Intricate designs of Paigah tombs, Hyderabad

Paigah tombs belong to the members of the Paigah family, loyalists of the Nizams. It is said that members of this family served as ministers, generals and states people under Nizams. Paigah tombs is now a relatively unknown architectural marvel in Hyderabad. I am not a history buff like my mother. In 2010, when my … Continue reading Intricate designs of Paigah tombs, Hyderabad

Edict that identified Ashoka

Several rock edicts were discovered with the name Devanam piyadasi (meaning, Beloved servant of the God) and these edicts were scattered across the present-day Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. The identity of Devanam piyadasi was a mystery till 1915 when a British gold-mining engineer discovered an edict in Maski. In this edict, the name Ashoka is clearly … Continue reading Edict that identified Ashoka

Dilapidated yet beautiful Mudgal fort, Raichur

Mom very much wanted to visit Mudgal fort. She read a lot about this fort. But when we reached Mudgal, we got the same shock we got in Raichur. Not many locals are aware of its rich history. Tourists/visitors seem rare here. Some locals looked at us as if we were aliens and, one lady … Continue reading Dilapidated yet beautiful Mudgal fort, Raichur

Neolithic period site at Piklihal, Raichur

After receiving little or no help from locals in Raichur town about places to explore in Raichur district, me and my mom started searching on internet. Then we came across this place, Piklihal (ಪಿಕಳಿಹಾಳ). Very little information is available on internet. Nothing much is described about this tiny village near Mudgal, except that this is … Continue reading Neolithic period site at Piklihal, Raichur

Scenic Jaladurga fort, Raichur

I stumbled upon this place when looking for places to explore during our trip to Raichur. Jaladurga is a very small village on the banks of river Krishna. The name literally means fort on water. It is said that this fort was once the stronghold of Adilshahis. The fort has seven doorways, a watch tower … Continue reading Scenic Jaladurga fort, Raichur

Wayanad travel guide

Our trip to Wayanad started with a desire to go to a place away from crowd and close to nature. We initially thought to visit Coonoor or Kotagiri and so booked flights to Bangalore from Hyderabad. It was then we came across a beautiful monsoon trek; Chembra peak. Timing was perfect; August ending. The plan … Continue reading Wayanad travel guide

Lesser known trek to Neelimala viewpoint in Wayanad

We decided to visit Wayanad for three reasons: Chembra peak, waterfalls and Neelimala viewpoint. At that time, there was very little information and only a few reviews on the internet about this mini trek. But the words remote, lesser known and non-touristy that some reviewers used, caught our attention and we decided to do this trek. … Continue reading Lesser known trek to Neelimala viewpoint in Wayanad

Monsoon trek to Chembra peak, Wayanad

The trip started with a desire to go to a place away from crowd and close to nature. We initially thought to visit Coonoor or Kotagiri and so, booked flights to Bangalore from Hyderabad. It was then we came across this beautiful monsoon trek. Timing was perfect; August ending. The plan got changed immediately and we traveled to Wayanad … Continue reading Monsoon trek to Chembra peak, Wayanad