Tamil Nadu · Travel

Curiosities on the coast: Tharangambadi aka Tranquebar

It has a history that dates back to the 10th century. It’s where you’ll see spirituality in a new light. And it has a lovely stretch of beach in the most serene of settings. So it’s little wonder that Tharangambadi, formerly Tranquebar, means ‘land of the singing waves’. Situated in Nagapattinam district, along the coast… Continue reading Curiosities on the coast: Tharangambadi aka Tranquebar

Miscellaneous · Travel

The best shopping places in Jaipur: Bazaars, Markets and Bargains

Easily one of the most colorful and vibrant cities of India, Jaipur – the capital city of Rajasthan in India, presents a kaleidoscope of experiences for travellers of all genre. Apart from the numerous monuments, Jaipur has a rich tradition of art and craft and it is little wonder that it is a haven for shoppers.… Continue reading The best shopping places in Jaipur: Bazaars, Markets and Bargains

Miscellaneous · Travel

Allure of Handlooms: elegance aplenty

If you are a lover of all things natural and indigenous, the inimitable charm of handlooms is hard to resist.  Given India’s diversity, handlooms have been integral to our culture and heritage. From time immemorial, hand woven fabrics of our country symbolize grace, tradition and uniqueness.  A term that is generally used for a loom that is run sans electricity, handlooms… Continue reading Allure of Handlooms: elegance aplenty

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

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

Karnataka · Travel

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

Karnataka · Travel

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