Category: Historical Buildings

Sikkim….Rumtek Monastery

Continuing with my Sikkim journey: No trip to Sikkim is complete without visiting Buddhist Monastries, there are supposedly 200 of them, enveloping the state in an aura of mysticism and religiosity. The vibrant, aesthetically crafted Tibetan-Buddhist Rumtek Monastery is on our map of architectural wonders of Sikkim. Rumtek, nestled on the hills opposite Gangtok, stands…

Sikkim…. Nature’s Blockbuster

Sweet dreams are made of thisWho am I to disagree?I’ve traveled the world and the seven seasEverybody’s lookin’ for something. (Eurythmics..1983) Smile of Nature: Sometimes life takes you on unexpected paths, to destinations that serendipitously pop up when least expected. One such place was Sikkim, a state that somehow remained out of ambit for far…

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,…

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…