EXPERIENCING DIVINITY

Enchanted Forests

God’s own Country is the catchy tag for the state of Kerala in Southern India .

The region is awash with a Beautiful Coastline and a plethora of Golden Sand Beaches.

What sets the region apart are the numerous backwaters and the merging of the Fresh and  the Salt Waterworlds.

Veli Lake is a Fresh Water Lake  near  Trivandurum that merges into Salty waters of the Arabian Sea .

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A Sand Bar  forms a lovely beach and  the barrier as well between the Sea and the Lake.

A view from a Floating restaurant at the mouth of the Veli Lake.

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A break in the Sand Bar creates the merger of the Fresh Waters of the Lake with the Arabian Sea.

The Entire Coastline of Kerala  is a historical Coastline and has been for thousands of centuries the First Point of Entry into

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Darjeeling, India

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The beauty of armchair travels is that at any moment you can be any place in the world and discover new and wonderful things. From the Andaman Islands we step onto the mainland of India. Our first stop here is a lovely town Darjeeling, located in the West Bengal State of India in the Himalayan foothills. It is well-known for its distinctive black tea that is grown on plantations doting the surrounding slope. The town’s backdrop is Mt. Kanchenjunga, among the world’s highest peaks.

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The region’s most famous monastery is Yiga Choling Gompa. You can see impressive old murals and it’s home to some 30 monks of the Gelugpa school. The monastery was built in 1850 and enshrines a 5m-high statue of Jampa (Maitreya or “Future Buddah”) and 300 beautifully bound Tibetan texts.

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Close-by is the fortress-style Guru Sakya Gompa, which conducts prayer sessions between 5:30AM and 7:30 AM.

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The Andaman Islands

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Located in India’s Bay of Bengal The Andaman Islands are an archipelago which consists of about 300 islands. These islands are well-known for their palm-lined white-sand beaches, mangroves and rain forests. These islands are surrounded by coral reefs that support marine life among them sharks and rays. Visitors can enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling as well as water hiking, windsurfing and fishing. Some of these islands offer ocean side camping and hiking. Both the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a union territory of the Republic of India.

and neiland bahBharatpur Beach can be found at the jetty near the Neil Islands. It is famous for its coral reefs and white sandy shores. The best time to visit here is during the mornings and evenings. Neil Islands have often been termed as the coral capital of Andaman. If you’re not too much into snorkeling you can bring along a hammock and a good…

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An enriching road trip in Himalayas: Chaukori to Munsiyari

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Whenever I think of penning down my memories about Munsiyari….I am baffled. A plethora of bright green rain soaked images comes into my mind. Those innocent faces with whom we spent a few days will always remain in our heart.No words can describe the ecstasy we had, when the clouds sailed under our feet and we felt ourselves at the top of the world. Munsiyari is not just a travel destination but an experience.

So, I thought of writing my experience in a series of two: the first part about our road trip and the second about our stay.

Here goes the story of the road trip from Chaukori to Munsiyari…………………..

On the previous evening before leaving from Chaukori one of our friends who had visited Munsiyari recently, gave me a call . Her only piece of advice was to be alert of your surroundings while travelling because the mountains…

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Kalna Rajbari Complex, Ambika Kalna

Collage of Terracotta Panels from the Pratapeswar Temple, Ambika Kalna

Ras Mancha, Rajbari Complex, Kalna

Lalji Temple, Rajbari Complex, Ambika Kalna

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Kalna Rajbari Complex, Ambika Kalna

An amazing Temple Complex

Ambika Kalna (or simply Kalna) is located 82 km from Kolkata (Howrah) on the Bandel – Katwa line. Located on the west bank of the Bhagirathi, Ambika Kalna once flourished as a prosperous port town.

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It reached it’s pinnacle of glory during the late 18th century under the patronage of the Maharajas of Bardhaman, who built several magnificent temples with intricate terracotta ornamentation.

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