Religious

यात्रा: कभी ख़ुशी कभी ग़म

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औंढा में हमसे अपेक्षाकृत ज्यादा पैसे खर्च हो गए, और अंततः हमारी जेब पूरी तरह से खाली हो गई, लेकिन हमें पूरा विश्वास था की तहसील प्लेस है, इतना बड़ा तीर्थ स्थान है, रोजाना देश के कोने कोने से पर्यटक आते हैं एकाध ए.टी.एम. तो होगा ही….लेकिन जब हम बस स्टॉप पर आये और हमने ए.टी.एम. का पता किया तो हमारे होश फाख्ता हो गए पता चला की औंढा में एक भी ए.टी.एम. नहीं है, हमें औंढा से परली जाना था जो की लगभग साढ़े तीन घंटे का रास्ता था, हमारे पास सिर्फ दो सौ रुपये थे और बस का किराया था 300 रुपये लेकिन हम हिम्मत करके बस में बैठ गए क्योंकि फिर परली के लिए बस कुछ घंटों के बाद ही थी.

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Badri Nath – Himalayan Beauty !

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Temples and historical places for the religious & spirituals…. and Auli skiing, valley of flowers trek, Geo-thermal springs of Tapovan and satopanth treks and Nanda Devi bio-sphere park, for the nature lovers but non-religious people.
Yes it is Badrinath. I have already seen so many posts on Badrinath, giving ample description and beautiful photos, but each posts carries a new fragrance of Badri Nath, so I thought I should give my part of the story on Badri Nath, and give another fragrance of this wonderful place.

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Patal Bhuvaneshwar caves: Treasure trove of Indian Mythology

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While we were planning the Kumaon itinerary, research on the net did not convince us to include the cave complex in the trip. Few bloggers felt it was unsafe, slippery, and muddy and for those who liked it, I was not sure if it was due to their religious inclination or were the caves really worth a visit for a secular tourist.

I discussed these apprehensions with my friend Mona, who belongs to that region. She insisted that we must include them in the itinerary and added that some of her old relatives visited the caves and found them scintillating. So even with all the reservations, Patal Bhuvaneshwar was not completely striked out from the plan.

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Aundha Nagnath / औंढा नागनाथ: भोले बाबा का एक और आशियाना

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नांदेड में हजुर साहिब सचखंड गुरूद्वारे के पावन दर्शन के पश्चात अब हमारी यात्रा का अगला गंतव्य था श्री औंढा नागनाथ ज्योतिर्लिंग दर्शन.
नांदेड में रणजीतसिंह यात्री निवास से लगभग 10 बजे चेक आउट करने के बाद औंढा के लिए बस पकड़ने के उद्देश्य से हम नांदेड के बस स्टेंड पर पहुँच गए, वहां जाकर पता चला की औंढा के लिए डाइरेक्ट कोई बस उपलब्ध नहीं थी अतः हम बसमथ के लिए बस में सवार हो गए और बसमथ से बस बदलकर लगभग साढ़े 12 बजे औंढा नागनाथ पहुँच गए. अब अपनी कहानी को यहाँ विराम देकर आपको स्थान से परिचित करता हूँ.नांदेड में हजुर साहिब सचखंड गुरूद्वारे के पावन दर्शन के पश्चात अब हमारी यात्रा का अगला गंतव्य था श्री औंढा नागनाथ ज्योतिर्लिंग दर्शन.
नांदेड में रणजीतसिंह यात्री निवास से लगभग 10 बजे चेक आउट करने के बाद औंढा के लिए बस पकड़ने के उद्देश्य से हम नांदेड के बस स्टेंड पर पहुँच गए, वहां जाकर पता चला की औंढा के लिए डाइरेक्ट कोई बस उपलब्ध नहीं थी अतः हम बसमथ के लिए बस में सवार हो गए और बसमथ से बस बदलकर लगभग साढ़े 12 बजे औंढा नागनाथ पहुँच गए. अब अपनी कहानी को यहाँ विराम देकर आपको स्थान से परिचित करता हूँ.

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A quick tour toTarkeshwar  – तारकेश्वर महादेव

A quick tour toTarkeshwar – तारकेश्वर महादेव

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I always have two sets of Ghummakari. One is with my family, where we book good accommodation and with all gears ready and behaving like “अच्छा बच्चा” (or rather achha buddha now LOL). The other set of trip is with group of my childhood friends (Laxman, Awasthi, Vijay & Pradeep).

With friends, our trip is quick, without any hotel bookings or preparations for the way and with minimum budget . It is so quick that sometimes we decide at night that tomorrow morning we are going. I keep a small tent, purchased from Scotland, in the boot of car, , which houses two and can be fitted in 20 minutes… but like our trains we can 3 or 4 slip into that in emergency.

