The Floating Palace


Udaipur is often called the Venice of the the east. I haven't visited Venice, but I'd still prefer it to be called the Udaipur of the west! I'll let the pictures of the Jag Niwas Palace at Lake Pichola do the rest of the talking: More photo stories from Udaipur This is post #28 in… Continue reading The Floating Palace

MG Marg at night


One of the things that we found particularly nice about Gangtok, was how clean the city was—despite the extreme weather, the huge influx of tourists, and the logistical challenges of a mountainous terrain. In the three days we spent, the constant rain may have dampened our hopes of seeing the snow-capped Himalayas, but the stone… Continue reading MG Marg at night

Waiting in the cold


It's still early winter and there are some brave ones roaming the streets around without woollens. But we're not taking any chances. As I write this post, sitting snugly in the warm blanket, my mind wanders to our freezing experience in Sikkim last year. At the Tsomgo lake in Sikkim, we rented extra woollens and… Continue reading Waiting in the cold

The haveli next door


Lal ghat is perhaps the most tourist-y area of Udaipur, filled with havelis-turned hotels. Most of the hotels and cafes in the areas now boast of roof-top dining, and we explored as many as we could. One particular one, though, stood out. Jaiwana haveli was highly rated on Trip Advisor, and we headed straight there… Continue reading The haveli next door

The Tibet in Delhi


Earlier today, we visited Kashmere Gate. About a kilometer from the historical site is an old Tibetan refugee settlement. Within the settlement is a Tibetan monastery, and a thriving market, popularly known as the Monastery market. Our main agenda today was to visit this market. Despite the peak rush hour—Sunday afternoon—we managed to explore the… Continue reading The Tibet in Delhi

Art for all


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. –Pablo Picasso Which is why, perhaps, it must spill out of the halls of exhibitions and galleries, and enter the public space. Perhaps it was the influence of Mario, or the general laid back 'hippie' culture that is now synonymous with… Continue reading Art for all

Pots of fire


"I don't think we'll be able to catch the dance show. They'll probably cancel it with this much of rain." Sitting on a bench around a tree in the courtyard of the City Palace, two umbrellas and the narrow roof above us couldn't prevent us from getting wet. Earlier that day we had visited Bagore… Continue reading Pots of fire

The temples of Mylapore – a photo story


Mylapore is to Chennai, as Chandini Chowk is to Delhi. One of the oldest residential areas of Chennai, Mylapore is home to a colourful bazaar as well as a number of temples. Last year, we decided to explore this area on foot. We began our journey at the Kapaleeshwarar Kovil. Of the numerous beautiful temples… Continue reading The temples of Mylapore – a photo story

Resilience


It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. –David Allan Coe The Gwalior Fort, constructed atop a hill, is a mammoth structure. Legends say its construction began in the 3rd Century, while historical accounts put it anywhere between… Continue reading Resilience

The White Palace


The Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior combines three European architectural styles—the first storey is Tuscan, the second Italian-Doric and the third Corinthian. There is an eclectic collection of items housed inside the museum, which can be visited by the public. One section still serves as the residence of the heirs of this Palace. We weren't… Continue reading The White Palace