BLESSED BY THE GODDESS-MAHALAKSHMI

BLESSED BY THE GODDESS-MAHALAKSHMI Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons The Mahalakshmi temple at Kolhapur attracts millions of devotees throughout the year who come here to seek blessings from the presiding deity and also witness what has come to be known as a natural 'luminous miracle'. She stands alone in the holy sanctum, resplendent in her fine robes and jewels. The holy sanctum is illuminated...

LOST HERITAGE PRESERVED FOR POSTERITY-THE CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA, MUMBAI

LOST HERITAGE PRESERVED FOR POSTERITY-THE CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA, MUMBAI(CSMVS) Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India), Mumbai is a fascinating repository of cultural heritage and an institute of learning. Apart from a representative collection of various forms of art from the Indian subcontinent, the museum houses a very interesting collection...

RIDING THE RIVER-KUNDALIKA

RIDING THE RIVER-KUNDALIKA ''The first river you paddle runs through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to remind you who you are.''-Lynn Noel in his book 'Voyages'. Every river in the world has its own unique identity or personality. More so, rivers are considered as the national treasure of any country. Even India is blessed with...

ENCHANTING ABODE OF THE GODS-GANPATIPULE

ENCHANTING ABODE OF THE GODS-GANPATIPULE Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons 'One impulse from the vernal woods will teach you more of man, of moral, of evil and of good than all the sages can.' This verse aptly describes the beauty and grandeur of a place called Ganpatipule in Maharashtra. Believed to be the abode of the gods who rule the world from this divine...

RELIVING THE MIGHT OF THE MARATHAS-SHIVNERI

RELIVING THE MIGHT OF THE MARATHAS-SHIVNERI Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons The birthplace of the great Maratha leader, Shivaji, this fort is an eye-catching experience for the tourists who visit here. A visit to Shivneri fort in Maharashtra not only provides an emotional and historical connection with the place where the great Maratha King Shivaji was born but also proves to be an opportunity to...

BLEND OF OLD AND NEW-NASHIK

BLEND OF OLD AND NEW-NASHIK Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons Most of the visitors who go to Nashik have religion on the mind. But Nashik also offers a fascinating mix of a peep into the past and a relaxing time with its serene present. Nashik is one of the most popular destinations for the pious Hindus, Jains, and the Buddhists. Due to its association...

JOURNEY IN GRANDEUR-THE DECCAN ODYSSEY

A PERFECT BLEND OF CULTURE, ART AND NATURE Photo Credit-Flickr The train that has been benchmarked against the best luxury trains in the world. ''The Deccan Odyssey'' is a Super Deluxe luxury train operated by the Maharashtra Tourism and Indian Railways. A weeklong royal journey and an unforgettable experience is what the ''Deccan Odyssey'' is all about. The sheer luxury, the plush...

AN INCREDIBLE TRIAD-CHAMBA BHARMAUR DALHOUSIE

CHAMBA BHARMAUR DALHOUSIE Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons Chamba valley, perhaps the loveliest in Himachal, is known for its scenic attractions, sparkling streams, lakes, meadows and lush deodar forests. Crowned with high mountain ranges, Chamba, rich in wildlife is home to animals like the elusive snow leopard, ibex, brown bear, leopard and the musk deer. A splendid artistic heritage includes fine temple architecture, beautiful...

Shimla-The Nature’s Retreat

Shimla-The Nature's Retreat Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons Shimla, nature’s retreat, has been the summer capital of British in India and also the present capital of snow-capped state Himachal Pradesh. Shimla has got blessings of all nature bounties which all of us dream of. Surrounded by green hills and snow-capped peaks Shimla has got a great scenic location. The fabulous cool hills joined by...

DHARAMSHALA

DHARAMSHALA Photo Credit-Wikimedia Commons Dharamshala is situated in the upper compasses of the Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh and is placed at a normal elevation of 1,475 meters above ocean level. The city is surrounded by a thick front of deodar cedar trees and is one of the major solid holds for the Tibetan evacuees and the seat of the fourteenth...