Sunsets through my Lens

‘When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.’ Mahatma Gandhi  Sunrise and sunset are my favorite moments when I am in a solo travel. It relives my stress and allow me to connect spiritually with the mother earth. Here I…

Gurjara Pratihara Temples – Splendid Examples from Osian

In early 8th century CE, Harshavardhana, the Emperor of Kannauj passed away. Harsha was the last among the early rulers of Indian Subcontinent who had beheld the United India, a trend started with the Mauryas in the 3rd century BCE. Now there was a new threat – the Islamic invasion from the west. Within India,…

Phul Mahal – A Splendour of Thar Desert

If someone asks me to choose a city that showcase all of India’s brightest colours my first preference would be Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan and the cultural capital of Marwar. Jodhpur’s sky is invariably blue and so are its houses and wetlands. Its palaces and havelies are pink and red, and its…

Mallinath Ji Temple at Bankli – Where Shiva is a Folk God

In India, if you are a foreign tourist seeking knowledge about Hinduism, there are scores of books, both affordable and expensive, yet most of all concentrate on formal Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Shiva, Vishnu and Durga. Yet there is another side of Hinduism that revolves around folk beliefs and folk heroes, who once…

Sawai Jai Singh’s Nahargarh – A Pride of Jaipur

A popular story goes: The young Jai Singh when first attended the Mughal court as Raja of Amer, his daring courage and quick-witted bantering appeased the anger of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and earned him that appellation. Aurangzeb was annoyed with Amer family because of the action of Jai Singh’s immediate predecessors, the Kachchwahas who…

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….