Historical

‘Rock’On Mahabalipuram!

‘Rock’On Mahabalipuram!

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The streets of Mahabalipuram are a photographer’s delight. The city is famous for stone sculptures. You can get your sculpture done within 3 months and get it delivered to your place just by giving your photograph and your measurements. The murals of deities, elephants, bhuddha’s are a very common sight. It is an eye feast to look at the workmen at work, carving intricate designs on the stones. I got to speak to one such person, Surya , who was diligently making a Ganesh idol. It took him 3 months so far to make the below idol and it would fetch him 35,000 INR. These idols are made  using the machinery as well as traditional hammer and chisel. It gives altogether a different experience to stand among numerous idols which are going to make it temples where we are not allowed to go even 5 steps nearer. After a brief visit to the workshops we headed to the Arjuna’s penance.

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Experiencing the Heart of India

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Hey there. I don’t know where to start. India has opened my eyes to a whole new culture I have never before seen. I’ve been born and brought up in Auckland, New Zealand, and often visit my home city Pune. However, this time, my relatives and I decided to visit the heart of Madhya Pradesh to get a historically and culturally rich experience. After having an initial debate on which places to go to, we came to the official conclusion of touring Khajuraho, Orchha and Gwalior.

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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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वीराने का अद्भुत सौदर्य-कच्छ का रण

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बचपन में भूगोल विषय में जब नक़्शे में रण ऑफ़ कच्छ देखते थे तो समझ नही आता था यहाँ क्या है.उस समय पर्यटन की सुविधाए नही थी तो आम जनमानस भी कच्छ की यात्रा नही कर पाते थे.अतः तब अधिक जानकारी भी उपलब्ध नही थी..समय गुजरा और पर्यटन में रूचि जागृत हुई तब कच्छ भी विश लिस्ट में आ गया.प्राथमिकता तब भी जाने माने पर्यटन क्षेत्र ही रहे.फिर महानायक के विज्ञापन आने शुरू हुए
“कच्छ नही देखा तो कुछ नही देखा”

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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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GANGOTRI – The Origin of Holy River Ganga

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Several places sacred to Hindus lie along the banks of the river Ganga, including Haridwar, Allahabad and Varanasi. During the Loy Krathong festival in Thailand, candlelit floats are released into waterways in honouring the Buddha and the goddess Ganga for good fortune and washing away sins.

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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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Talkād – A City under the Sifting Sand

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By the banks of Cauvery was the ancient town of Talkād a bustling pilgrim city now lay buried under the sheets of shifting sand. What transpire me to visit Talkād are not the exquisite carvings and murals or the archaeological excavations but a curse – The Curse of Malangi, the ancient name of the neighbourhood.

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