Brooklyn: Bridge on East River

“I jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and took a walk in 1876 today. I followed the Duke of Albany around old New York. Are you listening?”, Stuart says to Kate in the movie ‘Kate & Leopold’. Brooklyn Bridge in New York has been featured in numerous movies and is an iconic structure of the city. A …

Mardi Gras Parade: Time for the ‘Amazing Floats’

It was time for the pompous arrival of the Mardi Gras Floats on the Canal Street. And we were all waiting to see the magic happen. “The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24th, 1857 by the Krewe of Comus. They began the tradition of presenting a parade with floats …

Mardi Gras Parade: It’s all about the People

Yes, it is all about the people. People who ride on the floats wearing masks, people who parade down the streets (some while holding a flamboyant dog), people who play in the band, people who are dressed in vibrant costumes and not to forget – people who are the audience – “If you are not …

Mardi Gras Parade: The Cars, the Bikes & the Carriages

The February Carnival or Mardi Gras, is a celebration to witness atleast once in a lifetime. Festivities go on for over fifteen days and New Orleans gets splashed with the brightest of hues – the colors of Mardi Gras – Purple, Green and Gold. For the history enthusiasts like myself – these three colors were …

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 …

Shivanasamudra Falls: Creations of River Kaveri

Shivanasamudra – one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state; it is located about 135 kms (84 miles) from Bangalore and just 30 kms (19 miles) from Talakad in Karnataka, India. Creations of Kaveri river, which runs through the rocky hills and along the way, branches out into two sections before cascading into the misty waterfalls – …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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