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 »

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 »

8 reasons why my mother-in-law is my favorite travel companion

8 reasons why my mother-in-law is my favorite travel companion

  So, how many of you, travelers, regularly go on an adventure with your mother-in-laws? 🙂 No matter how much I favor traveling solo, having a reliable, witty and easy going companion proves to be very rewarding. I was lucky to discover such a partner in my mother-in-law.  She never actually traveled much, but she always ...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 »