Historical

Gateway of South East Asia – IMPHAL

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The old Fort is damaged but a lot of new construction has come up in the Fort. ‘Kangla’ was the ancient capital of Manipur from the ancient times down to the year 1891 AD.

Inside the fort there is an old Govindji temple, temple was closed & it seems that now no body offers prayer there.

After that we went to visit new Govindji temple which is not very far from the fort.The famous temple of Shree Govindaji is one of the prime attractions of Imphal. This Hindu temple has the deities of Hindu gods, Radha and Krishna Govinda.

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A Rainy Day in Raichak

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The balcony leads you to the lounge or resting area. This lounge will amaze you. Four-poster bed, easy chair, gramophone, tables, chairs, sofa – decades old decorates this lounge. One can also notice the typical Bengali red cemented floors here. The only touch of modernization in this room perhaps is the air conditioning. The best part was the view through the large glass window panes which got frosted because of the rain outside. It rather added to the rustic beauty.

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Shree Gajanan Maharaj – Shegaon

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Trip was fixed when I was coming back from office by Local Train in the month of December 2012 & in train one of the co-passenger given Laddu as a Prasad from Shree Gajanan Maharaj – Shegaon, as it was his native place & he visit regularly. On the same time we decided to go for the Darshan of Shree Gajanan Maharaj in Shegaon & other 3 friends to agree and now date to be fixed for the trip, finally we decided to visit in the Month of January 2013 from 25th January to 28th January, 2013 and accordingly we have booked Railway ticket on the next day & we have got the confirm Ticket too.. Jai Gajanan Maharaj… Gan Gan Ganat Bote

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Ashtur Dreams – The Technicolour Royal Necropolis of Bahmani Sultanate

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Just looking at the long line of tombs you know the big daddy is the Ahmad Shah I Wali Tomb. The tomb is the second from the east. Ahmad Shah shifted the capital to Bidar in 1430 and rebuilt the old fort. Riches from different conquests brought opulence to Bidar which turned the city into a centre of culture and progress. He was religiously inclined and invited saints to Bidar. He was devoted to Hadrat Banda Nawaz of Gulbarga and later to Shah Nimat Ullah of Kirman, reportedly a Sufi dervish. He also respected the doctrine of Lingayats, a religious order of Deccan established by the philosopher, statesman and social reformer Basavanna (1134-1196). Ahmad Shah was like an earlier Akbar.

The Ahmad Shah I Wali Tomb is majestic and looks solid. The walls are about twelve feet thick supporting a huge orb dome on the top. There are three doors built into huge recessed arches. The walls carry three tiers of arches of varying dimensions. The tomb looks similar to its contemporary tombs in Delhi’s Lodhi Gardens.

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आगरा: ताज की तरफ वाया सिकंदरा (अकबर का मकबरा)

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मुगलों के बनवाए कुछ मकबरे तो वाकई इतने बुलंद और आलीशान हैं कि आपको उनकी मौत से भी रश्क हो जाता है | इस काल की जितनी भी मुख्य इमारतें हैं, उनमे कुछ ना कुछ ऐसा जरूर है, जिस से आप उनकी भवन-निर्माण कला के मुरीद हो जाएँ, इस मामले में ये मकबरा भी आपको एक ऐसा नायाब पल देता है, जब आप, (चित्र में लाल घेरे वाले) पत्थर पर खड़े होकर जो भी बोलते हैं, वो इस के हर हिस्से में सुनाई देता है यानी कि आज के दौर का Public Address System. और आप हैरान तो तब रह जाते हैं जब इस स्पॉट से दो फुट दायें–बाएं या आगे-पीछे होने पर. आपकी आवाज केवल आप तक ही रह जाती है |

सदियों से, जो मौत इतनी डरावनी और भयावह समझी जाती रही है कि कोई अपनी मरजी से उसके पास तक नही जाना चाहता, उसे याद तक नही करना चाहता, ऐसे में उसकी यादगार को कायम रखने के लिए इतने भव्य और आलीशान मकबरों का निर्माण, वाकई कमाल की बात है |

मिर्ज़ा ग़ालिब का एक शेर इस मौके पर बेसाख्ता ही याद आकर लबों पर एक हल्की सी मुस्कान बिखेर देता है –

“ मत पूछ, के क्या हाल है मेरा तेरे पीछे?, सोच के क्या रंग तेरा, मेरे आगे ! “

मिस्त्र के पिरामिड और ये मकबरे, ऐसा नही, कि मौत को कोई चुनोती देते हों या मौत पर इंसान की जीत का परचम फहराते हों, पर हाँ इतना जरूर है कि इन्हें देखने के बाद मौत इतनी भी बदसूरत नजर नही आती! बहरहाल सूरज अपना जलवा दिखाने को बेकरार हो रहा है, और घड़ी की सुईयां भी सरपट भाग रही हैं, ऐसे में हम फैसला करते हैं कि हमें अपनी ऊर्जा ताजमहल के लिए भी बचा कर रखनी है | अत:, हम जल्दी से अकबर के मकबरे को अपनी यादों में समेट, मुगलिया सल्तनत के एक बेताज बादशाह को उसकी फराखदिली और पंथ-निरपेक्षता के लिए उसे अपना आखिरी सलाम देते हुए, एक और मकबरे, ताजमहल को देखने आगरा की और कूच कर देते हैं…..

