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

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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

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Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

Given India’s rich cultural history and diverse religious beliefs, temples have always been an integral part of our ethos and culture.  Exquisite temples that are an epitome of grandeur have been built by Indian rulers since time immemorial.  A travel to any nook and corner of the country is sure to reveal architectural gems in… Continue reading Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

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Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

An integral part of our culture, India is home to a number of indigenous crafts that are the lifeline of several communities.  Influenced by several factors like availability of raw materials, influence of ancient dynasties and local traditions, handicrafts of India are as diverse as distinct.  One such distinctive craft are the colourful wooden toys… Continue reading Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

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Magical weaves: the elegance of Mangalagiri textiles

Given my love for indigenous textiles, I never miss an opportunity to visit handloom weaving centres during my travels.  In line with the country’s rich footprint of textiles, the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana are prominent torch bearers too.  Apart from the Ikkat, Kalamkari, Gadwal and Narayanpet, the elegant sarees of Mangalagiri have… Continue reading Magical weaves: the elegance of Mangalagiri textiles

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A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

It is often said that ‘too many disappointments are usually a sign of too many expectations’.  Just like for most things in life, this quote is totally applicable to travel too.  Many a time I have visited places with preset expectations and have come out utterly disappointed.  This is when you realize the importance of traveling… Continue reading A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

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Hyderabad: enamour of the Old city

Often called the city of pearls, the historic city of Hyderabad is truly multifaceted.  While the booming IT industry in the last decade and a half has given the name Cyberabad to the city, the good old charm of the city is still intact despite changing times. This is especially evident in the area of the… Continue reading Hyderabad: enamour of the Old city