Udaipur City Palace quick facts and photos

Udaipur City Palace quick facts and photos

  The City Palace is undoubtedly a centerpiece of Udaipur, a city I’ve chosen to start my acquaintance with the state of Rajasthan. Unofficially known as Venice of the East and the City of Lakes, Udaipur has been on my radar for quite a while. Although it’s not listed as one of the most popular monsoon ...read more »

The greens and fountains of Saheliyon-ki-Bari – the Garden of Maidens in Udaipur

The greens and fountains of Saheliyon-ki-Bari – the Garden of Maidens in Udaipur

  The most cherished memory of the Ukrainian period of my life is looking after the flowering plants in my parents' garden (remember my roses? :)) That's why, no matter how strapped for time I may be when visiting a new city, I always try to include a park or garden into my list of things ...read more »

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 »

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 »

The Golconda Fort in photos

The Golconda Fort in photos

The Golconda Fort need no introduction. I kept my expectations high when going to Hyderabad, and the ancient complex was impressive indeed. Centuries after the peak of its glory, the fort doesn't cease to humble visitors with its might, grandeur and powerful voice from the bygone era. Every part of it is filled with history ...read more »