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.  When I saw the monument for the first time one year ago, I was strapped for time - after visiting the astounding Ellora caves I had only several hours in the city before ...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 »

The splendour of Ellora Caves

The splendour of Ellora Caves

It's been more than a month since I came back form my trip to Ellora caves, and I'm still at a loss for words to write about my impressions. Admiration and deep aesthetic pleasure came as no surprise, but there was something more to this place - the concentrated dose of beauty allowed me to ...read more »

One day in Aurangabad – things to do, places to visit in the City of Gates

One day in Aurangabad – things to do, places to visit in the City of Gates

Exploring Aurangabad was a part of my super budget one day trip to Ellora Caves. Devagiri Express conveniently departed from Mumbai at 21:10, and early in the morning I reached "the touristic capital of Maharashtra" with my heart longing for an adventure. There was no use leaving the train station before the down, so I ...read more »

My monsoon trip to Mahabaleshwar

My monsoon trip to Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is listed as one of the most popular weekend getaways and prime monsoon destinations around Mumbai and Pune and I was fortunate to visit this place a few years ago. All the adjectives people usually use to describe this place (breath-taking, green, juicy, lush, pristine, fresh) are absolutely accurate, and it was an unforgettable ...read more »

Rock-cut caves of Maharashtra (Elephanta, Karla, Pala)

Rock-cut caves of Maharashtra (Elephanta, Karla, Pala)

The epitome of rock-cut architecture of Maharashtra is represented by the caves of Ellora and Ajanta, of course, but I haven't been fortunate to visit these places yet. However, I've been lucky enough to explore some other caves around Maharashtra - Elephanta, Karla and Pala just to name a few. The Caves of Elephanta I've been ...read more »