USA: 10 Beautiful Bridges around the country

Bridges all over the United States of America, display varied architectural designs & technological details and are the perfect symbols of the modern world. A means of movement across rivers, roads and Canyons, these provide an easier way to the destination. In terms of structure, basically there are four types of bridge designs – Arch, Truss (Beam), Cantilever and Suspension, as per USA Today article ‘Types of … Continue reading USA: 10 Beautiful Bridges around the country

Boston: Renowned Harvard University

Walking in through the university gate which has welcomed brilliant students from around the world, stopping by the illustrious halls which have been a witness to the glory of this prominent institution – its a journey like none other. And this spring, we had an opportunity to visit Boston and Harvard Tour was on top of our list. So, after enjoying a sumptuous brunch at … Continue reading Boston: Renowned Harvard University

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary

The ‘World’s first true penitentiary’ designed in a wagon-wheel style opened in 1829 and was built “to create genuine regret and penitence in the criminal’s heart” (as per Eastern State Penitentiary website) It was the first and the most interesting attraction on our list of places to see in Philadelphia. And by eleven in the morning we were there to avoid the crowds later during the day. … Continue reading Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary

New Haven: Sprawling Yale Campus

A cool spring day in New Haven looks perfect on the beautiful Yale campus. One of our many spontaneous trips and we were at the Yale visitor Center before noon. We opted for the guided tour as it gives a better idea of the place and a university student was our guide for the day. With over 250 buildings, its a sprawling campus and we … Continue reading New Haven: Sprawling Yale Campus

Savannah: Historic River Street

‘Doesn’t she look like … Paula Deen?’, I asked. ‘Yeah, she does’. ‘Well, we are in …… Savannah’. That was the lady who greeted us at the reception in the hotel. Her face looked so familiar, that I couldn’t stop myself from asking. And co-incidentally, Paula Deen is also from Savannah and there are many ‘Paula Deen Tours’ available as well, which take you around … Continue reading Savannah: Historic River Street

Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace

The Lalitha Palace (Mahal, in Hindi) is situated in Mysore – about 143 kms (89 miles) from Bangalore, Karnataka in India. This dazzling palace is just second in terms of size after the grand Mysore Palace in the entire state. Designed by E.W. Fritchley and constructed in 1931 for the Mysore Dynasty’s guests – its a wonderful two story structure (as documented). However, in 1974, … Continue reading Mysore: Dazzling Lalitha Palace

Belur Temple: 103 years of Carved Perfection

Belur, home to one of the most magnificent temples of India and a famous tourist spot – it is situated in the Hassan district almost 223 kms (139 miles) from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. The awe-inspiring Chennakesava temple along the Yagachi river was built during the Hoysala rule. Designed exquisitely, it is believed that the construction of this temple began in the 12th century when the King … Continue reading Belur Temple: 103 years of Carved Perfection

Talakad : The Land of Hidden temples

Talakad, can be aptly called the land of hidden temples. There used to be around thirty temples in this area, according to the historical records. But today, one can find only a small number of these structures unearthed from the massive sand dunes. Ruled by many dynasties – the town of Talakad lies at the shores of river Kaveri covered under a thick sheet of … Continue reading Talakad : The Land of Hidden temples

Sravanabelagola: 614 steps to the Colossal Gommateshwara Statue

Sravanabelagola is a holy place for Jains and a site of famous historical monument. It is about 143 kms (89 miles) from Bangalore in the Hassan district of Karnataka, India. Just over a two-hour drive on NH-48 from Bangalore, its great for a short visit. Surrounded by two hills with a small pond tucked perfectly in the middle – the place is uniquely designed by … Continue reading Sravanabelagola: 614 steps to the Colossal Gommateshwara Statue

Pattadkal : Exquisite Gems of History

‘Its a grand painting’, when seen from distance. Patttadkal has some of the finest temples of its time. And after visiting Aihole, we were looking forward to be here. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located about 13 kms (8 miles) from Aihole in Karnataka, India. The moment you step into this place, it looks like “a collection of gems sprung from the earth to … Continue reading Pattadkal : Exquisite Gems of History