तो मित्रो आपने पढ़ा कि अपनी हिमाचल यात्रा हमने नैना देवी, ज्वालाजी, कांगड़ा, पालमपुर बैजनाथ होते हुए रिवालसर में समाप्त की। अब समय आ गया था इस खूबसूरत जगह को छोड़ने का व अपनी वापसी यात्रा शुरु करने का. ऩाश्ता करने के बाद हमने होटल का बिल चुकाया और एक बार फिर रिवालसर के नयनाभिराम दृष्यों को जी भर कर देखा…. और अपनी वापसी य़ात्रा शुरु की.Read More
Southampton is a small city…very quiet, beautiful and attractive. There is nothing much to see in Southampton, but the Titanic Museum and remains of old Southampton fort. Next day we started our exploration of Southampton. We went to the market and saw the gate of Southampton Fort. In WWII, SH was completely destroyed and it was re-built. The pier from which Titanic sailed, was also destroyed and there stands the new port.Read More
We had information that this year Aurora would be in full swing due to high activities in the sun… My daughter had gifted me a new camera (lumix GF3) so I was ready to see and shoot Aurora this year. One day I woke up at 5, for drinking a glass of water and when I peeped out of my window, I saw a green colored cloud over my garden. I was excited that I was watching Aurora from inside my house. I ran and brought the camera, but by the time I fixed it, the green cloud left and a beautiful blue haze covered the sky.
So first attempt failed. Evening when we were watching our favorite TV serials, suddenly telephone rang and my friend Hilde was on the other side. She told me to go to certain place, If I wished to see Northern Lights. It was a wintery night and temprature was -4, with high winds blowing, but that did not bar us from rushing out. We drove by the downtown, and near the sea and watched the beautiful Reykjavik in night.Read More
Reykjavik is a small city having a total population around 120,000. There are very few foreigners here and Indians are hard to find. There are a few Indian families and 10 students in Iceland University. Reykjavik is on the North Atlantic sea. Since the warm gulf stream traverses nearby Reykjavik, the climate of Reykjavik is never harsh. A maximum of 15/16 degrees in summers and around -5/-6 in winters. Some days may see temperature as low as -16C but these are rare. We enjoy 6 months of day and 6 months of night here. Another interesting point is that every other Icelanders vows to have met a ghost or troll or an elve. There are certain places around Reykjavik known for such entities. I have yet to meet one !!Read More
The first tour is called “Golden Tour” and it consists of pingvellir (spoken as thing – vetlir), Geysir and Gulfoss. This Golden circle is a 5/ 6 hours journey by tourist buses, but it can actually take the whole day, if you are driving on your own, because tourist buses only stop at fixed places, but there are so many view points in the way that you need a full day to complete this circle.
So on a beautiful morning, after killing the cloud demon and freeing the Sun, we started our journey from Reykjavik and reached pingvellir… a distance of 40 Kms covered in one hour. Pingvellir is the biggest valley in Europe and is on the banks of ping lake, again the biggest lake in Europe.Read More
When Indian travelers go to Europe, the prime target is always Eiffel Tower of Paris, alpine meadows of Swiss or Rome or Venice or London or Keukenhof at the farthest. Iceland is not even known to many Indians. It came to news mainly when its volcano erupted during summer of 2010, causing major disruption in air traffic across Europe, bringing many airlines to the brink of bankrupcy.Read More