• Sadras Dutch Fortress

    The picturesque ruins of the Sadras Dutch fort

    A not-so-well-known fact about Tamil Nadu is that there were three major (and some smaller ones) Dutch settlements along its coast in the 17th-19th centuries. One in Pulicat, straddling the state’s border with…

  • Mahakuta


    The next stop in my Chalukya series is Mahakuta, a very small town about 15km from Badami. Here too, the Badami Chalukya legacy lives on in the form of a group of…

  • Flowering plants in Bhutan

    Bhutan Diaries : Flowers For Good Luck

    One of the things that I loved the most about Bhutan is that almost every home or shop has a few potted flowering plants. This is because the Bhutanese believe that flowers…

  • Buddha Dordenma, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Bhutan Diaries : Thimphu

    The gorgeous Thimphu Valley The capital of Bhutan is Thimphu, about an hour’s drive from Paro. Although it’s a lot more urban than the rest of the country, it’s very much a…

  • Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Bhutan

    Bhutan Diaries : Punakha

    Punakha is a beautiful warm valley at an altitude of about 1200m above sea level – you can tell by the warmth that it isn’t very high up. Covered with lush green…