Nestled in the highly fertile delta of the Cauvery River, Tanjore, now known as Thanjavur, was the capital of the Chola dynasty from the 10th to the 14th century. Tanjore’s magnificent Brihadiswara Temple is the highlight of a visit here. It is a fine example of Dravidian artisanship and has exquisitely detailed Gopurams (towers) carved with images of Hindu deities on the outside, whilst on the inside many of the carvings are Buddhist. Different days bring different experiences here, some days they are counting the donations, on others, there are dance performances but every day It is wonderful to watch the sunset here as the hues on the temple’s stonework, along with the flocks of swooping, diving birds, gives the temple a magical quality. In addition to the temple, Tanjore is renowned for its classical dance, unique paintings and traditional veena making.