A checklist for red velvet cake: Red (obviously !! and not brownish red) Silky, smooth, moist…Velvety acidic with a hint of cocoa (for the science behind more deepness of red color: here is a read for the curious minds) As always, for a health freak like me, the recipe needs to be a whole grain one (and no white sugar). So, I googled and googled and some … Continue reading Scrumptious and dreamy Red Velvet
“Once a Year Go Someplace You’ve Never Been Before.” – Dalai Lama So you are planning to visit Thailand? Great! You are now one step closer to explore a fascinating place. Those who aren’t, I hope you do so sometime in future. [To just read the itinerary, skip down to the end, else continue reading to know more about Thailand.] Thailand is one such charming … Continue reading Thailand – Your perfect Retreat
Pattadakal is a small village in Badami taluk, Bagalkot district, Karnataka. If you are visiting Badami or have already been awed by its legendary cave temples, Pattadakal is going to awe you further. Pattadakal comes from the word ‘Pattadakisuvolal’ which means crowning, and hence the name of this place which was once the royal coronation center for the chalukyan princes. UNESCO in 1987 included Pattadakal in its … Continue reading Pataddakal : Majestic era of Temple Architecture
Who would have believed that a drive of just 100 km will transport you from 14th century to 4th century, a time travel of 1000 years! This miracle happens with all those who travel from Hampi in Karnataka to Badami in the same state. The word ‘Badami’ refers to the color of badam or almonds and here in badami this is the color of the sandstone cliffs, out … Continue reading Badami Caves temples
Monsoons are a good time to go anywhere, other than to work. So this monsoon we packed our bags and headed to explore a very different kind of place. Little did we know that this place will transfer us to an era of splendidness and grandeur, in this five day heritage voyage starting on 2nd July’2016. Hampi is a place which not just has a great … Continue reading Hampi – where history comes alive!
It seems like the people of Vijayanagar empire had deep faith in religion and gods, and constructing magnificent and architecturally advanced temples were their way to express this faith and creativity. The result is a large number of temples with varied size and styles spread across Hampi. Let me first put the map of sacred center of Hampi, taken from hampi.in. Vitthala Temple: In the hub of temples … Continue reading Sacred Hampi