We executed this itinerary from Mumbai during the Christmas break of 2019, and had a great time, with young cranky kids, mind you!😁 The itinerary allows enough time at each of these places to appreciate the 'must-visit' ruins, and other significant places of interest, and should suffice for anybody who wants to appreciate the ruins … Continue reading A 4-day itinerary to Hampi, Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal
2 mins till the school bus comes. A dear friend is yearning to play something, anything, in this time. Collecting these fallen, fragrant flowers sounds just about the right thing to do!
When you are in Saurashtra, the cutting chai of Mumbai takes on a different meaning altogether! Ardhi cha, translating to roughly "half a tea", in all parts of Saurashtra would yield you a strong milky tea in a saucer, locally called rakaabi, that you stick to your lower lip and sip from, ideally making a … Continue reading Ek ardhi cha!
The Shiva temple complex at the Pattadakal town houses 9 Shiva temples built by the Chalukya King's in 7th and 8th century. It combines northern Indian (the leftmost and middle temple in the picture above) and Southern Indian style of architecture (the right most temple in the picture). Legend has it that this was the … Continue reading Ancient temples at Pattadakal
While the Vitthala Rukmani temple is the more historic one at Pandharpur, and the legend of Rukmani being cross with Krishna on this occasion, which led to separate temples for Vitthala and Rukmani here, is oft repeated, the Iskcon is doing great work to build beautiful ghats for the pilgrims to visit and take a … Continue reading The Prabhupada Ghat, by Iskcon, on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River, Pandharpur
On my way to Pandharpur this Christmas, we had to stop the car to watch this spectacle! This dance in unison of these small birds was incredible because of the various formations it took and the directions in which it went, without any apparent leader taking the call! It's only later when we learnt upon … Continue reading Murmuration – nature’s awe-inspiring spectacle!
It was 1:30 in the morning when brother and I got to got back from attending a family affair, and realized we hadn't had dinner. All the big places like Brahmania (for Gujarati thali) would have been closed by now and the options at this hour were limited to the ones at Hawai chauk... a … Continue reading Late night eating in Jamnagar at Hawai chawk
The ancient Bhutnath temple, on the banks of Agastya lake, Badami! 26 Dec 2019
Sunset over the Agastya lake in Badami, North Karnataka, on 26 December 2019. 😍😍
To be honest, I hadn't thought of doing the Adani Ahmedabad Marathon (AAM) 2019, on 24th Nov, until a few of my running buddies said they were going. The running schedule in Mumbai for me this year was quite tight. We had the WNC Navy Half Marathon just a week back (17th Nov), and running … Continue reading Adani Ahmedabad Marathon 2019 – a race report from a first timer (at Adani!)