We know this post is a tad bit late; an entire month in 2017 has gone by. With a few important decisions to be taken, things have taken a different turn this year (definitely for the best) and has taken up some of our time. We’ve promised ourselves to get back to writing on a more regular basis and what hit us last week was when a dear friend who was visiting said – “frankly, your blog is almost dead”. This is most definitely true and it’s unfair that we haven’t been sharing our travel tales with you. 2017 is going to be better, we promise 🙂
2016 was quite an eventful year for us; filled with travel to new places and discovering the lesser known was a hidden agenda for us. It’s amazing what this can do to your soul.Continue reading
About 15 odd kilometers away from the famous Mahabalipuram-also known as the Jewel of the Coromandel Coast-lies the hidden town of Sadurangapattinam. A small town tucked away next to Kalpakkam, was once famously known for a fairly big Dutch settlement. The Sadras Fort is one such imprint that the Dutch have left us with before they were driven away by the British.Continue reading
The North Eastern states of India have often been left out of the mainstream consciousness of India. In addition to its natural wonders, the Seven Sisters are home to museums that highlight the fields of Science, Indian history and of course the anthropology of this rich diverse region. In addition to this, the museum architecture leaves one spellbound.
Trivia: Did you know that Meghalaya is home to a one of its kind museum in India. Read through to the end to know the answer.
Our trip to Hampi will always be close to my heart for numerous reasons. First, this was our first official historical getaway. Second, I didn’t know I was so fascinated by ancient art and architecture. Third, I didn’t know I’d walk 35 kms over a period of 4 days to see the ruins around the city of Hampi, and finally, I realized that there is more to life than work and the same old routine.
This is probably when it all began; the love for travel, history, mythology and possibly, the urge to do more of this.
I’m not going to bore you with the details of the trip but believe you me, I remember every minute of it. Yes, it was about 3 1/2 year ago, but I guess that’s what a canvas of ruins can do to your mind and soul.
Here’s a little something of what we experienced while at this famous UNESCO Site and one our most favorite architectural historian Dr. George Michell’s home ground, I would call it 🙂
This marks the end of our week-long blog series on account of World Heritage Day. While we have over 32 sites in India that have qualified to be World Heritage Sites in the eyes of UNESCO, every single ancient site in India is a beauty by itself. No two sites look and feel the same and more importantly, each one has a different story to tell.
We’ve been travelling together for a while now, and we’ve seen extremes of tourists; there is one kind that is so awestruck that they are glued to the site and don’t let others spend quality time at the site. There is other which I personally find annoying – climbing onto statues, scribbling their names so that they can be part of ‘history’ and those selfies with and while on top of statues and structures for edgy Facebook profile pictures.
Based on our observations and experience, here’s what we think one should (and shouldn’t do) while visiting a heritage site. Remember, this applies to every ancient site that exists in the world today; after all, its one world and we all call it home:
A disclaimer – when I mean ‘you’, it isn’t directed at you my dear reader. If you are reading this, you possibly are as serious as we are, and I like that. Please do not get upset at the tone with which the below points have been written. It’s our duty as travellers to stop those jokers who just ruin the experience for us by doing things that they shouldn’t!
Here’s the last five of the 32 World Heritage Sites found in India. It’s been a crazy week with a plethora of information that we have unearthed for this blog series and it’s just inspired us to travel a lot more and share our stories with you.
The below five are sites that prove one thing: India is a land of extremes and when it comes to art & culture, it is no different. In this post we will be looking at the cultural progress that the country has seen since the dawn of humankind in South Asia, to hill forts that nurtured the fabric of culture from within – this is the most ideal definition of our land.Continue reading
Co-existing in this world today seems to be quite a task. When we look around, all that we can see is intolerance and the usual love-hate relationship that’s probably going to be never-ending. However, what we forget to do these days is look around and realize that India is a standing example of co-existence. While we did have most of it damaged during invasions and wars, we still seem to have some of the best and the most magnificent structures around the world.
Co-existence not only in terms of religion, cultures and beliefs but also styles of architecture that were used to erect each of these structures. To add to that, nature seems to have played an important role in amplifying the idea of co-existence in India – the Mountain Railways of India and Rani-ki-Vav are shining examples.
As a continuation to our World Heritage Week Series, here’s our next 5 World Heritage Sites that stand tall and proud:Continue reading