Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Amazing Thailand

This series is based over my reflections upon visiting Thailand.

Shahjahanabad (Const 1648 CE)- The Legacy of Delhi Series (Vol 8)

'Shahjahanabad' is the eighth post in a series of 9 articles on the former capital cities which were built in the historical region of Delhi. Read on to know more..

Hill Fort of Kumbhalgarh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Know more about this incredible World Heritage Site here..

The Immortal Kumbh Mela - Mahakumbha of 2013

Believed to be the largest congregation of mankind in the world, read my series of posts to know how it feels like to be amongst a magnitude of people

Guru Dongmar Lake, one of the highest in the world

Few destinations have the ability to change your life; Sikkim being one of them. Check out the series 'Sikim Soujourn' to find out why ?



Friday, March 28, 2014

Picture of the Week #76 - Tomb of Najaf Khan Baloch (Const 1783 AD)

Arguably the last powerful Mughal General, the period of time (1781-1783) when he held the reins of the Mughal Army, it was deemed as the second most powerful army in India.. One of the important reforms he introduced during his time was to 'ensure that his soldiers got paid on time'.. The suburb of Najafgarh (in Delhi) was named after him..

Friday, March 21, 2014

Picture of the Week #75 - Bada Darwaza - Shergarh, New Delhi (Const 16th Cent)

Bada Darwaza is one of the three gates of Shergarh (Purana Qila/Old Fort). The other gates being Talaaqi Darwaza and Humayun Darwaza.

Friday, March 14, 2014

POTW #74 - Main Gate of Shaniwar Wada, Pune (Const 18th Cent)

Shaniwar Wada was the residence of the Peshwas. This gate, in a way, symbolizes the power of the Marathas (who held sway over India for the better part of the 18th Century). The spikes on the gates were to prevent war-elephants from ramming down the gates in the event of a siege.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Daana Paani Food Court, NH 1 (Karnal)

Daana Paani, NH1(Karnal)
While estimates vary from sources to sources, it is a known fact that a sizeable number of Delhi-ites like to drive their way to various hill stations of Himachal Pradesh like Shimla, Manali, Kullu e.t.c. and to the various pilgrimage destinations in Punjab like Amritsar,  Taran Taran e.t.c

National Highway 1

To drive to these popular destinations from Delhi one needs to take the National Highway 1 which takes the travelers to these destinations. The drive is a long one and it takes approximately 4 to 6 hours (depending on your speed) to reach Chandigarh itself.
During such long drives travelers seek good places to rest and relax after long bouts of driving, which often can be strenuous. Travelers also look for places where they can have scrumptious food without having to worry about it's quality. While the NH1 is dotted with eateries (dhabas) there has been a dearth of world - class places where a traveler/rider could chill out in a cool place right next to the National Highway 1 until now..

Frescoes depicting various Bollywood superstars - 1

Frescoes depicting various Bollywood superstars - 2

Frescoes depicting various Bollywood superstars - 3
With the opening of Daana Paani, a Bollywood themed food court located right next to the NH1 in Karnal, the long standing need of travelers to have a place where they could stopover, on their way to Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, to  relax, unwind and have a meal in a stylish environment has been answered.

An oasis of modernity and style Daana Paani is an incredible food court which has some of the best restaurants like Haldirams, Vaango e.t.c. So whenever you hit the NH1 the next time do not forget to check out Daana Paani for its awesome ambience and great food !!
(Your author was graciously invited for the inauguration of the Daana Paani Food Court)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Picture of the Week #73 - Jodhpur Railway Station, Rajasthan (Const 1885 AD)

Jodhpur Railway Station is one of the main transit points for people heading towards Jaisalmer, Barmer e.t.c. which are major tourist points