Kabir Das, the great poet and the philosopher has inspired me lately and now that I think of my past, I have come across multiple situations where in what Kabir has written has proved to be true. Our visit to the Rameshwaram temple was one such occasion I had multiple doubts in my head andContinue reading “Washing off the clothes of my sins at Rameshwar.”
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Right outside our hotel!
Our gypsy was speeding deeper into the jungle. Leaving behind whirls of light brown soil. Everyone was looking around to spot the rare yet famous Tigers of Jim Corbet. Everyone except me, my eyes were focused above our gypsy to find a leopard. After basic research, I had found out that population of leopards inContinue reading “Right outside our hotel!”
Flooded gutter and clean Floaters.
Faith in Gajanan Maharaj calls us every year to Shegaon, the land from where he appeared before the world. On a similar such pilgrimage we disembarked the train at Shegaon station. It was 11.30am, a bright sunny morning of July, usually a peak rainy season in India. A slight glaze though was visible all around,Continue reading “Flooded gutter and clean Floaters.”
Chaos is mindfulness!
Our whole family except the younger generation was going to the Ganga Sagar. This holy place is considered to be very peaceful as the swooshing Ganga meets the calm Bay of Bengal sea. The story of this holy place has its mention in Brahma Purana dating back to the 14th Century. Kapil Muni was meditatingContinue reading “Chaos is mindfulness!”
Story of Sword.
We Indians like to decorate our houses with weapons for some reason. Antique looking swords are one of the majorly displayed weapons. I suppose it gives the feel of being a king or may be people are just against pen, thinking sword is much mightier. With similar interest my uncle told us to bring aContinue reading “Story of Sword.”
Spotlight in the Sea on a pitch-dark night.
Standing on the walls of Raigad fort and listening to stories of the Great Shivaji Maharaj, my heart was filled with pride and bravery. This brave heart was soon going to cry with fear. The enthralling gigantic fort of Raigad was very hard to leave but sea lovers like us were also excited to reachContinue reading “Spotlight in the Sea on a pitch-dark night.”
Munnar the confluence of three.
Munnar seems to be a perfect scenery painting. One can see numerous shades of green on the mountain slopes, ranging from dark beetle green to light lemon green, river beneath the mountains, perfectly blue sky with birds flying and one small road going to a distant house. This god painted mountain in the Western GhatsContinue reading “Munnar the confluence of three.”
Over the clouds!
Trips with college friends are always loud music, laughs, pranks and yes, some controversial games, right? Wrong, our college group went all silent within minutes and that too immediately after a nice dip in the forceful waterfall and snacking over crispy pakoras. We planned our small trip to Lonavala after multiple cancellations and shortlisting theContinue reading “Over the clouds!”
Garjiya: The protector against the wild.
With 30+ fatal animals and reptiles roaming around, Ramnagar needed some protection from the Jim Corbett National park. The locals of Ramnagar once prayed to Goddess Parvati and asked her for protection against the wild and the fiercely flooding Kosi river too. Then Parvati also known as Girija (Literal meaning the daughter of mountains) tookContinue reading “Garjiya: The protector against the wild.”
Nothing is Hot in Munnar.
After a sharp right turn, we could see a patch of light probably our destination we thought. The driver confirmed that it was Munnar, the paradise on Earth. Excited to smell the tea gardens we opened windows for about a second and immediately closed them. The freezing cold air hit our faces like thousands of small needles. The lobby clock showed 1℃ as the current temperature in small red just below 9:30pm in bold. As the kitchen was about to we went straight to the restaurant to find everything that was served was made almost from ice. Read the complete tale to find out how we find one thing which was warm in Munnar.
On the other side of the gate!
India-Pakistan tensions have many a times resulted in political disputes, trade wars, occasional firings and sometimes even brutal wars. Every India-Pakistan issue has resulted in tension across the border except for one Wagah-Atari border near Amritsar, Punjab. Here both the countries compete over a friendly parade every day. The crowds from both countries gather toContinue reading “On the other side of the gate!”
Licking it clean!
My sister being the smallest got the last bite from the packet. Now there were 5 empty packets in my sack. The taste was so addictive that we all wanted some more but unfortunately; we had left the town and were now headed towards the Karni Mata Mandir,Rajasthan(famously known as Rat Temple). A U-turn couldContinue reading “Licking it clean!”
Dharamshala stadium under attack!
Dharamshala is famous for being the capital of Tibetan refugees and many other tourist places like Bhagsunag waterfall, St. John Church, war memorial and most importantly for a cricket fan like me the famous HPCA (Dharamashala) Stadium. First on the day’s list was his holiness the Dalai Lama’s Temple, as it was near to ourContinue reading “Dharamshala stadium under attack!”
A morsel full stomach.
It must be 4:00 in the afternoon, when the car stopped near the Jagannath Temple, Puri. The cyclic sound of sea waves suggested that the famous sand sculpture beach of Puri was very near. Despite the beach being so near our first task was to find the temple priest, who was a relative of ourContinue reading “A morsel full stomach.”
Puri, Odisha, India.
Puri, the temple town of India is famous for its Jagannath temple. People pay their respect to this temple town for being one of the holiest towns for Hindus. Tourist Attractions in Puri- Jagannath Temple- One of the most important temple for Hindu’s. Puri beach- The beach is famous for its pure golden sand andContinue reading “Puri, Odisha, India.”
Everybody is treated like a god in God’s own country, Kerala.
