Travel

Things to do in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India | Travel Guide to Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a small resort town in Tamil Nadu, located somewhere midway between Chennai (60 kilometers) and Pondicherry on the East Coast Road. This sleepy little hamlet town became world famous gradually, since the discovery of many monolithic rock cut temples of the Pallava period, starting from the year 1960. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, making it internationally  famous and attracting foreign & domestic travellers. Today, owing to its easy connectivity from Chennai and also lying on the Tamil Nadu pilgrimage route, as well as its UNESCO World heritage tag, Mahabalipuram is thronged with visitors year round. This once sleepy little town has got some interesting attractions to offer to visitors, depending on their interests. Here’s a list of things to do when in Mahabalipuram :

[caption id="attachment_5475" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Shore Temple Mahabalipuram[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Nalanda Vihara (University) Archaelogical site, Bihar, India | Day visit to UNESCO World Heritage site of Nalanda

The remains of Ancient Buddhist Monastery in Nalanda, Bihar, India is famous world over as the remains of an ancient Buddhist Monastery & university during 5th  to 1200 century B.C., which was visited by scholars from world over, most notably Chinese scholar Hiuen Tsnag   I was in Nalanda district some time back on work and did not let go of the opportunity to visit the archaeological site of Nalanda Vihara, which is an UNESCO world heritage site.

[caption id="attachment_5462" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Nalanda site - UNESCO World Heritage site[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India ~ Buddhism’s holiest site in the world

Bodh Gaya is popular world over as the place where Gautama Buddha obtained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Located in eastern state of Bihar and once a small village, Bodh Gaya today sees international visitors from all over the globe, many of them from the major Buddhist following countries. I visited Bodh Gaya for the second time, some time back on a work trip and this time, I could get some time off to explore this vibrant, spiritual town. 

[caption id="attachment_5442" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Buddha statue at Gaya Airport[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Things to do in Cochin (Kochi) in Ernakulam, Kerala, India | Must do things in Cochin, Kerala

I would like to believe that I have a ‘quickie’ relationship with Kochi city (or Cochin, whatever you may like to call it). I have visited Kochi 3 times now, but each time it has been on short duration of 1 to 1&half days. Neverthless, like the thrilling way quickie relationships enjoyed, I have enjoyed my time in Kochi thoroughly, experiencing parts of it while leaving some things for the next visit. I realised that I have done quite a few things in Kochi, much more than a regular traveller and decided to share my list of ‘Things to do in Kochi/Cochin’ here:-

  1. Sightseeing in Old Jewish Town – The Cochin Jews are widely accepted to be the oldest group of Jews in India. The Cochin Jews trace their ancestry in the city of Cochin as early as the 12th century and the old Jewish town today serves as a poignant reminiscence of a bygone era. Though the Old Jewish town hardly has any Jews living (at last count it was 7), the town itself has been beautifully preserved along with the Pardesi synagogue, the interiors of which are very pretty. There are many souvenir shops in this area, mostly run by migrant kashmiris, but if you have to pick something authentic related to Jewish heritage here, please head to one shop named ‘Sarah’s Hand Embroidery’ which sells Kippahs (star-adorned velvet Jew caps), hand-embroidered handkerchiefs and cushion covers.
(more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Things to do in Amritsar, Punjab, India | Amritsar Travel Guide

Amritsar in Punjab is world famous for being the home to Harmandir Sahib - Golden Temple, the spiritual & cultural centre of Sikhism. Devotees and visitors of all faiths from around the world visit Amritsar and it is one of the most important cities in the state of Punjab. I have visited the city twice and both times it has been a spiritual, cultural and gastronomic delight. Amritsar is a historic city with a rich spiritual & cultural living heritage of 'Punjabiyat'  - spirit of being Punjabi. Here are the must do things or things to do when in Amritsar, Punjab:

  • Visiting Golden Temple - The Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib is the spiritual core of the holy city of Amritsar and every time I visit here, it is an uplifting spiritual feeling. A visit to Amritsar is incomplete without visiting the Golden Temple.
[caption id="attachment_3530" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Harmandir Sahib - Golden Temple, Amritsar[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Hussainiwala in Ferozepur, Punjab | Punjab Travel Diaries

Hussainiwala is a small border village in Ferozepur, Punjab and the most I knew about it was due to its closeness to the more famous Attari border in Punjab. While on a field visit sometime ago, it was happy fate that brought me to Hussainiwala and I had one of the most poignant & enriching evening, visiting Hussainiwala and witnessing the Retreat Ceremony.

(more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Shaniwar Wada in Pune, Maharashtra | The Past and present

Ever since the movie Bajirao Mastani came out, I was interested to visit the palace of the Peshwas of the Maratha empire- Shaniwar Wada. Peshwa Bajirao the first, prime minister to Chattrapati Shahu commenced the building of his home. The term “Wada”, meaning residential home and Shaniwar literally meaning Saturday. I finally got the chance to visit Shaniwar Wada over the weekend, while staying in Pune for almost a month

[caption id="attachment_5311" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Shaniwar Wada in Pune, Maharashtra[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, India | UNESCO world heritage site – Churches and convents of Old Goa

As a kid, reading about St. Francis Xavier's incorruptible remains on display at The Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, was morbidly fascinating for me. It was one of the 'attractions' of Goa for me while growing up and I used to think how it could be possible to go against nature. As an adult, now I know much better about biology, still a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus was top on my must visit places during my monsoon getaway to Goa. The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and I had to visit it.

[caption id="attachment_5298" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old goa[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
Travel

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa | Most popular Churches in Goa

Our monsoon Goa getaway sightseeing started with a visit to The 'Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church'  located in Panjim, Goa, India. It is the most popular and visited church in Goa and has featured in many Hindi films.

[caption id="attachment_5290" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)

Instagram
Facebook
RSS