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Talakadu – Town of Lost Temples

Talakadu – Town of Lost Temples

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A town with an atmosphere rich in history, mythology, religion, belief and faith with the river Cauvery quietly flowing agelessly, a witness to the rise and fall of several kingdoms, to the fervent prayers and resonant chants of devotees, to the happiness and sadness in their hearts and to the progress of human civilization over time.

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Victoria Memorial, a perfect example of beauty and grace

Summer Vacation: The trademark edifice of Kolkata – Part – VI

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The Victoria Memorial stands tall at the heart of the city, as a perfect example of beauty and grace. A trip to Kolkata is incomplete without visiting Victoria Memorial. You always expect there is something special whenever you will go to any new place, as well as your eagerness to explore the new place a lot more. However, there is a possibility that you may still feel a little unfulfilled, may think that few things will be skipped or missed entirely. Apart from the above, you can visit Rabindra Sadan, which is a cultural centre and theatre, located near the Nandan cinema (a cultural complex) or the Academy of Fine Arts. All these are just a stone-throw away distance from Victoria Memorial.

The city offers almost everything for everyone. Depending on your choice and interest, you can plan your trip accordingly

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Trip to Riyadh: Sunday 12th May 2013 to Friday 17th May 2013 – III

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It was almost noon when I finished scouting the area. There was an Afghani restaurant here, so I decided to have my lunch here. They served me Alu Palak, and it was really delicious, so I ended up ordering some take-aways in the form of an extra plate of alu palak, and a plate of a chicken curry. I then went to meet Dr. Deepti Chauhan, a Mumbai-based Ophthalmologist who has recently come to Riyadh for a short 3-month assignment to work in the King Faisal Specialist Eye Hospital; we had been in touch by phone through a mutual friend, as she needed guidance on how to manage one’s life in Saudi Arabia, esp. as she would be travelling and staying here as a single woman.

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Ahmedabad Trip Part 2

Ahmedabad Trip Part 2

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Sabarmati Ashram : I think every Indian knows the name of this place :) It is located on Ashram road near Vadaj on the bank of Sabarmati River. Sabarmati Ashram or Satyagraha Ashram had played an instrumental role in the non-violence movement and India’s struggle for independence. Mahatma Gandhi’s famous “Dandi March” started from here in 1930. At present the site functions as a museum and an institution whose aim is to preserve and propagate the legacy of the Mahatma. At the entrance, a map of the area acts a guide for tourists. The site covers a large area and the Ashram premises a museum (Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya) which has five units – office, library, two photo galleries and an auditorium. The museum has eight life-size colour oil paintings and an exhibition on Gandhi’s life “My life is my message” and “Gandhiji in Ahmedabad”. An archive is also set up, which stores  letters written by Gandhiji, manuscripts, photographs etc. The library has large number of books, coins, postal stamps and letters of felicitation received by Gandhiji. The grounds of the Ashram include the Hridaykunj, Gandhiji’s humble living quarters, Vinoba-Mira Kutir, Prarthana Bhoomi, statues of the three wise monkeys etc. The tranquility of the place is impressive and the memorabilia of Gandhiji and Independence Struggle reminds us of what we owe to our forefathers. Timing: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm throughout the year and admission is free.

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Red Fort

A day in the historic Red Fort – Shahjahanabad, the Seventh city of Delhi

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Recently, I went to visit Red Fort and come back home with so many thoughtful memories. It was not my first visit but this trip was an amazing experience.
The Red Fort of Delhi has witnessed so many rulers and an important link between the past and the present. It had witnessed the downfall of Mughal dynasty, as well as pains and sufferings throughout our freedom struggle. It has also witnessed the day when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, unfurled the national flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 15th of August, 1947.

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Mehrauli – The Second City of Delhi

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Mehrauli quickly became a hotspot for construction which continued for centuries and today perhaps boasts of more monuments than any other part of Delhi. The building of Mehrauli started just a kilometre away from Fateh Burj where Ghori and Aibak entered Qila Rai Pithora after defeating Prithviraj.

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