Category: Historical Buildings

Forbidden City…chasing dreams

2020..the year that is/was .. the transformational catalyst of our lives. Shining through the continuous pandemic haze are two milestones (for me)…first the 50th National Day celebrations of Sultanate of Oman and second the 600 th year of an architectural marvel The Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Oman holds a special place in my life,…

Sikkim Odyssey….Rumtek Monastery

Lockdown re-posting of a breathtakingly panoromic journey to Sikkim in May 2017. Facebook has the uncanny knack of reviving memories of places one can visit multiple times, virtually. The 45 minute drive from Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, to Rumtek Monastery, 4900 ft above sea level and 24 km from Gangtok, is a natural delight of lush…

Beijing- A Contrasting Bouquet of Largeness

A re-visit or virtual travel after gap of eleven years (2009) and Beijing, like rest of China, still remains an enigma. Its latest product, Covid-19 or Corona virus, lives up to the ‘humongous’ attitude of the country…..expandable enterprise. As we, all over the world, battle with inevitable lockdowns, a virtual visit brings back memories of…

Vintage luxury…..

Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton, Alberta, Canada.     (Norm’s Thursday Challenge Doors) Perched on a bluff, glowering down on Northern Waterton Lake and Village, the Prince of Wales Hotel is vintage luxury. Constructed in  1927 by the Great Northern Railway of Unites States to lure American tourists during the American prohibition era, it is…