Cities

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary – The Green and Serene spot of Haryana

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After some time we reached the watch-tower and beneath the same we were lucky to spot a barking deer and we were quick to click a picture of the same. Then from the watch towers we spotted the beautiful sightings of the migratory birds.

Common Teal, Common Greenshank, Ruff, Black-winged Stilt, Northern Pintail, White Wagtail, Northern Shoveler, Yellow Wagtail, Rosy Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Gadwall, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper,

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My love-letter to Prague!

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The boat restaurant at night that floated on the water with Jazz musicians performing live, with candles on the table-tops and lights on the bank of River Vltava shimmering on the water, bits of chicken and sips of Czech white wine entering the elementary canal calming and soothing my senses…what else were I born to do on this Earth?

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Jaisalmer – Top 10 things to see and do

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Located 18 km away from Jaisalmer, the way to desert Kuldhara village is known as the ghost village. Lying abandoned from the past few centuries, this village has no signs of human life and is also known as one of the haunted places in Rajasthan. A clan of eighty-five villages, Kuldhara was once inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins, but due to some adverse happenings, the natives evacuated the village within a night. It is also said that while leaving the village, the villagers put a curse on it.

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आस्था और सुन्दरता का संगम – स्वर्ण मंदिर अमृतसर

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आप को बता दू की अगर बॉर्डर देखने का मन हो तो सुबह या 12/1 बजे तक भीड़ बढ़ने से पहले हो आये ताकि इत्मीनान से देख सके और हो सकता है पाकिस्तानी रेंजर आपको चाय पानी पूछ ले…साधारण दिनों में बॉर्डर पे आपसी भाईचारा और मित्रता का माहौल रहता है दोनों और के सैनिको के मध्य..बातचीत हंसी मजाक..चलता रहता है.

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पुष्कर की यात्रा : कबीरा मन निरमल भया….

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न्दिर से बाहर आ जायो तो ये शहर वही है, जिसका तिलिस्म आपको चुम्बक की तरह से अपनी और आकर्षित करता है | शहर की आबो-हवा मस्त, गलियाँ मस्त, जगह-जगह आवारा घूमती गायें मस्त और सबसे मस्त और फक्कड़ तबियत लिये हैं इस शहर के आम जन और साधू | हर मत, सम्प्रदाय के साधू आपको पुष्कर की गलियों में मिल जायेंगे, हाँ, ये बात अलग है कि असली कौन है और फर्जी कौन इसकी परख आसान नही | मोटे तौर पर सबकी निगाह फिरंगियों पर होती है और फिर फिरंगी भी बड़े मस्त भाव से महीनो इनके साथ ही घूमते रहते हैं, पता नही भारतीय दर्शन के बारे में कितना वो जान पाते होंगे या कितना ये बाबा लोग उन्हें समझा पाते होंगे पर इन्हें देखकर तो पहली नज़र में कुछ यूँ लगता है जैसे गुरु और भक्त दोनों ही भक्ति के किसी ऐसे रस में लींन हैं जिसकी थाह पाना आसान नही, जी हाँ पुष्कर इस के लिए भी जाना जाता है | वैसे, ये बाबा लोग अपने इन फिरंगी भक्तों पर अपना पूरा अधिकार रखते हैं और आपको इन से घुलने-मिलने नही देते |

इस शहर की धार्मिकता, और आध्यात्मिकता के इस बेझोड़ और आलौकिक रस में डूबे-डूबे से आप आगे बढ़तें हैं तो घाट के दूसरी तरफ ही गुरु नानक और गुरु गोबिंद सिंह जी की पुष्कर यात्रा की याद में बना ये शानदार गुरुद्वारा है, पुष्कर में आकर इस गुरूद्वारे के भी दर्शन ! और ऊपर से लंगर का समय ! लगता है ऊपर जरुर कोई मुस्करा कर अपना आशीर्वाद हम पर बरसा रहा है…ज़हे नसीब !!!

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Christmas in Italy

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Unlike the other European countries Rome station turned out to be real messy with thousands of people running in and around it. Mostly there was no queue and no prepaid taxis available. We managed to grab one and all we had to say is “Pantheon”.

Hotel Albergo Abruzzi was the destination. Located in Piazza della Rotonda, this old restored building stands across Pantheon, the ancient roman temple, dedicated to all the gods of Rome. Unlike Paris, Rome is quite a small city and if you stay at the heart of the old city almost all the sights and historical buildings will be very much walk able.

Receptionist lady smiled and quite cheerfully gave us an introduction and before we left she handed over us two copies of Rome street maps.  Having already been to Paris I had no false expectation regarding the size of the room. Small and cozy would be the apt description. It all made sense when I opened the window. There it was. Pantheon.

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Chennai Beaches

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Marina beach is a major tourist attraction of the city. This sea is rough and the waves here are strong. People visiting Chennai make a point to visit the beach. It is also the main place for the local people to escape from the summer heat. This beach is always crowded attracting about 30,000 – 50,000 visitors everyday. The beach has around 450-500 shops and stalls run by local vendors. It is an ideal hangout place for people of all ages. There are two swimming pools along the stretch maintained by Chennai Corporation.

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Lucknow – City of Tahzeeb and Nazakat

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Aminabad is a huge market for embroidered chickan clothes, a specialty of Lucknow. The famous ‘Tunde ke Kabab’ is also located here. Some other interesting food items (dishes) which are famous in lucknow are Rahim-ke-kulche nihari, Bismillah-ki-biryani, Radhey-ki malai gilori and lassi, Raja-ki-thandai, Sharma-ki-chaat.

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