The Aga Khan Palace in Pune, India is not only an architectural delight but also a worthy reminder of the sacrifices made by Indian freedom fighters. A must-visit if you are a history-lover or nature-seeker.
When we planned our trip to Hampi last November, we decided to take a couple more days to explore the Cultural triangle of Aihole, Badami, and Pattadakal. Both Hampi and Pattadakal are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Aihole and Badami are often skipped because they are not. However, it makes good sense to visit these […]
Hampi was the ancient capital city of the Vijayanagara Kingdom of South India in the 14th century AD. It is located in the Ballari district of Karnataka and today, is home to the Hampi Group of Monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is dotted with ruins of all kinds: temples, palaces, private baths, […]
Mango Tree, a great place to eat out, is one of most popular restaurants in Hampi. Click here to find out why.
An upside down shadow, a 3-headed Nandi, stunning murals, and an elephant of its own – Virupaksha Temple of Hampi is home to many more wonders. Take a tour of this beautiful temple with Stories by Soumya.
Have you heard of the coracles of Hampi? Well, I had not before I started planning for my Hampi trip this November. I had seen small, round boats in videos earlier but had never imagined sitting in one of them in order to cross a river. Let alone enjoy the sights that flanked the river […]
Pattadakal – a name I had not heard before this November. Who knew it housed such beautiful temples! And was the seat of some of highest levels of art and architecture! When I started searching for it online, I was so proud to see it listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The article […]
Going to Hampi was my dream ever since I read about it in my middle-school history books. One picture of Hampi had stuck to me for my life. The picture of a stone chariot standing in an open courtyard. It vaguely reminded me of the temple of Konark but not exactly. This November, I was […]
Planning a trip to Gujarat in India? Have you thought about including the beautiful Modhera Sun Temple in your itinerary? Well, you must if you haven’t yet. One of the most exquisitely-sculpted temples in India, Modhera is a prominent Surya Mandir in India. Surya Mandirs are holy abodes where the Sun God or Lord Surya […]
Ahmedabad is a culturally rich and vibrant city in India. Apart from being the financial hub of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is home to history and culture from ages ago. In fact, it was the first Indian city to be declared a UNESCO Heritage City in July 2017. Amdavad, as it is locally referred to, has a number […]
Lothal, an ancient Harappan city, beckoned to me from the browned pages of an old history book. A few images of life from 5000 years ago flashed by right in front of my eyes. The lingering hope of seeing Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa continued to ebb. But my resolution to explore the Indian side of the […]
The name “stepwell” seems so self-explanatory: going down the steps to get to the well. And that is exactly what stepwells are. They are wells deep down under the surface of the earth with many flights of stairs leading you up to them. And in the majestic stepwells of Gujarat in India, these stairs are […]