Jodhpur: Mehrangarh Fort inside out

My solo trip to Agra had ended on a memorable note. I found myself at the Agra Cantt railway station reading Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains. My own train to Jodhpur was delayed by 4 hours. By midnight, I had boarded the Howrah-Jodhpur express and reached Jodhpur the following …

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Three ‘monument’al moments in Agra

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Somewhere in the Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, I was sitting outside my tent and chatting with fellow campers about our travel experiences in India. We mutually agreed that Agra left us spellbound and went on to discuss our experience in this city at length. Agra, the capital of the …

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The unfinished Bhojpur temple, Bhopal

I kept my expectations low from this 11th century Hindu temple in Bhojpur on the outskirts of Bhopal. I’ve visited many Hindu temples in the past but none offered anything different from the other in terms of architecture. The otherwise nondescript town of Bhojpur is famous for the Bhojeshwar temple …

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Rajput practice of Jauhar among women at Chittorgarh

On a morning in January 2016, a friend and I were touring India’s largest fort, Chittorgarh. Ambalal, our guide along with Mainuddin, our rickshaw wala toured us from point to point within the fort that consumed the entire day. We saw the Meera Bai temple, Bhimkund, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Karni …

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Everything you need to know about Exploring Aurangabad in 3 Days

It was a long weekend when Holi coincided on a Friday. I quickly planned a trip to Aurangabad. Three days is all I had and it was sufficient time to explore Aurangabad (strictly from a corporate slave perspective). Aurangabad is great for history lovers. There are caves, forts, Mughal architecture …

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History connects itself at Vajreshwari Temple

I visited Vajreshwari temple a couple of days back and was surprised to learn that the temple shares its history with Bassein Fort, a structure I visited earlier this year. Located on a hillock on the outskirts of Vasai, Vajreshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Vajreshwari – An incarnation of Goddess …

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Photo Essay: Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lakulisa Temple in Champaner-Pavagad Archaelogical Park - road trips from mumbai

50 km from Vadodara is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has not received its due. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is disappointingly overshadowed by popular Hindu pilgrim site – Kalika Mata Temple. Champaner was ruled by Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat around 1484. He fondly named the city Mahmudabad and made …

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The Last Bungalow of Seven Bungalows Survives

Ever wondered why Seven Bungalows is called Seven Bungalows? How did it get its name? Here is some interesting trivia about Seven Bungalows. During early British era, this area was a marshland. Nothing but seven bungalows stood here in the midst of mangroves and coconut palms, while the Arabian Sea …

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Goa State Museum – Rich Collection And Honest Exhibit Intentions

I am going to admit, I am a museum person. Getting to know culture, history, civilizations by strolling through exhibits, listening to audio guides and leafing brochures fascinates me. I also believe museums say a lot about a city or state; and hence it is imperative to have city and …

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Hampi-Hospet In A Jiffy – An itinerary for Hampi UNESCO World Heritage Site

Hampi is an emerging tourist destination in Karnataka – India. It is a small village with a population of a few thousands. The nearest populous and semi developed city is Hospet, 13 km away. The focal point of your visit to Hampi is the ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire. These …

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Offbeat Goa: Reis Magos Fort – Restored To Charm

Restored in June 2012, Reis Magos fort was originally built in 1497 by Adil Shah of Bijapur as an armed outpost. It was captured by the Portuguese and rebuilt on a larger scale in 1543. In 1739, the Maratha’s conquered Bardez province which housed the fort. By the 1900’s the …

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Weekend Getaways from Mumbai – Bassein Fort Is Seeped In History

Come monsoons, Mumbai travelers start mapping down trek routes and landmasses where they can enjoy views of lush greenery. Right in the backyard of Mumbai, 50 km away, lies the Bassein Fort aka Vasai Fort – a name it gets from its location. The best part about visiting Vasai is …

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, New Delhi

I happened to visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum by chance. It’s a not-so-pleasant fact that I visited Delhi but did no local sightseeing (except this museum), since I was attending a conference. Such is the life of a Corporate slave! Never mind. Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of …

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