Cities

A Balinese Sojourn

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Finally, the last day began with a nice Balinese spa. It was so rejuvenating, one must not miss it at any cost. We went beach hopping that day. First, we went to the Benoa beach, it is famous for beach activities. As I am not very much into water sports, I just took some vibrant pictures and headed to Nusa Dua. Now that is the place one would hanker for. The turquoise calm water of the sea and the vast white sand beaches will make one go weak in the knees.

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Feast Journey – Mumbai

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To start with number one in my list is Bade Miyan , situated in the by lanes of Colaba and is behind the famous Taj Hotel. Actually it is not located behind the Taj Hotel but is in front of it , because the main entrance  of the Old Taj is located in the back side of the hotel .  Bade Miyan is mainly famous for the Non- Veg  food , it serves Mughalai cousin , though they have got a section of Veg food also .It is a highly popular food joint in south mumbai but  there is no availability of good seating area , one has to wait for around Twenty minutes standing beside a occupied table , kept on the footpath , sometimes it becomes irritating but after having the delicious food every shortcomings are forgotten.

Now the point where to start the feast and I will recommend Seekh Kawab, the softest Seekh Kawab I ever had in my life. They are grilled on the Charcoal fire and served hot, the shine on the surface due the juices flowing from it reflects the quality served. I bet you cannot stop with one plate of the Seekh Kawab and end up having couple of them.

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The best of Amsterdam City, Zaanse schans, Alkmaar and Giethoorn village

The best of Amsterdam City, Zaanse schans, Alkmaar and Giethoorn village

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It was huge and the greenery and quite was peacful and relaxing. On our way back home we saw a square where on all 4 sides there were shops of famous brands like H&M, Mango, Zara and others if you want to shop. We also saw many performers like people dressed up in different costumes and a lot more. There was also a lady who was making huge bubble and it was a beautiful sight to the eyes and fun to pop them.

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Delhi -> Jodhpur ->Jaisalmer -> Bikaner Road Review

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A road trip starting from Delhi to Jodhpur, then over to Jaisalmer and a return back via Bikaner is an amazing experience. It is always advisable to start the journey at the break of dawn to avoid the rush hour. We started around 3:00 AM (did I say break of dawn?) and were in Jaipur by 7.00 AM. The Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH-8) is under construction for expansion. Be prepared to face a lot of mud & deep craters on the roads. We still managed to go maintain a speed of 60-70 Kmph and sometimes accelerated to about 110 kmph. Good facilities for breakfast and refreshments along the highway provided by Rajasthan Tourism & other privately held outlets make the journey comfortable.

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CHITRAKOOT DHAM : Janaki Kund, Sati Anusuya Asharm and Gupt Godavari

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This is a lovely stretch of water where it is believed that Sita Maa used to take her bath during her exile at Chitrakoot. Janaki kund poses extreme serenity and tranquility to the pilgrims coming here . Pilgrims visiting Chitrakoot seldom spare the chance to take a dip in Janaki Kund since they strongly believe that these waters are blessed to be the bathing ghat of Sita devi.

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VAISHNO DEVI : Hotel and Helicopter Booking Information & Trek to Bhawan

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Next day early morning we woke up and headed towards the Banganga the Entrance to start the Vaishno Devi climb or Trek or foothills of Vaishno Devi Mountain. Before moving towards Banganga to start the Trek , one has to take a darshan receipt (parchi). For that the Shrine Board has made a separate counter. Unless you take the receipt ( parchi) you are not allowed to enter the trekking path or at Cave entrance. Sometimes in festive seasons even to get the receipt ( parchi )requires 2 – 3 hours. Yatra Registration Counter is located in a Town’s main circle called Main Chowk. From here itself one can go to Banganga which is around 1.5 to 2 kms. Here there are lot of Auto rickshaws available to go near Banganga at the rate of Rs. 50 .

After taking receipt we headed towards Banganga to start our final yatra. Initially we wanted to go via helicopter, but due to bad weather Helicopter services were stopped. So we thought of climbing 14 kms on our feet itself.Trek to Vaishno Devi is very steep but smooth till Ardhkuwari ( 5 kms ) . One becomes really tired climbing till here . After Ardhkuwari the road is less steep and can be covered by walking at a constant pace easily. There are two ways of reaching the main Shrine 1) Himkoti Marg, New one 2) Hathi Matha Marg, Old one . In both the paths again there were two bifurcations a) via plain slanting road b) via steps. We chose Himkoti slanting road for climbing and Hathi Matha marg via steps for climbing down.

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IMPORTANT TEMPLES OF VARANASI

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Tulsi Manas temple is one of the most famous temples of Varanasi. The Tulsi Manas temple is located near the famous Durga temple. It was built in white marble in the year 1964. The temple has been made more charming by the magnificent landscaping around it. The Tulsi Manas temple is dedicated to Lord Ram. It is believed to be built at the same place where Tulsidas wrote the famous Indian epic, Ramcharitamanas. The walls of the Tulsi Manas temple are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ramcharitammanas, the Awadhi ( Hindi) version of the Ramayana.

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Los Angeles – The city of Angels !

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Well I did not see any angels, but yes truly a land of dreams !  Innumerous people come to Hollywood with this dream in their heart that they might get a chance in a film and make it big…..and end up being some impersonator on the Walk of Fame street…..Hmmmm….scary isn’t it…But what’s wrong in Dreaming….So Dream oh Dream !!!!

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मेरी पुष्कर यात्रा – पुष्कर मेला 2017

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पर्यटकों को लुभाने वाली तमाम जगहों से भरी राजस्थान की धरती में पुष्कर का एक अलग स्थान है, क्योंकि बाकी जगहों की तरह यहाँ कोई रेगिस्तान, महल या किला नहीं है, पुष्कर पूरे विश्व में अपनी पहचान रखता है अपनी धार्मिक और सांस्कृतिक विरासत के लिए I पूरे विश्व में ब्रह्मा जी का अकेला मंदिर पुष्कर में ही है, इस कारण हिन्दू धर्म में पुष्कर का एक बहुत ख़ास स्थान तो है ही पर उसके अलावा पुष्कर की इस विश्व स्तरीय पहचान के पीछे, हर साल कार्तिक के महीने में आयोजित होने वाले पुष्कर मेले की अहम् भूमिका है I साल के वो आठ दिन जब ये मेला चलता है, तो पुष्कर देश ही नहीं पूरी दुनिया के मानचित्र में होता है I

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Music by the ghats of Varanasi – The Mahindra Kabira Festival

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Mrs. Sucharita Gupta. While Harpreet sang some soulful self-composed pieces on Kabir, Mrs. Gupta worked her magic with thumris, bhajan and you-name-it on Kabir. It is another level of performance when the artist herself feels elated and wants to continue performing bringing out new stuff from the bag. And classical/semi-classical Indian Music works well with our taste and sensibilities. So it was, as they say, magical!

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