As India celebrates its 70th Independence day on August 15th, the country looks back and also looks ahead to the strides it has made in many fields. Sure, we have to go a long way and till date, there are many basic amenities that the people of this huge country still do not enjoy. But we have a come a long way in 70 years and our armed forces are something we take immense pride in (and rightly so!!) . We have the best trained forces, equipments and facilities. And we love to show off once in a while So on the occasion of Independence day, the husband writes a beautiful piece on ‘International Fleet Review 2016’ which he had the good fortune of attending earlier this year.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Haridwar , literally meaning ‘ abode of Lord Vishnu’ is one of the holiest cities in India and millions of people visit it every year. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, it is one of the most revered pilgrimages for Hindus the world over. We tell you 5 must do things in the holy city of Haridwar:-
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Ramazan for me (and the husband) has always been associated with food - delicious Iftaar food found in Old Delhi! Every year, we make it a point to savour the delectable street food on offer during Ramazan in the Old Delhi area of Jama Masjid. Making our way through Chawri Bazaar into Jama Masjid and then into the bylanes of the streets around the mosque, we come across many interesting food (surprisingly vegetarian and non –vegetarian) – Read my previous posts on Old Delhi and Iftaar food walk in Old Delhi here and here. The experience is such a visual, olfactory & gastronomic delight that we actually avoid joining any walking groups in delhi (which heavily advertise such events during the period), preferring to do it alone (as we feel they cannot top our experience). So, when I saw the update on one of my favorite travel groups on Facebook #TCBG for a heritage walk in Jama Masjid & Old Delhi area with Dr. Navina Jafa during one Ramazan weekend, I instantly knew this was going to be an unique kind of a walk (and not those run of the mill food walks being done at the time). The walk with Dr. Navina Jafa was a beautifully curated walk, interspersed with interesting historical & mythical stories interweaved beautifully.
We started our walk from Gate No. 3 at Jama Masjid and walked up the steps into the huge courtyard of the mosque. Dr. Jafa had a special viewing organized for us first of the various relics related to Islam and Prophet Mohammed. She lucidly explained that while the historical accuracy of the artefacts (such as hair of Prophet Mohammed) may be of question but the emotional/cultural connect was pure, therefore, as always in every faith , it is the belief which matters most! I found it such a profound thought!!!
Friday, July 22, 2016
He who would be serene and pure needs but one thing, detachment ~ Meister Eckart
All my tiredness from waiting in the queues climbing the steps to, seemed to fade away into a serene happiness as I gazed into the face of Tian Tan Buddha (popularly known as Big Buddha) at Po Lin Monastery in Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Visiting the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery in Hong Kong was #1 on my ‘top 10 attractions to visit in Hong Kong’ ever since my friend & Hong Kong resident payal described it to me and wrote a guest post on my blog (read here). I visited the Po Lin Monastery, which has the Big Buddha, on the second day of my HongKong solo travel in last year and it was one of my best experiences in the city.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
I had heard about Bir-Billing (in Himachal Pradesh) much before I visited Palampur on invite by HimachalHeritage Village and only realized that it was close to the Palampur town after I reached there. Bir-Billing is world famous for adventure tourism, especially para-gliding. In fact, Bir-billing is counted among the ‘top paragliding sites in the world’ and that is what all I knew about Bir-Billing. On a day trip into this lovely village, I discovered Bir-Billing is much more! Sharing my Bir-Billing photo-story here:-