Category: Travel

Mandu Valley

We set out for Mandu from Dhar on a rainy day, and something interesting happened en route. 🙂 The ancient city of Mandu is situated on the Vindhya range overlooking the Malwa plateau on one side and the Narmada River valley on the other. There’s a popular viewpoint called Mandu Valley on the way –…

Queen Ahilyabai’s Room

Here are some more photos that I clicked inside Ahilya Fort at Maheshwar, last July. 🙂 You can actually stay in the room in which Ahilyabai Holkar (1725 – 1795) lived and reigned for 30 years! Its called “Haldi”, (the bed is unmade in the pic because it was unoccupied). This fort is small and…

A Love Story from Maheshwar

Old monuments and palaces are full of stories and we got to hear this tragic tale of Bulley Sarkar and Suraj Bibi, and it was very similar to that of Romeo and Juliet. On the Narmada Ghat in Maheshwar, there’s a beautiful Chhatri (tomb) – of Prince Bulley Sarkar, next to that of a dancing…

The Bhojshala (Dhar)

The Bhojshala in Dhar is a historical site that used to be a Saraswati temple as well as a  Sanskrit school during the reign of the eminent Raja Bhoj, around 1010 – 1055 CE. Raja Bhoj is one of the most legendary kings of India, and he ruled from Dhar (1 hour drive from Mandu).…

Shab e Malwa (Malwa Nights)

  These are photos of my trip to Mandu last July, during the monsoons. I had heard that the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh in which Mandu is situated, is very picturesque and enchanting during the monsoons. Therefore, decided to visit during that time. It was indeed beautiful and we enjoyed every bit of the…

Ahilya Fort

Last July, I had just reached the Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, and was enjoying the views of the Narmada river in Mahishmati (the ancient name of Maheshwar)! 🙂 Every Monday evening, a photograph of the erstwhile queen – Ahilyabai is carried in a palanquin to the nearby ghats and worshipped there. When she…

Rani Rupmati

Visited the heritage city of Mandu in Madhya Pradesh, India, at this time, last year. The most interesting story there is the love story of Rani Rupmati and Baz Bahadur. Their attachment was based on their common love for music even though they were never married nor was their love consummated. Roopmati was not a…

The Bryce Canyon National Park

Photographs from my breathtaking trip to the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, USA. It turned out to be a great place to visit during the summer (July 2016) because it has a high elevation and perfect, mild weather – neither too cold nor too hot. This park is a large natural amphitheater (from certain…

Coronavirus Precautions

Please take these Coronavirus Precautions that I have compiled with the help of Dr. Rajesh Parwani – a Singaporean scientist: 1. Please remember to wash your hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds each time, especially before touching your face, eyes, mouth, nose or lips. Avoid touching your face as much as possible.…

Once upon a time…

My recent trip to Jaipur revived my interest in Indian history and got me thinking in many new directions. Sharing a few thoughts today 🙂 When you tour the magnificent palaces and forts in Jaipur and visit the ancient observatory “Jantar Mantar”, it’s very obvious that once upon a time, we were really proficient in the sciences,…

Amber Fort

The Amber experience Recently spent a few days in Jaipur, Rajasthan, visiting all the imperial palaces and forts 🙂 It was a wonderful adventure, going back into the royal ages and trying to relive the grandeur of the past. The Pink City is so enthralling and has so much to offer that the five days I…

The Sad Truth

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. ― Henry…

Happiness Quote

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness. – William Gladstone PS: Photograph of a trail in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.

Hussain Sagar – Heart of the World

Spent the last few days in Hyderabad (India) on some work and also managed to do some sightseeing. Here are some pics of the Hussain Sagar lake clicked from my room. It’s a beautiful and historical, heart-shaped, artificial lake built in 1563 by the then Sultan – Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah to supply water to…

Le Prince Haveli, Rajasthan

Visited an interesting Haveli in Fatehpur, Rajasthan, that’s being restored and maintained by a French painter – Nadine Le Prince. She was horrified to see the condition of the Havelis back in the 90’s and decided to purchase and restore one of them in 1998. The one she bought was built in the 1840’s by…