Belur and Halebeedu – Marvels of Hoysala Empire

Belur and Halebeedu are two small temple towns in Hassan District of Karnataka but placed in an esteemed pedestal for its marvelous temples built by monarchs of Hoysala dynasty who ruled this region during 1026 CE to 1343 CE. There are more than hundred Hoysala Temples scattered around obscure villages like Belavadi, Javagal etc but…

Mahabalipuram: Sculpture Paradise of Tamilnadu

Mahabalipuram located on the shore of Bay of Bengal, 60 Kms south from Chennai is a fabulous day trip for art and history lovers. It contains several magnificent monolithic temples, cave temples,numerous sculptures strewn around a small settlement along the beach.Several buses leave frequently from Koyambedu CMBT and few from Broadway Bus Terminus and takes…

Tirupati Darshan with APTDC

Om Vekatesaya Namo Image Source: Google Tirupati or Tirumala needs no introduction as it is the richest religious body of the planet and perhaps the place visited by most people. It is located in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh and draws nearly a lakh pilgrims a day. It is one of the 108 Divya Desams…

Karwar and Udupi – Travel through Coastal Karnataka

The stretch of land between Western Ghats and Arabian Sea forms the western coastline of peninsular India better known as Konkan. The mountains here flirts with the sea all along four states namely Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala. Unlike more popular and crowdy Goan counterparts, Karnataka still carefully preserves many quaint, lesser known places that…

Hampi – The Ruins Along the Tungabhadra

Hampi, a well explored yet wonderful place sits along the Tungabhadra river in Central Karnataka. This place has a surreal landscape of boulders strewn across little hills. This was the very home of famed “Vanaras” mentioned Ramayana in Treta yug called Kiskindhya. Lord Hanuman was born here near Anegundi across the river. Between 1336 and…

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…