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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