Karnataka · Travel

Vittala Temple, Hampi: An architectural masterpiece

Hampi is one of the most visited and popular sites in Karnataka and it is really one of those places you never tire of seeing again and again.  This is because there is so much to explore in this ancient town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and akin to an open air museum.  I… Continue reading Vittala Temple, Hampi: An architectural masterpiece

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Fine arts with a purpose: Rasa Aadharan

Theatre for Holistic Development (THD) Located on Bengaluru’s bustling Sampige Road in Malleshwaram is the truly unique Rasa Aadharan, a centre for children and adults with special needs. Committed to the holistic development of special students, Rasa Aadharan is a branch of RASA, Chennai.  The latter was founded by Dr Ambika Kameshwar, who advocates the… Continue reading Fine arts with a purpose: Rasa Aadharan

Karnataka · Travel

Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: the experience and the journey

My previous post spoke about the grandeur, facilities and delectable food aboard the Golden Chariot.  This concluding post is a quick summary on the premier experience as well the journey offered by this luxury train. With a staff of close to 40 members, the hospitality of the train is managed by the Mapple group of… Continue reading Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: the experience and the journey

Karnataka · Travel

Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: royalty and luxury galore

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Golden Chariot is a luxury train run by the Karnataka department of Tourism that takes you on an unforgettable journey to the best sights of Karnataka as well as other south Indian states of Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry depending on the option you select.  Named… Continue reading Karnataka’s Golden Chariot: royalty and luxury galore

Miscellaneous · Travel

Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues

Having lived in Hyderabad for a major part of my life, visiting Pochampally was always on the agenda, given my undying love for handlooms and ethnic weaves. However, it was always one of those elusive trips that somehow never seemed to materialise. But the plan remained firmly harboured within me. Hence, when I visited the… Continue reading Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues

Miscellaneous · Travel

Five Unique things to do in Goa: experiences off the beaten track

Sun, sand, surf, parties and pure fun are just a handful of things associated with India’s tiniest and most vibrant state, Goa. Flanked by the glistening Arabian Sea on the west, Maharashtra on the north and Karnataka to the east and south, Goa is one of the most popular states in the country. Ruled until… Continue reading Five Unique things to do in Goa: experiences off the beaten track

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Mammoth and monumental: Gommateshvara (Bahubali) at Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola town and Jainism Nestled between the Indragiri and Chandragiri hills, Shravanabelagola in Karnataka is one of the oldest and most significant Jain pilgrimage centers in India. Dating all the way to 297 BC, this town is associated with the great ruler Chandragupta Maurya who lived here after he became a Jain ascetic. Jainism flourished… Continue reading Mammoth and monumental: Gommateshvara (Bahubali) at Shravanabelagola

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Kabini in pictures: the perfect date with nature

One of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, Kabini is a perfect getaway in case if you want to experience the best of nature.  Synonymous with spectacular wildlife and lush greenery, Kabini was the erstwhile private hunting grounds of the British and Mysore Maharajahs.  While, the Kabini river originates in the Wayanad District of Kerala,… Continue reading Kabini in pictures: the perfect date with nature

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Five reasons why a trip aboard Karnataka’s Golden Chariot is a journey of a lifetime

Life is like a journey, taken on a train.  With a pair of travelers at each windowpane. I may sit beside you all the journey through, Or I may sit elsewhere, never knowing you. But if fate should make me sit by your side,  Let’s be pleasant travelers; it’s so short a ride. – Anonymous Train… Continue reading Five reasons why a trip aboard Karnataka’s Golden Chariot is a journey of a lifetime

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Matsuri at The Chancery: Japanese food at its authentic best

Did you know that Japanese never make their guests sit with their backs facing the door? I too did not, until I visited Matsuri, at The Chancery.  It is here that I learnt, that, it is apparently considered disrespectful as it indicates you are showing your guests the door. My experience with Japanese food has… Continue reading Matsuri at The Chancery: Japanese food at its authentic best