darasuram

Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram : A Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures – Part 2

Airavateswara Temple at Darasuram is a Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures. For first-timers who are visiting this temple, it could be a bit daunting and overwhelming as to where and what to look, which sculpture to ponder over and which to give a miss, as it happened in my case. These two posts, …

Darasuram

Darasuram Airavateswara Temple-A Chola repository of micro carvings and sculptures – Part 1

“Darasuram is near our Swamimalai, isn’t it?”, asks my grandma. “Why do you want to go there? The temple there is in ruins”, she continues. This news disappoints me a bit. I ask her when had she visited the temple last, as, she frequents our family temple at Swamimalai often. She answers ’long back’. I …

Kajra

Havelis of Kajra , Jhunjhunu – Gateway to Shekawati Region in Rajasthan

A casual conversation at a heritage property in Surajgarh we were staying in, led us to a quick morning trip to Kajra in Jhunjhunu,Rajasthan. Passing countless acres of rugged land filled with succulents and shrubs, trudging uphill bumpy roads that levelled at times and wading through narrow lanes , brought us face to face with …

Mobiistar

My tryst with Selfie-Star called Mobiistar : New Smartphone range in India

Photography is a big part of family travels. The memories that are created in these journeys are precious and priceless. And the last thing one wants is missing oneself in these captured family moments by being on the other side of the lens as the photographer! Thanks to the concept of ‘Selfies’ and amazing innovation …

Sidhbari

Sidhbari – A Spiritual Retreat in the lap of Dhauladhars near Dharamshala

Cloistered away from the sight of tourist madhouse is a quaint town named Sidhbari, near Dharamshala. Often ignored by commercial tour agencies who savour on listicles, Sidhbari is thankfully a bit far from famous tourist triangle of Mc-Leodganj- Triund- Dharamshala. Many decades ago, a Hindu monk too was enchanted by this town (which then, was …

Chantaboon Waterfront Community in Thailand – A melting pot of multiple cultures

With European homes, quirky cafes, vibrant street art and smiling people, the Chantaboon waterfront community can lure any visitor who loves old world charm. A smiling old lady welcomes and offers me a local delicacy wrapped in a conically shaped leaf as I enter the one-kilometre stretch of the Chantaboon waterfront community. I politely refuse …

Kru Kung Museum

A Treasure Trove Called Kru Kung Museum in Thailand – Photo Tour of Bygones

Thailand is a land of varied shades. A country that has been culturally so vibrant and has over 4000 years of history in its kitty is bound to offer more than its pristine beaches and happening nightlife to the travellers and tourists who visit its land and sea with equal zest. To emphasize and propagate …

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort – Family Trip To The Most Haunted Fort In India

‘Haunted’, claimed all…‘We could hear weird voices and noises’, said some, while a handful vouched there was nothing really spooky about the place! These were some of the reactions from friends who got to know of our family trip to the Most Haunted Fort in India!!! I vividly remember the day of our visit to …

#ShiftingToT2

Travel Alert : Useful #ShiftingToT2 Information for passengers using the Delhi Airport

I have quite many travel plans lined up in the coming weeks up until the month of July. And, this means umpteen alerts on mobile and through e-mails about flight and train- bookings and departures. One such alert that piqued my curiosity was about the shift of certain Airline’s services from T1 to T2 #ShiftingToT2 …