The paddy fields patchwork touched the horizon, bunch of coconut trees interrupting the flatness of the landscape, the entire yellow green expanse swathed in…Read More
After being awed and intimidated by majestic Himalayas’ expanse and beauty for years, there came a time for me to think again. Can anything…Read More
Lonar lake is a natural wonder. Some 50,000 years back a meteor dashed on the surface of the earth and created a huge depression. It broke the water table, and the depression was filled with water. The water is alkaline and saline. However you see a lot of vegetation on the lakeshore and the lake by itself welcomes the water birds.Read More
This time around, I did not have to go far from Pune to make a trip down the history lane. Within a distance of…Read More
We were speechless, and at peace… Though the moment before we were tired, wiping the sweat, cursing the horseshit around us and trying to…Read More
One of the most photographed temple because of it’s location is actually a set of two temples set next to each other with a slight angle. The temple premise is walled with carvings of bulls(‘nandi’) sitting atop. The two temples are medium sized with typical Dravid architecture.Read More
With late entry in Khajuraho, though groggy eyed by early rising, we all walked with swift steps through the dusty, shrubby surroundings of the temple town of Khajuraho.Read More
A very early morning, jostled out of sleep, washed and bundled in warm clothes, with eyes half closed and ears awake by piercing horn…Read More
It was still very early morning. I was waking up from an almost non existent sleep. The train moved ahead and surprisingly across too….Read More
Unfortunately ‘Teli ka Mandir’ and ‘Saas-Bahu’ temple, both these majestic temples are ‘monuments’ !
How tranquil it would be to hear the entrance bell ringing melodically, to breath in the combined fragrance of flowers and oil lamps and incense sticks, to see the hustle bustle of devoted feet and folded hands, and to submit to the rhythm of ancient chants echoing from the corridors!
Now why were we in Haryana of all the places? We need to get some background on Indus Valley culture over here to appreciate our destination. We all know about Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro as principle sites of Indus culture. Now Indus or Harappan culture refers to archeological finds pertaining to time period of 2500-1900 BC having specific similarities. The distinguishing characteristic of this culture is presence of town planning evident in spacious perpendicular roads, sewerage system, fortified townships and large houses with courtyard and brick walls. Findings of seals, weights, beads, gold ornaments indicate flourished trade.Read More
It was raining incessantly. Pouring cold showers had cast a gloomy spell. Water flowed from top of the mountains in torrents, the apple flowers…Read More