Travel Opus to India

The blogging of INDIVUE started from India in 2005 and by the year 2015 a huge amount of Indian sights has been blogged and vlogged, according to European standards.

All the articles below are related to India, Indian cities and Indian sights, etc. Also travel tips and over 500 other blog- and vlog articles about India and Indian culture. Written, photographed and published in INDIVUEs Finnish and English websites during the past 13 years.

Travel Opus to India keeps updating travel experiences and articles regularly – so welcome to read Indivue! You can subscribe this blog and follow Indivue also in social media!

Indian states (in alphabetical order; updated in 12/2018)

Indian territories (in alphabetical order; updated in 12/2018)

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Chandigarh
  • Dadra and Nagar Haveli
  • Daman and Diu
  • Delhi
  • Laksahdweep
  • Puducherry

Indian capitals (in alphabetical order; updated in 12/2018)

  • Aizawl (Mizoram)
  • Agartala (Tripura)
  • Atal Nagar (Chhattisgarh)
  • Bangalore (Karnataka)
  • Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Bhubaneswar (Odisha)
  • Chandigarh (Punjab + Chandigarh)
  • Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  • Daman (Daman and Diu)
  • Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
  • Dispur (Assam)
  • Chandigarh (Haryana)
  • Gandhinagar (Gujarat)
  • Gangtok (Sikkim)
  • Hyderabad (Andra Pradesh + Telangana)
  • Imphal (Manipur)
  • Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  • Kavaratti (Lakshadweep)
  • Kohima (Nagaland)
  • Kolkata (West Bengal)
  • Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Mumbai (Maharasthra)
  • New Delhi (Delhi)
  • Panaji (Goa)
  • Patna (Bihar)
  • Pondicherry (Puducherry)
  • Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)
  • Ranchi (Jharkhand)
  • Shillong (Meghalaya)
  • Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
  • Silvassa (Dadra and Nagar Haveli)
  • Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir)
  • Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)

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Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, and 5 reasons to see it


Shore Temple is located by the sea in the East Coast of India and it is said to have been built in 700 – 728 AD. Here’s 5 reasons why you should go and see this Hindu temple by the Bay of Bengal. It has survived over 2500 years by the sea and even a tsunami –

5 reasons to see the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

  1. Shore Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. 
  2. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples of South India.
  3. Shore Temple is beautiful and impressive to look and experience at.
  4. Shore Temple is located by the Bay of Bengal, so you get to see the East Coast of India at the same time.
  5. Mahabalipuram Dance Festival is held by this site, to celebrate traditional Indian dance.

The photographs from Mahabalipuram show you the clear blue sky on a typical hot and sunny day in Tamil Nadu. There’s a green nature surrounding the Shore Temples.

In addition to lions and Nandi, many Gods and Goddesses were also carved in the temple stones. See the images attached –

Shore Temple, a World Heritage Monument
Wall of the Shore Temple
Images of Gods carved in stone inside the Shore Temple
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India
Top of the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, India

See also this Indivue short video about this over 2500 year old Indian temple and its surroundings.

Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

After watching the Indivue shortvideo about the Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, see the nearby city Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Other famous places in Tamil Nadu, in addition to Chennai and Mahabalipuram, are Puducherry and Auroville, for example.

Read also about the other places in India which Indivue visited and photographed. And subscribe for the new updates to come!

More details of the Shore temple can be found from the Incredible India website link attached.

5 reasons to visit the amazing Gokarn in India

Sunset and horizon in Gokarn, India

Gokarn, also written as Gokarna, is a small village in the West coast of India, in the state of Karnataka, which is a neighboring state to Goa. Gokarn is located some 145km towards South from Goa, and it is a religiously significant place for Hindus, which is why it is very common to see there pilgrims dressed in black.

You can reach Gokarn easily by train, bus or car, from Goa, but of all these 3 the busride will most likely consume most of your energy, though nothing beats the warm wind blowing through the bus windows during sunset time.

Here’s 5 reasons to visit Gokarn –

1. If you are hippy minded missing the good old days of Goa, you can get some of those hippy vibes back from Kudley Beach, Om-beach and especially Paradise Beach in Gokarn. Paradise Beach you can reach by boat and sleep overnight there in some very simple huts by the sea. Sunbathing also allowed.

