The Excavation site of ancient Nalanda University

In India lotus is often associated with knowledge and the word Nalanda translates to "Giver of Lotus stalks".  At its prime Nalanda University was one of the best centres of excellence and attracted students from as far as China, Mongolia and Persia. Nalanda University was established in 5th century by the Gupta dynasty rulers with subsequent … Continue reading The Excavation site of ancient Nalanda University

Mukhteshwara & Raja Rani temple at Bhubaneswar

Mukhteshwara temple and the Raja Rani temple are two ancient temples built around 10th century and have gained a reputation of having some best stone sculptural work among the temples in India.

Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha

I am back with my first post of 2017. I  wish you had a great start to the new year and welcomed it by enjoying to the fullest. My first destination of 2017 is a ruined 12th century temple in Puri district of Odisha - The sun temple of Konark. Konark Temple is an eerie place … Continue reading Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha

Taj Mahal : An elegy in white marble

A broken heart is an inexplicable dingus. An oojah that has propelled people to conquer what seemed unfathomable. From the broken heart of an emperor emanated a desire - a desire to built a final resting place for his love. A desire to construct a monument of unparalleled beauty in annals the history. Taj Mahal is the outcome of that desire; a tomb of profound love, a testimony to the mere existence of love.

Hampi: The forgotten capital of Vijayanagara

Hampi, located on the banks of River Tungabhadra was the capital of the Vijayanagara empire from 1343 to 1565. With river Tungabhadra on one side and hills on the other sides, Hampi proved to be an excellent strategic location to serve as the capital. During its prime, Hampi was the second largest and one of he … Continue reading Hampi: The forgotten capital of Vijayanagara