The Emerald Mile: From Bhedaghat to Dhuandhar Falls

“Do you see that gigantic face there? We call it India’s very own Mount Rushmore. And that sadhu on the top – he was in samadhi for so long that he turned into stone himself. These cars, which seem to have fallen off the cliff, are most famous by the way, as is Bandar Kudni, …

Bishnupur: An Unlikely Hero

A tiny town in the heart of rural Bengal surrounded by paddy fields and hutments, flanked by low hills and lakes, little known to the outside world, and taken for granted by the locals. Bishnupur, in the first look, may seem like an ordinary hamlet, displaying no visible sign of being an important center on …

UNESCO World Heritage Week: Getting Lost in Brugge.

Ride a bike along the canals lined with world heritage buildings, gorge on home made fries, wash them down fresh beer, and follow it up with world’s best chocolate. Getting lost in the oldest city of Flanders is not without its perks. Climb the belfry, ride into the middle ages on a horse drawn carriage …

UNESCO World Heritage Week: Prambanan.

There are many ways to learn about history – reading history books, studying about the subject, watching videos and documentaries – but there is only one way to experience history, and that is by being in places where history was made and being a history buff, I often find myself in places where history was …

UNESCO World Heritage Week: Borobudur, A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Java.

It is still dark when we arrive at a resort close to the temple. A bright reception welcomes us and a lady promptly hands over torches to everyone — we are supposed to walk the rest of the distance.

Soirée à Paris

Two days in Paris and I had not yet taken my camera out. I had been lugging it around alright, but was so awestruck that I was not sure if I should soak in the city in or take pictures. I chose the former. Then, this evening, while returning from the Seine cruise, at about …

UNESCO World Heritage Week: In The Kingdom Of The Sun

Sixty-five kilometres from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, and thirty-five kilometres from Jagannath Puri, with even the last hamlet a few miles away, the Sun Temple in Konark gives ‘in the middle of nowhere’ an all-new meaning. Built in the 13th Century by King Narasimhadeva of the Ganga dynasty, by the now-vanished Chandrabhaga River, this …