Category Travel

The Gateway of India, Mumbai

  Written on the top panel is ‘‘Erected to commemorate the landing India of their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary on the Second of December MCMXI.’’ But the fact is when their majesties arrived at the Wellington Pier (Apollo Bunder); there was no Gateway of India. Its underpinnings hadn’t even been laid… Read More

Magnificent Yakshi : Reflection of Truly Incredible India

The Didarganj Yakshi (दीदारगंज यक्षिणी) or Didarganj Chauri Bearer (दीदारगंज चामरधारिणी यक्षिणी) is probably the star attraction at the Patna Museum. This famous sculpture is considered as one of the finest examples of Mauryan art. This life-sized (5’4″ tall) beautiful sculpture is carved out of a single piece of Chunar sandstone. A well polished surface… Read More

Bishnupur : The Terracotta Temple Town

Bishnupur literally means ‘city of lord Vishnu’. Bishnupur is located 132 km from Kolkata and it is the headquarters of the Bishnupur subdivision of Bankura district (WB). The Rajas of Bishnupur were known as ‘Malla’ and their kingdom ‘Mallabhom’ (মল্লভূম). ‘Malla’ means ‘strongman’ or ‘wrestler’. The patronage of Malla king Veer Hambir and his successors… Read More

The Mausoleum of Sher Shah Suri

‘‘Monuments are the grappling-irons that bind one generation to another.’’—Joseph Joubert, French moralist and essayist Sasaram (सासाराम)—a bustling city 160km south-west of state capital Patna—is famous for production of stone chips, and for quarrying industry. The town is situated on the Grand Trunk Road (National Highway 2). It is the headquarter of Rohtas district. The… Read More

CSMT, Mumbai : From Queen To Maharaj

Think of an UNESCO World Heritage site, which was the target of one of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in India, which had four name changes since its inception and is one of the busiest buildings on planet. The place has also featured in a song that won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and… Read More

Kawa-Dol : The Abandoned Heritage

‘‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.’’—Marcus Garvey Imagine a fifteen centuries old place of historical and religious importance with potential to be a popular tourist attraction willfully neglected. I am sure quite a few such destinations exist in different corners of the country,… Read More

Maluti : A Truly World Heritage Village

Some FB posts were my first introduction to Maluti. A friend had posted some pictures with a brief introduction. A Google search fetched further information. Jharkhand showcased the Maluti temples in its official tableau during the Republic Day parade of 2015. This was another impetus for me to visit Maluti. Maluti (also Malooti, मालुटी, মলূঢি)… Read More