Solivagant Flâneur

Explorations of a City Dweller

Posted on: April 1, 2018 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 3

Chowmahalla Palace of Hyderabad

When one talks about the places of interest in Hyderabad, not many think beyond the charming Charminar and the grand Golconda fort, but there is one gem in the city representative of a past that the Charminar and Golconda Fort do not represent. It’s the Chowmahalla Palace of the Nizams of Hyderabad, or the Asaf Jahi dynasty.

Posted on: March 2, 2018 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

Inside India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City: Ahmedabad – Pols

The 600 year old walled city of Ahmedabad on the eastern banks of the river Sabarmati became India’s first UNESCO world heritage city in July 2017. I took an independent morning walk exploring the sites that gave the city this prestigious tag. Here’s part 2 of the 2 part series: Inside Ahmedabad.

Posted on: November 25, 2017 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

Beatles Ashram Rishikesh – A Photoessay

In 1968, The Beatles at the peak of their fandom visited Rishikesh to soak in the spirituality the town had to offer under the guidance of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi. Since then Rishikesh has prominently gained its place on the backpacker map of the world.
Here’s taking a look at the Ashram where they stayed…

Posted on: November 5, 2017 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

Diwali in Dalhousie

Diwali; what comes into my head when I hear this word? Pollution, Smoke, Firecrackers and the resulting cacophony. The very reasons I avoid this festival by miles. And all of it is exacerbated in Delhi, hence, this Diwali I absconded more than 350 miles to Dalhousie. Here’s what it had in store for me…

Posted on: September 16, 2017 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

Delhi’s forgotten Empress

If you were one of the Muslim rulers of India, how would you expect yourself to be buried? In some grand mausoleum erected by your subjects at a serene place on the outskirts of the town? Probably yes, since that’s where most of the emperors who ruled over vast swathes …

Posted on: September 10, 2017 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 4

Backpacker’s Guide to Rishikesh

One of the reasons I absolutely love living in Delhi is the sheer number of getaways it has to offer. You have the lush Himalayas, lustrous Punjab, cultural Rajasthan and the historical Uttar Pradesh as your playground. Since I’ve moved here now from Bombay, I try to get out of …

Posted on: May 30, 2017 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

A Summer in Kasol

After a hiatus of more that 3 years I got the time to resume my travels, and I started it off by spending a couple of weeks in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh to relax. Here are my experiences.

Posted on: May 18, 2014 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

Mesmerizing Fort Cochin

Portuguese, Jewish, Dutch, British, and of course, the indigenous people. This little island of Fort Cochin off the coast of Kerala has seen them all. Come, take a look at the rich history of the island.

Posted on: April 6, 2014 Posted by: Kunal Comments: 0

Backpacking Through North India-4: Delhi

After Attari, Amritsar and McLeodGanj, it was time to head back to Bangalore, Delhi was supposed to be the transit point but I decided that as I was going to be in Delhi, why not stay there a day more and visit couple of historical places from the Mughal era …