Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The day trips to different destinations in ODISHA                


Odisha,formerly known as Orissa , is a state in India flanked by the Bay of Bengal and the Eastern Ghats on its either sides.This state owns the famous Sun temple which itself stamps Odisha in the must visit place list.
                         We  moved to Odisha in 2014 Nov as Mr.V got a transfer to this place..Some of the places we visited are listed below..


1)THE SUN TEMPLE,KONARK

A  marvelous proof of Kalinga architecture which is built in the form of a giant chariot with 12 pairs of wheels dedicated to SUN GOD(SURYA) in Hindu  mythology.It is built facing the east direction so that the first rays from the sun will fall on the main entrance.We can visualize intricately carved walls, pillars and wheels which will amaze us about the skill and dedication of the workers who built this mammoth structure. No doubt the temple comes under UNESCO world heritage site.

THE SUN TEMPLE ,KONARK 
A CLICK NEAR THE GIANT WHEEL OF THE CHARIOT

Note:Hire a private vehicle if you want to visit the place as public transportation is very weak in this area. Don't  forget to take umbrellas or hat ,water bottles and some snacks and eateries if you are visiting during summer holidays.Light clothes are preferred the most.The entrance and the camera fees are reasonable only.

2)LORD JAGANNATH TEMPLE,PURI

This temple in the city of Puri is one among the famous temples in India built in the typical Kalinga architecture.It is a temple devoted to the Lord Jagannath(the Lord of universe),who resides here along with his siblings Subhadra(sister) and Balabadra(brother).It is the place where the famous CHARIOT FESTIVAL is held every year and is one among the CHAR DHAMS".

MAHA PRASAD(FOOD OFFERED TO GOD) FROM THE TEMPLE

DEITIES IN PURI TEMPLE





 





3)BEACHES IN PURI

xancus/shankh   
              Puri is also famous for its serene beaches.They  are a major tourist attractions of the area as it  hosts the sand art displays as well as the annual beach festival which is very famous throughout the country.It is a wondrous  place for  collecting sea shells and Xancus.

enjoying in THE BEACH 
  from my MIL'S COLLECTION
















Note:Beware of  certain anti social elements on the isolated parts of the beaches.


4)NANDANKANAN ZOOLOGICAL PARK

NANDANKANAN  ZOOLOGICAL PARK
                 A must visit place if you are in Bhubaneswar. A place worth spending a whole day without any regrets. We spent one whole day in zoo which is carved out of Chandaka forest. We enjoyed every bit of it. One of the most well maintained zoo,with clean surroundings,ample parking and eatery stalls.Toy train ride,the beautiful garden the aquarium,the reptile park,the aviary and the amazing safari are add ons to the visit.
TOY TRAIN 

A CLICK FROM LION SAFARI










A SNAP FROM THE GARDEN     





     





FEROCIOUS PIRANA
Its the den for a variety of fauna(animals) .We can even enjoy the shades of trees as well as the banks of the river Kanjia flowing beside the zoo.The  zoo protects wide variety of tigers ,the other endangered species like the one -horned rhino,the black buck  etc &offers lion & tiger safari,deer safari and bear safari too.Its a bus ride through well protected fences where we will be in a cage and we can see the animals majestically roaming in the forest.

Note:Its better to go to the zoo by passenger train (10-15 INR )from Khurda Road Railway station as it is very cheap.From there, hire an auto rickshaw which will cost you 50 INR only.{be ready to bargain with the auto  rickshaw drivers}.At the entrance gate itself take the tickets for all the safari inside which will save a lot of time.The most important thing is to take sufficient water bottles ,snacks,and meals along with you.

5)KHANDAGIRI &  UDAYAGIRI CAVES 

The twin hills are bestowed by the amazing historical monuments of the land: the Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves.These rock cut caves are supposed to be built for the Jain monks in the 2nd century.Both the hills have lot of caves in them like the Rani Guha(or the queen's cave ),Ganesh guha etc. It was indeed an exihilarating experience to spend a day in the caves.

 Note:We can explore the caves by walking but don't forget to carry eateries and water bottles as most of the shops will be packed by the people all the time.Beware of the monkeys also.
                   
