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…

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,…

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…

Hoysala temple trial – my third set of temples, Karnataka India

This post covers three lesser known Hoysala architecture temples in Mandya district of Karnataka, India which I visited a while back. Panchalingeshara temple at Govingdanahalli, Brahammeshvara temple at Kikkeri and Lakshminarayana temple at Hosaholalu. This was my third set of temples following the Hoysala architecture trail in South India. Since I havent written any posts…

Two temples to visit in Srirangam, Tamilnadu, India

Srirangam is a small island town in Trichunappali district commonly called Trichy with river Cauvery flowing on one side and one of its tributary Kollidam on the other side. Srirangam is visited mainly as a religious place for the famous temple Sri Ranganathaswamy temple. There are several other temples too that one can visit here…

Temples of Madurai, Tamilnadu India

Madurai is a very old city of Tamilnadu and has been in prominence as early as the 3rd century BC. Located in the banks of river Vaigai, which is now almost dry, was ruled by Pandyans, Chlolas , Viayanagar kingdoms, the Nayakas and also was conquered several times and ruled by the Moghuls. The present…

Kanchipuram a city of temples, Tamilnadu, India

Kanchipuram popularly called as just Kanchi is well known for two things in India.  One as a temple city having beautiful architecture rich old temples from the Pallava, Chola and Vijayanagar dynasties around the 6th to 9th century timeframe. Secondly its equally famous for its weaving industry producing silk sarees known as Kanchipuram sarees. A…

Two weeks exploring Madhya Pradesh, India

Why Madhya Pradesh (MP) ???  the first question asked by quite a lot of people whenever I mentioned this as my destination. We had no particular reason, my friend and myself when we decided on this state which is in the central part of India, for our 2-week trip in December 2016. MP always symbolized…