• Exterior,  Heritage,  Places

    Gurudwara Nanak Lama Sahib, Chungthang- A Blissful Experience

    Gurudwara Guru Nanak Lama Sahib, Chungthang Nanak naam Chadhdi kalan, Tere Bhane Sarbat da Bhala On our recent trip to North Sikkim, the most exhilarating & blissful experience was the visit to Gurudwara Nanak Lama located at Chungthang. The time spent in the Gurudwara premises is a divine experience and one can feel the peace and positivity in the air. History….. Chungthang, a small town located in the lap of beautiful lush green hills of North Sikkim is known to be blessed by the footsteps of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji. It is said that Guru Sahib visited this place along with Bhai Mardana during his journey to Tibet & China,…

  • Design,  Heritage,  Photos,  Travel

    British Bungalow, Darjeeling: A taste of English glory

    The British Colonial Bungalows in India are an everlasting charm with their majestic appearance & sprawling area. Built mostly in the 18th & 19th century in India, they are still an architectural delight. Located at various places, especially the Cantonment areas they are being maintained by the Indian Army in their original finesse. One such place is Darjeeling which captivates you with its English world charm. Nestled in the magnificent Himalayas, Darjeeling offers a splendid view of the mighty Kanchenjunga and people from all over the world visit this beautiful hill station to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous range. I would not be wrong if I say that I…

  • Architectural Marvels,  Design,  Heritage,  Places

    Heritage Street, Amritsar

    My recent visit to Harminder Sahib or Golden Temple, Amritsar was an ethereal experience which filled my eyes with so much admiration and nostalgia that it lingers with me & holds me in its tranquil warmth. Today, I sit down to share my thoughts on the redeveloped Heritage Street and the feelings that delighted my memories. Memories that linger……. As my roots belong to this historical city, the childhood memories of the street are so close to my heart…….that they bring a cascade of emotions surging through the mind. The maze of narrow streets, the swarm of hawkers grazing through, the colourful shops full of heritage craftsmanship, the aroma of…

  • Design,  Heritage,  Interior,  Trending

    Jali Designs- An integral part of Indian Architecture

    Jalis have been an integral part of Indian architecture from the 16 century era to the contemporary architecture today. Also known as perforated screens or lattice screens, they are an example of timeless interior design element.  History…. Whether it was the royal Rajput era or the magnanimous Mughal period, Jalis were always an important architectural element.  They were an effective tool to address climate issues, as well as the best suited solution for privacy in royal households. They were carved in intricate geometric patterns to elaborate plant motif patterns & have been used extensively in all historical forts, palaces, mosques and havelis. Jalis over the years have seen a transformation…

  • Architectural Marvels,  Heritage,  Places

    Virasat-e-Khalsa

    Virasat-e-Khalsa Virasat means Legacy & Khalsa stands for the Pure Sikh. As I sit down to write this, a numerous thoughts cross my mind. There is so much to share about  this museum. It is a first of its kind multimedia experience which has attracted over ten million tourists over a span of five years. Visit to the museum is a world class experience. It is a creation where history, technology and aesthetics are crafted together into an Architectural Masterpiece. Mystical ….. As you enter the museum complex,the magnificent architecture welcomes you with its mystical charm. The structure stands majestically gleaming and the walls boasting of the rich history they adorn…

  • Heritage,  Places,  Travel

    Duty Beyond Death……

    Baba Harbhajan Mandir located at Nathula , Sikkim is a shrine which leaves you spellbound!! Amazing story of Baba Harbhajan Singh – the Hero of the Nathu-La pass (India-China border). He was an Indian army sepoy who died on duty in the year 1968. It is believed that his body left the world but his soul is still on active duty. He slipped and drowned in a glacier near the Nathu-La Pass in Eastern Sikkim while trying to send supplies to a remote post on mules. It is said he himself helped the Indian army locate his body after three days of his death. And few days later, through a…

  • Decor,  Heritage,  Places

    Surajkund : A unique celebration of Art,Decor & Culture

    A glimpse of an Indian fantasy land of art, decor & culture which carries and captivates you into a mesmerizing world of grandeur of heritage art and traditional culture. Surajkund Mela, an initiative of Haryana Tourism, held every year in the month of February at Surajkund, Faridabad is a unique celebration of art, craft, decor, food & culture. A splendid colourful treat where more than 20 foreign countries including  SAARC nations and all states and UTs of India come together to display their diverse handicraft and culture. Different artists and craftsmen showcase their skill and creativity through this colourful bonanza. History…. Surajkund Mela was started way back in 1987 and it derives it’s…

  • Architectural Marvels,  Heritage,  Places,  Travel

    Adalaj Stepwell & the Tale behind it…….

    The Adalaj Stepwell or ‘vav‘ in the Adalaj village near Gandhinagar, Gujarat, is an architectural marvel as much as is the legendary story attached to it. History….. Started by Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela Dynasty in 1498 and completed by Muslim ruler Mehmud Begada, this structure is a fine example of Indo Islamic Architecture and Saga of the dignity possessed by the queen of the era. The vav (stepwell or also known as Baoli in Rajasthan) is said to have served as a common place for socialising among people for many ages . Womenfolk from neighbouring villages socialised here and even worshipped the Hindu deities sculpted on the walls.…

  • Architectural Marvels,  Heritage,  MUSEUM,  Travel

    Cellular Jail ………..LEST WE FORGET!

     LEST WE FORGET………..the Sacrifice, the Endurance, the Architecture Uploading full text of my write up on Cellular Jail, Port Blair, which has been awarded a  ‘CERTIFICATE of APPRECIATION’ in Architectural Journalism Competition and also finds a mention in World Architecture Community. A sneak peek into the architecture of CELLULAR JAIL……. Architecture is not just a structure of bricks and cement but is like a piece of music that influences emotions, conveys feelings, creates an atmosphere where either we flow with its rhythm of being exceptionally beautiful or get perplexed with it being exceptionally arrhythmic. Architecture is associative with the emotional character it conveys. Buildings trigger our emotions and envelop us in…