Cities

Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

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ghumakkar loves serendipitous moments, when one comes across something remarkable but totally unexpected. I had such an experience a few minutes after landing in Cairo. The drive to the hotel from the airport was rather uninteresting as the architecture was pretty drab, just row after boring row of grey, rectangular concrete blocks . All of a sudden, I saw a building which looked like a Hindu temple…

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Ghumakkar Insights – What is on your mind and what goes into your bag?

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But surely, there is one thing in common in all our expeditions. It is the seed of thought on our mind which grows and matures into a fully well planned and executed trip. A thought about where to go next is the seed I am talking about. While some of us get inspired by learning about places from friends, the new trend I see is the trend to explore the unexplored virgin places. Not bad at all, isnt it?

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Some evenings in Paris..

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..we walked through the Latin quarter region stumbling upon artistes making portraits and abstract arts in the middle of the streets..met a charming old lady with her souvenir shop who without even being asked proposed us a group photo..witnessed a wedding with the bride and groom posing for their wedding albums…

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Venice: City of Dreams

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The buzz of the place, sparkling water, numerous boats, quaint buildings – all combined to create an image like nothing we had seen before. Venice is enchanting, romantic and iconic, bustling with life yet crumbling and ghostly. Everywhere we looked, it seemed like we were inside a painting or a film set arranged around picturesque canals.

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London Dungeons & Stuffing Up

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…a half hour walk through the gruesome parts of the history of the city of London. The plague, Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, The Fire of London etc’s scenes were created by the actors, and of course, the props….

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Ujjain Darshan-2 / उज्जैन दर्शन-2

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मोक्षदायिनी शिप्रा (क्षिप्रा) नदी: श्री हरसिद्धि मंदिर के पीछे कुछ ही दुरी पर क्षिप्रा नदी है. उज्जैन इस पवित्र नदी के पूर्वी छोर पर बसा हुआ है. इसके तट पर अनेक ऋषि मुनियों ने साधना की है. स्कन्द पूरण में कहा गया है की सारे भूमंडल पर शिप्रा के सामान कोई दूसरी नदी नहीं है, जिसके तट पर क्षण भर खड़े रह जाने मात्र से ही मुक्ति मिल जाती है. इसके पावन तट पर महँ सिंहस्थ (कुम्भ मेला) के अलावा सोमवती -श्रीशनिश्चरी अमावस्या, कार्तिक पूर्णिमा व ग्रहण आदि पर्वों पर लाखों नर नारी स्नान करके पुण्य लाभ प्राप्त करते हैं. क्षिप्रा महासभा द्वारा प्रतिदिन गोधुली बेला में क्षिप्रा की महा आरती की जाती है.

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Ujjain Darshan-1 / उज्जैन दर्शन – 1

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उज्जैन के प्रमुख दर्शनीय स्थल निम्नानुसार हैं –
श्री महाकालेश्वर मंदिर, श्री बड़े गणेश मंदिर, श्री हरसिद्धि मंदिर, श्री चारधाम मंदिर, श्री नवगृह मंदिर, श्री प्रशांति धाम, श्री राम जनार्दन मंदिर, श्री गोपाल मंदिर, श्री गढ़ कालिका मंदिर, श्री चिंतामन गणेश, श्री काल भैरव, श्री भ्रतहरी गुफा, श्री सिद्धवट, श्री मंगलनाथ मंदिर, श्री संदीपनी आश्रम, वेधशाला, श्री चौबीस खम्भा मंदिर, शिप्रा नदी, कलियादेह पेलेस एवं इस्कोन मंदिर.

चूँकि हमारे पास समय की कमी होने की वजह से हम यह सारे मंदिर तो नहीं देख पाए लेकिन इनमें से अधिकतर स्थलों का अवलोकन करने का सौभाग्य हमें प्राप्त हुआ जिनका वर्णन करना मैं आवश्यक समझता हूँ.

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Touring the Arsenal

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The red and white doors, thru which so many legends of the football world would have passed thru’, was before us. Mr. Wenger, Thierry Henry, Nwanko Kanu, Emmanuel Adebayor, Jens Lehmann, Francesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie, the list is endless.

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Inside the aircraft

Reaching London, Stay at Hornchurch

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I took a video of the landing on my iTouch, & I have got to admit – it was quite awesome. We cleared customs quite quick & decided to eat breakfast before proceeding to Mausi’s place (for the benefit of the newer reader – she is my mom’s Mausi’s and is henceforth referred to as everyone’s Mausi). We reached the lounge, & the first thing my mom did was to run in for a massage. I decided to take a quick shower before breakfast & so I strolled down to the not-so-little cylindrical shower rooms, in no rush whatsoever as I was quite content with life as it was and wanted to savour every moment of being in London. By the time I came out, my mom’s massage was done, & so we had some hash brown, toast, scrambled eggs, sausages & salamis together. Afterwards, I generally lounged around reading all the sports sections in every newspaper, before we left around 9:30 am GMT.

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