Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Bengaluru flower market, K R Market

As mentioned in my previous posts, visiting flower markets in any city is my favourite and always on my ‘to do’ list.  Last month, I decided to visit the flower market in namma Bangalore, as it was quite sometime since I visited last.  Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise as the market had… Continue reading Photo essay: Bengaluru flower market, K R Market

Miscellaneous · Travel

24 Hours in Queenstown: New Zealand’s Party Capital

There is a lot going on in New Zealand, especially in Queenstown, where the fun never seems to stop. Not only is it known as the adventure capital of the world, but it is also one of the world’s best party towns, according to 1Cover. With so much going on, it can be a bit… Continue reading 24 Hours in Queenstown: New Zealand’s Party Capital

Travel · United States

Big Cat Rescue, Tampa: the fascinating world of Felines

Lynx, servals, savannah cats, bobcats, lions, tigers and more.  These are just some of the animals you can expect to see at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tampa, Florida.  With over 100 felines, the centre is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats.  What makes Big Cat Rescue unique is that it… Continue reading Big Cat Rescue, Tampa: the fascinating world of Felines

Kerala · Travel

#HolidayDifferently with Sterling: 5 unique experiences with Sterling Wayanad

While I have been to Wayanad twice before, this time was certainly a bit more special for I had a chance to do things what I like the most.   As mentioned several times earlier, travel for me means not only sightseeing but also being able to experience the place from unique perspectives, whether it is… Continue reading #HolidayDifferently with Sterling: 5 unique experiences with Sterling Wayanad

Kerala · Reviews · Travel

Sterling Wayanad: of flora, fun, fascinating moments and fond memories

If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway from Bangalore that encompasses a multitude of experiences, a break at the beautiful Sterling Wayanad could well be your answer.  Read on to find out why. Ideal Location Situated just about 270 km from Bangalore and easily accessible by a scenic drive, Sterling Wayanad is located… Continue reading Sterling Wayanad: of flora, fun, fascinating moments and fond memories

Karnataka · Travel

The basket makers of Bangalore: weaving a livelihood through generations

For those of you well versed with Bangalore and its famous K R road, the sight of a several basket makers and their humble ‘stores’ a little off the pavement is a familiar one.  Sitting on the pavement, weaving baskets, mats and the like, an entire line of them can be found as you reach… Continue reading The basket makers of Bangalore: weaving a livelihood through generations

Karnataka · Travel

Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple: a historical landmark of Bengaluru

It is a well-known fact that when the city of Bengaluru aka Bangalore aka Bendhakaluru was formed, there were four towers or “Kempegowda gopuras” that were designated as the outer boundaries of the city.  However, given the pace at which the city has grown since then, the significance of these four towers today, is more… Continue reading Sri Dharmaraya Swamy Temple: a historical landmark of Bengaluru

Karnataka · Travel

Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

“When we perform in an all women squad, I always essay the role of ‘Bhima’” said Gouramma an established leather puppet artist from a remote village in Ramnagar in Karnataka.  The glint of pride in her voice was unmissable as she narrates how this art has been an integral part of her life.  Her parents… Continue reading Togalu Gombeyata: traditional form of puppetry – of art, drama and song

Karnataka · Travel

Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

As mentioned in several of my earlier posts, India is a treasure trove of magnificent temples and ancient monuments.  There are several such ‘hidden gems‘ in the form of beautiful, ornate temples dating back centuries in and around the bustling IT city of Bengaluru.  Yet another addition to this wonderful list is the Ramalingeshwara group of… Continue reading Photo essay: Ramalingeshwara group of temples, Avani

Travel · United States

Ybor City: Tampa’s Latin Quarter – an eclectic mix of diverse sights

Known as Tampa’s Latin quarter, Ybor city is an eclectic mix of diverse sights and sounds that encapsulates the history, culture and traditions of the various immigrants who came, over a century ago and settled in Tampa. Founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor, this historic neighbourhood was where thousands of immigrants mainly from Spain,… Continue reading Ybor City: Tampa’s Latin Quarter – an eclectic mix of diverse sights