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
Eager waves pounding the wooden piles on Auro beach. Rapt. Free. Related posts: Aura of Auroville, WPC: Scale
The city of dawn. Auroville is an experimental township with a purpose to realize human unity. Related posts: Pondering over Pondy WPC- Depth
Pondy has a dual personality: crossing from East to West of the central canal reveals two cities with very different characters. Ville Blanche is the White Town of French Pondicherry– with a colonial hangover. Reminiscences of the old world in distinct white and mustard buildings of Dumas, Romain Rolland, Suffren and Labourdonnais streets. Streets of the French… Read More Pondering over Pondy
Lakkidi is a backwater area of Upper Bhavani reservoir. Go for the Ooty Avalanche Eco Tour. It’s regulated by the area’s forest department folks who’ll drive you around in their guided vehicles, which serves in protecting the ecosystem. Related posts: The Ombre Nilgiris, Amongst the Sholas.
The Sholas are a mosaic of stunted tropical montane evergreen forests and grasslands. Here’s a typical shola land, the Avalanche Sanctuary in the Nilgiris: An interesting fact: every shola, no matter how small it is, gives birth to springs and many rivers of South India originate in the sholas: Tunga Bhadra, Nethravathi, Cauvery… The word Shola comes from Tamil ‘sholai’ which means thicket, cold… Read More Amongst the Sholas
The hills are enveloped in a smoky haze, gradually changing from a shade of blue to some hue of green, all fading and softening into the other. Nilgiris, the Blue Mountains, are beautiful! These shots were taken in Doddabetta, Kotagiri, Avalanche, and Ooty.
There is something so warm and reassuring about window boxes with vibrant fresh flowers. It says that someone out there cares! – – – See more windows here.
Anjuna beach on a low tide. Check out these interesting colorful rocky formations overlying a cove of white sand. ––––
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