Sunset

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle

Inuyama Castle is located in the city of Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The castle overlooks the Kiso River, which serves as the border between Aichi and Gifu prefectures. Inuyama Castle is one of only 12 original Japanese castles.

Located in the outskirts of Nagoya, Inuyama Castle is one of the 12 original Japanese castles Founded in 1440 CE along the Kiso river, it dominates the quaint town of Inuyama from its stunning position over the hill After an interesting morning at Gifu Castle, we took the JR train to Unuma Station From the station its a 25 minute walk to the Castle Please note that I used the JR line because I had the JR Pass on me If you are paying for tickets, it would be more meaningful to use the Meitetsu line and get down at the Inuyamayuen station which is a lot closer to the castle
Inasahama Beach

Inasahama Beach

Inasahama is one of the most sacred Japanese beaches located in Japan where Gods are said to have descended to make it their own country on Earth.

Inasa Beach (稲佐の浜) is one of the most sacred Japanese beaches located in Japan It is mentioned several times in Kojiki, said to be the oldest written chronicle in Japan The book written in ancient words and difficult to read even for the Japanese, speaks of ancient Japanese myths and the beginnings of the island nation itself According to the scriptures of the Kojiki, there are said to be 8 million gods The Amatsukami (heavenly gods) were ruled over by Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess & the most important deity of the Shinto religion Amaterasu is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi who made their daughter ruler of the heaven The Kojiki
Sunset at Lake Shinji

Sunset at Lake Shinji

Lake Shinji is a lake in the northeast area of the Shimane Prefecture in Japan. The lake is the seventh largest in Japan, with a circumference of 48 kilometres. It is enclosed by the Shimane Peninsula to the north, and the Izumo and Matsue plains to the west and east respectively.

Lake Shinji is a lake in the northeast area of the Shimane Prefecture in Japan The lake is the seventh-largest in Japan, with a circumference of 48 kilometers It is enclosed by the Shimane Peninsula to the north, and the Izumo and Matsue plains to the west and east respectively We were staying in Nara From Nara, we were traveling to Izumo for a short tour of the heritage city The plan was to stop for a break at Lake Shinji and enjoy the beautiful sunset, it is very popular for Getting to Matsue from Nara In the early morning, I and my wife, Ranita, caught the
Hemkuta Hill

Monuments on Hemkuta Hill

Hemkuta hill with its gentle slopes offers a remarkable view of the sprawling ruins of Hampi. The hill contains many abandoned temples and boulder carvings scattered across along with two huge monolithic statues of Ganesha. It is also one of the best places to witness sunsets in Hampi.

India is a country, rich in cultural heritage with hundreds of ancient archaeological sites – each with its own mythical stories The monuments on Hemakuta Hill in Hampi is one such cluster of ancient temples, archways and pavilions with local folklore spread over centuries Hampi’s claim to fame began when it became the capital of the Vijayanagara empire However these temples on the Hemakuta Hill are among the oldest cluster of shrines in Hampi, preceding even the Vijayanagara reign The hill is located on the southern side of the Virupaksha temple, identified quite easily by the slopes dotted with a number of abandoned monuments When the revered Virupaksha temple was still in its infancy, this hill used to be occupied by
Virupaksha Temple

Shades of Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha was the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi since the dawn of the 7th century. Since then this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been elaborated on by future rulers and especially Krishnadevaraya, the most famous kings of the Vijayanagara Empire, who commissioned the iconic nine-tiered gateway that we identify the temple with today.

This was my third visit to Hampi, but the first time that I drove myself to the historical city Hampi sits on the banks of the Tungabhadra river in the ruins of the ancient city of Vijayanagar, capital of the once flourishing Vijayanagara empire The road to Hampi is pretty straightforward I took the NH48 from Bangalore and then slid into NH50 near Chitradurga The NH50 is under major repairs but its still faster than any alternative routes On the way we passed the Tungabhadra reservoir The national highway leads directly to the town of Hospet, from where we drove into Kamlapur, where our hotel was located Clark’s
Mahabalipuram Beach

Musical Waves of Mahabalipuram Beach

We sat under magical skies, immersed in the music of the strong waves of Bay of Bengal. The historical town of Mahabalipuram is an enchanting place to explore age old stone carvings and century old temples, but in-between the sweaty hikes, one can cool their tired heels at the beautiful beaches along the east coast.

