The ancient Ramkund stepwell in Bhuj, Gujarat

The ancient Ramkund stepwell  in Bhuj, Gujarat

After visiting the city of Bhuj I've got an impression that it's generally undervalued by the foreign and Indian tourists alike. The place is often considered just a stopover en route to the Rann of Kutch and is hardly recognized as a notable destination on its own. However, my experience in Bhuj was extremely ...read more »

The Aga Khan Palace – an abode of peace and serenity in Pune

The Aga Khan Palace – an abode  of peace and serenity in Pune

The Aga Khan Palace is a  beautiful mansion set amidst a large garden in the Yerwada neighborhood in Pune. Boasting both the historical and architectural value, this place is one of the must-visit sites in the city. Located around 7 km from the center of Pune, it retains its peaceful atmosphere and quiet feel. The Aga ...read more »

The classy Umaid Bhawan of Jodhpur

The classy Umaid Bhawan of Jodhpur

From the Jaswant Thada memorial in Jodhpur, also known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar, one can enjoy a  breathtaking view over the Umaid Bhavan Palace. Being strapped for time, I wasn't sure I 'd manage to make my way there, but there was something so majestic in the palace's distant silhouette that I decided to ...read more »

Intricacies of the Prag Mahal in Bhuj, Gujarat

Intricacies of the Prag Mahal in Bhuj, Gujarat

If a city has at least one building like the Prag Mahal, it automatically wins my heart. If the city of Bhuj has nothing else to offer but the Prag Mahal, I would have still considered it worth visiting. Apart from pure aesthetic pleasure, I’ve noticed that beautiful architecture has a very soothing effect on ...read more »

Magical Hues of the Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds in Questions and Answers

Magical Hues of the Hawa Mahal, or The Palace of Winds in Questions and Answers

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to make my way to the Hawa Mahal - an iconic monument in Jaipur that had been on my bucket list for a long time. While being genuinely impressed by one of the most recognized monuments in India, I find it quite difficult to write about such a  popular ...read more »

The Royal Cenotaphs (Chhatris) of Bhuj

The Royal Cenotaphs (Chhatris) of Bhuj

The city of Bhuj was peaceful, tranquil and slow paced, and when I think of it now, it created a rather interesting contrast with overwhelming and mega touristic Jaipur I headed for the next day. One of the most secluded and architecturally rewarding places  I've visited in Bhuj was a complex of highly ornate royal memorials. ...read more »

The Mandore Gardens near Jodhpur – a charming collection of royal memorials

The Mandore Gardens near Jodhpur – a charming collection of royal memorials

Located around 9 km from Jodhpur, the Mandore Gardens is a beautiful park where the architectural intricacies of the ancient cenotaphs create a mind-blowing visual feast. Pair it with the bright tropical flowers, and you’ll get the idea of why it’s been one of my favourite places to visit since I started exploring Rajasthan. If ...read more »