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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
The BMC building in the south of the Mumbai city is mostly unnoticed. Explore this building from the inside
The city of Mumbai never sleeps. Trains leave the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Train Terminus each and everyday. People pour out of this building in floods, so very busy in their work.
This CST station building is undoubtedly a UNESCO World Heritage site. Fredrick William Stevens designed this incredible structure. Yet did you know, the Victoria Terminus, as it was called, wasn’t supposed to be the jewel. Fredrick William Stevens had built another building, he wanted to put emphasis on this building. This was Steven’s crowning glory.
The building that stands just opposite the CST station is famously known to be the Mumbai Municipal Corporation building. In our negligent knowledge of Mumbai’s rich heritage, we have looked past this building. It’s just another old building in the south of Bombay, or is it?
7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal
Shah Jahan moved heaven and earth to create a Paradise for the final resting place of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In this feat, he created not just a wonder for the world but also 7 beautiful architectural breakthroughs
Rabindranath Tagore famously described the Taj Mahal as A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time and rightly so. When Shah Jahan’s most beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal breathed her last during the birth of their 14th child he was devastated. Helpless and lonely he slipped into deep mourning. He kept to himself in solitary confinement. When he returned, his youthfulness had vanished leaving behind an old man with grey hair.
That’s when he decided to leave a sign of his eternal love for Mumtaz Mahal. It would be a symbol of love no other. And wasn’t he successful?
The Taj Mahal is visited by approximately 8 million people each year. It is one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Even the best of camera lenses cannot hope to capture its true beauty.
South Mumbai’s Fort area hasn’t lost its British aura yet. The buildings, wide roads, the Flora Fountain and the Asiatic Library surely aren’t boasting an Indian look.
Sir Bartle Frere came to Bombay as the Governor of the Bombay Presidency. When he landed here in 1864, he knew that the Bombay skyline was an empty canvas to paint on. The chief wealthy businessmen at the time like Sir Jamshedjee Jeejebhoy, Jagannath Sunkersett, David Sasson and Sir Premchand Roychund had made a lot of money in the metropolis owing to the heavy trade between India and Britain which was conducted chiefly in Bombay. They readily joined in to Sir Frere’s idea to craft Bombay into mini London.
The St. Cajetan Church shows us ‘Elegance in Simplicity’
If one decides to leave the crowded beaches alone and venture into the quaint narrow lanes of Goa, there is so much to discover. Personally I am not a big fan of the beaches and when in Goa, I am mostly hunting for Portuguese food. After binging on a Balchao or a Xacuti, it is time to go church hunting.
Old Goa is famous for the White and Red Churches that stand on opposite sides of the road. These churches are often swamped with tourists. They are magnificent, no doubt but take a road less travelled. From where these churches stand, slide down one of the lanes towards the Mandovi River. As you drive further with the help of a GPS, you’ll know exactly what you are searching for- the St. Cajetan Church. This Church might look like a white structure at first but as you park your vehicle and advance towards it amidst a wonderfully maintained garden, you’ll notice the beauty on the whitewashed walls. Read more about St. Cajetan Church …