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

Travel · United Kingdom

Canterbury, England: of ancient history and stories set in stone

An ancient city, part of which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, Canterbury is consistently rated as one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom.  Steeped in history, Canterbury is one of the most beautiful towns in South east England in the county of Kent and is situated on river Stour.  Also… Continue reading Canterbury, England: of ancient history and stories set in stone

Karnataka · Travel

Multifaceted Mosale: a perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru

With hectic lifestyles within claustrophobic cities becoming the order of the day, a getaway from the concrete urban jungle is always a welcome change.  There is something about being close to nature that is so rejuvenating and refreshing.   One such sojourn I recently undertook was a visit to the seemingly sleepy town of Mosale located… Continue reading Multifaceted Mosale: a perfect weekend getaway from Bengaluru

Miscellaneous · Travel

Photoessay: Katara Cultural Village, Doha: a multifarious recreational centre

One of the most popular haunts in Doha is the multifaceted Katara Cultural Village.  An ode to the rich heritage of art, architecture and traditions of Qatar, Katara is located in North Doha.  Envisioned by HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, Katara celebrates the cultural spirit of the… Continue reading Photoessay: Katara Cultural Village, Doha: a multifarious recreational centre

Karnataka · Travel

Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

Picture this: lush greenery, meandering roads lined with the prettiest of flowers, unending carpets of coffee and verdant hills playing peek-a-boo with fleeting clouds.  Sounds like paradise on earth? Well, this is Coorg aka Kodagu for you.  At an altitude of 1525 meters and a distance of 270 km from Bangalore, it is the most… Continue reading Charismatic Coorg: of Cauvery, coffee and culture

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

Hyderabad for me is a special city – well it’s a city I grew up in and have some of my fondest memories of this bustling metropolis. Known for its Hindu and Muslim traditions and a culture that is a mix of Arabian, Turkish and Persian, the buildings, language, food and arts of Hyderabad have… Continue reading Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

Miscellaneous · Travel

Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

Given its rapidly growing pace that is poised to make it one of most spectacular cities of the Gulf, Doha is a picture of modernity and sophistication.  The capital city of Qatar today is synonymous with the “Corniche” which is its waterfront promenade as well as its ever-evolving magnificent skyline that hosts several snazzy skyscrapers. … Continue reading Souq Waqif, Doha: a taste of the authentic and traditional

Karnataka · Travel

Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

Imagine a place where you can trace the design journey of the legendary coke bottle or view one of the earliest advertisements of the iconic 1903 built Taj Mahal Hotel of Bombay (Mumbai) or see how the earliest Horlicks mixing jars looked like.  Well, you can see all this and much more at India’s only… Continue reading Manjushree Heritage Packaging Museum, Bangalore: a trip in nostalgia

Travel · United States

Photoessay: Effervescent San Francisco – a medley of sights

Often referred to as “Everybody’s Favorite City“, San Francisco has a vibe like none other.  With plenty to explore, SFO offers loads of scenic beauty, several architectural gems, iconic sights, quirky neighbourhoods and much more. Below are some random captures on my recent visit to the city. To read more photo essays click here and here.