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…

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…

Gilbert Hill – To see or not to see

Located in the suburbs of Mumbai is a 65 million year old monolith monument called Gilbert Hill. Background: Gilbert Hill is as old as ‘The Age of the Reptiles’ dating 65 million years. It is made up of black basalt rock columns that were a result of molten lava that got squeezed from the Earth’s…