Historical

Mahabalipuram – ‘The Maha Destination’

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The boat jetty/flight of steps and the miniature shrine and the Varaha sculpture at the basement of the Shore Temple, which were discovered by the ASI between 1990 and 1993, were flooded. Controversies and debates among the archaeologists and historians still persist on the existence of similar structures, submerged into the sea.

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वाह ताज – खूबसूरती और प्रेम का अनोखा संगम

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सुबह सुबह साड़े पांच बजे नींद खुल गयी एवं पत्नी का मूड एक बार फिर ताज देखने का हुआ…हलकी ठण्ड में पैदल ही पहुच गये और आश्चर्यचकित हो के देखते क्या है की सिर्फ हम गिने चुने दो चार भारतीय थे और लगभग पांच सात सौ की संख्या में विदेशी पर्यटक…हर देश के …कही से इंग्लिश भाषा सुनाई दे रही थी तो कही कोई गाइड स्पेनिश या जर्मन भाषा में इन पर्यटकों से बात कर रहा था…पता चला की लगभग सभी विदेशी सुबह ही यहाँ आते है भारतीय भीड़ से दूर और ये सुझाव उन्हें गाइड और होटल वाले देते है…पिछले दिन भी विदेशी पर्यटक काफी थे पर आज ऐसा लगा की हम लोग विदेश घुमने आये है …इतने अधिक विदेशी एक साथ एक ही जगह पे भारत में कही नही देखने को मिलते..

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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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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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आइए ले चलें आपको नए पटना से पटना साहेब के सफ़र पर

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गुरुद्वारे के सामने की सड़क तो उतनी ही संकरी है पर राहत की बात ये हे कि गुरुद्वारे के प्रांगण में गाड़ी रखने की विशाल जगह है। गुरुद्वारे के ठीक सामने रुमालों की दुकान है इसलिए अगर सर पर साफा बाँधने के लिए गर कोई कपड़ा ना भी लाएँ हों तो कोई बात नहीं।

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Kolkata-Howrah

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I was little ahead of Indian Museum on the road so decided to walk unto the museum. By this time the footpaths along the road were starting to get occupied by hawkers selling all sorts of wares. I came to Indian Museum building which had just opened its counters. I did not have any expectations form the museum and thought I would just skim through it. However, it turned out to be a real treat. It has geological, archaeological, animal, avian, marine specimen over several galleries. The galleries where huge with several things at display. The display units were either tall wooden almirahs or wooden boxes placed on the floor. Rather than specimen I was more amused by rarity of such display furniture.

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Soul of Kolkata – Festivals, Food, and Sports

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Calcutta also known as the city of festivals almost remains enlightened all through the year with various festivals every now and then. Whether it’s Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja, Kartik Puja, Vishwakarma Puja, Holi, Diwali, Christmas or whatever, the city enjoys them all with full celebration. Durga Puja is ideally the biggest festival of Calcutta (and West Bengal). The city of Calcutta has a completely different look.

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पांडव लेनी (गुफा), नासिक की पदयात्रा

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नामकरण के किस्सों को जानने के पश्चात् मैं इन्हें देखने के लिए और लालायित हो उठा. कदम तेजी से बढ़ने लगे और मैं गुफा-वृन्द के गेट पर आ गया. वहां २४ लाजवाब गुफाएं थीं. पुरातत्व विभाग द्वारा एक बोर्ड भी लगा हुआ था, जिसमें बताया गया की वे गुफाएं लगभग २०० वर्षों में बनीं थीं. कई गुफाएं तत्कालीन सम्राटों और धनिक-सम्मानित लोगों के द्वारा दान में दी गयी राशि से बनाई गयीं थीं और बौद्ध धर्म के हीनयान सम्प्रदाय के अनुयायियों द्वारा उपयोग में लाई जातीं थीं.

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Salem – Madurai – Kanyakumari Road trip and sightseeing

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1322km, hidden beach, kanyakumari, 6:10am, 10mins away from sunset. The Road ends and it ends with Indian extreme south land zone, and turquoise sea in front about to turn saffron and then black gradually.

The feeling can’t be explained in words, of what we were watching, what we have achieved and what we have experienced so far.

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