World Heritage Sites

A Visual Guide to the Rani Ki Vav

India is perhaps the only country in the world where one gets to see the unique Stepwell-architecture.  a testimony to water management systems in the ancient times. An estimated 3000 stepwells have been built...

Art Tour : Shantiniketan

If you'd ask a Bengali, you'd find that Shantiniketan is not a place - it's a way of life.  As the name suggests, it is the "abode of peace",  and it's very ambience transports...

A Tour of Mumbai’s Art Deco Architecture

Think Art Deco, and you'd instantly think of Miami, Paris or New York City. In Miami, the age of Instagram has ensured tourists set out on a hunt for art-deco photographs.  The scene in...

5 reasons to celebrate Ahmedabad as a World Heritage City

I woke up this morning to the news of Ahmedabad's selection as India's first World Heritage City by UNESCO. As an Indian, I felt so proud that we finally have a city that will be counted...

Mahabalipuram: The Varaha Cave Temple

Visiting the Mahabalipuram group of monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was on my bucket list and I finally got to put a check against it.  The group of monuments have served as backdrop for classical dance...

Mahabalipuram Heritage Tour : Stories in Stone

On our way back from Pondicherry to Chennai, we decided to take a stopover at Mahabalipuram, a small town that falls in the Kancheepuram district. Also known as Mamallapuram after the Pallava King Narasimha...

Mahabalipuram : Arjuna’s Penance / Descent of Ganga

Who doesn't love a great story? Now imagine, the story takes form of sculptures and caves - and 19 of them in the same vicinity. No wonder, Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO World Heritage Site....
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