Katarmal Sun Temple - Almora

Visit here is all joys and a curiosity that how such a mammoth construction took place at this place..

Lanes of Istanbul - Where civilizations merge

Being one of the oldest cities on this earth, Istanbul is a delight to history lovers...


A place which has been lying forbidden and disconnected from the mainland. Malana still follows their culture and traditions...

Temples at Batesara

Around 350 temples are estimated to have existed here. Excavation work is ongoing to restore temples of a lost era.

Murud Janjira Fort

In 15th century AD, this majestic structure was constructed inside the Arabian Sea to protect the kingdom from the pirates.


Untouched beauty, unbridled love, riot of colours the nature is here and how well the people add to it.

February 13, 2018

A quick trip to Chennai

Revisiting the grandeur of Pallavas is a must when in the capital of Tamil Nadu.

Nature sometimes does love to show its humorous side. So, here I was trying to escape the chill of the north. A quick getaway to Chennai looked like a sign from heaven.
Being a light traveller though did attract a worried 'your luggage is very less for two days ma’m' from the chauffeur, little did I know that his concern would actually translate into one. Who would have imagined that otherwise much-dreaded heat and humidity of this city would choose to be a no-show just when desired!

Just when I was reliving the childhood memories of the shores of Mahabalipuram, heavens decided to open. The accompanying winds were pleasant at first as they sang in tandem with the crashing waves, making it a perfect setting to appreciate the seventh-century Pancha Rathas or Five Rathas. A part of UNESCO World Heritage Site in Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, the monolithic rock-cut structures are also popular as Pandava Rathas. Despite no connection with Mahabharata or any religious significance as the structures never reached the sanctification stage, the five chariots are still named after the epic’s characters – Yudhishthira, Bhim, Arjuna, Nakul-Sehdev and Draupadi respectively.

While the Draupadi ratha resembles a hut, and the Nakul-Sehdev one being simple with little embellishments, the rest three are examples of architectural elegance. The Dharmaraja or Yudhishthira ratha and the Arjuna ratha are quite similar with four and three-tiered carvings on the roof respectively. The former is, however, the tallest one. The lion-mounted columns of the Bhima ratha, and its apsidal architecture is quite stunning. Though referred to as temples also, dedicated to Vishnu, Indra, Durga, Shiva, it is quite likely that their design reflects the wooden temple chariots of the Dravidian era.

The stand-alone elephant, meanwhile, is what makes you fall in love instantly. Called Gajaprishthakara, meaning elephant’s back, for that is what you see first as you enter the compound; it has to be the most perfectly-sculpted elephant you would have laid your eyes on. The bull, Nandi, besides Arjuna’s ratha, though a fine specimen, ends up looking like a poor cousin in comparison. And, you can definitely find many of his siblings at the Shore Temple, which gets its name from its location on the Coromandel shore overlooking the Bay of Bengal.

Standing pretty like an old guardian, more so with dark clouds up above and a drizzle adding to the aura, among the gardens and ancient courts, this Pallava dynasty structure is one of the oldest stone temples of South India. Though no longer a worshipped temple, it makes for magnificent background every year for Mahabalipuram Dance Festival which is held in the month of January-February. Also built under the rule of king Narasimhavarman II and a UNESCO World Heritage site, it stands on a 50 sq. feet. platform and rises 60 feet.

Marco Polo and the European merchants and seafarers called the site Seven Pagodas, one believed to be the Shore Temple, probably due to its pyramidal shape and multi-tiered carvings on the top. The 2004 tsunami not only exposed an old temple built entirely of granite blocks on the shore, it also renewed speculation about the seven pagodas, six of which were always thought to be submerged under the sea. Built of cut stones rather than carved out of one giant rock, Shore Temple is a complex of three temples housing shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu, seen reclining on the Sheshnag in one of them. Then there is a carved stone panel, called Shivaskanda, in which you can see Shiva with goddess Parvati and their sons Vinayaka and Karthikeya. The legend has it that Indra had become so jealous of the splendour of this place that he flooded the area and submerged everything, with only few like Shore Temple having survived that.

