The white canvas of Rann

Surreal and seemingly eternal, strangely mesmeric, lifeless, ghostly stretches of white salt pan with an odd musicality, making a peculiar connection with the onlookers. I was at Rann of Kutch and could feel the salt as big as marbles from childhood memories, crunch under my feet. It was all white and barren, as far as…

Dwarka – of Krishna and Meera

A long, tiring drive across flat, featureless and arid landscape of west Gujarat brought me to Dwarka. The last stage of drive from Rajkot was material less, offering nothing to capture my attention. My interest pecked up as we passed salt panes and our guide announced that we are in ‘Dev-bhoomi’. As you cross a…

Bhuj: The mysterious, the incredible

The trip to Bhuj is a rickety one from Rajkot, from the hustle-bustle of a commercial center, to a town, mesmerized in some old world charm. But as you approach Bhuj and peep out of your car window, at the salt pans, you get to know how everything just sort of fits in. it’s a…

Mandvi: Own a private beach

Everyone loves a beach holiday. And what about when you can afford a private pristine white sand beach for yourself. And if you think, it’s incredulous, make a trip to Mandvi beach in Western Kutch and book for yourself a private beach owned by the Royal family of Kutch in the Vijay Vilas Palace. Now,…

Vadodara – city of cultural connoisseurs

I don’t know why I had never kept Vadodara in my bucket list. After all this is one city that cares excessively for culture, a princely town devoted more to culture connoisseurs than entrepreneurs. While Ahmedabad and Surat, like other Gujarati cities are driven by a zeal for business and trade, Vadodara is more inclined…

Champaner: The old world’s charm

‘In history lies all the secrets of statecraft’ Few faint images cross your mind when you talk about Champaner: a strategic trade route, the capital of one of the most influential sultanate, a graceful example of urban landscaping, mesmerizing muslim and jain architecture. But the loudest of all images is that of a ransacked, deserted…

An Ode to Sun Temple, Modhera

A ride, of some 125 kms from Ahmedabad, leads you into the quaint town of Mehsana, famous for the magnificent Sun temple built by the great Solanki rulers to venerate Sun for its energy and vitality. This Sun Temple, very much like the Sun temple at Konark, Orissa and Martand, Kashmir seems undiminished by the…