Lepakshi: stories in stone

Lepakshi welcomes visitors with a giant Nandi statue on the main road, a granite monolith 4.5 metres high and 8.2 metres long, with intricate carvings all over. Like the main temple itself, this statue was built during the reign of King Achutaraya in the mid 16th century, and harks back to the majesty of the Vijayanagara empire. The…

Friday photo: Corbett sunrise

I ended 2018 with an ultra laidback and luxurious stay at the new lebua property in Corbett. More on that soon, but for now, a memorable moment from our sunrise trip the banks of the Kosi river.

A quick pic to sum up 2018

2018 was a mixed bag of a year, like most years. I started with a resolution, that kept popping up now and then during the year, to travel less and instead focus on my health. That said, I did manage to explore parts of the world that I had only dreamt of – Cuba and…

A handy guide to Meghalaya

Meghalaya, meaning “abode of the clouds” must be one of the most evocative place names in India. The name for this northeast Indian state is apt, given that Meghalaya is home to Cherrapunji, long known as being the wettest place on earth (almost matched by its neighbour Mawsynram). Here is an easy Meghalaya itinerary around…

It’s all Maya

Just over ten years ago, Mexico found itself in the global tourism spotlight when one of its most famous sites, the Chichen Itza was included in a list of the seven wonders of the modern world. The list, compiled through an online poll by the Swiss ‘New Seven Wonders Foundation’ had other illustrious worthies stretching…

Friday photo: one for the birds

Late this August, I went on a week long cruise on the Norwegian Getaway around the Gulf of Mexico, with pit stops in Honduras, Belize and Mexico along the way. At each of these ports, I got off the massive cruise liner and went on a shore excursion. The first stop – Roatan Bay in…

My vegetarian food odyssey in Mexico

It doesn’t sound appetising. Neither the name, nor the description. Huitlacoche (pronounced whee-tla-ko-cheh), commonly defined as corn smut or corn fungus. Of course, a few hopefuls call it Mexican truffle, but yeah, that doesn’t take away from what it really is: a fungal growth on corn ears. But when this soft fungus is plucked at…

Friday photo: Faces from Cuba

Of all the countries I have visited so far, Cuba has to be one of the most fascinating, complex, warm and friendly. I have so many stories from Cuba waiting to be told, but for now, an image…