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‘Aina Mahal Palace, Bhuj’ – constructed through expert engineering and ingenious planning!

Considered as one of the most elegant monuments in Bhuj, Aina Mahal Palace is one of the finest examples of Indian palaces that were built with European influences in the mid 18th century. Constructed by Rao Lakhpatji in 1707-1761 AD, Aina Mahal Palace is a royal dream translated into reality by one master craftsman Ramsinh … Continue reading

‘Amber Fort’ – Royal Architecture of Jaipur!

The Amber Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur city, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 A.D by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The … Continue reading

Visited the ‘Taj Mahal’ – One of the seven wonders of the world! ( with Video)

The magnificent marble structure Taj Mahal, which is a symbol of love has put India on the international map of tourism. The former capital of Hindustan, Agra is built on the banks of river Yamuna. Although it was ruled by many hindu and ambitious muslim rulers, the Nawabs’ of Agra have left their footprint here … Continue reading

Hawa Mahal & Nahargarh Fort – ‘Summer Holidays’ destination to the Royal Family!

Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds – Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds, or also called Palace of the Breeze, is one of the important places to visit in Jaipur. Built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1798, Hawa Mahal is a five-storey extension in the form of a honeycomb. This unique building … Continue reading

Mystery – Digamber Jain Temple, Sanganer, Jaipur ..

During our recent family vacation trip to Jaipur, we visited the Jain temples .. There are two Jain temples in Sanganer. One is old Temple and other one is newly made which is not open for visitors. The old Digamber Jain Temple, Sanganer, Jaipur – has seven sacred underground floors that are not open for … Continue reading

Visit to Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir) @ Jaipur city ..

The Birla Temple, originally known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, and is situated below the Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi, this temple is a proud architectural landmark of Jaipur. Built in pure white marble, the Birla Temple is unlike the traditional ancient Hindu temples, and is built with a … Continue reading

Visited the Rann Utsav Gujarat 2015 – 16 .. White desert .. a novel tourist destination!

The Great Rann of Kutch is in district of Kutch, Gujarat state of India, between the Gulf of Kutch and the Mouth of river Sindhu ( called as Indus river) that is located in Pakistan. There is a vast flat land which gets filled with sea water during the monsoon and when it gets dried … Continue reading

My recent visit to Bhuj as a tourist – Highlight on its Handicraft!

Bhuj is very popular place for shopping handicraft work, Kutchi handicrafts are in abundance in Bhuj, like embroidery(aari, aahir, chakan, gotanv, jatfakira, jatgarasiya, kambira and khuditebha, katri, kharek, mukko, neran, pakko, rabari, soof), bandhni(tie and Dye), leather work, block-printing, heavy silver jewelry and woodcarving. Bhuj Culture is popular for its Pakvans, dabelie and Gujarati thali. … Continue reading

Travel to Rann of Kutch, Jaipur (Pink City) & Taj Mahal at Agra!

The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh located in the Thar Desert in the Kutch District of Gujarat, India and the Sindh province of Pakistan. It is about 7,505.22 square kilometres (2,897.78 sq mi) in size and is reputed to be the largest salt desert in the world. This area has been … Continue reading

One Day Monsoon Trek & Waterfall Rappelling near Kondana Caves!

The Kondana caves enclose sculptures – Vihara, Chaitya and Stupas – specimens of ancient Buddhist architecture. I was told that as a result of an earth quake in the early 1900s, many stupas (especially the front entrance) as well as the floor of the caves were damaged. But what remains absolutely intact is the beautiful … Continue reading

Happy Ramadan to all my Muslim friends !

(A popular Mosque located at Al Khobar city, picture taken at night) Ramadan, the holy month of fasting started on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013. This period will last for 29-30 days and end with Eid celebrations. Wikipedia writes .. Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان‎ Ramaḍān, IPA: [rɑmɑˈdˤɑːn];[variations] Persian: رمضان‎ Ramazān; Urdu: رمضان‎ Ramzān; Turkish: Ramazan) is the … Continue reading

Easter Sunday / Resurrection Meeting at the Bethany Hospital !

( Picture above – The Garden Tomb (also known as Gordon’s Calvary) located in Jerusalem – outside the city walls and close to the Damascus Gate – is a rock-cut tomb considered by some to be the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus.) Yesterday, March 31, 2013 evening, at the Easter Sunday/ Resurrection … Continue reading

Remembering my family trip to Kerala !

This trip along with my family was made during the early part of this year 2012 (April) ; my son had just completed his 10th Standard board exams; my wife and myself could manage to steal a 20-day vacation from our busy schedule ! It was well planned through a professionally managed tour company and … Continue reading

Goa – a family holiday!

Known for its golden sands, sun kissed beaches and beautiful sunsets, Goa is a major tourist attraction in India. With number of hotels and resorts offering great holiday packages, family holidays in Goa has become very popular today. We, along with my wife and son, reached the Tivim railway station on 3rd March morning! Though … Continue reading

Travels are helping me to be fit…

I have been traveling quite a lot in the last 2 weeks and that is helping me to be fit. Business Development meetings/ conferences at different cities have been reason enough to travel and I travel by all modes – flights, trains and luxury buses/ coaches. One’s body actually adapts to new situations quite promptly … Continue reading

Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry

It was in the year 1992, I took a 8 day trip through TTDC ( Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation) travelling by a 9 seater Tempo-traveller. Though the trip ended… unplanned…at kohilpatti, 100 kms from Madurai, due to an accident…the vehicle skidded at 70 kmh and fell on its left side…and i had to be … Continue reading

A visit to Sabarmati Ashram in 2004

In the year 2004, I took some time off after my business meeting in Ahmedabad to visit the Gandhi Ashram at sabarmati, a wish that was pending for a long time. Later in 2006, I was in South Africa but I could not visit the Tolstoy farm because of other compelling reasons related to business. … Continue reading

Mughsail beach in Salalah…

The seaside town of Salalah was inhabited by 170,000 people…..now more, I think… The beautiful landscape draws the tourists especially when the city traps the monsoon…. lasting from the month of June to September every year. This is indeed the best time of the year to visit Salalah. It rains in a desert country ( … Continue reading

Anjuna beach….My favorite spot in Goa

Anjuna Beach….Located about 18kms from Panaji and situated in Bardez taluka, the Anjuna Beach is the part of a 30 km extended beach coastline along the west coast of Goa by the Arabian sea…. The Village of Anjuna, a five square mile area is nestled between the Arabian Sea and the Hill overlooking the beach. … Continue reading

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