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…

An Adventurous Rickshaw ride to Ajmer Dargah

On our 3 day backpacking trip to Jaipur, we decided to quickly cover Ajmer Dargah. One, it is extremely popular; two, we could see a new city; three, I had never been to a Dargah before. I will keep my spiritual experience of stepping inside a Dargah for another day. For now, I have a…

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…