Qolşärif Mosque at dusk

Qolşärif Mosque, Kazan, Russia

It’s only when we reached the city of Kazan, our second stop on the Trans Siberian journey, that we were reminded of the Asia in Russia.

Sunsets around India — And some photos of dusk too

Sunset at Dona Paula, Goa

Travelling around India over the past few years, gave me the opportunity to witness a ton of sunsets. A bunch of sunrises too, but then you know how lazy I could get sometimes, especially when I have to wake up early in the morning. I’ve wintnessed sunsets at Jammu & Kashmir, Kanyakumari, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa. That basically takes care of North, South, East and West. Okay, maybe I need to witness a sunset at Gujarat, then I would be able to tick off the Extreme West. Bottom line is, I’ve seen a ton of sunsets, and I’ve put them all here for your viewing pleasure, in no particular order, with a short snippet of each evening.

Bara Gumbad

Bara Gumbad

Bara Gumbad, the 520-year old, three-domed mosque is a revelation of the elegance of Mughal architecture with its intricate Arabic engravings and beautiful floral and geometric motifs.

On a beautiful spring afternoon, it was a delight to explore this structure at the lovely Lodhi Gardens.

Panchakki — A 17th century water mill!


We had read about a fascinating spot called the Panchakki (Water Mill), which apparently, as its name suggests, is an ingenious structure dating back to the 17th century that uses the energy of water to grind wheat to flour! Curious enough to see how it works, we walked around 2 kilometres from our lodging, which was very close to the state transport bus stand, to get to this place.