Tallest Stupa in ancient world: Jethawanaramaya Dagoba | Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

The ancient city of Anuradhapura is a UNESCO world heritage site and has several magnificent monuments which includes some of the tallest structures of ancient world:  Jetavanaramaya Dagoba, Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba and Abhayagiri Dagoba. The first 2 are close to each other while the third one is around 5km away from them. A Buddhist stupa is… More Tallest Stupa in ancient world: Jethawanaramaya Dagoba | Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Vintage Gem: Sun Yat-sen Museum, George Town | Penang, Malaysia

The ground floor of mansion at 120 Armenian Street in Georgetown has been converted into a museum dedicated to Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary from China who played a pivotal role in overthrowing Qing dynasty during Chinese Revolution. Taiwan consider him as the “Father of the Nation” and China as “Forerunner of the revolution”. He also… More Vintage Gem: Sun Yat-sen Museum, George Town | Penang, Malaysia

National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

National Museum of Cambodia, rich in Khemer architecture almost seems like an extension of the Royal Palace. This museum contains prolific collection of Khemer artifacts which are made of bronze, ceramics, wood and stone. The art history of Cambodia is divided into 6 periods: Pre-historic, Ceramic, Bronze, Pre-Angkor, Angkor and Post-Angkor and each of these periods are well represented… More National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

My first visit to Kollur Mookambika temple | Karnataka, India

Of late I have developed a sudden interest in exploring the Western Ghats – a biodiversity hotspot which is older than Himalayas. The Ghats lie parallel to the western coast of India and is spread across 5 states: Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and my home state Kerala. Though I have been to a dozen… More My first visit to Kollur Mookambika temple | Karnataka, India

In pictures: Candids from Royal Palace, Phnom Penh | Cambodia, Southeast Asia

The Royal Palace (Khemer name: Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol) is one of the top attractions in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia. Half of the visitors were photographers while the rest were fabulously photogenic😉 Most of them were part of large group tours accompanied by a guide and I could not find even a… More In pictures: Candids from Royal Palace, Phnom Penh | Cambodia, Southeast Asia

Masjid Negara – National Mosque of Malaysia

National Mosque of Malaysia aka Masjid Negara, situated amidst 13 acres of greenery, in Kuala Lumpur commemorate Malaysia’s independence from Britain. This mosque, which can accommodate around 15,000 worshipers, has got a distinctive architecture – the main roof, green in color, symbolizes an open umbrella and the 73m white minaret embodies a closed one. Inside… More Masjid Negara – National Mosque of Malaysia

A trip of goats (and sheep) | Manali-Leh bus journey, August 2013

Would you believe that our bus had to stop and give way for these fellows? Their marching reminded me of the rallies of political as well as apolitical parties of India ;-) Nevertheless, this was a peaceful show of strength for a handful of issues ranging from increase in winter allowance to much complicated demand for… More A trip of goats (and sheep) | Manali-Leh bus journey, August 2013

Chandra Taal Lake | Manali-Leh bus journey, August 2013

August 4, 2013, 6:45 AM: The HPTDC bus halted besides the moon-shaped Chandra Taal on Manali-Leh highway. It’s been roughly 2 hours since we started our 2nd leg of the journey towards Ladakh from Keylong. The bus conductor signaled us to bring our attention towards the lake and then in an authoritative voice, strongly influenced by… More Chandra Taal Lake | Manali-Leh bus journey, August 2013

Aluvihara Cave Temples | Matale, Sri Lanka

Part 1: Manuscripts at Aluvihara – regaining lost knowledge Aluvihara holds an important position in the history of Sri Lanka. The series of caves temples and Dagoba was built during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa in 3rd century BC. Aluvihara cave temples were chosen by the monks in Anuradhapura to transcribe the Buddhist scripts for the… More Aluvihara Cave Temples | Matale, Sri Lanka

Manuscripts at Aluvihara – regaining lost knowledge | Matale, Sri Lanka

A short journey on a Sri Lankan government transport bus from the cooler heritage city of Kandy took me northwards to the historic town of Matale. I got down at Aluvihara and was welcomed by an arch with Buddhist elements. The moment I stepped on the hot dusty brownish-gold plains of Matale, though less intimidating… More Manuscripts at Aluvihara – regaining lost knowledge | Matale, Sri Lanka