Twin Forts of Amer – Amer Fort & Jaigarh Fort

On my recent trip to Jaipur, I visited the two famous forts in the nearby city of Amer – the Amer Fort and the Jaigarh Fort. The two forts that are located close to one another rule the skyline of this small city on the Aravali range, one immensely popular among the tourists for its rich architectural style while the other for housing the world’s largest cannon on wheels. Let me take you along for a walk through these twin forts of Amer.

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Hawa Mahal

Pages from the Pink Diary of Jaipur

Jaipur is best known as the Pink City of India. The old city or the city centre or the heart of the present Jaipur city is all painted pink, accurately giving it the name of the Pink City. Though the Pink here has a twisted RGB value, taking it more towards the terracotta pink than and other common shades of pink that the colour actually means. Now, whichever shade of pink be it at the end, it is called pink and so the city as the pink city. Read along to know how the historic city of Jaipur became the Pink city.

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Ranthambore Fort entrance

Ranthambore Fort

After meeting the royals of Ranthambore National Park it was time to visit the royal residence. Although the royals we met were from different family and this residence belonged to a completely different family. It was the royal residence of the Chauhan dynasty from the 12th century. Built on a hill within the forest surrounded by rough terrain, Ranthambore fort was considered as one of the impregnable forts of the period.

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The tigress of zone-3 in Ranthambore National Park

To Meet the Royals of Rajasthan in Ranthambore

Royalty oozes out from the name of Rajasthan which means the Land of the Kings. The state with its rich history of various kings and their respective dynasties have an indelible mark of the glorious past on everything of the present. Though I reached Ranthambore to meet the royals from some different family. I was here to see the Bengal Tigers of the Ranthambore National Park which was once known as the Royal Bengal Tigers.

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View of River Mandovi from the hill top

Tale of Two Islands – Divar & Chorao

We all know that an island is a piece of land surrounded by water. Whenever we talk of any island, the first thing that comes to mind is the blue sea and the piece of land within it. Which is absolutely correct if we go by the definition and the classification of a true island. Though we must not forget the other contenders in this category found within the river waters formed by various geomorphic deposition. This post is on two such islands on the river Mandovi in Goa.

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Varandha Ghat

Varandha Ghat

After a long span of travel-less days, this was the first when I ventured out of my home so far. It was a breather after such period of long home detention. The monsoon was about to leave and not a single monsoon destination visited yet. A strange pain was churning within making the soul restless and breathless. Finally, with all protection and safety gears, we started off for a near yet far drive to the Varandha Ghat. 

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Loch Ness with the Urquhart Castle in the background

Story of Nessie of Loch Ness

Once upon a time, there lived Nessie in the dark water of Loch Ness near Inverness. The large, long and slender necked, humpbacked Loch Ness monster, often known as Nessie is still believed to reside in the deep waters of the Loch visible only to a few people in and around the lake. It appears on the surface of the water out of nowhere and again disappears into nowhere randomly. Let’s find Nessie in and around the strikingly beautiful freshwater lake of Scotland – the Loch Ness.

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle – The Castle on the Island of Donan

As the continuation of my Inverness throwback, I take you to the nearby Eilean Donan Castle through this post. As the name suggests the castle is located on a tidal island and hence this castle on the island of Donan is called the Eilean Donan Castle situated beside the village of Dornie in the western Scottish highlands near to Inverness.

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River Ness meandering through the city

Once Upon a Time in Inverness

Once upon a time, when faces went without masks when smiles were visible in human lips when the term ‘social distancing’ was just another phrase from the English dictionary, I was in the Scottish highlands of Inverness. River Ness quietly meanders through this quaint city adding to its captivating charm. Today, I recollect those lovely times of touring the wonderful vistas and relive each and every moment of the carefree, happy days.

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