Built in the late nineteenth century near the banks of the Mula river, the grand Aga Khan Palace – one of India’s biggest historic landmarks, sat right at the top of my things to do in Pune list as I tried to explore the city over the weekend. I had explored the iconic Shaniwarwada yesterday, followed by the Raja Dinkar Kelkar museum. While the Shaniwarwada wowed me, I was super impressed by what lay inside the otherwise nondescript three-storey museum but more on that soon. For now, let’s talk about the Aga Khan Palace where I stopped by on my way to the airport.
The courtyard of Aga Khan Palace, Pune
Because the Aga Khan Palace falls on the way to the Pune airport, actually just a few kilometres from it and my flight to Bangalore was late in the evening, I had almost the entire day to explore the place.… continue reading
For a change this time, I wanted to take thetrail tourists take when in this historic city of Maratha. It had been almost a decade since the last time I was in Pune. Back then I had come as a student and had neither the inclination nor the time and money to see Pune. So when I found myself in Pune again this time, I knew I had to make the best out of my couple of days here. I knew that I can’t really explore the city in two days so I thought, why not be a tourist and go see the top things to see in Pune!
The Courtyard – Shaniwar Wada, Pune
The options were many but thanks to my love for of old and historic places, I decided to start my Pune tour from the historic Shaniwar Wada.… continue reading
Overlooking the confluence of the Mandovi river and the Arabian sea, fort Aguada has been standing tall on the Bardez Peninsula for over four hundred years. From being a reference-point to ships sailing through this part of the Arabain sea to being one of the biggest aguadas (watering-place in Portuguese) in whole of Asia of the time where ships could replenish their drinking water stocks to being the most prized and crucial fort of the Portuguese to finally becoming a prison now known as the Aguada jail is still operational, fort Aguada has donned many hats over the centuries. It is one of the must-visit places in Goa so a trip there was but natural, what if it was towards the end of my solo trip to Goa.
Colors of Sunset, Aguada Fort – Goa
Winding through beautiful village roads canopied by tall coconut trees that helped make the ride a pleasant one, I reached Fort Aguada a few hours before the closing time. … continue reading
I am a mountain lover, I have always been one. There is nothing that makes me more happy than being in the mountains. They calm me down and make me happy from inside. Those of you who follow me already are well aware of my love for the mountains but what you might not know is that, I also have a thing about historic places and ruins. And when it comes to forts, they are even more special. So let me tell you about one. One which has stood for centuries by the Arabian-sea, has seen different rulers rule it — from the Portuguese to emperor Akbar to the Marathas.
The setting sun and what is left of the fort
Given the fact that I am not much of a beach-person unlike most who visit Goa for its beautiful and happening beaches, I wanted to try to see the historical Goa. … continue reading
Over-looking the calm waters of the Mandovi river from atop Monte Santo, the only standing structure of what was once the site for the Augustinian order, the belfry looks very much in contrast to its humble its surroundings. The 46 meter-high imposing tower of one of the seven Churches located on and between seven Hills in and around Velha is sure to catch your attention. It was the first thing that caught my attention too, as I approached the hill-top. Already in awe of its grandeur as I got closer, I realized that this part of a now non-existent façade of what once used to be the Church of St Augustine was not the only thing there that has seen centuries and rulers come and go.
The Belfry of St. Agustine Church, Old Goa
Every rock, every pillar and every stone there seemed to have something to speak about the times gone by. … continue reading
The year 2015 has been pretty exciting in terms of travel for me. It has been a year of at-least a couple of interesting firsts for me besides visits to places I had never thought I would be visiting any time sooner. I was hoping to squeeze-in one more trip somewhere in the unknown this long weekend before I come-up with this post but sadly, that could not happen, all thanks to the flu that the changing season seems to have brought with it. Having said that, there’s no point brooding over something that did not materialize. Instead, let me share with you some moments from my travels in this year which is only 6 sunsets away from becoming part of history.
Beauty of the Borail Hills
The Borail Hills: Even though I was born and brought-up in Assam (which still is my home) and not far from the Borail Hills, I had never had the opportunity to venture into them and experience them up close, save for once as a child.… continue reading
After sleeping pretty late last night, I woke-up at 5.45 in the morning!! No I didn’t on my own but because the reception guys gave me a wake-up call!! I am still looking for the person who requested that wake-up call. I really want to kill him once I find him!! I never slept after that and after freshening-up, checked-out and headed for the lavish breakfast at about 8 AM. As we were in team D-9, one of the last teams, we still had some time to have our breakfast. A lot of photos and selfies later, we were finally in our car and at the entrance of the resort, ready to be flagged-off. Needless to say, I was excited.
Flag-off from the resort – Alila Diva Goa
Now before I share my experience of the car (and the drive), let me tell you that even though I love riding and driving and this love has been there since a while now, I will score a prefect zero if someone asks me about any technical aspect of a vehicle.… continue reading
It had hardly been a week since I had come back from my first solo trip to Goa. I was sitting at my desk scrolling through some of the photos from the trip when I got a call from Naveen asking me if I was free the coming weekend. Now I had a tentative plan to attend the Bangalore Literature Festival that was happening on the same weekend but then, I took no time to respond in affirmative. Anything being organized by team Indi is always fun so how can this be any different! By evening, the tickets were with me. Me and 59 other top bloggers from across the country had being invited by TATA motors to experience their upcoming hatchback and get a feel of it first-hand!
The all new TATA Tiago – Goa
Fast forward to the GOA airport where after a warm welcome by team-Indi, the last batch of bloggers to arrive which we were, started for Alila Diva which was going to be our home for the weekend.… continue reading