It was only after hours that it dawned upon me that the dusk had quietly set in while I was admiring the way mere rocks and stones can take awe-inspiring shapes. More so when the lights from the vehicles create a light show for you at Arjuna’s Penance, an enormous stone carving on two boulders. While many believe that the relief shows Arjuna undertaking a penance to obtain a rare weapon, some think that it portrays the legend of the River Ganges’s descent to earth. Whatever the reasons, it is one of the most beautifully-carved structures at Mahabalipuram.
By then wet feet and clothes were making me shiver a bit; quite uncharacteristic of Chennai. The nature, however, didn’t stop at that. It was only after it drenched me more than a couple of times due to sudden showers in the next few hours that it finally stopped it antics and left me with a dry pair for the journey back.

Travel Diaries editor Garima Verma was hosted by AccorHotels.
The French Hospitality brand recently added Novotel-Ibis combo property, on Chennai’s Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), also known as the IT hub, to its long list of properties in the country. Novotel, the upper midscale brand of AccorHotels has 153 rooms while economy ibis has 189 rooms, giving the guests a wonderful mix of four-star and three-star to choose from. Their food is another major attraction apart from the cosy rooms and various amenities. With the launch of this property AccorHotels now has 53 properties in India divided among its 10 brands.

While Novotel has a corporate touch to it, the ibis seems more youthful with its bright décor (and, the common ice dispenser and ironing board on each floor). And, for the ones who make their what-to-eat list for every journey, Novotel’s casual dining restaurant, The Square, is quite a delightful place. With both international and regional flavours on offer, it tickles and then well satiates your tastebuds. The live cooking stations help you put on the thinking hat of a chef and experiment. The dessert bar is an absolute not-to-be-missed, because if you do the appetizing display of flavours and colours (check the picture below) might give you sleepless moments.

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February 8, 2018

Govardhan: Where Lord Krishna played

The 21km parikrama of the hill is both spiritual and a test of fitness.

After a month of climbing hills and walking a lot in the Northeast, I was quite confident of acing the parikrama with flying colours. The locals, however, were not too sure of us city-dwelling folks aiming at completing the whole round in one go.
So, as a few of them advised to perform the parikrama in two parts, self-doubt set in. The smaller part of the parikrama is 9 km (popularly called choti parikrama); the husband and I decided to accomplish it first. A km into the trail, we could make out that all the people performing the parikrama were barefoot. Quite a dilemma for us that was. Carrying a bit of guilt in our hearts we asked an elderly gentleman if it was okay to wear shoes. “Beta, bas bhaav hona chahiye mann mein, kaise bhi laga lo (your heart should have the feelings for the Lord, that is all that matters),” he said. And, isn’t that is all that should really matter?
As we traversed through various settings, from the woods on one side of the path and open lands on another, to houses lining both sides of narrow lanes, the colours and confluence of so many believers just amazed us. The bright red of vermillion being sold on the carts, multi-hued dresses for ladoo-gopalji in every other shop, the ramshackle buildings still hinting at that lost glory and architecture or the big and small temples all through, it is a treasure trove for curious minds and excited hands at the camera.
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu temple, Uddhav Kund, Radha Kund, Mansi Ganga and Kusum Sarovar are must-visit. Built in red sandstone, the temple has wonderful carving and reflects the life of the spiritual leader who not only popularised chanting of Hare Krishna but also located the lost holy places associated with Lord Krishna.
While quite a many stoppages meant a little delay, still we could finish the 9km goal in 3.5 hours. Feeling glad, we then treated ourselves to a round of chaat, crispy golgappas and the husband’s favourite kulhad chai and hot dry-fruit milk. We were more than excited to take on the bigger (badi parikrama) the next morning.
An early and quick breakfast (make sure never to fill up your tummy too much as you might feel sluggish) coupled with lovely sun made sure we were in the best of spirits to tread the spiritual path and even check on our fitness level. Unlike the choti parikrama, this one is not so full of wonderful distractions and has a broad road and a walkway on the side all along to aid your speed.
The Govardhan Hill, though not very high and at some spots quite low in height, however, is visible only in this part of the full parikrama. The legend has it once Pulastya Muni came upon Govardhan Hill in the Himalayas. He requested Giriraj’s father Dronachala to let him carry the beautiful mountain to Varanasi. While Dronachala gave his permission with a heavy heart, Govardhan made a condition that, “I will go with you, but wherever you place me to the ground, I will not move from there.” As Pulastya Muni was passing by Braj Bhumi, he got an urge to respond to the call of nature. Thus he had to place Govardhan down. He tried with all his strength, but Govardhan would not move. He became very upset and he cursed Govardhan that, “Everyday you will reduce in size equal to that of a mustard seed”.
Hence, the hill that was miles and miles high, reduced to a size where Lord Krishna was able to perform his pastimes easily. He even famously lifted Govardhan once for days at end to protect his fellow villagers from the wrath of Indra. Now its highest point is just about 80 feet.
A tale of two states, as the bigger parikrama goes from Uttar Pradesh to Rajasthan and back, its main attraction is Poochri Ka Lautha and Daan Ghaati Temple at the end where you can thank the Lord for giving you a chance to be at this holy place and offer prasad
When the saints told us the day happened to be amavasya, considered auspicious to perform parikrama, it felt as if the things were meant to be in a divine way. And when we saw a lot of people performing the tough dandavat, we promised ourselves that next time we could at least try to walk barefoot. Dandavat parikrama, which can take days, weeks or even months, is performed by standing in one spot, offering prayers by lying flat on the ground. One then places a stone where the fingertips touched the ground in order to mark the spot, the routine repeated for every stone, the number of which can go up to 108. Standing up, one moves to the stone marker and again offers the prayers. When it’s time to call it a day, one has to retreat to a place to rest and start from the same spot the next day. Sounds like an unachievable feat, but as they say, if you have faith, the will surely finds a way to your heart. And, we saw many examples right there.

