architecture

travelling couple

having a quiet conversation

having a quiet conversation

it is the latest rage to travel alone; they say ‘it leads you to self exploration’. Since I am yet to experience it, cannot vouch for that. So as of now, I believe in travelling together, with friends, family or colleagues. Travelling in company has its own benefits. When I say company, I don’t mean that I only prefer 10 people. Not at all. One can enjoy the pleasures of travelling and the place more when travelling with the person you love the most. Like a close mate or your companion. It helps you be calm and sure about the surrounding. Moreover, you can be relaxed about the ever inquisitive strangers. I agree that not every stranger is a monster. The quiet conversations, those little arguments over luggage and fretting about last minute shopping; the travelling couple would have hundreds of such stories. It certainly gives an opportunity to plan and dream about a trip. Especially as you age, travelling together will make you fall in love again and again.

a couple checking the luggage together

a couple checking the luggage together

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woes of ashoka

the silent town of junagadh is a travelers paradise. in each gully there is something to explore and experience. among many places, king ashoka’s rock edicts are worth visiting in junagadh. the historical prominence of ashoka in the valley of mighty Girnar is seen from the rock edict displayed here, unfortunately the building collapsed few months back. hope not much damage has happened to the edicts. this was the entrance to the rock edict.

Ashoka's woes

land of stepwell

women are known as the water carriers, though few men would disagree with that. I am talking about carrying water on head with such balance, which seriously is an awe inspiring sight. Hats off to such courageous and strong women. For city dwellers like me, it’s a non-achievable feat. But years ago, somewhere in early AD 1000, a woman (obviously a queen) thought of building a stepwell for the people, i am sure, she must have thought about the women too. The architecture of the stepwell (locally known as vav) is magnificent, the pillared multi-stored pavilions and beautiful sculptures would leave you mesmerized. If you have a look at the water history of india, stepwells were one of the most prominent water conservation method in use then. Those who are visiting can plan a day trip to patan. The stepwell of patan is popularly called rani no vav (translation would be queen’s stepwell) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 22, 2014.

side view of the stepwell

side view of the stepwell