Our trip to Tarkeshwar Mahadev was such a quickie. A day before we decided to dash and lo…next morning 4 am we were on the road with petrol tank full. all five of us packed well in the car and crossed Meerut in one hour. Road from Meerut towards Kotdwar is not easily recognised during traffic hours as it looks like a small bazar, but in the wee hours it welcomed us with open lanes.

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तख़्त सचखंड श्री हजुर साहिब गुरुद्वारा नांदेड़/Sachkhand Gurudwara Nanded

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सभी घुमक्कड़ साथियों को  मेरा सप्रेम नमस्कार. एक बार फिर उपस्थित हूँ मैं आपलोगों के सामने अपनी नूतन धर्म यात्रा के अनोखे अनुभवों के साथ. अपनी ज्योतिर्लिंग यात्राओं के क्रम में पिछले वर्ष सम्पन्न की गई श्री महाकालेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिंग की यात्रा के बाद अगली ज्योतिर्लिंग यात्रा के रूप में हमने महाराष्ट्र के मराठवाड़ा क्षेत्र में स्थित दो ज्योतिर्लिंगों औंढा नागनाथ और परली वैद्यनाथ को चुना. इन स्थलों के बारे में जानकारी जुटाने के लिए जब मैं गूगल महाशय की शरण में गया तो उन्होंने बताया की दोनों ज्योतिर्लिंग नांदेड शहर के आसपास हैं. नांदेड का नाम पहले भी कई बार सुना था लेकिन ज्यादा जानकारी नहीं थी, अपनी सर्च के दौरान नांदेड के बारे में बहुत कुछ जानने को मिला, और पता चला की यह शहर सिक्ख धर्म एक…

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Deoria Tal – Tungnath – Chandrashila

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The last night’s amazing views of the sky dotted with innumerable twinkling stars left me spell bound and I was eagerly waiting for the sunrise. Next day, I got up at 4 and asked the tent shop owner to wake up the guide. After half an hour later, we started our climb to the peak and reached there well before time and now all (all bengalis except us as this place interestingly is mostly visited by the bengalis, witness to that are the shop signboards in bengali) were waiting for the sunrise. As soon as the sun rose from behind the Nanda Devi peak, all were all set to capture the golden ring created by the sunrise. Our guide told us the names of all the Himalayan peaks that ranges from Nanda Devi till Yamunotri Peak from right to left where Chaukhamba is the most dominating peak in the middle.

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Rays of Light

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We started our walk and soon saw the first of the Sarnath monument, the Chaukhandi Stupa. A beautiful, well kept garden surrounding the Stupa welcomes you with dancing butterflies and chirping birds. Chaukhandi Stupa has a square base. This stupa was built during Gupta times. And later during Islamic rule, it got the peculiar head with edges. Built in red bricks, it was an impressive site, standing tall under a blue sky, silently remembering the era by gone.
This main road of Sarnath is lined with some beautiful Buddhist temples donated and built by several east Asian Buddhist nations. It really shows their affection and devotion towards Gautam Buddha and it’s land.

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Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Paradise regained !!!

Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Paradise regained !!!

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We left Jageshwar around 10, refreshed and forgetting the horrible incident of yesterday night. When we came out of Jageshwar road, there are two ways to go to Patal Bhuvaneshwar. The normal and shorter route is that we turn towards Almora and 5 Kms after Jageshwar turn right and passing Bare Chhina, Shera Ghat and by-passing Beri Nag, we reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar.

The other road, we were told is longer and lonely. So we decided to take this longer route, because we had enough time and I am so happy to drive on lonely roads. We turned to our left towards Gangolihat. The road was Ok for most of the parts and we hardly saw any car crossing us. Occasionally 2 or 3 trucks passed. The scene was beautiful and awesome.

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The River and the City

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The airport is located in Babatpur, a slightly funny name but when you see the airport name displayed in bold letters as Lal Bahadur Shastri aiport, suddenly it gains stature and you feel a connection, a long lost memory jogged. And you remember a story of young Lal bahadur swimming across the Ganga for his studies.

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Jageshwar – A Horrible New Year !!

Jageshwar – A Horrible New Year !!

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Hot food was delicious. Families were preparing for good sleep after such long and tiring journey and I was standing at the balcony watching a few people going here and there. The time was around 10 and town was sleeping, just a chai-wala still open. Then I saw New Scorpio and Skoda coming and parking behind our cars. There was loud music coming from the cars and the people in cars started coming out. They were all between age 22-30 and were talking loudly. I smiled thinking they must be some new year seekers and after not getting hotel anywhere , reached here by mistake.

We switched off the lights and went for sleep. Sleep was almost waiting for us to lie down. It was around 11 in night that we all woke up from our sleep with the loud noise. The boys had opened all doors of the scorpion and they were playing the music system at full volume. We tried to sleep but the music was so loud that it was impossible. I assured my family that soon they will be tired and would sleep after 12.

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