Monday, January 26, 2015

Get. Set. Bolt.

Driving!? Oh no no no.. I ain't got no time to learn it yet. No seriously. The hustle bustle of Mumbai, long commuting hours and the mad rush not giving me that piece of time to indulge in some learning. It was so till the moment I visited the Tata Bolt Arena. 

What beauty!? I couldn't get my hands off it and eyes were set on it continuously. Why don't I know to drive? The first question which popped in my mind.

Love at first sight, so red, so bold i.e. Tata Bolt.

With a mesmerized look at it, my journey of exploring the brand new Tata Bolt at Market City Kurla (Phoenix Mall) started with Mr. Ashish. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

On the Trail of Western Madhya Pradesh - Day 2

Read about Day 1 at Ujjain here.

Mandu, A lyrical fortress

Panoramic View of the Royal Enclave
Day 2:

Our Journey

We started at 5 in the morning from Ujjain towards our 135 km far, the fortified destination, Mandu. Beautiful weather and landscape. We had breakfast en-route at Gurukripa Restaurant.

Chasing dawn

Our driver cum guide started with stories about Mandu and its architecture as we started to near Mandu. 

The wall circumscribing Mandu has 12 great darwazas and road to Mandu passes through many of these doors viz. Alamgir Darwaza, Bhangi Darwaza etc. 

On one side of road was the great wall while on the other small huts, old ruins or the hotels. 

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Talakad - The city of sand covered temples

Read about the 1st leg of the journey "Bangalore to Shivasamudram Falls" here.

Talakad is a place for you if you like mystery, history, architecture and have an eye for something new and love to unveil secrets.

2nd leg of journey: SHIVASAMUDRAM FALLS -- TALAKAD

Talakad is the sand city, a desert like place situated on the bank of Kavery. Once a green and magnificent city which had more than 30 temples now lay below heaps of sand. We reached this mysterious place which is around 45 km from Shivasamudram around noon.

As per theory, Talakad / Talakadu, the name is derived from Kirata twin brothers, Tala and Kadu. Lord Rama is also believed to have taken halt at this place on his voyage to Lanka. 


The place has been ruled by various kings viz. Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas, Vijaynagaras and Wodeyars from 8th to 17th century and if legends are to be believed the site is cursed. During 17th century, by dethroning Tirumalaraja who was suffering from an incurable disease, Raja Wodeyar who was lusting for power, took over the Mysore Kingdom which was under the Vijayanagara Empire at that time.

Friday, January 02, 2015

A day well spent at Elephanta Caves


Saturday morning, cool breeze, stay in Mumbai and you are itching to make the day count, well, why not visit Elephanta Caves, also known as Gharapuri, the City of Caves rests on Elephanta Island in the Sea of Oman, situated 9 nautical miles from Gateway of India, Mumbai. A boat ride of around an hour one way, beautiful view around, sky scrapers of Mumbai, Taj and Gateway from some distance mingling with clouds and many boats & ferries of various designs dancing to the tunes of tides, sea gulls flying around and last but not the least many light houses makes the journey more than charming to this one of the very old islands.