Agra beyond the Taj : Places and Experiences

Numerous autos screeched to a halt, when they saw us walking. We were staying at Agra’s Fatehabad Road and within a few hours had understood the fine art of shameless bargaining with the shrewd autorickshaw-wallahs of Agra. They had asked for 150 Rupees once for taking us to one of the gates of the Taj,…

Doors of Varanasi : A Photo Story

Doors and windows from ancient towns have always fascinated me; not only for the aesthetic beauty but also the architecture style and cultural richness that they depict. Some of my favourite doors of Varanasi Click on the above to have a closer look at these wonderful doors in the lanes of Varanasi. Riot of colours;…

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…

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…