Conquering the Daulatabad Fort

Conquering the Daulatabad Fort

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

Exploring the Edinburgh Castle

 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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Inside The BMC Building

Inside The BMC Building

Inside The Bombay Municipal Corporation Building

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.

Inside The BMC Building
The BMC building

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?

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7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal

7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal

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.

7 Really Astonishing Architectural Facts about The Taj Mahal
Shah Jahan’s beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal

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.

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Rajabai Tower, Mumbai

Rajabai Tower

Postcard Perfect

The Story of Mumbai’s Rajabai Tower

 

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.

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St. Cajetan Church

St. Cajetan Church

The Most Beautiful Church I’ve Ever Seen

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

Viceroy's Arch

The Arch of the Viceroys

Enter Goa Like A Royal Viceroy

Most People Have Never Heard of This Celebrated Arch

When in Goa, take a detour. There are a handful of things that a city girl like me finds impressive in this state. One of those is the ferry that takes not only people on board but also real life cars. In a time when we are so used to flyovers and bridges, a boat to cross over holds a wonder like a newborn looking at a balloon. So there I sat overlooking the Mandovi river crossing. The entire river crossing took over 2 minutes. They were working in a very efficient manner.

Calling it a day, we decided to go back the way we came unfortunately it was not via the ferry. Heading towards Old Goa, we were about to pass an old yet neglected looking archway. Since the road was pretty much quaint, we decided to halt and look around. After peeping here and there, we realised what we were looking at was the Viceroy’s Arch. I took a few snaps.

Viceroy's Arch
The Viceroy’s Arch facing the river

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Berthillion, Paris

Exploring Paris

Paris Is More Than Just The Eiffel Tower Exploring the family run Ice Cream Shop in the city of lights  Artists flanking the Seine, l’amour in the air, croissants, crepes and baguettes savouring everyone’s stomaches, fashion and perfume maniacs meandering around Champs Elysees- that’s the Paris we see and know. Let me show you a […]

Hackney Carriage, London

London

Hidden In Plain Sight: London

Millions of tourists visit this city every year yet some things remain hidden

 

Big Ben, London Eye, London
The view of Big Ben from the Westminster Pier

When I say London, these are the pictures that come before most eyes. The ‘Big Ben’ and London’s black cab.

London Black Cab
London’s Black Cab

The ‘Big Ben’ as it is so famously called is not the accurate name of the tower. The tower is christened Elizabeth Tower and the bell that chimes inside the tower is called the Big Ben. Now, the Elizabeth Tower is a part of the Houses of Westminster. The House of Westminster is where the parliament of the UK meet and conduct sessions. The House of Lords and House of Commons meets here.

Just opposite the Houses of Westminster is the Portcullis Building that has the offices of the minsters since the old parliament has little space to fit all MPs.

Portcullis House, Westminster, Big Ben, London Eye, London
Portcullis House where the MPs offices are located

Now for the head turner trivia.

Did you know that the Portcullis building sits on an underground train station called Westminster? If you get out of the station and turn around, the building will be right over your head!

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