Wine with penguins and koalas – Day trips around Melbourne
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by Lakshmi Sharath
3w ago
On a windy winter morning, I stood below one of the legendary bridges across the Yarra River and gazed upon the towering buildings that dot the skyline of Melbourne. The “land of the Kulin Nation “ was called Naarm by the First People of Australia and the “ever-flowing “ Yarra River was their lifeline. “There is a story here, “ said my guide Martina Jennings as I sipped my cup of coffee while the strong gales knocked me off my feet. “ Yarra was called Birrarung – ‘a place of mist and shadows.’ But the colonial surveyor heard one of the indigenous people saying “ yarro yarro “ meaning it flows ..read more
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Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara of Lucknow
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by Lakshmi Sharath
4M ago
Standing alone in a narrow passage, I am lost wondering which of the dark mysterious paths in front of me would lead me to my destination. The voices echo around me but I cannot see anyone. Behind me is a corridor that opens to a door that takes me to another corridor with a door.  I look around me and I see no one. All of a sudden, I hear a familiar voice and my guide emerges out of a dark corner. For a moment I realized that I was almost close to being lost in a labyrinth with 1000 passages and 489 doorways that clone each other – the famous Bhool Bhulaiya of the Bara Imambara in Luckno ..read more
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Top Tips for Running a Travel Blog Using Only a Smartphone
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by Lakshmi Sharath
4M ago
  Dreaming of the day that you finally quit that 9-to-5 job and travel the world with nothing but a smartphone? Today, being a travel blogger is less a quixotic feat of inventive storytelling, and more a productivity-oriented reality for many digital nomads, thanks to the rise of smartphones and other technology. However, running a blog with nothing but a smartphone can be challenging, especially if you’re out of your depth or more familiar with doing things on your laptop or PC. Luckily, we’re here to hit you with some strategies for managing a travel blog when your only device is a ..read more
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Ayodhya Ram Temple and the New Ayodhya saga
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by Lakshmi Sharath
5M ago
Standing there, I am swept away in the sea of emotions as waves of people enter the city of Ayodhya, to see the Ayodhya Ram Temple, waving massive  flags with images of Bhagwan Ram and chanting loudly “Jai Shri Ram .” Faith has many dimensions, and this is its most profound version. Droves of people come in, offering unconditional devotion, to get a glimpse of their Ram Lalla, their divine king who is returning to his kingdom after centuries.  An old man clutching his aging wife, a young boy carried by his doting father on his head, a mother with her teenage daughters staying close t ..read more
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GReat Coastal Colonial Trails in Tamil Nadu by GRT Hotels and Resorts
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by Lakshmi Sharath
5M ago
A streak of gold floods the horizon as dawn breaks on Marina Beach in Chennai. Centuries ago, the local Nayak rulers leased a coastal sandy strip to the British who fortified it. A settlement grew around the fort with White and Black Towns, trading outposts became forts and traders became colonists. These shores had beckoned not just the British and the French but also the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the Danish who set up trading posts here. And they had left their footprints behind in forts, lighthouses, churches, cemeteries, and mansions that are hidden along the coastline. Even Chennai then ..read more
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From temples to castles – Places to see around Gwalior
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by Lakshmi Sharath
5M ago
The massive medieval Gwalior Hill Fort headlines Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and is a city by itself with palaces, temples, step-wells, and rock-cut caves with colossal carvings. While the Chaturbhuj temple inside the Gwalior Fort houses the oldest inscription of zero, the blue-glazed tiles adorning the Gwalior Fort and the Man Mandir Palace add a touch of colour to the towering edifice. But Gwalior is more than just the fortress. And while the bustling town with markets, mausoleums, and museums beckons you to stay for at least three days, I would recommend a week in Gwalior as there are several ..read more
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48 hours in Oulu, Finland – Experience the Pohjola Route
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by Lakshmi Sharath
6M ago
“Make air, not war” screams the poster, promoting the annual Air Guitar World Championship in a quirky little city called Oulu in North Finland, the fifth largest in the country. ” You can’t hold an imaginary guitar in your hand and also hold a gun, ” says our guide Martta Tervonen adding, that there is even a repair shop for air guitars in this town, that houses just over 200,000 people. But the creative spirit of Oulu Finland is not just about its idiosyncracies and whacked-out sense of humour. It’s also a university and a technology town, the home of Nokia, and Martta adds that the very fir ..read more
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Restoration of Bateshwar Group of Temples -KK Muhammed Sir Interview
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by Lakshmi Sharath
8M ago
It was an “inner calling” that goaded archaeologist Padma Shri KK Muhammed to restore and rebuild the ancient Bateshwar Group of Temples when he first saw the crumbling ruins of the 9th-century temple complex. Located near Morena, about 40 km from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, the temple complex with over 200 Shiva and Vishnu temples built by the Gurjara Pratihara Dynasty had fallen like a pack of cards, flattened probably due to an earthquake, and were lying like that for centuries with entwined roots of trees engulfing the scattered fragments. But the bigger challenge said KK Muhammed Sir, in ..read more
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Old Towns in Poland
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by Lakshmi Sharath
1y ago
There is an old-world charm that radiates from every stone wall in Poland. Stone benches take me on a melodious tour in Warsaw. There are dragons and mermaids everywhere. I see stars with Copernicus, the astronomer while I waltz around with Chopin, the composer. There are murders inside cathedrals while cobblers become heroes. I am hopping from one city to another, soaking in the atmosphere at the Old Towns here, which are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Old Towns in Poland are more than just historic, they are oozing with charm and are destinations by themselves and are the key places to ..read more
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Responsible Tourism Initiatives in Mandu
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by Lakshmi Sharath
1y ago
It’s a warm day but adding to the warmth are my hosts, Dinesh and Radha Bai Katare as they prepare a simple but delicious lunch of Dal Paniya. While the dal is being cooked separately, the couple with their extended family sit around the fire, cooking the paniya , for all of us. The round bread made out of corn flour is sandwiched between leaves of the local aak or madar ( sodom apple) and then roasted on the fire.  Sipping a glass of local chaas or buttermilk, I am fascinated as Radha, with her nimble fingers, tosses the bread back and forth until the leaves are burnt and the bread turns ..read more
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