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Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India ~ Buddhism’s holiest site in the world

Bodh Gaya is popular world over as the place where Gautama Buddha obtained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Located in eastern state of Bihar and once a small village, Bodh Gaya today sees international visitors from all over the globe, many of them from the major Buddhist following countries. I visited Bodh Gaya for the second time, some time back on a work trip and this time, I could get some time off to explore this vibrant, spiritual town. 

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa | Most popular Churches in Goa

Our monsoon Goa getaway sightseeing started with a visit to The 'Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church'  located in Panjim, Goa, India. It is the most popular and visited church in Goa and has featured in many Hindi films.

[caption id="attachment_5290" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Panjim, Goa[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Golden Smiles of Uzbeki People | Uzbekistan Travel Diaries #2

The first thing I noticed on my Uzbekistan Trip, standing in Immigration Line of Tashkent International Airport was the gold teeth of some of the Uzbeki local populace. That got me intrigued and I asked my Tour Leader Jayanti about it. She said that this was very common practice for people of Uzbekistan and sometimes whole sets of teeth are in gold! That got me really curious and apart from all the stunning monuments & breathtaking natural beauty I photographed, one of my obsessions became clicking the ‘golden smiles of Uzbeki People’.

Sharing some of the beautiful, warm and ‘golden’ smiles of people of Uzbekistan, they were most gracious to be clicked by me.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Walking Safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve | Madhya Pradesh, India

In the light of golden evening sun at Satpura Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh India, while I sat crouched on the ground watching wild boars walking around about 500 meters from me behind a bush, I wondered why is it that I had goose bumps all over; I mean I saw the same wild boars in the morning too on a Jeep safari. Then it hit me….I was on the ground walking without the safety of a jeep. And that was the thrill of a walking Safari I guess…One gets to experience wildlife in its raw form, without the cushion of any jeep or elephant ride. I was at same level with the wild animals and I realized I was a pretty vulnerable species!

[caption id="attachment_4766" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Walking behind our guide in Satpura tiger reserve Walking behind our guide in Satpura tiger reserve[/caption]

The walking safari in Satpura Tiger Reserve was part of the long weekend getaway with Forsyth Lodge and I had many unique experiences on this trip (including Canoe Safari in Satpura ). The walking safari was highest on the thrill quotient too as our senses were on maximum alert. We spotted many animals such as deers, wild boars and many kinds of birds; however we were not lucky enough to spot tigers or leopards.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Baijnath Temple in Palampur Himachal Pradesh, India

I am fascinated by the mythological narratives related with the ancient cities & heritage, especially of my faith Hinduism.  Although, I am more of a spiritual person who most often is a bit lazy about the faith related rituals in my daily life, I am constantly wanting to know about the various narratives of our gods & goddesses; I find that Hinduism has very nicely emphasised many great teachings on humanity, environment and life, through the mythlogical narratives of the various gods & goddesses that are worshipped & revered. One of my favourite Gods (yes I say favourite as I feel a connection to him) is Lord Shiva. I make it a point to visit temples or places related to the mythology of Lord Shiva whenever I’m travelling to a destination (i.e. if it is supposed to have one).

Some months back, I visited Palampur in Himachal Pradesh, India on an invite by Himachal Heritage Village for a long weekend getaway and amidst many wonderful experiences, a serene experience was making a visit to Baijnath Temple, located in main town. Sharing my experience of my Visit to Baijnath Temple in Palampur.

[caption id="attachment_4744" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Baijnath Temple complex Baijnath Temple complex[/caption] (more…)

Sushmita Sarkar
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Skies of Ambala, Haryana | Ambala Travel Diaries #2

I Never Get Tired of the Blue Sky ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Indeed, like Mr. Gogh (who is one of my favourite painters), yours truly is always inspired by the skies.  I always make it a point to gaze at the sky once in the morning before I start the day and even in the pollution filled city of Delhi (where I live and work), it works wonders to my spirit.

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I have been fortunate to see many moods of the skies in many places of my country, world and in different situations (like I think the only redeeming part about flights are the stunning sky scapes I get to see!!..anyways I am digressing). Recently, I spent a long weekend in Ambala with my brother and one of my favourite time pass was watching the skies in all its hues. Sharing here some of the moments of  - Skies of Ambala.

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Sushmita Sarkar
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Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island | Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery, located on Ngong Ping pleateau of Lantau Island in Hong Kong is a pretty Buddhist monastery complex, located amidst beautiful surroundings.  The star attraction of Po Lin monastery is ofcourse The Big Buddha’ or Tian Tan Buddha and it is listed as one of the top 10 attractions of Hong Kong by Hong Kong Tourism Board itself. However, I found the monastery to be a serene & relaxing place on a leisurely stroll through the monastery after visiting The Big Buddha along with my friend (on my solo trip to Hong Kong). Sharing my experience of a visit to Po Lin Monastery in Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

[caption id="attachment_4719" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Po Lin Monastery main building Po Lin Monastery main building[/caption] (more…)

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