Strolling The Aga Khan Palace

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.

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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

The ‘Tour’ That Never Happened

One of the things that we wanted to do during our stay in George Town, Penang, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage was to take a tour of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, also known as the Blue Mansion. While researching for our trip, I had bumped upon this place unexpectedly and had spent some time reading about it. I was quite fascinated by its past (you can read about that on Wiki here) and was even more excited when I found that you could actually stay there. I decided to book the place for our stay in Penang. But one look at the tariff per night and I quickly came back to reality. But I wanted to see the place up close.

The Blue Mansion, George Town, Penang

The Blue Mansion, George Town, Penang

What could I do?… continue reading

Street art In George Town

When I had resigned from my job and moved to the North East, one of the things I had expected to be able to do is to blog more frequently and regularly, among other things. However, if you have been following my blog for a while you would have already noticed that things, at least the blogging bit, have not been going the way I had expected it to be. I haven’t been able to blog regularly even though I have tried to. I have wanted to share so many stories over the past couple of months, actually more than that, but haven’t been able to.

Kids on a bicycle, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

Kids on a bicycle, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang

So, let me try to regain my momentum with this photo-post about the beautiful street-art of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Penang, Malaysia.… continue reading

A Stroll In The Shaniwar Wada

For a change this time, I wanted to take the trail 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!

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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

Walking the streets of George Town

The glimpse that we had got yesterday of this beauty called George Town had made sure we to keep us all excited for the next morning. We wanted to explore the place as much as we can and we wanted to explore it slow. And what better way to do that than walk. Even better was the fact that we knew where most of the must see things in George Town were, thanks to last evening’s trishaw ride. We had first decided to walk to the heritage area of George Town right from our hotel near Komtar, but thanks to the humidity we soon hopped on one of the Rapid Penang buses (CAT bus) that ply at regular intervals and are free.

Khoo Kongsi, George Town - Penang chinese temple

Khoo Kongsi, George Town – Penang

The street art in George Town was one of the things I had been looking forward to, but yesterday’s quick visit to the heritage area had made me realize that this place was much more than that.… continue reading

Ruins, Rocks and Greenery

‘If you have to relax in the shade, the over-hanging rock there seems a much better choice’, I said to myself as I halfheartedly pulled myself from the soft grass that had been my bed for the past half an hour. The sun seemed to be at its brightest and no one in his right mind would even think of walking even a small distance out in this heat if (s)he doesn’t have to, let alone climb huge boulders a hundred feet high. I however, love climbing so climb I will, I decided. With heat billowing from the hot-like-a furnace rocks under my feet and the scorching rays of the sun from above, there I was, making my way up through thorny bushes and narrow gaps.

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The inviting ‘top’ – Hampi

The views got better every time I turned to look back stopping at random intervals. continue reading