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…

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…

Osian ~ Rustic Gateway to The Thar

Osian, a little known village tucked in rural Rajasthan can bewilder you with its rustic charm. Osian is a gateway to the Thar. It offers unspoilt desert flora and fauna, old temples and an unforgettable experience. 15th Nov, 2014 It was a lazy and warm November afternoon.I reached Osian, 70 Kms away from Jodhpur by…

Around Konark ~ Off the Beaten Path

Konark – the famed black pagoda frequented by thousands everyday. A Bong learns to travel, starts his/her outings with quintessential DiPuDa( a popular pun of Bengal generated from abbreviation of  Digha-Puri-Darjeeling). A naive traveler who had just landed on Puri would certainly wonder by finding the language spoken mostly in the town is Bengali instead…