Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari

August 05, 2015 By:

A memorial to Swamy Vivekananda stands on a rock surrounded by sea at Kanyakumari where he was presumably meditated on 25, 26 and 27th December 1892 before leaving for Chicago religious conference. It is the point of convergence of the three seas, the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the great Indian Ocean.

Swamy Vivekananda, the great disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (the best known saint of India during 19th century) and the founder of Ramakrishna Mission, on his quest to know the purpose of life, wandered all over India after the death of Sri Paramahamsa Dev. He came to Kanyakumari on 24.12.1892 and later, participated in the World Religious Conference at Chicago on 11th September 1893.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Vivekananda Rock Memorial

Changing Gears towards Shekhawati

August 03, 2015 By:

The biggest challenge for any family-traveller is to convince his spouse to visit the very place to which the said traveller wants to go. The discussions on selection of a place to visit may start with the theories of applied economics and ends with the theories of conflict resolutions through subtle negotiations and polite persuasions. Similar was my situation in early 2015 when I wanted to go to “Shekhawati” in Rajasthan. It was, though not unknown, but a non-descript region as compared to other exotic choices available at the same cost. So, initially, no one concurred with my idea of a road trip there. “Is there anything worth to watch or to do?”, was the normal question.

It was wrong to promise something that was not going to happen. But the driving on the highways in the silence of the unknown surroundings, feeling the openness of the vast horizon, breathing into the fresh air of the countryside, tasting the best possible local food, sipping self-prepared hot tea under the shade of any tree and finally watching the world-famous beautifully painted havelis were definitely going to be some of the pleasure of the road trip. So, finally, on 31st March 2015 at 04.15 am, duly accompanied with my family, I put my well-packed car into the first gear.

Pangong Lake – Travelers’ Delight!

July 31, 2015 By:

The last leg of our journey to the mystical and majestic Ladakh was ‘Pangong Tso’! In local language a Lake is called Tso.  Pangong Lake falls in the disputed territory with China. So the whole lake does not belong to India. While China occupies two-third part of this magnificent high altitude lake, India remains satisfied with mere one-third part of it.

These days the Lake is a favourite tourist place among the domestic tourists much credit for which goes to the Bollywood movie ‘3idiots’! The last scene of the movie, where female protagonist (Karina Kapoor) tracked down her male counterpart (Amir Khan) by the side of a beautiful lake, was shot here! The great Indian films! They motivate a lot of us for travelling even to a tough terrain!!

At Pangong Lake

At Pangong Lake

मंडोर गार्डन, जोधपुर : राजपूत वैभव का प्रतीक (Mandore Garden, Jodhpur)

July 30, 2015 By:

A symbol of royal grandeur Mandore garden, Jodhpur

A symbol of royal grandeur – Mandore garden, Jodhpur

वर्षों से जोधपुर राजपुताना वैभव का केन्द्र रहा है। जिसके प्रमाण आज भी जोधपुर शहर से लगे अनेक स्थानों पर प्राचीन इमारतों के रूप में मिल जाते हैं। जोधपुर से 9 किलोमीटर की दूरी पर एक ऐतिहासिक स्थान मौजूद है जिसको मंडोर गार्डन के नाम से पुकारा जाता है। इसी के नाम पर एक ट्रैन का नाम भी रखा गया है-मंडोर एक्सप्रेस जोकि दिल्ली से जोधपुर के लिए चलती है। मैंने भी जोधपुर पहुंचने के लिए इसी ट्रेन का रिजर्वेशन करवाया था। यह ट्रैन शाम को पुरानी दिल्ली से चलती है और सुबह सात बजे जोधपुर पहुंचा देती है।

Visiting Saputara – A perfect getaway from Vadodara

July 28, 2015 By:

Saputara, a densely forested region in the Sahyadri range is the only hill station in the Dang district of South Gujarat state at an altitude of 1000 meters. The name of Saputara stands for “Abode of the serpents”.

I took a road trip in monsoon in 27th August, Vadodara. Truly, a place this is in the nature’s womb with dense forests, green hues with lush flowers, the fog, rains dropping on the leaves. Away from the busy city life, a perfect getaway if you are looking for serenity and peace. Also a great place for couples as it turns out to be a romantic heaven, but I was on a family trip ;-)

The weather of this place remains pleasant throughout the year, but the monsoon season has its own charm, with the greenery at its best.

Things to do in Saputara :

Botanical garden (49 kms. from Saputara) is a large 24-hectare garden with 1,400 varieties of plant from all over India.

The Gira waterfalls (49 kms. from Saputara) is located off the Saputara-Waghai road is a breathtakingly beautiful view around monsoon.

Outdoor activities such as wildlife viewing, trekking, hiking, boating, nature walks can be done at Saputara

TRIP Route : Vadodara -> Surat – > Navsari (Left turn) – > Saputara.

Driving from Vadodara to Surat & Navsari is easy and Good, with NH-8 Being in a top condition. We started our Trip in our Beloved Hyundai Xcent 1.2 S, at around 4:15 AM from Vadodara, as we wanted to make sure that we reach early morning near the hills, to enjoy the Route and hills ! . Which was very well achieved ! We almost escaped the Famous Jam of Bharuch ! , still lost about 45 mins stuck between the Trucks & Trailers. A Tip – Always use the Left Lane while approaching Bharuch streech, just before Narmada Bridge. Keep your Google Maps or Navigators ready while approaching the area. The left lane is for smaller vehicles, and right is for heavy vehicles, so it’s better keep in Left lane to avoid last minute hassels. I was in Middle Lane, so didn’t faced much problem, but still lost 45 Mins. In Jam trying to get into that Last Lane.