Karnataka · Travel

Photoessay: Southadka Shri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kokkada

Located about 3 km from the village of Kokkada in Belthangady Taluk is a special temple of Lord Ganesha, the Southadka Shri Mahaganapathi Temple.  Yet another temple dedicated to the Lord of Beginnings in Dakshina Kannada district, this one is located just under 300 km from Bangalore. The unique feature of the temple is that there… Continue reading Photoessay: Southadka Shri Mahaganapathi Temple, Kokkada

Miscellaneous · Travel

Five places in and around Bangalore to visit this New Year’s Eve

Come December and it is the time of the year to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new.   A time to reflect and rejoice.  A time to soak in the festivities and celebrate the time gone by with the hope of brighter things to come. And what better way to usher in New… Continue reading Five places in and around Bangalore to visit this New Year’s Eve

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Photoessay: Undavalli caves, Vijayawada: splendid rock cut architecture

The bustling city of Vijayawada offers several interesting sights spanning nature, history, religion and culture.  Arguably one of the best attractions of this city are the Undavalli caves located 6 km from the city centre.  It is also an important Buddhist site just like the others sites in the state. The caves are one of the… Continue reading Photoessay: Undavalli caves, Vijayawada: splendid rock cut architecture

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Amaravati: an important Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh

As mentioned in my previous post on Ghantasala, the southern state of Andhra Pradesh has had a profound influence of Buddhism.  There are several theories that believe that Lord Buddha himself visited Andhra Pradesh when He gave sermons at Amaravati during the reign of King Suchandra.  Buddhism spread in a big way during the reign of… Continue reading Amaravati: an important Buddhist site in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Photoessay: Ghantasala – a centre of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh

The southern state of Andhra Pradesh is a treasure house when it comes to ancient Buddhist sites.  With an extremely significant and a deep-rooted influence of Buddhism, the state boasts of close to 150 Buddhist sites with new ones being discovered regularly. While one would normally associate Buddhism with Sanchi or Bodh Gaya, a Buddhist… Continue reading Photoessay: Ghantasala – a centre of Buddhism in Andhra Pradesh

Miscellaneous · Travel

Four ‘must visit’ museums in Doha, Qatar

An interesting mix of the contemporary and the conventional, Doha, the capital of Qatar is a city that dons many hats.  With a spectacular skyline that houses some of the most swashbuckling buildings, Doha is as much a city of modern skyscrapers as it is of traditional souqs.   With plenty to see and do, Doha offers several… Continue reading Four ‘must visit’ museums in Doha, Qatar

Miscellaneous · Travel

Qatar: of pearling centres, fishing villages, camel racing and ghost towns

On a recent visit to Qatar, the glitz, glamour and sheer razzmatazz of the capital city, Doha had me amazed.  An epitome of modernity, it is a city of rapid development on its way to achieve new heights of urbanization.  But a look at the history of the country reveals that it was traditionally known… Continue reading Qatar: of pearling centres, fishing villages, camel racing and ghost towns

Miscellaneous · Travel

Falcons, Falconry and Falcon souq – a unique experience in Doha, Qatar

On my recent visit to Qatar, I learnt that falcons and falconry was and still is an integral part of Qatar’s traditional culutre and lifestyle.  One of the most beautiful birds of prey and one of the fastest in the sky, the Falcon is revered and loved in Qatar. Also viewed as a status symbol… Continue reading Falcons, Falconry and Falcon souq – a unique experience in Doha, Qatar

Tamil Nadu · Travel

Photo essay: Nilgiri mountain railway: toy train from Coonor to Ooty

Trains and train journeys often get me all nostalgic with fond memories of my childhood days. A train journey from Hyderabad to our home town, Banglaore was a ‘regular feature’ and a ritual we followed during summer vacations. It was something my sister and me always looked forward to, not to mention the fights we… Continue reading Photo essay: Nilgiri mountain railway: toy train from Coonor to Ooty

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