2016: a year of new places, new emotions and self discovery


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


The City of Victory we call our own; the City of Hampi


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 🙂

In our words, here’s the complete guide to Hampi: Continue reading

“Faith does not teach us to harbour grudges between us”



“Sare jahan se accha hindustan hamara”

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

Busting the Myth of the Seven Pagodas of the Coromandel Coast


These are exciting times for history and travel buffs to Tamil Nadu with the discovery of ruins 800 meters off the coast of Mamallapuram by the NIO (National Institute of Oceanography) and ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).


A NIO-ASI excavation near Punjeri village, 1.5kms from Mamalla in 2003 revealed remains an ancient sea-port from early historic and medieval times. During the tsunami in December 2004, locals had noticed a row of boulders when the sea receded before they were swallowed. One of them had remarked that they saw sunlight glistening off the top of a pagoda. Marine archaeological explorations in 2004-05 revealed many structures including long walls, pathways leading to a raised platform, scattered rectangular dressed stone blocks and a broken statue representing a lion. The presence of biological aquatic growth have made it difficult to pin-point the structures. These have now been reinforced by a recent exploration from March 10th to 18th. These were indeed vestiges of the ancient port. Continue reading