Category Archives: India

One Last Stop in Delhi

By | 18th March 2018

After dropping our bags and passing through security, we were waiting in the departure hall of Goa Airport with what must have been several hundred other passengers. As I surveyed the space, I counted no less than thirteen different shops, only two of which had customers, and both of those were food outlets selling microwave-heated… Read More »

Agra and the Taj

By | 5th March 2018

The Taj Mahal is a white-marble mausoleum located in the city of Agra, about 200 kilometres south of Delhi. It was commissioned in 1631 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved and favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal who died while giving birth to their 14th child. When Shah Jahan died more than thirty… Read More »

The Art of Making and Mending in India

By | 2nd March 2018

One of the things I love about India is how, in the midst of the colour and chaos of daily life, functionality, craft and beauty hold a prime place. The values of re-use, recycle and repair are woven in to the cultural fabric and it’s an aspect of the country that I actively look forward… Read More »

Sarnath near Varanasi

By | 28th February 2018

At the Kautilya Society Guest House in Varanasi, we met two young Indian students who were doing some work at Banaras Hindu University (BHU). We chatted with them over breakfast and lunch and were delighted we could finally have a conversation with some locals who didn’t have ‘making a sale’ as their main agenda for… Read More »

Shiva Temple, Varanasi

By | 27th February 2018

Most visitors to Varanasi, whether they are religious pilgrims or mourners cremating their dead, will make a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – the focal point of Shiva worship in the city and one of the most important Shiva temples in all of India. Vishwanath is one of twelve so-called Jyotirlinga sites. The Jyotirlinga,… Read More »

Varanasi Ghats

By | 26th February 2018

After three nights in Assi Ghat we decided to move further north to a guest house behind the Brijrama Palace Hotel near Darbhanga Ghat. The new location would allow us to be closer to two important Hindu sites in Varanasi – Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of India’s most famous Shiva temples and Manikarnika Ghat, the… Read More »

Arrival in Varanasi

By | 24th February 2018

The city of Varanasi has been a cultural centre of northern India for several thousand years and is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Situated on the sacred river Ganges and located more than two hundred kilometres west of Gaya, Varanasi is a major religious pilgrimage site in India. In Hinduism… Read More »