Category Archives: Places

Ellora Caves, Near Aurangabad, Maharastra

Yesterday afternoon was spend in the cold comfort of these stone caves. Ellora caves.

Ellora is an archaeological site, 29 km North-West of the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty. It is also known as Elapura(in the Rashtrakuta literature-Kannada). Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 “caves” are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills.

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Wiki tells us that there are 34 caves. But our guide said that there were a total of sixty, 30 have been documented. He even showed us a few of the unlisted ones.

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The caves have been built by people of the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religions. The main tourist attraction cave, the one in the picture above is called the Kailash Cave. In this cave, the walls on the eastern side tell the story of Ramyana and those on the Western Side speak of the warriors of the Mahabharata. The one below is from Ramyana –

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These caves are so huge, they are breathtaking. Do you know what I do when I walk down those stone corridors from 900 years ago? I touch the stone walls. And feel the history.

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There was this prayer temple with perfect acoustics –

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Here are the further details to help plan your travel better –
Charge – Rs. 10 per person (Indians and Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries ), Rs. 250 per person (Foreigners) ,free entry for children below 15 years
Free still photography25 per camera video photography
Timings – All days of the week except Tuesday – 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Visit duration – 3 to 4 hours


You can request for more photographs by dropping a mail here – peopleandcafes@gmail.com – free of charge and minus the watermark.

Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Karnataka

This stop was crazy. There were crocodiles – real big crocs- lazying in the water. It was scary – almost stopped my heart for a bit, for more than a bit. I was tempted, too tempted to touch them.

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This one above has a foot missing. Quite sad. Just to let you know I have not zoomed in in the above picture. The boatman took us close enough to take these. He told us they are friendly though not tamed and have not attacked any one till date.

Bird Sanctuary Srirangapatna

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To see a creature so large so close is an experience I would insist on. Besides traveling in South India is a pleasurable privilege. So if you put this on your list here are the further details – Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka is a Bird Sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India.

Address: Mandya, Karnataka 571427, Phone: 082322 24600

Sand Museum, Mysore

I took a crazy trip a few days back – 6 days, 4 airports and 72 hours on the road.In the middle of this trip I stopped at Mysore. Part of the deal was that I visit all the famous tourist attractions here, so after visiting the temples I headed to the Sand Museum. The name is very misleading, it really is not a museum. Just a couple of tents put together holding beautiful magnificent sand sculptures.

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If you are in the southern part of my country and if the weather permits then yes you can put this cute little place on your to-visit places. Here are the further details –

  1. Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum – Directions
  2. Address: Sree Sapthamathrukha Layout, KC Layout, Mysore, Karnataka 570010
  3. Phone:094482 73890
    Hours: Open All days  – 8:00 am – 6:30 pm

Taj Mahal, India – The white marble and the Blue river

It speaks of stories untold. Of the dreams un-lived. Of the many hearts broken. It speaks of yesteryears of grandeur , of leisure, of passions, of dreams, of ambition, of calm, of timelessness, of hope, of longing, of happiness,  of tears.

It speaks to you as you walk along its massive landscape scattered carelessly along the blue river. It speaks of the time gone by. A time when life was grand. A time when life was simple. A time when life was beautiful.

It takes away your thoughts and gives you its own. It makes you want to live the life that could have been, otherwise. It gives you time. It gives you space. A space for your life. A place for new thoughts.

It offers you beauty. It offers you peace. Sit and gaze at its splendour and it tells you that this is how life is to be – big, massive, great, beautiful, peaceful. Slowly it will whisper in your ears the many tales of wonder, slowly it will make you see the life you always wanted to see. It will give you dreams some of yours, a few of its own.

The white marble by the blue river, telling you its stories, listening to yours. It has heard your story. And now your story belongs to it. And it will speak of you to the many others…

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