Posts Tagged Travel

Falaknuma Palace : The Crown of Hyderabad

Fabulous was the first word to strike me as soon we crossed the main gate and entered the palace complex. It is a magnificent white-and-grey edifice, captivating, one of the finest royal residences exhibiting the luxurious lifestyle of the Nizams and a part of the fascinating heritage of Hyderabad and India. Spread over 32 acres,… Read More

Enigmatic Konark

Poet Rabindranath Tagore said about Konark, ‘‘Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.’’ There can’t be any doubt about it. Today this magnificent replica of Sun God’s chariot is in a bad shape, deteriorating daily, unable to resist the devastating rigors of time. It is an unfortunate fact that Konark is a… Read More

The Panch Rathas of Mahabalipuram

Confucius said, ‘‘Study the past, if you would define the future.’’ Heritage and architectural wonders from our past make us unique. Historical structures bring character and certain charm to the place and people associated. My travels and interaction with local people have always rejuvenated me and I seldom felt tired. Trip to Mahabalipuram was no… Read More

Mahabalipuram : Arjuna’s Penance or the Descent of Ganga

Mahabalipuram is a lot more than the famous Shore temple. It has many monolithic temples, Chariot-shaped structures sculpted out of huge stones and some astonishing open-air bas-reliefs. Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram was the second capital of Pallava kings Mahendravarman I (600–630 AD) and his son Narasimhavarman I (630–668 AD). They were not only great warriors, but… Read More

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai : Revival of a Wonderland

‘‘Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.’’—Orhan Pamuk, Nobel laureate Collection of objects is a natural human instinct because we are materialistic and curious by nature. Everybody collects something. Aristocrats and moneybags collect for their love of art or to satisfy their ego. Historically, the beginning of collecting various objects of art… 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

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

Pancharatna Ratneswar Shiva Temple, Murshidabad : Demolition by Neglect

‘Demolition by neglect’ is the term we can safely use to describe our attitude toward nation’s historical and cultural heritage. Barring a few historical sites, many lie neglected in different corners of our beautiful country. We willfully allowed many of our heritage buildings to crumble. We forget that historic buildings are physical links to our… Read More