Offbeat Goa: Reis Magos Fort – Restored to Charm

Restored in June 2012, the Reis Magos fort was originally built in 1497 by Adil Shah of Bijapur as an armed outpost. It was captured by the Portuguese and rebuilt on a larger scale in 1543. In 1739, the Maratha’s conquered Bardez province which housed the fort. By the 1900’s the fort was no more…

Karla Caves, Lonavla – Architecture and Blind Faith Sightings

I have visited Lonavla a couple of times before, and hence, had already seen popular tourist spots like Bhushi Dam and Tigers Point. In the quest to explore something new, this trip covered the Karla Caves. Karla Caves Background: The Karla caves in Lonavla are rock-cut monuments from the Buddhist era dating two thousand years…

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara – Of Royals and Royalty

The last time I visited a royal palace was the Buckingham palace in the summer of 2010. Cut to present, in my road trip to Gujarat, I saw the magnificent Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara, which (might I say) is as much royal as the Buckingham Palace in London. Background: The Laxmi Vilas Palace is…

Global Vipassana Pagoda – Meditation for Mumbai

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is an angelic structure constructed as a dedication to Buddha, his teachings and the monks who practice the Vipassana (meditation). It is a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar which is claimed to be the oldest pagoda in the world. After a planning of 3 years, the construction of the…