Sabarmati Ashram: The place where MK Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi

After wasting the first Saturday doing nothing, I was determined to make the most of the Sunday. I pondered on the place from where I would start my exploration of Gujarat and soon, Sabarmati ashram became the obvious choice. Google searches and reading few blogs suggested the time just before sunset to be ideal. I booked an OLA auto and reached Sabarmati ashram around 4:15 PM. Continue reading “Sabarmati Ashram: The place where MK Gandhi became Mahatma Gandhi”

Visakhapatnam #2 : Kailashgiri & Seemanchalam

Visakhapatnam is a unique city. It has a rare, unconventional combination of beaches and hills. I mentioned about the tourists places along the beaches in my last post which includes the one of its kind INS Kurusura submarine museum, the maritime Visakha museum and the beautiful Ramkrishna beach. Continue reading “Visakhapatnam #2 : Kailashgiri & Seemanchalam”

Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha

I am back with my first post of 2017. I  wish you had a great start to the new year and welcomed it by enjoying to the fullest. My first destination of 2017 is a ruined 12th century temple in Puri district of Odisha – The sun temple of Konark.

Konark Temple is an eerie place to visit. For some, its nothing more than a ruined temple while for those with an artistic insight, its a thing of beauty, a subtle combination of science, art and spirituality. Built in 1255 by the Ganga dynasty rulers, the temple had stood firm at its place for about eight centuries and what remains today is only a glimpse of the magnificent workmanship of the sculptures of the bygone years. No one has appreciated its beauty; neither the Europeans who desecrated it nor the democratic governments that followed. Continue reading “Konark: The Black Pagoda in Odisha”

Visiting the Sino-Indian border at Nathula

Nathula located at 14000 feet is one of the three trading border posts between India and China; the other two being Lipulekh in Uttarakhand and Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh. It is on the famous silk route which has been used for trade between India and China, extending to Arabia, southern Europe and Persia, for over 1500 years. Civilian movement is usually restricted about 20 km before the actual border but Nathula is a place where you can reach up to the barbed fences of the Indian border. The experience of reaching the very end of Indian frontier and to see another country beyond it, is what attracts visitors to Nathula. Continue reading “Visiting the Sino-Indian border at Nathula”

Rumtek Monastery of Gangtok

Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery of Sikkim which served as the seat of Karma Kagyu Buddhism. The monastery was originally constructed about 300 years ago but it was not until  Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the 16th Karmapa arrived here and decided to rebuilt it as his seat of power, that it gained preeminence. Ever since, Rumtek monastery has been an important center of Buddhism. Continue reading “Rumtek Monastery of Gangtok”

Jaipur # 1 : Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort

Rajasthan was a long awaited trip. There are two things to see in Rajasthan – its desert and its magnificent forts. I was on a 5 day trip of Rajasthan which included Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Ajmer; so basically it was covering the royal part of Rajasthan. We were four people; lets start by an introduction through this picture: Continue reading “Jaipur # 1 : Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort”