I have passed the Harrapan age rather civilization (4000 years old) sites and museum in Sanghol unnoticed so many times that I was surprised to discover them while goggling for something. They are on the highway. I could not believe that they were so close, and on my route to village. A route which I take twice a year as if it is a pilgrimage. Once while going to my village on bike last year, I saw a yellow 4×3 feet board right next to road – Ancient Buddhist monastery 1st – 2nd Century AD. Since I was driving fast and there was rush on the road, I could not and did not stop. I had just seen the board, not the name of the place or road sign – Sanghol. (more…)
Chandigarh City, city beautiful, is a small city in North India, hub of upper north India and gateway to hills. It is still a small city for India with population of over 1mn. Chandigarh City may not offer a cosmopolitan life of big and global cities, avenues to nurture and develop your artistic side, but is one of the most comfortable to live in as a resident more importantly, it has enough to appreciate nature, and practice the artist in you. (more…)
Rock Garden has always been a prime attraction of and for Chandigarh. And why not? Where will you find statues, sculptures, art, and creativity spread over 40 acres made purely from discarded and waste materials such as bone china crockery, ceramics, floor tiles, broken glass bangles, earthen pots, electrical sockets, waste gravel, and more. Nowhere else in the world this type of work exists at this scale. (more…)
Every thought how much do you know about your city? Are you well aware of your city as its resident? Or you actually know the city well? Been a tourist in Chandigarh? Before moving out of my hometown for studies and work, I spent first 21 years of my life in Chandigarh. Then I thought I knew everything about it. What was there to know? Handful of cinema halls which were running since decades. One posh market place, one less posh, and two bargain markets. Plus few standard eating places which would close down by 11PM. (more…)
I have been travelling for some time, initially, within my province of Punjab, India, then road trip in the northern plains, and then South East Asia. But this is not how / when I started travelling. Prior to this, ignoring my business travel, my travel as a kid was negligible limited to my village, and couple of other towns. This actually became sort of a ritual every year. Summer vacations one trip and winter vacations another to another place. Travels started for me when I was told to spend 15 – 20 days on road in a month. 25 if required.
Less than 85km north of Chandigarh, it is a detour of ~35km on way to Amritsar. Anandpur Sahib is a small town but one of the most sacred towns for Sikhs, closely linked with Sikh history and Gurus. It is also known as City of Bliss. One should go here for two things – pay your respects at the gurdwara and visit the newly built Virasat e Khalsa – Heritage of Sikhs Museum. It is a museum on Sikh history, built to celebrate 500 years of Sikhism / Sikh History. The history has been told in pictorial form with audio guide providing the background and connecting details of the artwork. (more…)