Rani ki Vav – the Stepwell of a Sorrowful Queen

Rani ki Vav – the Stepwell of a Sorrowful Queen

Charmed by the beautiful Adalaj Stepwell, I was determined to continue my acquaintance with this unusual architectural form. Luckily, the state of Gujarat is dotted with step wells of all sizes and levels of intricacy. As soon as I had a chance, I went for a trip to Patan – a small town 130 km ...read more »

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad and its Famous Jaali

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad and its Famous Jaali

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is one of the most well known mosques in India and undoubtedly a place of architectural significance. Located in the bustling area of the city, it provides a peaceful and shady shelter to the devotees and curious tourists. For an avid architecture lover, the main attraction of the mosque lies within ...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 »

Rainbow Ride (“Auto World” Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad

Rainbow Ride (“Auto World” Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad

How do you like this rainbow ride? 🙂 This is just a small part of the retro car collection exhibited in "Auto World" Vintage Car Museum (Ahmedabad). I'm rather indifferent to automobiles, and I could never understand the fascination around the latest version of this and that model. A car is merely a means of ...read more »

Adalaj Stepwell near Ahmedabad – love at first step

Adalaj Stepwell near Ahmedabad – love at first step

When planning my trip to Ahmedabad, the biggest city in our neigbor state Gujarat, the first thing I researched was Adalaj stepwell. I've never heard of stepwells before coming to India, and exploring a new architectural form sounded like an adventure. And it was. What are stepwells? Stepwells are one of the most original India's contributions to ...read more »