Travel Diaries editor Garima Verma was hosted by Shri Radha Brij Vasundhara Resort & Spa.
Located within the first two km of the bigger (12-km) parikrama, the property is spread in an area of 26 acres. Boasting of a wonderful location with landscaped gardens and cottages, it indeed has the potential to become the top option for stay in the region. It is, however, issues like cleanliness and service that leave a lot to be desired.

As understood, the resort is quite a hit for weddings and family functions. For those visiting for complete relaxation and calm, that could be a problem since wandering guests in such functions tend to forget their room number a bit too often. And, waking up in the middle of night to see confused faces would not be anyone’s idea of vacation.
The food is always worth the wait and would make you come back for more. Almost every preparation on the menu (even if you sometimes may not find everything available), be it the delectable paneer tikka masala that goes so well with the khasta roti, Gujarati poha in the breakfast or dum aloo, are soul-satisfying.

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February 1, 2018

St. Mary's Island, Malpe-Udupi

We have spent the entire first half of the day, praying in some of the amazing temples of Udupi. After having local Mangalorean style lunch, we were all geared up for the Malpe Beach and the St. Mary’s Island.
6 km. from Udupi town, Malpe is a natural port, one of the major fishing harbours in Karnataka and above all is home to and peaceful beaches. Malpe Beach is one of less explored places and off late have started offering water sport and other adventure activities for visitors.
Blue green water on one side, green trees on other side and in between option of long walks along the coast. Settings and ambience makes this place a perfect definition for heavenly place. Malpe Beach is one of most happening places in and around Udupi.
Apart from the settings, the biggest attraction here is the St. Mary’s Island which is approx. 6 km. from the coast line. And taking a ferry is the only way of getting to this island. Sit relaxed in a ferry, bring your camera to action mode and enjoy the cool breeze of Arabian Sea.

Along the way you will come across many ferries with excited souls on way to St. Marys Island.

Ferry operator gave us 1 hour (60 minutes) for the island sightseeing. At first glance it looked like more than enough as the island covers an area about 500 m. x 100 m. only. However very soon we were about to realise that 60 minutes will pass in a flash as one of the most amazing time of our lives. Welcome to St. Mary’s Island.

Legend says that in the year 1498, Vasco da Gama, first landed at St. Mary's Islands on his journey from Portugal, named one of these islands, O Padrão de Santa Maria, dedication to Mother Mary, before proceeding to Kozhikode in Kerala. Looks like it is from this that the islands got their current name. Did not knew that we were going to a part of time travel?
Distinct and gorgeous rock formations is the first thing to be noticed as soon as ferry is about to touch the St. Mary’s Island coast. Actually these rock formations are all basaltic rock formations.
Scientific studies suggest that the basalt of the St. Mary's Islands was formed by sub-aerial sub-volcanic activity. At that time Madagascar was attached to India and Madagascar rifted apart around 88 million years ago.
Taking camera is allowed inside the island premises after paying prescribed Fee of INR 200, else you can deposit the camera in the designated counter and let your mobile capture the stunning natural landscapes.
Prominently covered with coconut trees, the island is also called Coconut Island. There is no habitation on the islands.

At certain places rock formations are so unique that you will forget your beach activities and will turn in to a Geologist.

