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…

Mahabodhi Temple : Tracing the roots of Buddhism

Buddhism, one of the prominent religions of Asia traces its origins to Bodh Gaya. The place where prince Siddhartha became Lord Buddha. The place that preached the world about virtues of peace and non violence; about benevolence and the subtle art of dharma. Situated in Bihar, a state much despised for being unruly and rowdy,…

Photostory : The international temples at Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, the place where Buddhism took birth, has over time become a truly global spiritual destination with international tourists from all Buddhism practicing nations flocking to Bodh Gaya throughout the year. All major Buddhism practicing nations and all sects of Buddhism have established their own temples at Bodh Gaya to facilitate their visitors. With…

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…

Looking back on 2016

2016 was an excellent year for me both personally and professionally. After a disastrous 2015 which perhaps was the worst year in personal terms, 2016 was full of excitement, love and happiness. I visited 5 states in 2016 and ticked off some major destinations in my ever extending bucket list.