Kerala along with its Spices, Dark green forests, expensive tea leaves, Backwaters, Temples and Dosa is also famous for its massage. There are many Spas in Kerala which give extremely relaxing and rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages. But one peculiar spa in Guruvayur attracts people to just watch the massage and get relaxed. The Punnathur Kotta ElephantContinue reading “Everybody is treated like a god in God’s own country, Kerala.”
A person showing his cherries in Pondicherry…!
The French town of India has a huge coastline. Within two days we covered almost all heavily crowded beaches of Pondicherry. Be it the famous Promenade beach facing the French colonies or the Auroville beach. Due to their fame, they are continuously huddled by the tourists. The peace of the sea waves and the calmContinue reading “A person showing his cherries in Pondicherry…!”
Rajasthan has huge kitchens.
Rajasthan like its huge ghagras, forts, people with gigantic moustaches and of course their huge welcoming hearts, also has huge kitchens. How do I know? Well, we had an opportunity to cook in Rajasthan. We Indians might not try local food but we will definitely try home-state food in other states or Indian food inContinue reading “Rajasthan has huge kitchens.”
Mumbai- The Phoenix’s city.
Just a month after the demise of my Father it was impossible for us to stay at home during the Diwali Festival. With no pre-planning we decided to go to our favorite city, Mumbai. Getting a room facing the beautiful marine drive was a big relief and brought smiles on our faces. Peaceful sound ofContinue reading “Mumbai- The Phoenix’s city.”
The Ghost Town of Dhanushkodi.
A minibus ride took us 4kms to the ghost town of Dhanushkodi. The bus was full, and we were merrily sitting on top of it as it was a short ride. The golden sand was glazing by the afternoon sun rays, burning our eyes and our butts by hot metal. The occasional cool breeze broughtContinue reading “The Ghost Town of Dhanushkodi.”
Rameshwaram, the land from where Indian god Ram built the bridge to Sri Lanka and later Sita & Ram washed their sins near the sea. This pure and holy land, now has become a pilgrim centre and a tourist attraction. Tourist Attractions in Rameshwaram- Ramanathaswamy Temple Dhanushkodi Beach Ariyaman Beach Shopping in Rameshwaram- Shop forContinue reading “Rameshwaram, Tamilnadu.”
Shopping at the suspicious market of Dharamshala!!!
We entered a famous market (Purposely not naming it) in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala. A colourful lane that attracts many tourists, especially women with its handcrafted bead necklaces, jewellery pieces studded with beautiful gems, Tibetan masks, bowls, Thangkas (detailed Buddhist paintings) and many more. The shops are well decorated with many Tibetan items creating an ambienceContinue reading “Shopping at the suspicious market of Dharamshala!!!”
Every tourist city has a dummy attraction the one for tourists and another real attraction for locals, which feels dummy to tourist. We as tourist rarely get a chance to see such local attractions because they fall on completely opposite roads. This is the exact case of Nainital. The bustling Mall Road of Nainital, isContinue reading “Dummy Attraction.”
Hyderabad made me forget Pune.
We left Pune for Hyderabad on the eighth day of ten-day Ganapati Festival. Ganapati festival in Pune is just unmissable. Huge pandals, colorful decorations, street food, the whole lively atmosphere and of course the beautiful idols of Ganapati, they never let you go home. Yet missing all this, there we were coming out of theContinue reading “Hyderabad made me forget Pune.”
Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh.
Dalhousie is a small pine clad hill station in Himachal Pradesh. This hill station, spread over five hills, attracts tourists with its old-world charm, greenery and adventures. Tourist Attractions in Dalhousie- Khajjiar – A plateau covered with lush green grass and option of some adventure activities. Chamera dam. Rock Garden. St. John’s Church. Kalatop WildlifeContinue reading “Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh.”
8900 satellites are rare!
A telescope was set in the corner of Grand View Hotel, located on the edge of Dalhousie. Tejas(name changed on purpose) had done all his set up, but was with no audience, as people were hungry and ready to miss a rare event about the happen. It was nearly a full moon night probably justContinue reading “8900 satellites are rare!”
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
Dharamshala, the current capital of Tibetan refugees, has attracted many tourists with its divine spirituality, scenic beauty of Kangra valley and ever smiling people. Tourist Attractions in Dharamshala- Religious points- Namgyal Monastery, Bhagsunath Temple, Jwalamukhi devi Temple, St. John in the Wilderness (St. John Church). Dharamshala War memorial HPCA stadium Bhagsunag waterfall. Triund Hill (ShortContinue reading “Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.”
Monk’s Debatable Clap !
The loud clapping echo still reverberates through my body, reminding me of the Namgyal Monastery in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala. McLeod Ganj is currently the capital of Tibetan refugees with his holiness Dalai Lama’s residence being their headquarters. Namgyal Monastery or famously known as Dalai Lama Temple is thus the main attraction for every tourist. TheContinue reading “Monk’s Debatable Clap !”
Mussoorie, the queen of hills is a tourist’s paradise. Mussoorie and Dehradun the twin hills stations attract tourists with their majestic waterfalls, Garhwal mountain ranges, gardens and tourist markets. Tourist Attractions in Mussoorie- View Points- Laal tibba (Highest point in Mussoorie), Gun point, Clouds end. Waterfalls- Kempty falls, Jharipani falls, Bhatta falls. Religious places- JwalaContinue reading “Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.”
Mugged in Mussoorie.
Gun hill, is one of the most visited tourist spots in Mussoorie, Dehradun. The spot is famous for its canon which used to blow at 12:00pm for the Britishers to set their clocks. Now the Gun hill point is full of tourists and numerous photographers, or what one should call them, the muggers. First stopContinue reading “Mugged in Mussoorie.”