National Park ~ Deserted Wonderland of Rajasthan

Thar Desert, situated in the north west part of Rajasthan is the smallest but most densely populated desert of the World. It is a unique place only one of its kind and displays amazing bio diversity. In 1980, Govt of India declared most of the Jaisalmer and Barmer district as Desert National Park to protect…

Jaipur on Foot ~ The Pink City Walk

Jaipur, The Grand  Pink City designed by architect Bidyadhar Bhattacharya in 1726 is today the capital and at the helm of all affairs of the state of Rajasthan. Its grandeur continues till today as it grows beyond the old walled town(Pink City) and evolved to a modern metropolis with all modern amenities though still holding…

Sikandra ~ Agra’s Best Kept Secret

Agra – The Ultimate Destination hosting The Taj, man made wonder, The Poetry on The Marble is frequented by millions round the year and is indeed a wonder. The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri comes next in the itinerary. But Agra is much more beyond Taj and Fort, with lesser known monuments strewn around the…

West Sikkim ~ Lure of the Kanchenjunga

November, one of my favorite month in the calendar when the sky turns really blue, the heat has gone and it opens the floodgates of wanderlust. November means no rains, moderate heat in the plains and mild chill in the hills and sweeping  clear views of the snow peaks. Thousands of people rush throughout the…

Regal Jodhpur: A Photo Story

Rajasthan, The Land of the Rajputs, has always been on top destination due to its forts,palaces, havelis, the desert landscape,culture and the bright, colorful sights and scenes. Jodhpur, the Heart of the Marwar Region, is a city which is the Gateway of Thar, home to the imposing giant fort of Mehrangarh, mesmerizes the newcomer with its dazzling…