My Recent Travels
A wide-eyed wanderer
I have a little dream to travel to faraway places. A world where sturdy oaks lean over me and guide me on wandering trails. Where ruined monuments take me back in time and where the mountains hide me in its solitude. So peaceful and calming. I want to stay a little longer, walk a little further in this wide emptiness that fills the soul.
Today we drive to Aiholi, said to be one of the first regional capital of the Karnakata region under the rule of the Calukyas. The town contains a large number of early Hindu temples and shrines including some outside the walled site that mostly date from the 6th to 8th century CE when the city was at its zenith of prosperity and power.
Pattadakal, also called Paṭṭadakallu, is a collection of temples from 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples in northern Karnataka. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a historically significant cultural center and religious site to witness the structural tastes during the times of the Chalukya dynasty.
Today we hike up to the Shivalayas of Badami. These shivalays dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva are surprisingly located inside a fort protected with canons et all. On the hike, the most intriguing structures are the stone granaries located midway to the top of the hill which I have never seen anywhere else on my travels.
My Footsteps on Earth
Earth is no heaven but I am starting to find pieces of it. On my journeys, I have been witness to extra-ordinary landscapes, lit by the rays of a dying sun, darkened under the flying shadows thrown by the clouds which sail across the sky. Each of the small pins on the map below is but a step towards exploring my beautiful planet.