Goa is so much more than beaches. So, this time we decided to skip the usual suspects and try another experience instead- stay in a quintessential Goan village. We were already charmed when told that this was the sleepy hamlet ‘Pocolim’ in the film ‘Finding Fanny’. And as we walk down its quiet rustic paths,… Read More Quaint Goan houses of Saligao
“I was just sittin’ here enjoin’ the company. Plants got a lot to say, if you take the time to listen. ” ~Eeyore Nestled in middle of hustle bustle of Jaipur city area, we found our verdant haven in the Samode Havel. This is a heritage manor, built over 175 years ago with all the style… Read More A verdant haveli in Jaipur
Kumbhalgarh gave us more drama than we’d envisaged- what with its stubborn fort standing majestically on a high ridge with a 15 km long wall running through the surrounding cliffs of the Aravalis and a panoramic view of the countryside from the top. The countryside soon divulging it’s own drama in the dark- when the leopards come out..
On our Rajasthan road trip from Udaipur to Jodhpur, the very first stop had to be Chittorgarh. As we explore the citadel amidst fascinating legends of Rani Padmini’s astounding beauty, how its people chose death before dishonor- the men donning saffron martyrs’ robes and riding out from the fort to certain death, while the women and children immolated themselves… Read More Glorious Chittorgarh
The Art of Living International Center in Bangalore will fill you with tranquility and peace. But what also strikes as extremely interesting here is it’s interior design that adds to the serene ambiance. The high level of craftsmanship in wood-carvings as was prevalent in ancestral homes in Kerala, built in a specific pattern around a central courtyard –And then there are… Read More Art at AOL-Finesse
Abandoned places, derelict and overgrown, have their own special aura of nostalgia. Beneath all the dust, rust, rubble and cracks, there are stories of people who used to once go about their daily lives here. It’s as if the people in these places just picked up and left and slowly all things are being reclaimed… Read More Bridge to nowhere
An old windswept fort surrounded by the sea on two sides, a river on the third and a series of rusty headlands bursting out of thickets of greenery – Chapora charms you without even trying too hard. This red-laterite bastion, crowning the rocky bluff located in Bardez, northern Goa, was built by the Portuguese in… Read More Chapora charms