On a brief trip, I visited the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur, the lands of forts and palaces. Jaipur is the gateway to India’s largest state, Rajasthan located in the north west of the Indian subcontinent and is an overflowing melting pot of a myriad of colours, palaces that can tell tales from yonder by presenting itself in stories of friendship, of betrayal, of love and wealth steeped in rich history. Udaipur is tucked away a further 400 kms inwards tells us of wars, some of which have changed the course of India’s rich history.
After my recent trip to heritage rich Kathmandu, I was reminded of a fascinating destination just 50 kms from where I stay, no less a UNESCO world heritage site, in the city of Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram. Kanchipuram itself is by far one of the most culturally richest districts in the world and holds high religious significance to the Hindus. In this part of India, temples adorn every town and district and Kanchipuram houses over a hundred ancient temples, many of which still active today.