Likewise, the northernmost island has a hexagonal basaltic rock formation, the only one of its type in India.

The beach here is also a heaven to the seashell collectors. Collect seashells of various shapes and sizes littered along the coast. My kid had collected so many shells that I had to carry them in my pockets and then inside one compartment of my camera case.
However, you will not be able to test your swimming skills as there is very less sand on the beach and the beach it is crafted with basaltic rocks all around. Security guards have been deployed around the beach to check any extra adventurous souls.
Also there is a small eatery on the island. Please be informed that littering on the island is strictly prohibited and officials keep a vigil for enforcement of the rule.
Regular ferry service (Rs. 300 per head) ply from Malpe Beach, however frequency depends upon number of passengers. Despite getting crowded with many people in the afternoon, the Malpe Beach is extremely neat and clean. White sandy Maple Beach is quickly getting popular with those who are seeking solace with some adventures.

Buses ply regularly from the Udupi town to Malpe Beach. If you have time and want to explore the nearby areas, we suggest to hire a taxi as there are many spots like Malpe Fish Market, Delta Beach, Kemmannu Hanging Bridge and others to be explored and enjoyed. 

Do you know:
  1. The St. Mary’s Islands are one of the four geological monuments in Karnataka state and declared as one of the 26 Geological Monuments of India declared by the Geological Survey of India in 2001. The monument is considered an important site for "Geo Tourism".
  2. Malpe is the first and only Indian beach with a 24/7 WiFi and also has a luggage counter to store your luggage.
  3. Malpe Beach is also a centre for numerous beach side concerts and festivals organised in Udupi.
Keep travelling Guys

January 22, 2018

Urby Mens Wallet - Your Style, Your Choice

“You are entirely up to you”.
Your walk, your watch and your pen which you use outline the first impression about your personality. Rightly pointed out that your personality is the mirror where others see your image. Wait a minute, I forgot about the most important one, "YOUR WALLET" – the source of all other style statement items.
Your choice of wallet speaks a lot about you: that can be represented through a variety of options including card cases, bi-folds, phone/travel wallets, and/or money clips. Time to put your money where your money belongs, with due respect it deserves.

Was thinking of such kind of distinct wallet for some time. Finally got this Carnelian Red Mens wallet. I was travelling at the time when this wallet was delivered at my home. When my father received this wallet, he got a bit confused and called me to inform that I have received something very expensive! Full marks to the packing.

With your name embossed, it is an ideal style companion to be carried around. Pleasing mix of Golden embossing on Carnelian Red is enticing and eye-catching. In case you like to have your name printed in any other colour, option of personalization is also there. Not just pleasing look, the quality leather is soft to touch and gives a premium feel to your wallet, which it duly deserves.

Have been using the fully loaded wallet for more than a couple of weeks, there have been ZERO crumble impression anywhere on the wallet. Despite being fully loaded with your cards, the wallet does not give a bulky feeling and can be comfortably placed in your hip pocket as well. The wallet isn't just pretty but has been crafted out of top grain leather. It is a quality product that will last.

Despite a slim look, the wallet has ample slots for your cards, payment receipts/ bills and necessary identity documents. Zipper slot for coins is a welcome addition to prevent any accidental rolling of coins.

Many wallets look amazing from outside, but the quality of internal fabric at times do not match up with the external extravaganza. With due time, card slots gets overlapped as the internal fabric has given away or the stitching has called it a day much before your expectations. However, the interiors of this Carnelian Red wallet have been ideally supported by rich satin fabric, which not only gives interior a premium feel but well compliments with the outer finishing of this wallet.

From external and from inside the wallet is very well made. With sturdy stitching and absolutely no loose threads, the product is living up to the high standards of quality. Having used myself, I am convinced that the quality wallets from Urby will surely last for years unless if you don’t throw them in the fire or drop them out of a plane. Wallet specifications as follows:
  • Dimensions: “11.2 cm x 9.7 cm” – Easy to fit inside your pocket
  • 1 main slot for cash and other documents
  • 6 easy-access card slots
  • 3 slip in pockets for cards/ bills
  • Zip slot for coins and more
  • Rich dual tone poly satin interior for slim finish
  • Comes encased in a drawstring bag for protection
At times, the product on many online websites do not match with the actual delivered product. However, in case of this Urby Wallet, the product in fact looks better than the images posted on their website. With this level of honest commitment to quality, perhaps Urby will surely receive the best publicity, that is “The Word of Mouth”.
Personalized Men’s leather wallet, Engraved leather wallet is the perfect Men’s gift. Printed with the name of your choice, this customized wallet will be displayed with pride for years to come. Great gift for Groomsmen, Friends, Husbands and Fathers alike.
Not only for Men, Urby stocks some fantastic collection of wallets for Women as well. May be you can think of surprising your Mom, your sister, your better half or your girlfriend as well.
Urby is a direct to customer, lifestyle and accessories brand. Urby designs and manufactures essentials for an urban lifestyle using the most premium materials and finest craftsmanship. I will recommend to check their website (www.urby.in) for awesome "Made in India" products.
Thank you Urby for this wonderful wallet. Views expressed in this article are my own.