RANI GHUHA {KHANDAGIRI }
ON THE{L}:UDAYAGIRI CAVES AND ON THE{R} KHANDAGIRI CAVES
6)CHILKA LAKE 

 Chilka lake is Asia's largest brackish water lagoon which is a heaven for thousands of migratory
KALIJAI TEMPLE
birds,aquatic fauna,reptiles & mammals.We enjoyed  a boat ride through this massively spread lake to KALIJAI TEMPLE which is on an island in the lake.Other attractions are the Nalaban island& Dolphin view points.Best time to visit the place is from Oct to June.One can also enjoy the mesmerizing sunset and sunrise views too..
boat ride through the chilka  

                                                                                                                                   
                                   
                               
CHILKA LAKE
























7)DHAULI  STUPA/WHITE PEACE PAGODA

     Dhauli Stupa is situated on the Dhauli Giri Hills on the banks of the river Daya.Its a place of historical importance. It is told that the area hosted the famous Kalinga war and due to the horrendous war, water in the Daya river turned red which made Asoka to realize about his foolishness and he threw away the path of conquer and war & embraced the Buddhism.This pagoda was
 THE WHITE PEACE PAGODA
built in remembrance & Asoka turned this
area into an active Buddhist centre promoting his teachings.Another great attractions are the 4 different types of Lord Buddha statues situated on the 4 sides of the round  pagoda.

Note:Best time to visit is during the early morning hours.

LORD BUDDHA'S STATUE IN THE STUPA/PAGODA
















8)LINGARAJ TEMPLE,BHUBANESWAR
 
   This temple dedicated to LORD SHIVA is the pinnacle of Kalinga architecture.The temple is surrounded by a huge fence made of stones.Once we enter,the inner area, one will come across a lot of other shrines dedicated to many gods like Lord Ganesha ,Goddess Parvathy & many other snake gods.The main sanctum is a HARI HARA LINGAM(half Shiva and half Vishnu).Devotees from all over the country visit the temple during the festival of Maha Shivaratri
THE ENTRANCE GATE OF THE TEMPLE
NOTE:Photography,mobile phones,bags are strictly prohibited inside the temple.                        
                                                                                 

9)THE STATE MUSEUM,BHUBANESWAR                                                                         

This museum is a treasure trove,though its under rated tourist spot. It has something for every single visitor.It has alot of sections like Archaeology,Contemporary art,Numismatics,Patta painting,mining, 




ARTIFACTS FROM THE MUSEUM
geology,Art and crafts,Arms,Manuscripts and the list goes on. It is located in the center of the city and is easily accessible with a nominal entrance fee.  
THE ENTRANCE TO THE MUSEUM                                     

10)  ARTS AND CRAFTS                    

            Odisha market has something for each of its customers from costly silver filigree to cheap shells & xancus,from traditional  Patta chitra paintings to  modern  hand  carved sculptures,from hand painted bottles to hand woven fabrics.You can buy  relishing gifts so that the receivers will cherish those gifts forever as a token of love from your part....

TOYS MADE FROM COIR
HAND PAINTED BOTTLES
 HAND PAINTED ARECANUT  CAR ACCESSORIES


the journey continues...!

Friday, 21 November 2014

 BENGAL YATRA: To the land of  TAGORE {Feb,2013)
                         



My first journey after marriage with my in-laws to the land of Tagore is indeed close to my heart.

Our endless evening walks , little romance with my hubby, the intimate photo sessions,our first shopping ,eagerly waiting for his arrival from the office ,roaming in the city  malls,relishing dinners in local restuarants..ahh..what else could be treasured more than this..!

                                                VICTORIA MEMORIAL
       
I got a chance to visit this landmark while we were in Calcutta.Its a place meant for history lovers which brings back the memories of British colonialism through the paintings, books, statues of British generals and other artifacts that are displayed there.Another attraction of the place is that there are pre-recorded tapes (at extra charges) about almost all paintings sculptures etc that are displayed there  which helps the visitors to gather knowledge in more depth.Apart from the other places which we visited,crowd management was good & one can sit back and enjoy the beautiful garden and the lake view together with the chirping of birds.


