Hampi: The Empire strikes back

There are two sides of Hampi. One for the new age carefree tourists seeking tranquillity, crammed in a side which is strangely defended, where new world sets in, of open roof restaurants, budget hotels, funny fags and smokey sticks. Initiate a conversation with anyone there and a quaint picture of Hampi is portrayed, one that…

Stone Town Zanzibar: A road to follow

Stone town, or the old town as locals call it, with all its clichés and a heady mixture of old and modern, gets you the required good start in Zanzibar. It gives you a heritage city look, as you look out over the rusted roofs atop crumbling white buildings, with their wooden shutters and intricately…

Walking Into the Past: Old Town Mombasa

This is like going through pages of history books; every building has a story; trysting with the first police station and post office of East Africa, century old buildings still retaining the old charm, wandering through the remnants of the bygone era when Mombasa used to be the center for slave trade, spying on the…

Hampi: An Indian Rome

It was like moving on a movie set, a place so dramatic in its natural form, is hard to imagine. Unreal and bewitching, the ruins of Hampi, lying scattered over a landscape to leave you mesmerized. Giant boulders perching for miles, set under azure blue sky with jade green palm cover serving as the background….

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…

Wow Vav

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the ingenious architecture of the Shahi Baoli in Imambara, Lucknow. That was the beginning of my love for stepwells and the grandeur arrested in these subterranean structures had since then incited me. And when Rani ki Vav, an 11th century stepwell, was declared as a World…

History arrested in stone….

When I was a kid, I was fascinated by the ingenious architecture of the Shahi Baoli in Bada Imambara, Lucknow. That was the beginning of my love for stepwells and the grandeur arrested in these subterranean structures had since then incited me. And when Rani ki Vav, an 11th century stepwell, was declared as a…