Hathi Singh Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque & a Haveli in Ahmedabad.


Ever since I landed on the IIMA campus in April 2010, life has been mostly following a regular pattern. A normal day revolves around the classroom, dining hall, syndicate-room and the hostel-room… An occasional ‘highlight’ in the routine would be a visit to the Big Bazaar @ Himalaya mall. After stumbling through yet another hectic […]

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The legend of the Golden Garland – Gandi Kshetram


Route map: " Sri Anjaneya at Gandi Kshetra … On the right bank is the temple of Veera Anjaneya situated in serine atmosphere presenting a picturesque scene. The legend of how the temple of Lord Anjaneya had come to being here is very interesting. During the Ramayana period Sri Vayudeva was on mediation here. Sri […]

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Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I


This is Part I of the 2009 Big trip – covering Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & the Havelock Island trip Part II of the 2009 Big trip where we covered the Temples of Tamilnadu is at this link It was time for one of our annual holidays and the planning started from the first […]

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Is this most haunted place in India ? – Bhangarh, Rajasthan.


Just Google for ‘the most haunted places in India’ and Bhangarh features on almost all the pages and lists that pop-up. There are all sorts of stories on the net about ghostly encounters, visitors who disappeared and other paranormal activity at Bhangarh. Bhangarh had been on our list of places to see from quite some […]

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A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History.


We went on a trek in the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala, over the weekend of 6th & 7th June 09. We travelled in a Tempo Traveller, with a group of friends and friends of friends! Left Bangalore at around 8.30pm Friday evening and returned back at around 5.00am on Monday morning. The trek was along […]

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IIMA Campus – Nature Walk.


On Sunday I went to the old campus for some bird watching… and saw quite a few of em.. Birds of the feathered kind I mean. Honest! It started with a mail… ” Prakriti – The Nature Club of IIMA is organising a nature walk to observe and appreciate the beauty of flora and fauna […]

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Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire.


In south India, tales of Vijayanagara – Hampi and Krishnadevaraya are part and parcel of our cultural initiation. Be it through stories narrated by our grandparents, through our history text books or through Chandamama & Amar Chitra Katha. What we normally get to hear or read about are just some glimpses from history, a high-level […]

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Flying High – Ballooning @ Jaipur.


26.10.2011,  Jaipur was celebrating Diwali… and we celebrated it in a different way. We went Ballooning ! There are very few places in India where Ballooning happens regularly; luckily Jaipur is one of them. Since Ballooning requires favorable wind conditions and relatively plain land to operate safely, it is a seasonal activity and is conducted […]

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Gurramkonda, Vontimitta, Siddhavatam, Brahmamgari matam.


Another ‘Blast from the past’ from my archives. This trip is quite recent though, from November 08. The main purpose of the trip was to attend my relative’s wedding in AP. Since we were driving into the interiors, we thought of visiting some lesser known places which are somewhat off the beaten track. Route taken: […]

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Kadapa, Pushpagiri, Gurramkonda & Horsley hills.


We had just come back to Bangalore late on the night of 30th September 2009 after driving around for over a week in Tamilnadu and this trip was from the morning of 2nd Oct to the evening of 4th Oct… So two back to back trips. The main high-lights of this trip were visiting Pushpagiri […]

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The shore temples of Mahabalipuram


In early 2007, we had to go to Chennai over a weekend for a family function; this was the first time that me and Sangeetha were visiting Chennai together. After the function we had some time on hand and post lunch we headed out to Mahabalipuram, which is included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage […]

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Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip.


We made a quick trip to Melkote and Srirangapatna on the 31st of Jan 2009. My inlaws wanted to visit a Narasimha temple (Their ‘family god’) on the eve of their wedding anniversary and the only Narasimha temples we knew of outside Bangalore are in Sholingur (TN) and Melkote (KA). Having been to both these […]

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HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Center. Bangalore.


Gave the Xing for service. After a ‘not so good’ experience with my regular service center last time, I decided to head over to the Advaith service center in Whitefield for this service. Left home post breakfast and reached Whitefield by around 10.00am. Gave the service rep a list of stuff that needed to be […]

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Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun.


First the basics: [1] This is a good one-day weekend trip from Bangalore. Total distance from Airport road to Shivaganga and back was 142kms on the odo. [2] Only equipment needed will be a pair of sneakers for a comfortable walk [people even climb up barefoot or in normal footwear], caps, sun-glasses and a liter […]

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The Elephant & the Tiger – Hathi Bhata & Ranthambore trip.


It was the 19th of December 2011. We had just come back from the big trip around Rajasthan. Vani & Aish had taken the flight back to Bangalore the previous evening. Sangeetha & me still had a few more days of vacations left and we scanned through our list of ‘must see places in Rajasthan’. […]

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Weekend drive to Srikalahasti.


