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 »

Places to visit in Kolhapur – the city in pictures

Places to visit in Kolhapur – the city in pictures

Located merely 400 km from Mumbai, Kolhapur is a comfortable weekend destination from the financial capital of India. Being strgap for time, I often select the locations which are only a night's train journey away from my home. Frankly speaking, this was the primary reason why I decided to explore this city. It's only when ...read more »

The amazing woodwork of Vishrambaug Wada, Pune

The amazing woodwork of Vishrambaug Wada, Pune

Speaking quite frankly, I didn't expect much from Pune. Shortly after I moved to India, one of my new acquaintances told me that he went to Pune for a brief visit and "nothing was there". Years later his words still echoed in my ears every time someone mentioned this city. That's why I kept postponing ...read more »

Jaswant Thada – the beautiful marble mausoleum in Jodhpur

Jaswant Thada – the beautiful marble mausoleum in Jodhpur

Downhill from the mighty Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, there is a delicate marble monument, commonly known as the Taj Mahal of Marwar; a milky white structure that stands ethereal against the backdrop of the bright Rajasthani sky. It is a most fascinating structure, with its array of fanciful domes, intricate carvings, and quaint fusion of ...read more »

A walk around the Shaniwar Wada fort, Pune

A walk around the Shaniwar Wada fort, Pune

With imposing architecture, rich history and intriguing legends in tow, the Shaniwar Wada fort is undoubtedly a centerpiece in Pune where sightseeing is concerned. That's why it was not hard for me to decide where to start my Pune tour when I finally visited the city after years of procrastination. Located within a short ride ...read more »