Tipu Sultan is as famous for the forts he built as he is for standing up against the British. His father Hyder Ali and then Tipu Sultan himself renovated so many forts and built some more that historians quip that in (former) Mysore State every hillock has a fort! At a time when the French…
Walk amidst squeamish rats, indulge in camel milk kulfi, stuff yourself with bhujia, learn to identify migratory birds....Read my blog post for the unique experiences Bikaner has to offer for the adventurous traveller.
My friend who lives in Lund was visiting her sister in Gothenburg that weekend and asked me if I'd like to join. I had been missing home and jumped at the opportunity of seeing a familiar face.
While travelling from Hassan to Arsikere, the Hoysala heartland, you will pass through many sleepy villages and many of them contain lesser known marvels of Hoysala Temple Architecture. One such village is Haranhalli which is 35 km from Hassan and just 8 km from Arsikere. It houses not just one but two modestly sized Hoysala Temples.
Keladi was the first capital of the Nayakas it was then shifted to Ikkeri and then to Bidanur. The temple complex there is a good example of a mix of architectural styles.
Humcha, a small town in the Hosanagara Taluk of Shimoga District was an important Jain pilgrim centre from the 8th century to the 16th century. It had other names like Pombuchcha and Hombuja. It was also the capital of a minor ruling dynasty, the Santaras. There are many basadis in Humcha and the largest among them is the Panchakuta Basadi built in 1077 by Chattaladevi.
The best specimen of Kalyana Chalukya temple architecture is the Mahadeva Temple at Itagi. Just over an hour’s drive from Hampi, this temple is described as Devalaya Chakravarti in an inscription dated 1112 CE meaning Emperor among Temples. Art historian Henry Cousens described this monument as ‘the finest in Kannada country after Halebidu’.
The 22 acre park is open all year round from 8 am to sunset and has two types of deer - the fallow deer (native to the region) and the sika deer (native to Asia). There are also wild boar in the park but they are kept in an enclosed space.
Isn’t it remarkable how two contemporary communities engaged in the same profession, living in regions with similar climate built mansions which are so similar to each other in purpose, plan and decoration?
Just 200 km north of Jaipur is one of the best kept secrets of Rajasthan, the Shekhawati region which is dotted with grand mansions (called havelis) covered profusely with murals giving it the name ‘open air art gallery’.