Goa is much more than its beaches. So, this time we decided to skip the usual suspects and try another experience instead- stay in a quintessential Goan village, Saligao. We were already charmed when told that this was the sleepy hamlet ‘Pocolim’ in the film ‘Finding Fanny’. And as we walked down its quiet rustic… 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
Strolling through the Ocean Front Walk from Venice Beach to the Santa Monica pier on a balmy summer evening. Elemental.
“A nothing day full of wild beauty…Little fish stream by, a river in water.” Santosh had come to us touting a houseboat ride on Vembanad Lake but The General pointed to the Meenachil. ‘Can we row down the river in one of those little country boats?’. ‘Pinne enthaa!. Of course. Meet me at the river… Read More Rowing down the Meenachil
Mehrangarh is magnificent. Set on a rocky outcrop that stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, the fort overlooks the walled city of Jodhpur, where most roofs are painted in an iconic shade of blue. The fort has a museum that houses spectacular royal paraphernalia – palanquins, miniature paintings, furniture and armory in exquisitely decorated rooms of palaces and villas.… Read More The Mystique of Mahrangarh
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
‘Look at all these colors on my plate’, exclaims The General. ‘Ambrosial’. 🙂 An effect of Sattvic food. If life is about living in the moment, sattvic food makes that moment exuberant, one morsel at a time. Foods, abundant in Prana- the universal life-force that gives life to all sentient beings, keep our minds clear, happy and at peace. The ancient… Read More Art at AOL – Ambrosia
‘We must see Shravanabelagola’, said the General. And so we went for another detour, off the highway, meandering through the country roads, sleepy villages and riotous fields till we caught a glimpse of the colossal monolithic statue of Gommateshvara on Vindyagiri Hill.
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