Category: Historical

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

July 31, 2015 3 min to read

Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Category : Historical, Urban

The first time I heard of this picture-postcard town, it was in a small blurb in the Indian magazine Outlook Traveller. Back then (5-6 years ago), international travel was very rare for us and this name was just filed away in some corner of my head. But over the years, the name kept cropping up, in articles or travelogues. And after ...

Puri / Konark

January 3, 2015 8 min to read

Puri / Konark

Category : Beach, Historical

(This was a small trip with Pradosh’s parents, while spending Christmas holidays with them. Not really like our other trips around Bombay, but we had a great time nonetheless, so here it is) Puri doesn’t need much introduction. It is one of the char dhams of Hinduism, site of the famous Jagannath Temple and the annual Rath Yatra....

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

October 16, 2014 6 min to read

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) Mandu is called India’s best preserved medieval city, and justifiably so. Built by the Malwa governor Dilawar Khan in 1400, Mandu had an interesting 300 years of existence before it ceased being a capital and then was abandoned due to plague. Mandu is very similar to Hampi in the sense that the...

Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

October 15, 2014 3 min to read

Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) Sanchi needs no introduction – most of us remember it from our history books. However, I dont think Indian education system does justice to all these magnificent monuments left behind by kings long gone by. For example, the Sanchi Stupa is the sole surviving stupa built by Emperor Ashoka &#...

Vidisha : Udaygiri Caves, Madhya Pradesh

October 14, 2014 2 min to read

Vidisha : Udaygiri Caves, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) Vidisha is an ancient, but little known town in Central India. In fact the Great Stupa at Sanchi owes it’s existence to Vidisha – as Emperor Ashoka met and married his first wife Devi at Vidisha (she was a merchant’s daughter). Sanchi was one the first stupas built by Ashoka and...

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

October 13, 2014 3 min to read

Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh

Category : Driving, Historical

(part of our Madhya Pradesh roadtrip) If we go into India’s recorded history, the earliest written records we have belong to the Maurya kings (4th century BC) – mostly edicts and inscriptions left behind by Emperor Ashoka – or accounts of foreigners like Megasthenes and Fahein. The Nanda dynasty, who preceded the Ma...

Rann of Kutch

February 23, 2013 20 min to read

Rann of Kutch

Category : Driving, Historical, Natural Wonder

160 kmph on the speedometer. Engine screaming near 5000 rpm. The road wide, smooth and shimmering in the heat. On both sides of the road is barren yellow land. Dry, with occasional scrub here and there. No sign of life for miles. It is cool in the car, but our senses are wide awake – lots of adrenaline pumping as the car goes faste...

Ajanta Ellora

October 3, 2012 16 min to read

Ajanta Ellora

Category : Driving, Historical

We hadn’t done a driving holiday yet (though we had been to Pune in the car), so we were on the lookout for an opportune time and a destination. The time appeared in form of Gandhi Jayanti on a Tuesday – the last long weekend of the year. And for a while I had been itching to visit Aurangabad – to see the Ajanta and Ellora cave...

Khajuraho

February 5, 2012 10 min to read

Khajuraho

Category : Historical

We did a Bandhavgarh National Park + Khajuraho trip over the Republic day weekend. The travelog for Bandhavgarh can be found here After another hearty breakfast, we bid adieu to the Tiger Den resort at Bandhavgarh and started for Khajuraho (230 km away) at about 8 am. We figured we should reach Khajuraho by 12.30 pm – accounting fo...

Hampi, Pattadakal and Aihole

September 5, 2011 15 min to read

Hampi, Pattadakal and Aihole

Category : Historical

Large and diverse as our country is, it can claim to only 28 odd UNESCO world heritage sites. Hampi and Pattadakal are both on that exclusive list. The capital of the 15th century Vijaynagar empire, Hampi had a small but bright existence in India’s vast history (compared to some of our cities which span several millennia), with its...

Elephanta Caves

February 13, 2011 4 min to read

Elephanta Caves

Category : Historical

It is probably one of the most touristy destinations in or around Bombay, but as we discovered to our delight, Elephanta caves can be a very nice day outing. An early morning trip to Gateway of India on Saturday morning, followed by a nice ferry ride in the Mumbai Harbour, and finally the caves themselves (which seemed to be in much ...

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

July 3, 2010 11 min to read

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Category : Historical

Like everyone else out there, we also have a list of places in the world we wish to see with our own eyes – mix of common and not-so-common locations. And while most of those locations will very likely remain dreams, we were able to fulfil one of our desires – when we went to see Angkor Wat in Cambodia this June For those who can...

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