Karvy – One of Nature’s many wonders

It would be an understatement to say that travel has opened us up to new possibilities, occurrences and events. When we hear of something different we change course, when told about a secluded beach or a ghost town or a temple at the bottom of a crater, we jump at the chance to explore and…

Devrai Art Village and the Dhokra of Mohenjo Daro

Nestled amongst flowers, trees and the low call of birds, on a gently sloping hill, is an old Ficus tree, with branches that almost touch the ground around creating a natural grove. It is in the natural cave of the old tree that the concept of the Devrai Art Village was born, a space and…

Khuldabad, Aurangzeb and the Ethiopian who tormented the Mughals

Our driving trip around Maharashtra found us exploring the UNESCO world heritage caves of Ajanta and Ellora, along with the towering Daulatabad Fort, one of the few forts in Maharashtra not attributed to the Marathas. Having climbed Daulatabad, we headed in search of Aurangzeb’s tomb, which was en route to the Ellora Caves. Tucked away…

Scenes from the Road

India in the monsoons is beautiful almost everywhere, as the earth explodes to life and lush fields of green carpet the countryside. We have enjoyed the journey on trains and buses, as we chased the monsoon through South India last year, but there is a distinct added pleasure when doing it by car, on your own time at your own pace….

Of Sugarcane fields & Spinach papads

One of the reasons roadtrips (in the little blue car) are our preferred method of  exploring the country is the freedom and flexibility it gives you to move along at your own place, stop where you want, take random, unplanned detours and really see and experience the countryside. So when we set out on our…

The Ancient Buddhist Caves of Bhaja

Through our meandering journey across India one of the recurring themes we have come across are ancient rock cut Buddhist caves. These monuments, which date back (in some cases) thousands of years served as settlements where monks lived and worshiped and can be found strewn all across the country. From Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh to Udaygiri…

The Dance of the Fireflies

About 4 hours from Bombay is a lovely little village that sits by the Pravara River, around 780 m above sea level. The region is a cornucopia of natural beauty, with several waterfalls, deep valleys, scenic vistas, and a lake surrounded by towering ridges and peaks of the Western Ghats. The village and surrounding valley…

Of Sadhus and Sins

One of the largest religious gatherings in the world, the Kumbh Mela is also the largest outdoor party for Sadhus or Hindu priests. Held every three years in 4 different locations across Northern India, the Kumbh is the Hindu version of Sunday confession. Every three years people gather, from all across the world, to pay…