January 6, 2018

24 hours in Bikaner

A quick escape to the warmth of Rajasthan is just what you need this winter

The colours and charm of Rajasthan never fail to enchant you. Whenever the coldness of city life starts dampening your spirit, heading to a place that welcomes you with open arms should not need much convincing.

The pleasant warmth of Bikaner meaning an escape from the Capital's chill, coupled with the long overdue visit to Karni Mata temple, made sure no moment was wasted in planning the one-day trip. Though 24 hours could have never been enough to appreciate the beauty, history and food of a place like Bikaner, making the best of what you have always holds you in good stead. The overnight journeys help you save a lot of time.

After landing at Bikaner Junction early morning, waste no time in trying to relax or grab a fancy breakfast. Let the kachoris wait for some time. When short on time, it's always advisable to check into a hotel near the station save some time in case you decide to stretch you sightseeing by those crucial 30 minutes.
The fifth largest city of Rajasthan not only boasts of spectacular architecture in its forts, but its sand dunes and colourful attire of people also instantly fills the heart with joy. And, once you have overcome your fear of rats, howsoever hard the task might be for some, you can actually spare a few moments appreciating the design, the activities around and the peaceful co-existence of man and the mammal at the Karni Mata temple.
The state of awe gets a further kick when you take in the whole Junagarh Fort at one sight. The interiors, the carving and the artwork, royal weapons, clothes and more make you marvel at the richness of the land and their royals, many wishing if they could live the same like even if for  a moment.
Yes, you can.

With Lalgarh Palace and Laxmi Niwas Palace having been turned into hotels, you can indulge in an evening of entertainment just like the royals. After enjoying a session of cultural dance and music, you can roam around the place and then sit for a lavish dinner. After delightfully adding to your appetite with creamy kebabs, laal maas, chicken in cashewnut gravy, gatte ki sabzi, kair sangri, papad ki sabzi, daal-baati-churma, baajre ki roti, missi roti, raita and rasgulla more than satisfy your stomach and soul. And, you leave promising yourself that you need to be back here for more, quite soon. Perhaps with more time in hand.

Plan your journey 
11:35PM - Delhi Sarai Rohilla (DEE)
12457 DEE BKN Superfast Express runs daily. It takes 8 hours to complete the 458-km journey.
7:30 AM - Bikaner Junction (BKN)
We reached 10 minutes early. It's best to stay in a nearby hotel, freshen up, grab a quick bite and head to Nagnechi temple.
11:00AM - Karni Mata
After visiting the temple, indulge in tasty Rajasthani delicacies at nearby food stalls. Make a quick trip to Nehriji and head back to Bikaner to gorge on Poori-Aloo and amazing desserts at Chotu Motu Joshi.
4:00 PM - Junagarh fort
Keep at least 3 hours for the fort and the museum. After a quick stop at the market at Bikanervala shop for Bikaneri Bhujia, visit Lalgarh Palace, which houses the Bikaner royal family. In the same campus is Laxmi Niwas Palace. Order the Rajasthani thali for a soul-satisfying experience.
10:20 PM - Bikaner Jn
You can take 12458 BKN DEE Superfast Express and reach Delhi at 6:10am.

serve your next weekend for this new exotic weekend getaway from Delhi? In case you have some more time, Bikaner is ideally located, approx. 300 km. each from wonderful destinations of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Instead of train to Delhi, you have choice to board: 
22:05, 16588 BKN YPR EXPRESS to Jodhpur (JU) or
23:15, 12468 LEELAN Express to Jaisalmer (JSM)

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December 6, 2017

A Guide to Exploring Charleston's Military History

Each year, millions of tourists visit Charleston for its beautiful beaches, Lowcountry cuisine, and Southern charm.  Besides being a great place for a beach vacation, the Holy City is a history buff’s paradise. With over 300 years of rich military history, there is much to be explored in Charleston.
With so much history to cover, it’s understandable if you don’t know quite where to begin. Let us guide you through some of the best spots in Charleston to take a deeper look into its military history.

