Author: Arman Khan

The cry of the samosa sellers outside Rajghat, the northernmost ghat along the Ganga, is drowned by children playing hopscotch, the moment I step out of the car. Barely a stone’s throw away, the double-decker Malviya Bridge spans the holy river, the only visibly metallic structure that cuts across the wide riverscape. “During full moon nights, it shines like Shiva’s Trishul,” the driver says while escorting us to the boat that would ferry us to BrijRama Palace. “In many ways, it ties the soul of Benaras together.” It is hard to square this visual against the sun beating mercilessly on…

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Posted ON February 7, 2022 Chhattisgarh’s common perception is largely myopic, often riddled with stereotypes of the primitive and the extreme. When I visited the state on an invitation from the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board in October, I harboured no expectations. After four days of traversing its roads, bookended by serene hill ranges and markets, not only was I bowled over by the land’s cultural expanse, but also by the humility of its people, which only reinforced the unquantifiable joys of travel.   Food Fiesta Getting to Chhattisgarh is relatively convenient. The Swami Vivekananda International Airport in Raipur—the state capital—connects most…

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