Ajanta Caves – Buddhist paintings and sculptures

The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India, are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures which are examples for the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting. The caves depict masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales.

Ellora Caves – a glimpse of Indian Rock cut architecture

The builders had to just carve the temple out from a hill side, no need of transporting stone or other materials. Sounds simple, right? Actually no! The fact that you are going to carve the top floor before even conceptualizing the ground floor should require some kind of imagination and planning! The temple has been carved top to bottom and front to back and has taken several generations of work and planning.

Somnathpur revisited

>Date of travel: 1st August 2009Place: Somnathpur, Karnataka My first visit to Somnathpur temple was brief and the place was mesmerizing enough to long for another visit. Somnathpur is at a distance of about 35 kms from Mysore (45 mins drive) and presents innumerable opportunities to experiment with the camera and light. The carvings here […]

Backpacking in Warangal

>Date: 27th June 2009 Place: Warangal, Andhra Pradesh I woke up at 10:00 AM on that Saturday and as usual day-dreamt for about 30 mins before finally getting out of bed. Over the week, I had this plan to back-pack someplace within 200kms of Hyderabad, but the week had been hectic and I procrastinated till […]

Hampi – Day 3: Stepped tank & Hospet

An account of my three day vacation at Hampi, Karanataka. The last day I used for visiting the smaller attractions of Hampi and Tungabhadra dam in Hospet.

Hampi – Day 2: Vittalaraya Temple

An account of my three day vacation at Hampi, Karanataka. The second day was mostly spent in photographing the beautiful Vittalaraya temple.

Hampi – Day 1: Virupaksha Temple

An account of my three day vacation at Hampi, Karanataka. The first day mostly went in visiting the Virupaksha temple and surroundings.

Somnathpur Keshava temple and Nanjangud Nanjundeshwara temple

Any travel plan I conceive of these days is centered around Architecture, more precisely on Temple Architecture. I think this new pursuit is a natural consequence of my recent interest in the Medieval History of India (550 – 1526 AD) combined with my inclination towards photography. Before undertaking some grand travel plans to visit some […]