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Together with the Nature

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Watching the sun setting down in the sand dunes where you can’t find a singly being in vicinity is one indefinable experience. I can best describe the feelings of the individuals in this picture as Pure.There is no desire of anything or qualms in life. The only want is to watch that very sun rising once again.

Picture taken at Thar desert, Jaisalmer, 2013.

Serenity unquestioned

1466197_10151726508145146_1970929285_n Chilling has never been so real before. The picture says it all.

This picture was taken somewhere near Balicasung Island in Bohol, Philippines 2013. Those feet are mine by the way. Tanned I know. It was taken just after a successful scuba dive in the Pacific.

Enjoying the Island life, I was watching those Filipinos on my ferry, fooling with each other, cracking jokes and taking deliberate dips in water acting like they are drowning.

Only if life was that simple, we wouldn’t need breaks.

Dwarka – Gujarat

And the holiday is over. This time I couldn’t get enough of it, I feel I would soon need another hiatus. Anyway, since Indian currency is depreciating against US dollar at a pace at which Sebastian Vettel wins his race, I am looking options to explore my own country which is vast and diverse in culture. This time I visited the state of Gujarat, a region which boasts its industrial development.

Gujarat is a place which connects to Indians through Hindu mythology, Indian freedom struggle, unique culture and food :-). Once you are in India you can’t really ignore this region as you will come across its name somewhere or the other. If you have heard of Mahatma Gandhi, there you go Gujarat is his birth place.

My trip involved visiting to lot of temples. Now to me Hindu temples offer lot of architecture excellence. While my family was offering prayers inside the temple I was at some corner zooming my lens to capture the intricacies of the monument; it left me in awe of minute details the architects had paid while carving each stone and chiseling mythological fables for us.

Below are the pictures of a temple called Rukmani Mandir which is located near Dwarka town of Gujarat. Rukmani was the wife of Lord Krishna but bound to a curse by a saint both Lord Krishna and Rukmani faced a separation of 12 years. She penanced for 12 years where now her temple is located away from the temple of Lord Krishna in Dwarka. For the reference I should tell you Dwarka is Hindu’s holy place, this is where Lord Krishna spent his 100 years of life.

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The Golden Temple

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This place is one of my favorites in India for the energy and atmosphere it possess. This place is called Golden Temple a.k.a. Harmandir Sahib located in Amritsar city in Punjab province in India. It is a Gurudwara, the holy place of Sikhs and this temple is considered even holiest because the original Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of Sikhs) is placed here. This temple was built by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan in 16th century. The temple as you see in the picture is made of gold and the pond around the temple is  called Sarovar which is considered to contain holy water.

I am not a sikh but this place is open to all individuals regardless of religion, caste, creed, or gender. Only mandate is to cover his/her head all the while in this place.

Visiting this place is one of its kind experience.

The World of Floating Markets

Something other than usual is always fascinating. While visiting a usual market near my home today, I wondered how exciting it would be to have a floating market. But Alas I live in a landlocked place however during my travels I had seen floating markets in Srinagar (Kashmir) and a usual one in Venice. And without a doubt the whole scene of buying and selling was quite enchanting. The thought of floating market gives me an opportunity to explore (through internet!!) some famous markets on water.

1. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Thailand

This busy market is a famous one in Thailand. Being a touristy market one can find lot of things in this market from groceries, exotic food, souvenirs etc. However buying from here would mean you’ll pay more than the markets on land.

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2. Vinh Long, Vietnam

This market is located in the upper mekong delta region. It is interesting to read that this market is generally used to sell fruits with other commodities and it is not that expensive also. Tourists can have a great view of the CoChien river while having sea food and local vietnamese traditional music.

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3. Nativitas, Xochimilco – South of Mexico City, Mexico

Nativitas is an authentic tourist object.Most people are using Spanish and you can get special price if you offer a good bargain with this language.  You can also find the local bands those entertain tourists.

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4. Banjarmasin – Kalimantan

Banjarmasin is the capital of South Kalimantan, Indonesia. This active market has a taste of local. It is considered to be very authentic and away from tourist buzz.

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5.  The Floating Market, Punda Side, Willemstad in Curacao

Punda side floating market is just mini boat fleets that come from Venezuela and are selling bunch of fresh fishes,herbs, spices and fruits at very nice bargain.

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6. Dal Lake, Srinagar

Srinagar in the state of Kashmir in India is epitome of natural beauty. Or rather was. This market in the dal lake provides groceries, flowers, and other commodities to the residents living in the house boats on the lake.

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Story of the abandoned villages

Khaba, the abandoned village

This picture was taken at the ruins of Khaba village in Rajasthan, India. It is actually an abandoned village. There are around 84 abandoned villages in Rajasthan state in India. These villages were inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins clan. The story behind this abandoned village is that many years ago there was a shrewd tax collector (also a close associate of the king) who got smitten by a girl from Khaba village. He asked her father for her hand which was obviously refused due to different caste. The revengeful tax collector threatened to destroy the village if the girl was not given to him. It is understood that to save the honor, overnight the villagers abandoned the place.

A more generic version of the story which is applicable to other abandoned villages is that the tax collector and other officials of the king used to harass the villagers by asking them exorbitant taxes and monetary fines in order to fill the king’s coffers. Consequently, to save themselves from the harassment the villagers deserted the villages.

All these ruins now serve as photogenic tourist sites.

Nature’s Delusion!!!

Nature's Illusion!!!

This photograph was taken enroute to Leh, Ladakh, India. This place is called ‘The Magnetic Hill’. It is located on Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway at an altitude of 11,000 ft. This place is really interesting especially for science lovers. Basically, the hills in and around this area are understood to have magnetic properties because of which the passing vehicles experience the magnetic pull. So, we did exactly as the hoarding in the picture says, stopped our car and it slowly moved backwards due to magnetic force. Somebody even told that the magnetic pull is actually so strong that even aircrafts passing over this area have to fly on increased altitude to avoid the effect. Now the twist is, I was really fascinated by this whole phenomenon so I googled it and found that actually there is no magnetic effect at this place but optical illusion (a phenomenon when the visually perceived images differ from the objective reality.) But I am pretty sure I saw the car moving backwards!!

Count the windows

Count the windows

This picture was taken at Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This monument was built in 18th century. It is a five-storey building with 953 small windows. The purpose to build these windows was to let royal women enjoy the view of the market below the palace without being seen by public as the women used to follow strict ‘purdah’ system (face cover). Men!!

On The Road Again..

Since I am travelling for next 6 days, I like to be inspired by this quote from Mark Twain.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”