self guided vegetarian tour of Chandni Chowk

A self-guided vegetarian food tour of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi

A self-guided vegetarian food tour of Chandni Chowk with family, on a Sunday, threw many surprises our way. The 400- year-old Chandni Chowk stretch was a rhapsody of vintage frames, divine flavours, mazy lanes, bygones dotted with bloodshed, ornate doors and a cauldron of varied beliefs and faiths. Come with me as I discover the …

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace-A stunning heritage structure in Tamil Nadu,India

Thirumalai Nayakar Palace also known as Madurai Palace is a testimony to the city’s secularism and diversity. If Madurai is world- famous for its Meenakshi Amman Temple, it is equally popular for the Anglo-Indian community, the churches, the Jaina Caves and its multicultural society. On my recent trip to Madurai, I decided to visit the …

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 is really nothing 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 …

Karen Tribes in Chiang Mai

The Karen Tribes in Chiang Mai : Friendship over Candied Fruit Peel in Thailand

As the World celebrates another Women’s Day with much fanfare, here is a tribute to the Karen Tribes in Chiang Mai and scores of women who go through the journey of ‘Life’ all silently with great resilience, across various households, from posh homes to refugee camps. Each one’s struggle may be different but the struggle invariably …

Dalhousie

Dalhousie – Bakrota Hill that connects Bengal and Himachal

Life in the mountains amidst thriving pines, deodars, rhododendrons, spruce and other flora and fauna interspersed with wooded trails is in itself a meditative and medicative process. More so for urban dwellers who find themselves surrounded by frondescence all of a sudden. At first glimpse, this lushness and the azure skies with breathable pure oxygen …

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun

Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun- The largest monastery in India

A sense of calm and tranquillity pervades as one enters the Mindrolling Monastery Dehradun in the mornings. The only noise that is heard is that of the monkeys jumping and playing on the roofs. The monks in red robes go about their chores silently without any pandemonium. The premises is spic and span, devoid of …

FRI : Central Courtyard

Forest Research Institute’s Architecture – A Photo Tour

The one monumental and prestigious institute that has been synonymous with Dehradun for over a century now, has to be the massive colonial Forest Research Institute.  I personally believe this is the only place that hasn’t seen much of a change over the year. My very first visit to the Doon valley a couple of …

Best time to discover Tamil Nadu is during the Maargazhi festival

Maargazhi maasam or Maargashira (the month of Maargazhi) is a holy month for the Hindus living in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. These regions witness innumerable classical music and dance concerts as well as celebrations and special rituals across most of its ancient temples. Come let us discover the importance …