                                                 HOWRAH BRIDGE                                                                                                               
  An incredible piece of engineering is all that we can say about this bridge.Its a massive structure majestically built across the river Hoogly connecting the city of Howrah to Calcutta. It is a cantilever bridge,which  is considered  as one of the oldest bridges and engineering marvel across the country.The daily traffic on it is said to be more than 1 lakh(0.1 million). In addition to the vehicles, we can also see all kinds of people wandering on the bridge.like the tourists enjoying & clicking pics for their albums,pedestrians engaged in their routine life, the street vendors selling fruits and other stuffs  for there livelihood. Its an architectural jewel about which every native will be proud of.
                 These yellow colored ambassador taxi cabs are another cute attraction of the city premises.



SOUTH PARK STREET CEMENTARY

A  spooky and eerie place to visit.we were told that it was a very old cemetery & having  the grave stones of many popular foreigners with huge headstone of various shapes and sizes which is not very common in our country...
However a glimpse from the gate itself made me uneasy and in a jiffy i told MR .V that I am not going inside & so we dropped the plan of enjoying the quiet ambiance inside among the moss encrusted tombs & we moved on to our next destination..thank God  :) mm..

SCIENCE CITY

A city which takes us through the fascinating world of science.a must visit place for both kids and grown ups to refresh the basics  of science and to learn new things .it has a science park,a convection center,mirror house ,theater for 3D movies ,aquarium ,cable car ride and many more.Even if you spend a whole day there its worth and better  valuable than spending in a  mall.



THE GREAT BANYAN TREE IN ACHARYA JAGDISH CHANDRA BOSS BOTANICAL GARDEN ,HOWRAH

The journey became terrible as we got stuck in the traffic block.Except for view of the banyan tree & a peddling boat ride we didn't find anything more intersting.But still one can visit the garden for the panoramic view of the this majestic tree standing across  1.7 km,its one of the oldest tree in our country and rather than a tree that area looks like a miniature forest with its aerial roots  spreading across a vast area of the land.



DAKSHINESWAR TEMPLE-the place of peace and power

It was a road cum boat journey ..from Belur Math we sailed in a boat with the locals and traveled through the banks of  Hoogly river to reach this temple.As it was the evening time,we  got a chance to enjoy the sunset, the night view of the city & the howrah bridge.Once we reached the temple we were overwhelmed as the night pooja (aarti or rituals) was going on and we had the darshan of KALI MA, worshipped as BHAVATARINI  in the temple.
                                  Along with the main temple there are 12 temples dedicated to LORD SHIVA, ghat for bathing ,beautiful garden as well as  some buildings dedicated to the remembrance of  SRI RAMA KRISHNA PARAMAHAMSHA , Belur Math.


DAKSHINESWAR TEMPLE
                                                                                                          
BELUR MATH

ESPLANADE & THE PARK STREET

We explored these two areas through pavements and by a tram  which helped us to witness the local lives of the natives .In the Esplanade you can see a lot of street hawkers selling almost all types of goods at a very cheap rate.If you have the patience to search you can get good stuffs at a very reasonable rate. haha..You guys guessed right..!We did a quiet good shopping from Esplanade as well as enjoyed the local cuisine of Kolkata (thali meals from a local restaurant ) which was tasty as well as at a reasonable rate.



THE TRAM & THE METRO

The pride of Kolkata .The Metro  railway in Kolkata is the first in our country. Its the oldest, well maintained and one of the easiest way to reach places within minutes and an escape from all the chaos and pollution in the city.Our  first metro journey through the first metro rail in our country was indeed a memory close to our heart.

Tram:One of its kind in our country and the oldest tram operating in  Asia,which paves way to observe the historic part of Kolkata .


 DROOLING STREET FOODS
FROM THE TOP LEFT PAPDI CHAAT,PAV BHAJI,DAHI VADA AND GOLGAPPA

Kolkata too is famous for its street foods.We too forgot about the calories and enjoyed the yummy streets foods from the local stalls and food vendors .The must try food includes the pani poori/pucha/golgappa,papdi chat,pav bhajji,samosa,sweet curd matki chai(chai in clay glasses) machi curries(fish curries)aloo subzi(potato stir fry)..the list goes on.. yum yum.

