Historical

Rail trip to Jaisalmer

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The hour and a half that you spend on the train on that stretch is filled with varying emotions….and then suddenly you enter the Jaisalmer station….it just crops up from nowhere……and I guess that’s the best way to end a journey which has been full of colour, emotions, questions and surprises.

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The Big Nataraja of Konerirajapuram

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Kumbakonam is well known as a pilgrimage centre, in particular for those on the Navagraha circuit. Once in every twelve years, the Mahamaham Kumbh is held around the tank of the same name, attracting millions of pilgrims from far and wide. Kumbakonam is also called Temple City with literally hundreds of temples of its own, most of them ancient. The big two are the Kumbeswarar Siva Temple and Sarangapani Vishnu Temple. Swamimalai, one of the six abodes of Lord Murugan is a mere 6 km away. The World Heritage Site of Darasuram is just outside the city. The Cauvery Delta is a must visit for those who enjoy ancient living monuments and stepping back in time.

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Quick Trip To Bangalore And Belur

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On this trip with plenty of time to spare, I decided that I must now “see” Bangalore. Naturally that meant a leisurely morning walk in the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens where I was thrilled to see the very rare Jade Vine [Strongylodon macrobotrys]. I had first seen it almost thirty years ago as a watercolour in my plant book and never imagined I would ever see it for real. Here they are, green-blue clusters of flowers in all their glory.

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A Visual tour to the ‘World’s tallest brick Minaret’…..Qutub Minar

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It was 11.00 a.m on a cool Sunday morning and i was trying not to get out of the bed on the only off day i had during the week. Soon, Adhiraaj woke up and we resumed our ‘What to do’ discussion from the previous night. It was almost a year and a half for both of us, living in Noida and apart from visiting Chandani Chowk ( Prantha Wali Gali), we didn’t go to any other place. So we decided on visiting Qutub Minar later that day and Humayun Tomb, Lotus Temple on the next weekend.

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