Battery & White Point Gardens
Start your journey at Battery & White Point Gardens, a beautiful park located in the French Quarter of downtown Charleston. This waterfront park not only offers stunning views of the Charleston Harbor, where Fort Sumter is visible, but it also features cannons and monuments of notable military figures.
Stroll through the tree-canopied park to the southern end of the Battery, and you will find cannons and cannon balls from various time periods, which kids are welcome to explore. As you wander through the park, you will also see monuments of historical significance, including one dedicated to sailors aboard the H.L. Hunley, a 2007 monument of General William Moultrie, and a striking monument of Sergeant William Jasper.

Confederate Museum

Located at the corner of Meeting Street and Market Street, the Confederate Museum is located at the entrance to the Charleston City Market. In this museum, you will find a variety of interesting and unique artifacts from the Civil War era. 

A National Historic Landmark, the Confederate Museum is part of the Museum Mile, which is also worth exploring if you want a comprehensive look inside Charleston’s storied past. At only $5.00 per adult, you can’t beat the admission price at the Confederate Museum. Though it isn’t a large museum, Civil War buffs should expect to spend at least an hour studying the Civil War memorabilia within its walls.

The Citadel
If your stay is long enough, consider stopping by The Citadel, Charleston’s historic military college. Graduates have participated in every American War since the Mexican-American War of 1846.

Tour the campus to find interesting monuments and military displays, as well as a museum chronicling The Citadel’s history and distinguished leaders who passed through its ranks. Visit The Citadel on a Friday afternoon to catch the weekly dress parades, an impressive event that both young and old are sure to enjoy.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Located at Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant, the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum is a great place for kids and adults alike. You will see the USS Yorktown, one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built in WWII, at this National Historic Landmark.
You can also explore the USS Lafey, a Sumner-class destroyer, and the USS Clamagore, a GUPPY III submarine. Don’t forget to explore the surrounding grounds of the museum to view the Cold War Sub Memorial and Vietnam Support Base camp for a truly immersive military experience.
Fort Moultrie
On relaxing Sullivan’s Island, you will find Fort Moultrie, a site that is particularly important to South Carolina’s history. Built by South Carolina Patriots in 1776, this series of fortifications was made of Palmetto logs specifically to protect the Charleston Harbor.
When British forces attacked the fort on June 28, 1776, the soft Palmetto logs absorbed the cannon shots from enemy warships, giving Commander William Moultrie and his men a decisive victory. During this battle, Moultrie flew a flag over the fort with a Palmetto tree design, which became the foundation of South Carolina’s official flag.
Fort Moultrie also offers a special glimpse into Charleston’s WWII military history. Browse through the many WWII artifacts and learn about the brave men and women who trained at Fort Moultrie when it was an active U.S. military fortification.
After a few hours exploring Moultrie, stop by local favorite, Poe’s Tavern. The restaurant is named after author Edgar Allen Poe, who spend a brief stint at Fort Moultrie in 1827, after he enlisted in the military.
Fort Sumter
As the place where the first shots of the Civil War began, Fort Sumter is arguably one of the more important places in American history. This famous fortification, situated on a tiny island in the harbor, attracts history buffs from across the world. 
Fort Sumter is only accessible by ferry, but anyone who loves Civil War history will enjoy the narrated boat ride to the impressive sea fort. Just be sure to purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot. Onsite, knowledgeable park rangers will tell you all about Fort Sumter’s history, from the first shots of the Civil War in 1861 to its restoration efforts after its severe bombardment.
From the American Revolution to the Civil War and beyond, your Charleston vacation isn’t complete until you have experienced a taste of its military history. Fortunately, there is no shortage of opportunities to explore a city full of historical significance.
It can be challenging to explore Charleston’s fascinating military history in a single visit. This is just another reason why people keep returning to the Holy City to explore all of its charms.

Article by Traci Magnus: Traci was raised on the Charleston Coast and attended the College of Charleston before heading to the Big Apple. She returned to Charleston in 2006,along with her husband Glenn and their son Max. She joined the Dunes Properties team in early 2008 as Director of Marketing.