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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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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

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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

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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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Janapada Loka folk arts museum: insight into Karantaka’s rural culture

If there is one place that showcases the folk and rural culture of Karnataka in its entirety, it is the Janapada Loka folk art museum in Ramnagar. At a distance of just about 50 km from Bangalore, this museum has over 5000 artifacts on display.  It was founded by H L Nage Gowda whose dedication… Continue reading Janapada Loka folk arts museum: insight into Karantaka’s rural culture

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Keladi Rameshwara Temple: of timeless art and architecture

The history of South India dates back over 4000 years and this period saw the rise and fall of multiple dynasties like the Cholas, Cheras, Pallavas, Pandyas etc.  Most of these emperors built elaborate temples as a mark of their authority, establishment and power.  Moreover, temples at that time were not only places of worship… Continue reading Keladi Rameshwara Temple: of timeless art and architecture

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Legendary temples of Lord Ganesha, the God of Beginnings at Hattiangadi and Guddattu

One of the most popular and most worshiped deities in Hindu Mythology is the elephant headed God or Lord Ganesha.  He is believed to be remover of all obstacles and the epitome of all knowledge.  As the Lord of beginnings, He is invoked at the beginning of all rituals, ceremonies and festivals. India, being the land… Continue reading Legendary temples of Lord Ganesha, the God of Beginnings at Hattiangadi and Guddattu

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Mysuru off the beaten track- Part II: Of museums and spirituality

Mysuru as mentioned in this post is a city of many facets.  Though it is the second largest and populous city of Karnataka, it is a city with oodles of old world charm and one where life still moves at a pleasantly slow pace.  A perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore, Mysore never fails to disappoint… Continue reading Mysuru off the beaten track- Part II: Of museums and spirituality