Travel and Tourism

Sun, stone and water: Rajon ki baoli, Mehrauli
A hidden subterranean treasure in the wilderness of Mehrauli Archaeological Park, this 'baoli' showcases a stone structure built for water; cool & serene under the hot Delhi sun. Posted on 07 Dec, 2015 09:22 AM

'Rajon ki baoli' also known as 'Rajon-ki-bain

Rajon ki baoil' in Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi (Source: IWP)
Step back in time into 'Ugrasen ki baoli'
Hidden amidst the crushing madness of Delhi's life, this stepwell offers a glimpse of a monument centred around water which is both fascinating and 'past' functional. Posted on 12 Oct, 2015 08:28 AM

Tucked away in a quiet by-lane of Delhi's busiest commercial centre Connaught Place, Agrasen or Ugrasen ki baoli waits imperially for a lost traveller to reach its steps.Called 

The old and the new: Ugrasen 'baoli' against the backdrop of Delhi.
Water treated royally in Mandu's Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace)
It was not enough for the Mughals to just harvest rainwater but the structure needed to form a lilting backdrop to life in their palaces as exemplified by the Jahaz Mahal. What can we learn from it? Posted on 12 Aug, 2015 07:56 PM

Ghiyas-ud-din-khilji is a man about whom history is confused. Contemporary records speak of 'a lover of peace, particular in his daily prayers'.

An intricate set of curlicues set in the floor leads rainwater from the roofs to a tank in Jahaz Mahal, Mandu
Enter ‘leg first’ in water-bound Kangra Fort
Also known as Nagarkot and Kot Kangra, this fort in Himachal Pradesh barely survived the deadly earthquake of 1905. It's broken stones still whisper stories of its water-rich heritage. Posted on 25 Jun, 2015 11:41 AM

"Kangra Fort was so well guarded that it was safer to enter ‘leg first’", says the present scion of the erstwhile Katoch family ( Kat means sword,

Ruins of the Kangra fort whisper the story of a bygone era
Hidden waters in Panhalgarh Fort
Have a glimpse at how water, food and natural defense were an integral part of this fort built in the Sahyadri mountains, northwest of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Posted on 13 Apr, 2015 01:04 PM

Chhatrapati Shivaji was the brave warrior king whose name is still synonymous with Maharashtra. A military genius par excellence, he launched guerrilla warfare (ambushes, surprise raids, and hit & run tactics) against the numerically superior but inert, traditional Mughal forces.

Stone arches hide a 'bavdi' in Panhalgarh Fort
The big, blue spot in India's 'Golden City'
Ghadsisar pond in Jaisalmer holds many tales of dedication and love from an era gone by. It also symbolises how water was valued over caste and class. Posted on 12 Apr, 2015 08:04 PM

Western Rajasthan is dotted by thousands of ponds, many of which are architectural wonders. Among these, Gadsisar (also called Gadisar) stands out. Besides its unparalleled expanse and architecture, the pond narrates tales of sacrifice, dedication and ingenuity but more importantly, it upholds water as being superior to any class and caste divide.

A view of the Ghadsisar
Golden city around the pond
Amritsar is as famous for the 'sarovar' surrounding the Golden Temple as it is for the Harmandir Sahib itself but how much do you know about this water body, which has a capacity of 31,000 gallons? Posted on 29 Mar, 2015 09:02 PM

Vibrant colourful clothes, spicy Punjabi food, a cacophany of sounds from the streets and then, serenity inside the Harmandir Sahib complex. Amritsar, a city of contrasts, and one that tests the senses constantly, is home to the holiest shrine of the Sikhs popularly known as the Golden Temple.

A devotee takes a dip in the holy sarovar
Get drenched in the Himalayas!
Bhagsunag Falls in McLeod Ganj, Sahastradhara in Dehradun, and Kempty Falls near Mussoorie have long histories. We give you the the full lowdown, tips on what to do and how to get there. Posted on 05 Mar, 2015 12:32 PM

Culture, recreation, and geology are some of the reasons people cite for visiting the Himalayas. You can literally get drenched in these topics in some of the waterfalls that the Northern Himalayas are home to. Read on to get the full scoop on places you can (and should!) visit. For the geeks among you, we have also explored a bit of the history and science behind it.

Bhagsunag in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala