Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Kedareshvara Temple, Balligavi, Karnataka (India) ~ Visiting Lesser known temples of Hoysala period (Part #2)

Let me tell you that though I love to travel for leisure, it is my work trips into the rural, semi-urban and sometimes remote parts of India which really have given me some of the best life experiences. Every time, I am on field (due to my work projects) in India, I am mesmerised by the rich heritage and culture of my country.  One of my best work travel experiences have been to South Indian state of Karnataka. In many parts of South India (of which modern Karnataka is one state) the Hoysala empire ruled between 10th and 14th centures, left behind a rich heritage of temples. In present times, the hoysala temple architecture is famous for exquisite detail and skilled craftsmanship.

During my last trip to Karnataka, I came across two superb (but smaller) temples of Hoysala period. I originally though to write about both in one post, beauty of these temples made me write one post each dedicated to the temples.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Kaitabheshvara Temple in Kubatur, Karnataka (India) ~ Visiting Lesser known temples of Hoysala period

Let me tell you that though I love to travel for leisure, it is my work trips into the rural, semi-urban and sometimes remote parts of India which really have given me some of the best life experiences. Every time, I am on field (due to my work projects) in India, I am mesmerised by the rich heritage and culture of my country.  One of my best work travel experiences have been to South Indian state of Karnataka. In many parts of South India (of which modern Karnataka is one state) the Hoysala empire ruled between 10th and 14th centures, left behind a rich heritage of temples. In present times, the hoysala temple architecture is famous for exquisite detail and skilled craftsmanship.
During my last trip to Karnataka, I came across two superb (but smaller) temples of Hoysala period. I originally though to write about both in one post, beauty of these temples made me write one post each dedicated to the temples.

I visited Kaitabeshvara Temple in Kubatur, Shimoga district (Karnataka, India) first and it was such a beautiful experience.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mamagoto | Delhi | Restaurant Review

Mamagoto chain of restaurants is quite popular in Delhi and is a personal favorite of mine. From the time it was launched, it has been coming up with a quirky & fun interpretation of Asian cuisine. This winter, they have come up with a special menu, in addition to their regular menu and it was a pleasure reviewing it.

I went for a lunch with my friend at the Mamagoto Khan Market outlet.  We had a raw papaya salad (which is a favorite of mine here) in starters and then went on to order a couple of things from the winter special menu. Here’s what we all had:-

Monday, January 25, 2016

Piramal Haveli by Neemrana Hotels | Bagar | Rajasthan | India ~ Family Holiday in Shekhawati

We chose Piramali Haveli by Neemrana Hotels in Bagar, Shekhawati region, Rajasthan (India) for a 3 day/2 nights stay on our family driving holiday in Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. While planning our family driving holiday in Shekhawati region, we found that there are only a handful of hotels offering all the services we require; plus with a 20 month old toddler, we were not taking any chances with the hygiene and cleanliness of the establishment. Having stayed at 4 properties of Neemrana Hotels previously, we had some amount of faith in the services offered and decided to base the first 3 days of our stay in shekhawati region at Piramal Haveli, Bagar. 
Piramal Haveli turned out to be a hidden gem (in Neemrana Hotels kitty) and we had a wonderful family time here.



Saturday, January 23, 2016

India Republic Day Full Dress Rehearsal ~ Snapshots of an amazing celebreation of a Republic

Growing up in Delhi -capital of India and living here all my life, I had not attended India Republic Day Parade (held on rajpath-India Gate in New Delhi wvery year on 26th January) till now. My dad always used to get  a special pass (being a beauracrat) but still we preferred to watch republic day parade on television everu year - year after year!
Keeping my promise to myself to try as many new life experiences as posdible this year, I decided to attend Republic Day Parade Full dress rehearsal this year. It turned out to be quite an experience on a foggy winter weekend morning!!

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