India

Ruins of Vasai Fort

Vasai Fort is a large fort overlooking Bassein Creek. It is also known as Bassein Fort and has a lot of history behind it. The fort is spread over 110 acres. The ramparts are in reasonably good condition. We can climb up the fort walls via staircases. Some old cannons can also be seen. There is a small Hanuman Temple, probably dating back to the times of Chimaji Appa, the Maratha general. The fort is being looked after by Archeological Survey of India.

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Ruins of an Ancient Church

Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal

I was struck by the beauty of Taj Mahal. The large marble dome on top is flanked by two small domes. There are two minarets on either side. The openings on the walls are also symmetric. It is just wonderful.

Soochippara Falls in Kerala – Needle Rock

Soochippara Falls is in a beautiful location, in the middle of a dense green forest at Vellarimala in Wayanad. The drive from Kalpetta is scenic. We passed beautiful tea gardens with manicured bushes which stand on the slopes of small hills. The hills seemed to stretch endlessly. If you are travelling in the mornings, you are will come across female workers plucking tea leaves from the bushes. Travellers may know that Kerala is one among 50 Places of a Lifetime as rated by National Geographic.

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Road to Kalpetta

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary was a unique experience. It is on the Kozhikode – Mysore highway, an hour’s drive from Kalpetta (36 km). The sanctuary is open from 7 to 10 in the morning and 3 to 5 in the evenings. We started early morning from Kalpetta so that we could get in when the gates opened. The roads are good and there was little traffic at that time.

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Elephant