I can hear the sound of waves crashing on the shore The moist, salty air flays my hair into the air as I walk towards the lovely beach in Mahabalipuram Drive to Mahabalipuram  In the morning, a couple of hours drive is all it took for us to reach the quaint town of Mahabalipuram The roads from Kanchipuram are a pleasure to drive It was easy to find the Chariot Beach Resort, where we would be staying for the duration of our trip in Mahabalipuram A huge signboard announces the resort to the passerby’s The entrance gate leads into a long driveway and unto the resort building where a lady received us with garlands made of seashells [ngg_images source=”galleries” container_ids=”95″ exclusions=”1635,1634,1636,1638,1643,1640,1642,1641,1632,1637,1639,1631,1644,1645″ display_type=”photocrati-nextgen_pro_blog_gallery”

A stroll on Mandvi Beach

We drive to Mandvi Beach to laze out in the winter Sun. The beach is a curving stretch of yellow sand fringed by green waters, with windmills on one side and an uninterrupted view of the Arabian sea on the other. The sea is safe for swimming and the beach is ideal for walking. The beautiful beach offers many fun activities including Camel rides, bubble floats, speedboats and even para-sailing. But for us peace hunters, a few steps away there is the silence of the gentle waves and the occasional herons flying by.

I am strolling on Mandvi beach, with the cool waters of the ocean slipping though my toes The noise of the jeering tourists is drowned by the gentle waves of the Arabian Sea A wave of black herons fly by as if the dimming sun is prodding them to go back to their homes Situated at the border of Diu and Gujarat, Mandvi beach is a 6 km long stretch where the pristine water of the turquoise Arabian Sea adjoins the seashore It was once a major port of the region and summer retreat for King Maharao of Kutch Once we were back from the salt desert of White Rann, we decided to spend an evening at this pristine beach
Kalo Dungar

Ride to Kalo Dungar

We ride out deep into the desert to explore Kalo Dungar also known as the Black Hill. Kalo Dungar is the highest point in Kutch and the best place to enjoy a panoramic view of the amazing Rann of Kutch. Though not literally black, the hill is known so because in olden times, the merchants returning to Kutch from Sindh used to be guided by this lonesome hill in the grim desert, which used to appear black because of the shadow cast by the sun.

I am at Kalo Dungar, some 50 km north of Dhordo tent city, on the top of the Black Hills The highest point in Kutch, offers a bird’s-eye view of the Great Rann of Kutch From here, the entire northern horizon vanishes into the Great Rann, the desert and sky becoming indistinguishable on the horizon Drive from Dhordo Tent City to Kalo Dungar I and my travel companion – Ranita, were staying at the Dhordo Tent city Every year, the government of Gujarat holds a four-month-long festival known as ‘The Rann Utsav’ starting from November to February The stay at the Tent city includes a free bus tour to Kalo Dungar
White Rann

Sunset at White Rann

Nothing beats a sunset and that too at the endless desert of White Rann. While basking in the beautiful sunset the only thought that grazed my mind was this, right here..is one of the “Real” 7 wonders of the world.

I am standing at the edge of the White Rann, an endless stretch of white that goes all the way from Gujarat’s Kutch district to Pakistan’s Sindh The tattooed Camels have helped us reach this point from where everything is a blank white of nothingness The vast expanse of uninterrupted whiteness makes me feel as if I was miraculously zapped from the grim Indian desert to the frozen white lakes of Japan, only I didn’t need the safety of my hefty gloves or winter jackets Oh yes, it looks like a frozen lake but looks can be deceiving This is one the most unforgiving places in India with summer temperatures averaging and peaking at 495 °C Thankfully it is

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