Doors & Havelis of Khichan – Part 2

This was a trip that was supposed to be all about the cranes, errr… Demoiselle cranes who flew thousands of kilometres to escape the extreme cold of Mongolia & Siberia. You may recall in Part No. 1 I had given a little preview about the Havelis of Khichan. Since there were more stunning photographs to…

In Search of Demoiselle Cranes, Found Havelis in Khichan

After typing five different titles, I have settled for this one. It was an entirely inexplicable travel experience and I have no idea how to go about narrating it. I was on a slow trip roaming around Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and beyond, and was keen on visiting Khichan as well. This little town in Rajasthan had for…

Hello from the Coolest Chai Café in India

Sounds of a guitar interrupt my walking reverie in the dusty town of Bundi in Rajasthan. Its been two days of lazy ‘sightseeing’ here and it is now time to walk the streets of Bundi and savour its culinary delights. It is evening and there is no rush, we have no check list and we aren’t looking…

Street Food in Varanasi

It was the middle of October and we were well and truly in the midst of an old fashioned October heatwave. I was here on an official invite from the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Board and had decided to stay back and wander around Varanasi in my own inimitable style to really explore it. While I…

Speechless in Sarnath : A Day Trip

I had already been in Varanasi for over a week and was desperately in need for some calm. Don’t get me wrong, but chaotic Benaras wasn’t exactly my kind of place. First the pollution had welcomed me into its grasp and then the incessant and omnipresent noise had created much heartache. In my inimitable style, I…

Bundi – Charmed by the Magic of this Fairytale Town in Rajasthan.

I had first heard the mention of Bundi from foreign backpackers when I was in Rishikesh in 2014. It was especially surprising, considering I was from Rajasthan itself and had never thought of Bundi as a tourist destination. The mention was quickly forgotten as I made my way to McLeodganj and Manali in the snow….

Diwali Celebrations in Jaipur, in Pictures

Diwali – A word that conjures up so many memories; when I let my mind wander. That last line also reminds me what a precious commodity time has become. In the quest of trying to do everything, humans seem to have lost the fine art of whiling away time. Oh, lest I digress – Diwali,…

Street Photography from Varanasi

Although I am loath to go on media and organised FAM trips; a word of advice from a well wisher made me say yes to the invite from Uttar Pradesh Tourism Board. I like exploring places in my own carefree style and have realised that the whirlwind operations of cramming in and ticking off places…

The Tomb of Safdarjung in Delhi

It was a fine Sunday morning and I had just arrived from the mountains to the madness of Delhi. In retrospect, it was a day of good fortune for me to finally set my sights upon this grand monument that has been described as ‘The last flicker in the dying lamp of Mughal Architecture in…

A Day in Ajmer – What to see?

Located around the very funnily named ‘Nag Pahad’ or Snake Mountain in the Aravali Hills, Ajmer is an otherwise unattractive town and most travellers prefer to make a pit-stop on the way to Pushkar. Ajmer is said to have been founded in the 7th Century. Ajmer is home to the most sacred Islamic shrine in India, and for…

20 Stunning Images from Shekhawati – In Monochrome

You may think I am out of my mind by even thinking of something like this, turning this colourful region into black and white images. I am on my umpteenth trip to this region (This is home!) and this idea has taken root in my head. It is indeed very surprising to see that the details got pronounced…

Being a tourist in my own city – Inside Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal

Jaipur’s most iconic landmark, Hawa Mahal literally translates to ‘Palace of the Winds’ and is perhaps the most photographed monument in the historical pink city. It is situated bang in the middle of the Old City or Walled City of Jaipur and is akin to a fairytale come true. It was constructed in 1799 as…