Ajanta rock cut Buddhist caves, Maharastra India

Ajanta caves along with Ellora caves at Aurangabad in Maharatra district of India are two of the most grand sites of rock cut caves depicting ancient Indian art and sculpture. While Ellora caves are dedicated to Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, the 26 caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist caves. The caves at Ajanta are adjacent…

Enchanting Village built of rocks, Monsanto Central Portugal

In the very remote part of Central Portugal is this small village on a hilltop, the main feature of which is that the houses and other buildings are built to incorporate the huge rocks that the hill is made up of. A harmonious inclusion of these huge boulders as walls or parts of roof. Rock…

The mystical Kinghts Templar at Tomar, Central Portugal

If one has read the book or seen th movie “The Da Vinci Code” or the stories of King Arthur then I am sure the Kinghts Templar would be a mystical group who inspire in you a sense of awe. These were the source of my mystical impressions of the Knights Templar and so I…

A day at Almourol and Santarem, Central Portugal

The Castle of Almourol near Tomar was a part of my itinerary, however since I had cut short my stay at Evora by a day and travelled to Tomar earlier than planned I had one full additional day at Tomar. Fatima, Obidos, Peniche are some places usually visited from Tomar, these places I had already…

Evora and closeby places, Central Portugal

Evora is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is also considered as one of the most ancient European towns. Usually covered as a day trip from Lisbon being around 140kms to the east of it. If you are travelling up North from the Southern part of Portugal Evora becomes a good stopover before continuing to…

Ellora Rock Cut Caves in Maharastra, India

This day being the World Heritage day thought would post a blog on a recent visit of mine to the Ellora cave temple complex near Aurangabad city in Maharashtra, India. Ellora is one of the largest complex of rock-cut monastery in the world. Its unique in the nature that there are significant caves featuring Buddhist,…

Almendres Cromlech a unique visit, Central Portugal

While I was charting out my route from the South to North of Portugal, Porto being the last place of visit as I was flying out of there, Evora seemed like a good place to base myself in the Central Portugal area. Looking for the closeby places I could visit from Evora I came across…

Estremoz, Central Portugal a day trip

After circuiting through the South of Portugal I headed to the central part of Portugal having Evora as my base. Estremoz is around 50kms northeast of Evora and apt for a day trip. If you have a vehicle then you could add in the towns of Borba and Vila Vicosa also to this day visit,…

Hoysala Temple Trail — The famous Belur and Halebeedu temples

Its in two posts now that I have been talking about the Belur and Halebeedu Hoysala temples so when I started this draft I decided to write about them right away. The Chennakeshava Temple at Belur and Hoysaleshwara temple at Halebidu are one of the most visited Hoysala temples in Karnataka. And no arguments there,…

A weeked at Sakleshpur, South India

Recently saw a post on Sakleshpur which brought back memories of a weekend I spent here with my longtime friends quite a few years back. This also prompted me to go through the pictures taken of the trip and as I was going through them there was this urge to write down the experience and…