     Tickling our taste buds with chat pata chaats& Energising our mind with piping hot chai  we bid bye to the cultural capital of INDIA..

NOTE:
      1)  BE PREPARED TO BARGAIN
      2)  HEAVEN FOR POTATO/ALOO LOVERS
      3)  CARRY MOSQUITO REPELLANT CREAMS
      4)  ALWAYS BUY WATER FROM TRUSTED BRANDS
      5)  BEFORE HIRING AUTO -RIKSHAS  CONFIRM WITH THE DRIVER ABOUT THE
           FARE AND YOUR DESTINATION POINT.
       
       

       



Monday, 17 November 2014

                                           MY FIRST TRAVEL ON WINGS
                                             

          I got a chance to travel by air from Bengaluru to Mumbai,on  Aug  15th, 2013.I boarded my first flight from Bengaluru airport with my father-in-law to Mumbai.I was going to meet my hubby after long 3 months.Already my happiness has no bounds and on top of it I was to experience a journey by air for the first time.My brothers dropped us in the airport.After the security check at the entrance we went in straight to the ticket counter and we got our boarding passes.The child in me was so happy that  i got a window seat. Once again we passed through security checking and we waited at the terminal to board the flight.

                   Meanwhile, a lot of worries were flashing through my mind,like whether I will have air sickness or will I have a problem with my ears or nose likewise a long list followed. Still I managed to glue a smile on my face and sat patiently.By then announcement was made for the passengers to board  the flight. I could hear the  lub-dud sound of my heart. I had a mix of feelings whether to be happy or to be worried.We had our ticket verified and then a bus dropped us near our plane.

                 For the first time I visualized an aeroplane beside me .Oh..I felt as if a  mammoth bird resting majestically and welcoming us by stretching its grand wings.As soon as we got into the plane it was noisy ambiance in there as all passengers were restlessly in search for their seats and tucking there luggage in the cabin.All of a sudden everything became silent and I was struggling to  put the seat belt,somehow I did it. I called my father proudly to inform him that we were in the flight and within minutes the plane would  take off.

                 Meantime the cabin crew started  the instructions with demo about how to wear the belt and how to handle an emergency situation. The plane started by a roaring sound and for 1st few minutes it was just like a bus journey but then the plane took a turning after which the speed increased suddenly and butterflies flew in my tummy and adrenalin was rushing through my nerves making my heart beat fast and my hand becoming ice cold.Suddenly I clung on my seat tightly, closed my eyes and in a jiffy we were in air.I felt as if I was suspended in air.Then I slowly opened my eyes and smiled at my in-law assuring him that I was okay and stared through the window.

                                                                                         I was surprised by the view  of the city which  looked like a model and the roads like a line and vehicles like  the tiny toys.As the  air hostesses were  serving the passengers with drinks and chocolates, the pilot welcomed us & introduced his co-pilot & other cabin crew. I began to enjoy the view through the clouds.All of a sudden our eyes were blinded by fog and turbulence was felt.It was just like, we were in a ride in some theme park which swirled and churned us to all 4 directions.I wished to scoop the clouds passing by my side and enjoy its chillness on my cheek. 1 1/2  hours passed & I was in my own dream land.Then we  were told to switch off the electronic gadgets and to tighten our seat belts as were to approach the run way. Landing was a bit relaxing and exciting as well.We landed safely and all of a sudden I switched on my phone and received a call from my hubby that he is waiting to receive us.Finally I got to breathe some fresh air as we came out of the plane. Though the journey of my dreams ended, it was the moment for reunion and rejoice.



Thursday, 13 November 2014



                                                      the tantalizing thailand
                                         

                                               
 On April 2013 we boarded our first international flight from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport ,Kolkata.We both were ebullient & happy..aww..It was an amazing feeling.
GET SET..GO..!

















Pretty ladies in their traditional  Thai attire welcomed us saying..SAVAAS DI KA (HELLO TO THE LADY)& SAVAAS DI KRAP(HELLO SAID TO A MAN).We occupied our seats..As always i got the window seat ..hehe... lucky me..!
rice,chicken curry ,some greens ,salad,pudding ,juice...yum yum
Once the plane took off we were served a palatable meal after which we enjoyed litle music and took a nap..