2. Sunsets by the sea in Gokarn have been a way more beautiful than in many other places in India. One of the best places to enjoy sunset in Gokarn is on top of the hill between Kudley Beach and Gokarn Beach. The wind is very smooth. Just remember to return to the village before it gets too dark.

3. Gokarn will show you the real beautiful India, which is not too modern. It will also show you some incredible things as well, like a man and a woman walking on the same street without a shirt and without any problem from other people. See the attached photo if you don’t believe it.

4. The small streets of Gokarn will give you an idea of the real life of dedicated Hindus.

5. Restaurants in Gokarn are often very spicy for the Western tongue, but one small cafe there used to make really fabulous uttapams. That taste could make the customer come back all the way from Finland. Don’t know if that place exists anymore, but at least in Om Beach there’s one very nice restaurant, namely Namaste Cafe.

Hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches
Watching the sunset on the hill between Kudley and Gokarn beaches

People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach
People swimming during sunset in Gokarn Beach

Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn
Religious vehicle in the center of Gokarn

Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black
Pilgrims in Gokarn dressed in black

Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn
Commercial wall paintings in Gokarn

Religious sight in Gokarn, India
Small religious sight in Gokarn

Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India
Sunset and sea in Gokarn, India

See also the previous post about Gokarn with videos!

5 reasons to visit Old Goa

Park in Old Goa

Old Goa is a historically significant area in-between North Goa and South Goa, little bit towards inland from the capital of Goa, Panjim. Several Christian worship places are located in there, and because of them Old Goa is a World Heritage site.

Here’s five reasons why you should visit Old Goa –

1.Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, is the most spectacular Christian building in Goa, India. There is a lot to see in the walls and aisles of Basilica of Bom Jesus for people interested in church art. Inside the building there is also a beautiful garden.

2. Basilica of Bom Jesus keeps the grave of St. Francis Xavier and through the glass cover you can see the remains of his body and pay respect. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary whose 500th birthday was celebrated in 2006, from the time of which these photographs are also from.

3. Old Goa in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

4. The nature and trees in Old Goa are beautiful. You can also see lot of Portuguese-style architecture and one Mahatma Gandhi statue there.

5. There’s also few other Christian churches for a cultured person to see, such as the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.

You can read this article in Finnish here: Viisi syytä vierailla Vanhassa Goassa

Find more inspiring places to go from Indivue’s Travel Opus to Goa!

Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa

Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus
Wall decoration in Basilica of Bom Jesus

The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus
The grave of St. Francis Xavier in Basilica of Bom Jesus

St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006
St. Francis Xavier 500-year-birthday in 2006

Park in Old Goa
Park in Old Goa

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa
Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Old Goa

Gandhistatue in Old Goa
Gandhi statue in Old Goa

Mussoorie in India and 5 reasons to go there

Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India Roads high in Himalaya mountains, India

Narrow roads in India, high in the mountains, can make you feel dizzy, like in the video attached, but here’s 5 reasons to go to Mussoorie anyway –

5 reasons to visit Mussoorie –

1. If you want to experience the Himalayan mountains in India, then Mussoorie in Uttarakhand is the first hillstation to go, nearest to Delhi.

2. Narrow roads by the hillside will give you plenty of tension and excitement with real highs, no matter what is your vehicle.

3. In the spring and during the monsoon, a hillstation in India is a cool place to be, when the heat is next to unbearable elsewhere in India.

4. Sunset behind the mountains is really awesome.

5. Morning and sunrise behind the fog will leave you speachless.

Check also what else I´ve blogged about India and see the authentic videos, which will take you to a hillride in the Himalayas as well.

Indivues Travel Opus to India will tell you travel experiences from over past 13 years. You can read it also in Finnish here.

Edges of the mountain roads
Edges of the mountain roads

Houses by the Himalaya mountains
Houses by the Himalaya mountains

Altitude over 6000ft
Altitude over 6000ft takes your breath away

Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Sunset in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India
Foggy sunrise in Mussoorie, hillstation in North India

Jaipur and Jal Mahal in the nighttime

Part of Jal Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Here in this picture you can see part of Jal Mahal reflecting in the surrounding waters in the night time.

See the video from Jal Mahal here

and video of Jaipur here.

Find more India related topics here!

 

 

 

Part of Jal Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Part of Jal Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India