Deciphering the Pandav Caves
Uncover the relatively unknown Pandavleni in Nashik
Nashik is India’s wine capital. It produces about 75% of the total wine produced in the country. However this is a recent development. About 2000 years ago, the region around Nashik was not a wine producing area but a centre of Buddhist activities.To remember its cultural past, Nashik sports its very own cave complex- the Pandavleni.
It was my first visit to Nashik and the temperatures in summer were a gruesome 40 celsius. So it was after much debate that we decided to save our visit to the Pandavleni for another trip in winter. Read more about Deciphering the Pandav Caves …
6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers
Tips when you plan your British holiday, from a heritage lover’s experience
The red telephone boxes, London black cabs, the Monarchy and history are what entice me to the United Kingdom. The UK has held my fascination for years. It was a dream to visit this country and see the red telephone booths, the Underground and the many historical monuments with my own eyes.
My travels led to the northern Scottish Highlands and down south to London. If I were given a month to explore Britain it wouldn’t suffice! The castles that adorn the Aberdeenshire county in Scotland and the well known heritage buildings in London are simply overwhelming.
Where to travel to? What to see and what to skip? Deciding which destinations to explore in Britain is indeed very difficult.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to visit Aberdeenshire. This county in Scotland has about 300 beautiful castles whether they be ruins or mighty fortresses.
In this article I would like to recollect and point you to the top 6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers. This list might make it easy to plan a trip and not miss the beautiful historical destinations. I have personally visited these historical sites. There are of course hundreds more that you can explore which are equally magnificent.
If you decide to travel to all the mainstream destinations in the UK, you must take some time to visit these and add them to your list if you haven’t already.
I must advice you- make sure you at least read a gist of British history. Britain has a huge, vast history. If you don’t know any, you could easily be lost!
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A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav
This unique stepwell 18 km from Ahmedabad will take your breath away….
King Rana Veer Singh was the ruler of Dandai Desh, the area around today’s Adalaj. He was a descent from the Vaghela dynasty. A dynasty whose end was caused by Allauddin Khilji of the Delhi Sultanate.
King Rana Veer Singh was sensitive towards his subjects, especially their need for water considering the arid conditions in his kingdom. To provide for year round water for his subjects, the King decided to build a stepwell. Read more about A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav …
The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower and its Astonishing Details
The Eiffel Tower has so much of history and stories to share, they are all hidden in its details
*This a follow up article to Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower though it can be read as a stand alone too
The Parisian Charm is hard to miss especially atop the Eiffel Tower. The city of Paris spreads beneath your feet. The hustle bustle is not to be heard, the delicious smells of crepes and baguettes seem far away, the top of the Arc de Triomphe peeks at you amidst houses. It is indeed a spectacular view.
However we have seen such incredible aerial views- from the airplane when the skies are clear or perhaps from a mountaineering trek this view is not that jaw dropping. However almost 128 years ago, no one had seen the world from such heights. The idea of a nice flight alongside the birds was only via a hot air ballon. Such frivolous pleasure rides were exclusively for the rich. The spectacle that was the Eiffel Tower could almost lay the entire world underneath your two feet for a few euros! That was fascinating for most.
The story of the Eiffel Tower is overwhelming, awe-inspiring and mind boggling.
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The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower Part 1
The Parisian charm and visiting the Eiffel Tower- my treasured travel memory
It seems to be extremely difficult to imagine the city of lights without its Iron Lady, as the Parisians have dubbed the Eiffel Tower. Paris has been the city for lovers and lights alike and there is no other monument in the world which combines the both together is such a simplistic manner.
This iron tower stands as a stark difference to the rest of Paris. The city of Paris is the haven for artists, painters, poets, writers, food lovers, perfumers and every one who believes in the idea of pompous elegance. The Eiffel Tower though seems to be neither very elegant or very coquettish. On the contrary it appears out of place and crude in the backdrop of French and Baroque architectural styles. Despite this, we can’t think of Paris without talking about the Eiffel Tower.
It is easy to think of the tower as a very modern sculpture. When was the Eiffel Tower built?
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Fascinating Things About Stonehenge
Stonehenge is more awe-inspiring than you can imagine
A few years ago, when in school, we had a computer class. Some computers had this strange windows wallpaper of random stones standing on the grass. I distinctly remember laughing at the wallpaper, why stones?
As we grew up from those carefree days into more knowledgable human beings, I realised that these ‘random standing stones’ were called Stonehenge. Stonehenge also happened to be one of the most precious historic sites in the world.
Fast forward a couple of years and here I was a few miles outside of London, in a bus making my way to this acclaimed site. The view from our bus was simplistic. We were surrounded by fields of grasslands on both sides of the road. Ultimately up ahead, we saw a small circle of stones- Stonehenge.
This small circle soon got bigger and bigger until the stones looked much larger than boulders placed along the seaside. Stonehenge had got me hooked. These set of huge stones emitted a mysterious aura, an aura reeking of history. Why had they built Stonehenge? What does it signify?
Whilst on my visit there and after devouring the guidebook, I learnt some really Fascinating Things About Stonehenge.
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Uncovering the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
The Taj Mahal Palace hotel is Mumbai’s oldest building to have lifts and style in harmony
Whilst standing at Mumbai’s Apollo Bunder, one question plagued my mind- what was built first: the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel or the Gateway of India?
The architecture and logic makes an onlooker point the finger at Gateway of India and say “look it reads ‘1905.'” Alas you are mistaken. The very ground that the Gateway stands on today never existed before 1905.
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7 Facts about the St Paul’s Cathedral
Do You know these 7 Facts about the St Paul’s Cathedral?
The St Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most famous buildings. It is one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals. Here are a set of 7 Facts about the St Paul’s Cathedral
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Conquering the Daulatabad Fort
The psychology at play behind one of India’s most impregnable forts
Climbing atop the Daulatabad Fort had been on my bucket list for quiet a while. I am happy to say that I’ve now ticked that one off.
Ever since visiting the fort a few years ago, I always wanted to scale it to the top. At that time we were pressed for time and most people didn’t recommend going all the way up. See the Ellora Caves instead and that’s what we did.
Being the history buff that I am, I’ve always wanted to come back and now I did. I went up to the top climbing about 500 uneven stairs, even through the dark. Whatever the people might say, never miss climbing this fort, it is nothing like you’ve ever seen.
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Exploring the Edinburgh Castle
The Edinburgh Castle looms over the Scottish capital replete with history and secrets, let us explore what it has to offer
When I first googled the castle, all that I found out was that the Edinburgh Castle is haunted. Pictures of hauntings and scary stories are all over my search history. I hate horror stories and anything got to do with paranormal activity. It’s too spooky and threatens my precious sleep. The decision was quite obvious, skip the castle, there are many others to see in the United Kingdom.
It took our tour planner a lot of time to convince us to change our minds. And thank god we did!
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