Looks like this is a season of weekend drives for me! Some pre-planned, some unexpected… On 8th & 9th Aug 09, we did a weekend trip to Srikalahasti near Tirupati. My in-laws had a pooja vow to complete there and had planned to go by train. But tickets were on the 3 digit WL even […]

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Abhaneri, Rajasthan – A Sunday Drive from Jaipur…


Step wells (Baoris) are fascinating. In the days past, not only were they sources of water; they were also used as rest houses by weary travelers, as temples and as community centers. Gujarat and Rajasthan have some of the best step wells in India. We had seen some amazing ones at Adalaj, Patan and Modhera […]

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Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Himavad Gopalaswamy betta.


This is a trip from March 1st & 2nd 2008, which I dug up from the archives. Infact the main reason why I started to write these travelogues is that within a few months of a trip, the memories slowly begin to fade and the story behind each pic gets fuzzier and fuzzier. I also […]

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Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip.


  Till we actually moved to Jaipur and explored Rajasthan, any thoughts of Rajasthan would evoke visions of Camels, Sand dunes, Forts and Palaces. While finding Camels, Forts and Palaces is quite easy, finding a Sand dune is not so easy. Especially dunes that look like the ‘perfect’ ones shown in movies… While researching on […]

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Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare.


It was our wedding anniversary over the weekend and another reason to head out somewhere for a long drive! Initial plans were to drive towards Kerala / Wayanad areas, but the news of all the recent forest fires led to us having second thoughts and we veered towards Kodagu. Route taken (in terms of the […]

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Trainspotting at Dudhsagar. Chennai and Kanchipuram Shivaganga, a sunday in the sun.
Belum Caves, 1 day , 700kms. Chembra Peak, Meenmutty waterfalls, Himavad Gopalaswamy betta. Kadapa, Pushpagiri, Gurramkonda & Horsley hills.
Chamundi hills, the big Nandi and Lalitha mahal palace Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highforce waterfalls. 7 days of driving around Karnataka – Temples, Hills, Forests, Caves, Ruins, Forts and Highways
Weekend drive to Srikalahasti. IIMA Campus – Nature Walk. Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld
Kukke Subramanya & Kumara Parvatha; a drive and trek Kotilingeshwara – A quick little trip. Trekking in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thoovanam Waterfalls.
Temples of Tamilnadu – 2009 Big trip – Part II Trek from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri… after 13 years! Little Rann of Kutch Wild Ass Sanctuary & Rann Riders resort – Dasada.
Ruins in the Jungle – IIMA MCC Trip. A Tra’Village’ – Farmhouse visit. Mysore, Byalukuppe, Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Dubare.
A DIY (Damp It Yourself) story: DynaMat, FonoMat…Yoga-Mat ???? The legend of the Golden Garland – Gandi Kshetram Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek.
5 years with the Xing… The shore temples of Mahabalipuram Masinagudi, Ooty and Coonoor.
Adalaj, Modhera, Patan & Sidhpur – Vav, vav – Wow! London Dreams ! – London, Warwick, Windsor, Stratford, Hampton, Cotswold, Oxford – Jan 2012 Havelis & Mosques – Ahmedabad old city
Incredible Rajasthan ! – A 2320 kms road trip, without reservations. My brush with the ‘Yamdoot’ :-) A weekend trek to Mukurthi Peak near Ooty.
Chandragiri – Relics of the fallen empire. Abhaneri, Rajasthan – A Sunday Drive from Jaipur… Belief – A trip to Kebre
5am to 5am – Uchangidurga, Santhebennur, Shantisagara, Koolahalli, Bagali A DIY Story: Home Audio Speaker Boxes in a Car ??? Yes!!! The Elephant & the Tiger – Hathi Bhata & Ranthambore trip.
Andaman & Nicobar, Port Blair & Havelock Island – 2009 Big trip – Part I The MacLehose Trail – Hiking in Hong Kong A Dream Trip to Disneyland
An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-) Hampi – The city of victory… Tirumala, Tiruchanoor, Vellore and Sripuram.
Is this most haunted place in India ? – Bhangarh, Rajasthan. The Bhoot bungalow trip – ACMCC Trip II Gurramkonda, Vontimitta, Siddhavatam, Brahmamgari matam.
Search for the perfect sand dune – Osiyan, Khimsar and Nagaur trip. A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History. HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Center. Bangalore.
Hathi Singh Temple, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque & a Haveli in Ahmedabad. Melkote and Srirangapatna, a day trip. Angsana Oasis Spa & resort.
Flying High – Ballooning @ Jaipur.


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