The wind howls outside and keeps shaking up my tent, even as I try to fall asleep at 12,500 ft. I am huddled together with 2 of my comrades (!); one snores by while the other seems to be getting … Continue reading In the footsteps of a great sage perhaps – The Bhrigu Lake Trek up in the Himalayas !
“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain”, so said an inspiring fellow not very long ago, and nowhere is this more true in Southern India than on the Malayali bhumi. Coz when it … Continue reading Athirappilly Falls and more – That Kerala Monsoon !
Mind you, this one is only for the architecturally and historically inclined ! You won’t find anything else here apart from a lot of beautifully carved rocks and temples. And yet, the abundance of it all will enthrall a like … Continue reading Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal: Treasure Troves of early Deccan Art and Architecture !
“A bus stop, really ??”. This was my first reaction as soon as I alighted from my Bangalore night-ride, and even as I set foot on … Continue reading Agumbe Diaries: To Malgudi days and back !
That pretty much sums up this not-so-popular, but nevertheless a decent, worth-exploring weekend destination near Bangalore. An odd 160 kms drive, with cleanly paved roads all the way, and the GPS to guide you ( Kanakapura Road ); the view … Continue reading A temple on top, and a jungle below – BR Hills near Bangalore !
January 1565. That windswept street in front of the Virupaksha Temple looks deserted at best. That’s how a gloomy, cloudy day should end perhaps ! End of Business as usual though; people moving back to their homes after a day’s … Continue reading Hampi ‘rocks’ .. Literally so !
The gates of the citadel be closed, for my fate hangs behind them ! Should I choose a cowardly refuge, or should I fight my enemies yonder ? And well, I still have a few friends left in the lands beyond. … Continue reading Ishq-e-dilli ( For the love of Delhi ) – Part 2 – Qila-E-Mubarak, or was it – The Red Fort !
It was already a bit of a late evening when I started off from my abode near the Delhi gate, and inside the now broken down walls of Purani Dilli ( old Delhi ). Traffic was heavy, waiting for the metro line … Continue reading Ishq-e-dilli ( For the love of Delhi ) – Part 1 – The Friday Mosque that was, and still is – The Jama Masjid !
How/Where To Go: Hop on your ride, get the hell out of Bangalore, and start driving towards this small hamlet called Kattinahole; nestled in the Western Ghats in Shimoga district. Kattinahole will be your base camp, and the trail starts … Continue reading Up, close and personal with Kodachadri – A Trek !
This trip began as a not-so-used-to early morning wake up call for me, an almost 50km cab ride to catch up with the rest of the group, and finally whizzing along with a ‘rock-star’ driver to make up for the time lost … Continue reading Waterfalls of North Karnataka: Sathodi and Magod to begin with !