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
Ek ardhi cha!
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!
Ancient temples at Pattadakal
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
The Prabhupada Ghat, by Iskcon, on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River, Pandharpur
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
Murmuration – nature’s awe-inspiring spectacle!
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!
Late night eating in Jamnagar at Hawai chawk
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
Bhutnath temple, Badami
The ancient Bhutnath temple, on the banks of Agastya lake, Badami! 26 Dec 2019
Sunset over Agastya lake, Badami
Sunset over the Agastya lake in Badami, North Karnataka, on 26 December 2019. 😍😍
Boulder’s beach – a home to the South African penguins…and an Icecream shop!
Generally on your way to the Cape of Good Hope, you would be well advised to take a short halt at the Boulder's beach in Simon's Town and observe the colony of South African penguins which calls this beach its home. And while you are there do make a stop over to the icecream shop … Continue reading Boulder’s beach – a home to the South African penguins…and an Icecream shop!
An idyllic life!
A Shamrock Cobra, a couple with romance baked by age, a coffee shack, the seashore offering unending views, and a back drop of Table Mountain! What more could you ask out of life? Oh! I forgot! And a stream of recreational runners and cyclists to give you company!