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Varanasi also Benares, Banaras or Kashi, is a city on the banks of the Ganges (Ganga) in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kilometres southeast of the state capital, Lucknow. It is holiest of the seven sacred cities (SaptaPuri) in Hinduism and Jainism. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India.
The name Vārāņasi possibly originates from the names of the two rivers: Varuna, still flowing in Varanasi, and Asi, a small stream near AssiGhat. Its sights, sounds, colors absorb everyone in its endlessly fascinating spectacle of ritual activity.
The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post-independence in 1947 and was known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The master plan of the city was prepared by Le Corbusier. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, modern Chandigarh was in the ancient past, a wide lake ringed by a marsh. The city must be visited for its natural and architectural beauty.
Starting from Mumbai trains to buses to road, everything is crowded! No matter what time is it, you ll see this city always on it's toes. Trains will be filled, roads will be jammed. Irritated much? that's the outer picture. Come, step inside, and you shall see peace. After hectic day at work, you' ll find people sitting by the bay sipping cutting(Bombay Tea).
Bombay Tripping is totally worth it!
I interpreted the idea of a creative and curious place to recount some childhood memories!
The house where I grew up in Vellore - a town in Tamil Nadu in south India - nurtured my lifelong dabbling in creativity and made me who I am today. Thank you home! I'll be forever grateful :)
This map/illustration will take you to all the exciting places & curious experiences of Mumbai, like wading through the crowds for the local train, VadaPav stalls (street food), Victoria Chariot rides with the "Taj"as the backdrop, cycling escapades to south Mumbai-admiring the Victorian architecture around, sunset at marine drive after a heavy unlimited salad meal at Candies. Going to Liberty theater just to see the "Art Deco" interiors instead of a film. Ogling at our favorite band at blue frog, but the best memory was watching the mono rail test runs from our house balcony, topping it with a house party. Mumbai is truly the city that throbs with mayhem & pulsates with energy.
This Map/illustration highlights the cultural art & crafts, from Kutch (the village) to Bhuj (the city). Kutch is a spot of colour in the vast dessert. The scattered mud houses (Bhunga) is a treasure trove inside, with its shimmering mud & mirror art, hand crafted colourful rugs & the hospitable inhabitants. The funky mud walls, colourful kite/fabric ceiling at Shaam-e-Sarhad resort & the moon rise at the white salt dessert are not to be missed. The old palace ruins in Bhuj is an architectural treat. Lastly the Hunnarshala (NGO- involved low cost housing techniques after the earth quake) with its beautiful braided thatched roof and mud houses are an inspiration.
A map illustrating “the mysterious Auroville”, with its curious sights & unique architecture, unlike any other place in India. Sights- The Matri Mandir (temple) blazing like the summer sun with its gleaming energy falling upon the distant mediators under the great banyan tree. The offbeat path from the youth centre, surrounded by fallen cyclone trees leading to the raw tree houses with the hippie love car road divider. Curious architecture- space ship Auro Model houses, Roger Anger's abandoned school, the art school. Memories- fish pedicure at Verite, Sleeping at the open roofed hut at Reve under the stars & constantly loosing my way along the winding mud roads at night.
This is a map through memory lane, illustrating the most prominent sights & experiences between work - (Panjim- Goa), home (Porvorim) & travel (old Goa Churches, lazy beaches & Aguada fort). The best memories include long scooter rides by the Vagator beach road, after office gossip session at the Panjim river front, my Porvorim house, a sanctuary for insects in the monsoons, where my room-mate's doted over our little rescued cat Mimi and the most mysterious of all the "River Princess" ship wreck at the Candolim beach (2000-2013). The colour full buildings & the white Panjim church will forever live in my mind.
My Illustrative map is based on "The City of Joy- Kolkata". This historic city is famous for its colonial architecture, culture, food and its spirit. There is so much to see and explore! And I am fortunate to call Kolkata/Calcuttta my home.
Only 28 kms from a busy city of Satara is Thoseghar waterfall.It is a nice place to go in the rainy season. Its a one day trip... On the way, you get to see, hundreds of windmills, every shade of green, clouds touching the hill tops and the valleys seem to be overflowing with soft and fluffy 'cotton!' Till the time you absorb the beautiful landscapes around, the rushing waterfall sound will guide you itself , if you are lucky enough you might get to see a rainbow too !! :)
I have made this map of my favourite places for trekking, rock-climbing, bouldering and scrambling which are not on the must to do list, I hope you will accept it. The reason I am doing this is to create some awareness for preserving these magnificent rock formations.
It is where the mornings, filled with chants of 'Om mani padme hum", bring peace to your soul, making you feel more alive than you ever felt. It is the land of beautiful monasteries and beautiful people. And it is a place where you just cannot click a bad photograph! This is Ladakh - a jewel in the crown of India.