Hindu kings & Shaivism (700AD-1400AD)

Lalitaditya Muktapida 724 CE–760 CE During his reign, he conquered Afghanistan, Punjab, Haryana, Kannauj, Tibet, Ladakh, Badakshan, Iran, Bihar, Gauda (Bengal), Kalinga (Orissa), South India, Gujarat, Malwa, Marwar, Konkan, and Sindh. He broke the power of Arabs in Sindh. Not just a warrior Lalitaditya was a great builder too, he built his capital near the sacred shrine of Kheer-Bhawani and named it Parihaspora (city of pleasure). Throughout the […]

Mamaleshwar Temple Pahalgam

One of the oldest temples in Kashmir, built on the banks of the Lidder river. This temple dates back to 400AD ~1600 years old. Kalhan in Rajtharanigi credits it to Jayasimha of the Lohara dynasty, who build this temple and decorated it with a Golden Kalash on top Temple is surrounded by a freshwater stream. Legends say that this sacred […]

My Kashmir Files Story

The only justification for “Why these stories are coming out in open now” has 2 main reasons. The generations which got impacted the most were my parents and grandparents. My grandparents’ generation stayed in denial till their last breath, a couple of months back during lockdown when I talked to my Grandmother she said: “there are militants out in open […]

Yatra

I know God doesn’t confine himself to just mountains But sometimes the journey is importantThe purpose is to disconnect from your current life Take a journey uphill And then with each step leave something of yourself behindAnd slowly start becoming part of Brahman. -shally-

Little Rann of Kutch

LRK is one of the most unique landscapes I have seen in India. I got to experience my first no road ( drive in any direction ) kind of drive, marshy salt lands, Indian wild ass – which is found only in this area in India and the patchy grey dry surface of the earth – something which I have […]

Kondana Caves

Buddhism has left its traces all over Maharastra, hence the region is blessed with so many beautiful caves, and Kondana is one of them. After an easy hike of around 45 minutes, you start noticing a small section of the cave that looks like wholly taken over by the wildness around. Tucked in deep jungles, away from the city – […]

Part 1: History of Kashmir (Pre-historic & Neolithic)

Pre-Historic era – Ice Age Excavations conducted by ASI in 1969 have discovered the occurrence of the Ice Age in the valley. The chief Geological formation of the ice age here are the lacustrine deposits called the ” Karewas “. Karewa formation is of the Plio-Pleistocene age. In Kashmiri dialect, Karewa or Wudars means, “elevated table-land.”  These deposits have good […]

Landour

Things to do in Landour Landour is a small cantonment area around 5kms from Mussorie. You can take a cab \ bike from Mussorie to Landour. Once you are in Landour best way to explore the place is by walking to enjoy the beauty. 1. Enjoy walking ~3-4kms upper chakkar loop. 2. Buy peanut butter & jams from Anil Prakash’s […]

Ancient Temples of Karnataka

Temples in Karnataka boast of Hoysala, Chalukya, and Vijayanagar architecture. These temples are built by various Kings during the glorious era Karnataka has witnessed. Chennakeshava Temple  & Halibedu Temple Avani Temple ( Kolar – Karnataka ) Temples of Hampi ( Karnataka) Legends of Hampi Shravanbelagola