Kadebakle or Kade Bagilu – Hampi’s Iron Age Ancestor

The enigma of India’s geography is it decides where to rain excess and where to keep the land parch.  If you are in the west coast of Karnataka you see all around lush green vegetation, thanks to the Western Ghats that blocks the flow of monsoon to the hinterland and allow the maximum shower within…

Votive Stupas of Ratnagiri – Spectacular Yet Desolate

If you like exploring Hire Benekal in Karnataka as the most spectacular prehistoric funerary site in Indian Subcontinent, then a visit to Ratnagiri in Odisha will not disappoint you. Both rival each other in their sheer number of funerary monuments though architecturally different against the backdrop of spectacular landscapes. The only difference is the timeline…

Wells of Shekawati – A World beyond the Painted Havelis

When you decide to travel into the heartland of Shekawati, what draws to your popular imagination is its painted havelis filled with themes of 18th-19th centuries India commissioned by erstwhile Marwari merchants of the region who made their fortunes at Calcutta and elsewhere. Almost all travel websites and bloggers allure you to its splendid havelis….

Kalo Dungar – Living on the Edge

A story goes: ‘When Dattatreya, a monk and a lord of Yoga walked on earth, he stopped at a barren hill in Kutch where he found a band of starving jackals. Dattatreya was moved and offered his body to eat and as hungry jackals finished their meal, his body continually regenerated itself.’ The hill is…

Kumatagi – Once a Dazzling Spa Now a Shepherd’s Grazing Ground

In the might of the battlefield at Kurukshetra, when Arjuna is deeply moved anticipating the devastation and severe loss of life of all his cousins, Lord Krishna, his sarathi comes to counsel with words ‘Change is the law of universe. You can be a millionaire, or a pauper in an instant’. Yes, I felt exactly…