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

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

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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

Andhra Pradesh & Telengana · Travel

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