                                                                                                                                         





 We reached Bangkok, Suvarna Bhoomi airport by 5 am & after getting our visa we were taken to our hotel"Hill Fresco" at Pattaya.The stay was quite  good & comfortable.Actually our trip was for a week so,here we have managed to share with u almost all unforgettable memories which we had secured there in bits and bites so as to avoid boredom of reading an essay.. Hope you will enjoy these bits..

majestic & magnificent temples:

WAT INTHARAWIHAN: 
                       The majestically standing LORD BUDDHA'S STATUE IS MADE OF GLASS MOSAICS AND FROM 24 CARAT GOLD.
  1. Our guide was an enthusiastic lady  and was ready all the time to explain their customs and traditions to us.Its believed that tying thread around this sacred drum will  bring wealth and fortune to us..
  2. .
  3. she also explained to us the importance of alms/begging bowl of Buddhist monks.
  4. It was a different experience in all these Buddhist temples, with their sky high pagodas

  5. ,jingling bells


                                                                     Shining silverware




                                                                  and their attractive figurines



WAT HUA LAMPHONG TEMPLE,BANGKOK

the grand entrance

  1. place to meditate 
























WITH  THE BELLS 

WAT CHALONG,PHUKET:In memory of some glorious time spent in this temple.......

THE  LOFTY PAGODA AT THE ENTRANCE

BUDDHA'S STATUE INFLUENCED FROM TIBETAN CULTURE
 Ravishing Islands:

CORAL ISLAND IN PATTAYA

Away from the hustle bustle of Pattaya ,by a 30 -45 minutes bumpy and breath taking boat ride we reached this spectacular island.On the way to the island we indulged in PARA SAILING for the first time..oh my god it was just another bit ,whose memory will always remain close to our heart.Enjoyed to the brim of our heart and soul.. :)
HURRAY....HERE I  FLY..!

   As it was quite an expensive island and above all we both were non swimmers so we just sat back on the relaxing chairs and enjoyed the  breeze and waves.

 a kit kat break..!
a click.........



















PHI PHI ISLAND PHUKET

The trip to this island was an incredible one with breath taking scenaries.















The island was a bit crowded,we enjoyed well in the turquoise water though the sun gulped us PARTLY..:)

BOAT RIDE TO PHI PHI ISLAND ..

 beguiling beaches in phuket


Patong beach is one of  the largest beaches in Phuket with white sand warm water and refreshing wind

patong beach
 From there  our guide took us to a  famous view point  that area offers named KARON VIEW POINT...
3 BEACH VIEW POINT/KARON VIEW POINT

  The  view was spectacular..One can enjoy the the picturesque view of 3 beaches PATONG,KATA &KARON along  with the verdure of the island.Like we say in Hindi "EK PICTURE THO BANTA HAE"  and our guide  clicked a pic for us..


AND MY FAVOURITE PART...THE FLAVORS OF THAILAND..!
                   We felt their food as more healthier, less oily & more than that they cook using fresh ingredients and prepares it in their traditional way which makes it more yummy. We tried PAD THAI,green chicken curry, shrimp &chicken rice,papaya &sea food salad,chicken drumsticks,honey chicken,shrimp &squid soup,chicken soup,grilled fish with hot sauce,crispy fried fish,baked prawns, a fruit juice and Thai tea from beverages.

sipping THAI TEA
ENJOYING GREEN CURRY CHICKEN &PAD THAI

    city tours:pattaya ,bangkok &phuket

THE DELECTABLE CRUISE DINNER
 WAT ARUN /TEMPLE OF DAWN of  BANGKOK
























NIGHT VIEW OF PHUKET




















THE GIRAFFE FEEDING AREA IN SAFARI WORLD

THE TEENY TINY PEOPLE FROM AQUARIUM
truely ART IN PARADISE
























SMILE  SAYS IT ALL.......THE MOST ADORABLE MOMENT FROM SAFARI WORLD BANGKOK



WITH ALL THESE MEMORIES WE BID BYE TO  THAILAND......