Karnataka · Travel

Devaraja Market, Mysore: a potpourri of color, customs and culture

With a penchant for exploring the native spirit and culture of a place, I stepped into the renowned Devaraja market of Mysore on my recent visit to the city.  Over 100 years old, the market is the epitome of vibrancy, activity and vivacity.  A prominent landmark of the heritage city, this market is literally the… Continue reading Devaraja Market, Mysore: a potpourri of color, customs and culture

Karnataka · Travel

Mysore: along a heritage trail

Easily one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, the heritage city of Mysore (recently renamed Mysuru) is synonomous with resplendent royalty, its larger than life Dasara festival, gorgeous silk saris and exquisite Mysore paintings.  Known as the city of palaces, this famous South Indian city lies in the state of Karnataka about 150… Continue reading Mysore: along a heritage trail

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Rangasthala, Chikkaballapur: a tryst with history

India, also referred to many a time, as the country of temples has scores of enthralling temples, many of which are over 1000 years old.  It is indeed amazing that we have these temples that remain as a symbol of our rich culture, heritage and legacy. One such ancient yet beautiful temple, right outside of… Continue reading Rangasthala, Chikkaballapur: a tryst with history

Karnataka · Travel

Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: an ancient wonder

Located just under 60 km from Bangalore, is the remarkable Bhoga Nandeshwara temple in the quaint village of Nandi.  One of the oldest temples in Karnataka, the place is located at the foot hills of the popular Nandi hills and is a great idea for a day trip from Bangalore. What struck me was not… Continue reading Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple: an ancient wonder

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Rustic scenes and rural experiences in and around Mosale

While most of my travel posts till date have been on destinations or particular attractions, this one is about some of the most simple yet insightful sights that one comes across while travelling through rural India.  Lush green fields that come across as a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively, are a common… Continue reading Rustic scenes and rural experiences in and around Mosale

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Nageshvara-Chennakeshava temple: monumental twin temples of Mosale

While the magnificence and ornate architecture of the Hoysala temples is, usually, synonomous with the temples of Belur and Halebidu, a visit to the sleepy hamlet of Mosale proved me wrong.  Located just about 15 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Holenarasipura Road, the twin temples found in this village is a definitely a hidden gem. The ancient… Continue reading Nageshvara-Chennakeshava temple: monumental twin temples of Mosale

Karnataka · Travel

Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.

A recent visit to Hassan took us to one of the most stunning places I have visited of late.  About 25 km from Hassan, on the Hassan-Shettihalli Road, lies the gorgeous remains of the Holy Rosary church.  Situated on the banks of the Gorur-Hemavathy reservoir, this church is believed to have been built by the French… Continue reading Rosary Church, Shettihalli: a journey back in time.