Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

(Writer's Note: With so many bloggers writing about the tulips and other floral displays, it was inspiration enough to pen down my experiences of the visit to this absolutely magnificent Keukenhof gardens, albeit it was a few years ago.) A holiday in the beautiful country of Netherlands should ideally be undertaken in the month of … Continue reading Catching the Tulip Mania at Keukenhof Gardens ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Malkhed – a Rustic Getaway from Mumbai/Pune ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A three and a half-hour drive from Mumbai brought us to this little hamlet called Malkhed. This village is located in the Haveli Tehsil of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. Situated 170 kilometres from Mumbai and about 17 kilometres from Pune, Malkhed village is also a gram panchayat. This village is not to be confused … Continue reading Malkhed – a Rustic Getaway from Mumbai/Pune ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Guest Blog: Gangaur – an invocation to Goddess Parvati

Written by: Mrs. Ila Pachauri Editing: Sangeeta Venkatesh (Note from Sojourn with San : On April 4th, 2022, the colourful state of Rajasthan celebrated the festival of Gangaur Teej.  On this auspicious day, Goddess Gauri, believed to be the wife of Lord Shiva, is worshipped with great devotion. The day is celebrated to welcome the season … Continue reading Guest Blog: Gangaur – an invocation to Goddess Parvati

Sri Kalahasteeswara – The Dakshina Kailasam ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

A Pancha Bhoota Sthana, a Shakti Peetham & Rahu-Ketu Kshetra 13th February 2022 What a legacy, our ancients have left behind for us in India. With every visit to a new spot or a temple, it is thrilling to peel the layers, and discover the mysteries and truth of the cosmos and the universe. I … Continue reading Sri Kalahasteeswara – The Dakshina Kailasam ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

After being pretty much indoors because of the third wave, it felt was a good time to go back to another part of my roots last evening. You may have read my previous blog on Gorur and Kittane, where my ancestors migrated from Tamil Nadu. Centuries later many families migrated to Bangalore in search of … Continue reading Temples of Bangalore – All about Malleshwaram

Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Returning to your roots is always an emotional journey. That is why this last article of 2021 is special to me. I hope you – my dear readers - will find it interesting too. Towards the end of May 2020, I lost my father and was a day late for the last rites, as flights … Continue reading Visiting my roots: Gorur and Kittane ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

Note to my International Readers: The following article may seem a little complicated, but it has been my endevour to simplify and present the essence of various facets of India, it’s culture and traditions. Also, I am delighted to co-author this piece with Sujatha Ravi, my guest writer from Chennai, who has explained the various … Continue reading Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

Timeless Ayodhya – Published Article in Deccan Herald (Sunday Edition)

I am pleased to share that on occasion of Diwali my travel article on Ayodhya appeared in the Sunday Edition of the National newspaper Deccan Herald. Here is the link to the digital version. https://www.deccanherald.com/sunday-herald/sh-top-stories/timeless-ayodhya-1047305.html A longer version was published on this blog here. This has several pictures as well as a detailed itinerary.

Counting the Shivalingas at the Koti Lingeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

By the time we finished the trek at Avani Betta, it was lunch time and we found a nice place enroute to spread our picnic hamper. Rest assured, we used all reusables and packed up everything, leaving no trash behind. After lunch it was a good 40-minute ride to a village called Kammasandra to visit … Continue reading Counting the Shivalingas at the Koti Lingeshwara Temple ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

The Avani Betta trek- Birthplace of Lava and Kusha ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

After you are done visiting the Ramalingeshwara temple, you cannot miss the trek to Avani Betta. It is an easy trek- one that I could easily do in a saree!! You can park the car on the road where you begin the trek. Just before the trek, there is a more recent temple in granite … Continue reading The Avani Betta trek- Birthplace of Lava and Kusha ©Sangeeta Venkatesh