Writing about my past travels is kind of making the lack of travelling more bearable but it’s also reminding me about how much I love to travel and then I’m missing it more…Urghhh such useless times! But anyway, C’est la vie – at least right now. So continuing with my travel stories.
Today I take you to my favourite state, Karnataka. I have travelled there five times now and each visit has just made me want to go back. I love the food, I love the people, I love all the dynasties that ruled there and all the resulting histories and heritages. Out of all the treasures, today we visit an iconic monument of Karnataka: The Stone Chariot of Hampi
Continue reading Travel Stories and Histories – The Stone Chariot, Hampi
“Still around the corner, they may wait, a new road or a secret gate” – JRR Tolkien
Travelling is the thing I miss the most these days. So I have decided to write about my numerous travels all over India and all over the world. Thanks to my parents’ bohemian soul, we have travelled a lot and visited some offbeat and some not-so offbeat places. Inheriting their love for travel, I have ventured out on my own too and have found myself on many new roads and in front of many secret gates!
I have collected memories and adventures on each trip. So here’s a try at writing a travelogue along with some historical “dnyan” (knowledge). Today’s story is about my first road trip with my school friends. Continue reading Travel Stories and Histories – Kulaba Fort Alibaug
We have been looking at various sites that find a mention in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. I’m extremely sorry to have kept postponing the last part of the series for so long again. But I was really caught up in work. Hope you guys are still interested in knowing the latest additions to the UNESCO list from India.
Continue reading List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India – Part VII
Continuing our journey of the Indian Subcontinent we will relive some really fascinating heritage sites of the country. India is a culturally rich country. People from different religions, castes and ethnic groups reside in our country adding to its vibrancy and diversity. Each ethnic group in our country has its own tale of origin and its set of unique traditions and culture.
Hoot…Hoot…fasten your seat belts!
Continue reading Lists of UNESCO World Heritage Site of India – Part V
First of all I would like to apologise for writing after a long gap of three days. I know today is the last day of UNESCO World Heritage Week and we still have to cover a lot of Indian Heritage Sites. I was debating on whether I should cram all of them together in one post but then it won’t do them justice. So, instead of wrapping up the series today, as it originally should have, I will continue it for three more days. Hope you guys are enjoying exploring India’s Heritage with me.
Each of the sites that we have discussed and those we will discuss in the coming days deserve a dedicated lengthy write-up. I hope I will be able to write them in detail in future, but for now I hope this much of information suffices. So continuing with our story:
Continue reading List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India – Part IV
India, being one of the oldest civilisations of the world, has no shortage of history and heritage. It is the birth place of legends and a cradle of various religions and culture. We have discussed twelve breath-taking architectural and natural sites in past two blogs (You can find their links at the end). Now let’s continue forward with our journey.
Continue reading List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India – Part III
Along with its peculiar melange of cultures and traditions, India has wide spectrum of flora and fauna too. Being the seventh largest country of the world, India has a variety of geographical zones with at least three major biodiversity hotspots. It is also one of the 17 mega-diverse countries of the world. So it’s no surprise that Natural Sites of India have found its way into List of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the last blog we discussed six out of 38 UNESCO sites of India. Today let’s continue the journey!
Continue reading List of UNESCO World Heritage Site – Part II
UNESCO identifies such places that are considered to be of immense cultural and natural importance in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site can be any place such as a forest, lake, building, island, mountain, monument, desert, complex or a city; which has a special physical or cultural significance. Currently there are 1092 World Heritage sites in the world and India hosts 38 out of them, ranking 6th in the world!
We will explore these exotic sites of India in series of blogs. Starting chronologically with the year in which these sites were deemed as World Heritage Sites:
Continue reading List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India – Part I
India is a land of festivals and celebrations; and the zest with which each festival is celebrated in India is unparalleled in the whole world. The festive season that has started with Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of September, will now continue till the end of the year. The coming months will be alive with festivals like Navratri, Dussehra, and Diwali.
One of the lesser known festivals is the one that is celebrated during the ‘Sharad Ritu’ or ‘Autumn Season’. The full moon day of the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin is celebrated as the Kojagiri Purnima or Sharad Purnima. It is a harvest festival that marks the end of the monsoon season. Continue reading Kojagiri Pornima: Harnessing the Full Moon magic!
This week’s photo prompt by Sue made me think of Mahatma Gandhi. A great leader, he is truly an inspiration for many. Here’s a poem that I tried to compose on the Father of our Nation, M K Gandhi.
India celebrated its 73rd Independence Day yesterday (15th of August) and this year marks the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (2nd of October). Maybe these two things had their hand in inspiring me to write this piece.
Hope you guys like it. Do give your feedback.
Continue reading Bapu Ji: Our Father #writephoto