One day in Vadodara – things to do in the cultural capital of Gujarat

One day in Vadodara – things to do in the cultural capital of Gujarat

Whenever I hear anything of a "cultural capital", the first thing that comes to my mind is Saint-Petersburg, with its grand palaces, museums, domed cathedrals and special charm. Of course, I could hardly expect Vadodara, also known as the cultural capital of Gujarat, to have something in common with the Russian city on the Neva ...read more »

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park – my photo story of Gujarat’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park – my photo story of Gujarat’s UNESCO World Heritage Site

I saw the photos of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park on someone's travel blog, and they immediately intrigued my enquiring mind (long live the travel blogging community!). Further research kept fueling my interest until it finally crystallized into a firm decision to go and explore the ancient monuments on my own. So here I was, buying the ...read more »

My mom’s India 2

My mom’s India 2

In November 2016 my mom came to visit us after 4 years, and this time she stayed for nearly six months. For an expat who rarely gets to see their parents, it was a blissful time. I couldn't support my mom through some difficult times in our family, and the change in her was obvious ...read more »

Agra Fort – enjoying my visit post factum

Agra Fort – enjoying my visit post factum

I don't think I did the Agra Fort justice when I visited it years ago. These days, when I visit a historical monument or a natural beauty spot, everything else ceases to exist - it's only me and the place. At that time I was still battling the culture shock and sensory overload, so many ...read more »

The Kanheri caves – a huge complex of rock-cut Buddhist monuments in Mumbai

The Kanheri caves – a huge complex of rock-cut Buddhist monuments in Mumbai

We went to the Kanheri caves in the end of the monsoon last year and I found it the best time to visit - not only the rock-cut Buddhist monuments were impressive, but their splendor was complemented by the lush greenery around. Looking at the vastness of green, it was hard to believe this endless ...read more »