Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad is not to be missed

Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad is not to be missed

  The Taj of the Deccan, mini Taj, poor man's Taj Mahal - the beautiful Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad has many names. The first time I saw the monument one year ago I was strapped for time - after visiting the astounding Ellora caves I had only several hours in the city before catching a ...read more »

Visiting the stupendous Ajanta Caves

Visiting the stupendous Ajanta Caves

I made a trip to the Ajanta caves one year after my visit to the astounding Ellora caves. Although geographic proximity and common theme of these places suggests to include them into one itinerary, I'm glad I took time to settle my thoughts and sort my impressions out. It allowed me to take a fresh ...read more »

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur – two hours of aesthetic pleasure

Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur – two hours of aesthetic pleasure

  “There is nothing much to see. The dance with fire show is in the evening. Click a photo jaldi (quickly), and I’ll take you to Moti Magri”. Our rickshaw driver obviously didn’t have a very high opinion of Bagore Ki Haveli. Perhaps he's seen too many palaces in the city he was lucky to live. ...read more »

Qutb Shahi Tombs – a one of a kind necropolis in Hyderabad

Qutb Shahi Tombs – a one of a kind necropolis in Hyderabad

Located 2 km away from the illustrious Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs are not to be overlooked when visiting Hydrabad. Not only it’s a one of a kind archeological park, where almost the entire royal dynasty is buried in one place, but the tombs of the Qutb Shahi rulers represent a fine amalgamation of architectural ...read more »

The giant baobab of Hyderabad

The giant baobab of Hyderabad

  “Would you like to see a baobab tree?“ “No thanks, I’ve seen quite a few around Mumbai”, - I was short of time and too eager to see the Golconda fort. “It’s a giant one, you won’t regret it”. “Oh, alright”, - I’m not sure what made me agree, perhaps the soft spot for baobabs after reading Saint-Exupéry’s ...read more »

The Stone Carvings of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur – unexpected effect

The Stone Carvings of Jagdish Temple, Udaipur – unexpected effect

  “I’m an artist. I’d like to show you my works”. Isn’t it a much better interpretations of the infamous “come to see my shop”. Needles to say, I wanted to see the works of art. Quite predictably, I ended up in a dreary shop full of lousy, mass-produced paintings of elephants, horses, tigers, peacocks and camels ...read more »