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 …

Aihole: Splendid Art of Craft

Aihole – this place saw the beginnings of Indian Temple Architecture. As per the historical records, it was the first capital of Chalukyas and has a cluster of 125 temples built during their reign (5th – 12th century) . It is situated almost 36 kms (21 miles) from Badami in Karnataka, India. The main temple called ‘Durga …

Badami : Enduring Landscape

“Wow”, we said together, when we first saw Badami along the Agasthya Lake- the view is out of this world. Badami is famous for its panoramic views and temples and is situated almost 500 kms (310 miles) from Bangalore in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. According to the historical records, it used to be the …

Arasikere Temple : Music Carved into Stone

After two detours and some beautiful memories, we were at the Ishvara temple in Arasikere – our final destination. Beauty of this temple is hard to put in words. I would start by saying – it is art in Stone, but wait that doesn’t define it completely; it is much much more than that. The best …

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