Maharashtra

Beauty of the caves of AJANTA

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The train was on time and I reached Aurangabad around 10 am. I took breakfast near bus stand and then caught a straight bus to Ajanta. Ajanta is around 90 kms from Aurangabad and situated en-route Aurangabad-Jalgaon. Bus services are very frequent on this route.

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Mumbai Siddhivinayak Temple and The Gateway of India (Part 2)

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Earlier, the Siddhivinayak temple was a small construction highlighting the black idol of Shree Siddhivinayak, carved out of stone. It was only two and half feet wide then. The most remarkable feature of this idol of Lord Ganesh is that, His trunk is tilted to the right side. The deity has four hands, which is why it is also called Chaturbhuj.

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Pages from my dairy, traveling in Seventies

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Just for information and to lend credibility to this piece, my wife had (in those days) used the diary published by Tata Oil Mills, (Tomco – A Tata caompany) which was one of my client at OBM.I wonder if today’s young people know that Tata used to make and market soaps and detergents.They were known for their products like Jai and GoldMist soaps, and 555 washing powder Bar

These annual dairies always had the theme of Indian Historical places. The pages, scanned from these dairies, would give you the glimpse of Life & Times gone by, that we will never see again. We hope you enjoy going back in time and see the wonderful country of ours, of those days, with us.

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Matheran Musings

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There is a barricade at the brink of the ‘sunset point’ hill, lest people fall in the valley, mad by the red in the sky. There is ample space to enjoy the sunset for all: men, women, children, horses and monkeys. Everyone has more or less a chance of finding a good corner to sit but in solitude. It so happens that monkeys decide to practice acrobatics at the barricade and thus occupy the prime position, sending all the humans back.

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शिंगणापुर यात्रा – जहाँ शनि देव विराजते हैं

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आपको फिर बताना चाहूंगा की साई आश्रम में दर्शन की बायोमेट्रिक सिस्टम है जो में स्तिथ है और रिसेप्शन से सुविधा मिल जाती है ताकि अगर आपने ऑनलाइन पर्ची नहीं ली तो आप आश्रम में ही बॉयोमीट्रिक्स करवा के शाम या सुबह की मंदिर प्रवेश की पर्ची प्राप्त कर सकते हैं । इससे यह सुविधा मिलती है की आपको फिर मंदिर के गेट १ & २ के सामने लाइन से पर्ची लेने में जो समय लगेगा वह समय बच जायेगा और एक बार प्रसादालय से प्रसाद ज़रूर पाए, यह एक डिवाइन अनुभव होगा ।

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शिरडी , जहाँ साई बसते हैं

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आपको बता दूँ की ऑनलाइन पर्ची वालों के लिए गेट नंबर ३ या शनि गेट से एंट्री होती है जलपान होने के बाद हमने मंदिर संसथान के सामने ऑटो करने का फैसला किया पर सामने तांगेवाले को देख के मन ललचा गया और बुक करके मंदिर की और चल पड़े, मंदिर संसथान से १ किमी दूर है और १००० मीटर आपको पैदल चलना होगा रस्ते में दुकान वाले आपको चादर और प्रसादी के लिए बोलेंगे पर आप सिर्फ चादर और गुलाब का फूल लीजियेगा क्योंकि बाबा को प्रसाद बाहर का नहीं चढ़ता सिर्फ फूल और चादर चढ़ती है,

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A Visit to Lavasa, Pune

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There is not much to do at Lavasa except walking along the waterfront promenade, the prime attraction, which is very well maintained and clean. It was about 10mins walk from our hotel, Mercure. It also offers various options for dining at restaurants serving delicacies from different countries like American, Australian, Lebanese, Singaporean, Chinese along with Pizzas, Ice-creams and Indian street foods like Chats & Tikkas. Some of these are overpriced. It is recommended to have meals at the hotel; however, one can try these restaurants for one meal.

We had our dinner at American Diner, which was obviously a costly affair. The place had on offer, a 5 course dinner for a couple (Valentine’s eve) at a discounted price of Rs. 1000/- (we did not opt for it). The restaurant serves imported drinks. We tried a Vodka brand called Pinky (this is the first time, we heard about this brand). It was ok.

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Weekend Trip to Kihim – Alibaug

Weekend Trip to Kihim – Alibaug

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Fort surrounded by sea water at a little distance from the shore. When tide is low one can go there on foot. Otherwise there are speed boats for tourists to go there. These boats also take tourists on short rides on sea, just near the shore

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Goaing – from Goa to Delhi

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After the mandatory getting-lost-and-going-round-in-circles-before-finding-the-destination that we seem to do in most new cities, we reach our destination after 2 solid hours of wandering the drowning streets of Ghatkopar in a downpour worthy of …. Mumbai! The thing to note is that more time was spent in negotiating the traffic (read: stuck in traffic) than driving!

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Lavish yet affordable trip to Matheran, near Mumbai

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• Girls should consider wearing something very appropriate as the crowd consist of good as well as cheap public.
• As a couple you should consider not carrying much luggage as there is no one to look after it.
• Please be careful of the broken bottle glasses all over the place.
• Please be prepared with the right type of footwear since the place is slippery.
• The water currents are very mild and the fall is amongst the safest fall in the state.
While leaving for top we again got a share cab for us with the same fare. We trekked from Dasturi to our hotel this time. Yeah! Now I am planning to add trekker in my resume..lol. The rest of the day we spent inside our cozy hotel.

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जीवदानी माता का मंदिर और अरनाला द्वीप के क़िले का परिचय

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किले के उत्तरी द्वार पर किले का मुख्य दरवाज़ा जो, समुद्र की तरफ़ खुलता था. किसी जमाने में उस समुद्री तट पर पुर्तगाली और ब्रिटिश नौसेना तैनात रही होगी. उस दिशा में समुद्र दूर-दूर तक फैला दिखाई देता था और यह साफ़ दिख रहा था कि सामरिक दृष्टि से अर्नाले के किले का महत्त्व कितना था. इसी दरवाज़े के ऊपर मराठों की पुर्तगालियों पर विजय के बारे में एक शिलालेख भी अंकित था. साथ ही किले की दीवारों पर शेर और हाथी जैसे प्रतीक चिन्ह भी उकृत थे.

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वज्रेश्वरी के गर्म पानी के स्रोतों का आश्चर्य

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एक-दूसरे पर जल के छीटें फेंकना, हंसी-मज़ाक करना, पानी के बीच अपनी फोटो खिंचवाना इत्यादि जल-क्रियाओं से लोग खुशियाँ मना रहे थे. तैरना जानने वाले लोग तो उस नदी के बीचो-बीच तैर रहे थे. कुछ स्त्रीयां नदी के तट पर बैठ कर अपनी-अपनी अंजुलियों में किनारे पर आई हुईं छोटी-छोटी मछलियों को पकड़ने की चेष्टा कर रहीं थीं.

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