Silathoranam , Tirumala

Sila Thoranam literally means ‘garland or festoon of rocks’. It is a natural stone arch which was found by archeologists excavating a geological fault in the area. Located just around 1.5 km from the Venkateswara temple, this arch is naturally compared to the divine serpent Adishesha. However, the arch is much more interesting than the legends…

Mantralayam, Kurnool

The town of Mantralayam is located on the banks of Tungabhadra River in Kurnool District, along with the border of the neighbouring state of Karnataka. The town is popular for the Samadhi of Saint Raghavendra Teertha and is a highly sought-after religious destination by devotees of Lord Vishnu. The followers of the saint believe that…

Dalhousie

The hill station of Dalhousie is full of old world charm and holds lingering echoes of the Raj.: It covers an area of about 15 sq. km and is built over five hills (Kathlog, Potreyn, Tehra, Bakrota and Balun). The town is named after the British Governor General of the 19th century, Lord Dalhousie. The…

Khajjiar – Mini Switzerland of India

Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. It has a circumference of about 5 km. Along with its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods Dalhousie to Khajjiar Road 24kms from Dalhousie is Khajjiar…

Amritsar – Beyond Golden Temple

Amritsar has made a huge contribution to Indian history and is the holiest hub for Sikhs. The name of the city, which means the pool of nectar, is derived from the pool that surrounds the Golden Temple. Amritsar, known as “Ramdaspur” earlier, is a home to the holy Harmandir Sahib commonly known as Golden Temple, the spiritual and cultural center…

Golden Temple – Harmandir Sahib

One is engulfed in sanctity as soon as one enters the Golden temple. The Golden Temple of Amritsar (Sri Harmandir Sahib) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of caste, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfillment without any…

Atari – Wahgah Border

Also known as Gurmukhi, this is a village and also the border where India and Pakistan was once divided to become two different countries. On this side of the border, the region is more popularly known as Attari and falls in Amritsar. On the other side, it falls in the Lahore city of Punjab of…

Discover Hyderabad- Public Gardens (Part 9)

1. State Legislative Assembly 2. Jubilee Hall Located in the Bagh-e-Aam (Public Gardens) on the Nampally Road, Hyderabad, the Jubilee Hall was constructed in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of the Nizam VII, Mir Osman Ali Khan’s coronation. It is an example of ‘Qutub Shahi revival’ architecture at its zenith, also known as Osmanian style….

Discover Hyderabad – Moazzam Jahi Market (Part 8)

It was constructed in 1935 during the reign of the last Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan. It was named after his second son Moazzam Jah. Jambagh flower market was a part of the market. The fruit market was shifted to Kothapet Fruit Market in 1980s The M.J. market, spread over 1.77 acres is home to…

Alampur- Nava Bhramma temples

Alampur in Mahabubnagar Dist is an ancient temple town on the banks of the Tunghbhadra. It has one of the oldest temples in this part of the country and an architectural marvel steeped in History. Alampur is the meeting point of the sacred rivers Tungabhadra and Krishna and is referred to as Dakshina Kashi(also known…