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Finally the day for the awaited trip had arrived.We boarded our flight to Kathmandu from New Delhi. Prior to that,taking...
Finally the day for the awaited trip had arrived.We boarded our flight to Kathmandu from New Delhi. Prior to that,taking advantage of the import free shops ,we dropped some exquisite scotch onto our shopping cart.We reached Kathmandu in noon.We were heartily Received by our freinds from Nepal.We grabbed a quick bite at a local hotel and coordinated our trip from there.The food was pretty much Indian.Thereafter we checked into a local hotel of Kathmandu in Thamel region.In the evening we went to the famous Pashupatinath Temple for the arti. Even an atheist would be moved seeing the faith of the people there. Afterwards we shopped local clothes from Thamel market and went to see the nightlife of Kathmandu.Of the many exquisite items some that can be bought are shawls,khukri, Nepali cap,stoles etc.There are multiple bars offering good music and djs.However to get the real feels one must hit the pubs and bars on friday evening which is like saturday night in India.It being a sunday offered as a lacklusture evening. We snacked onto the food and returned to our hotel pretty much satisfied with the first day at a foreign land.
The bustling capital lies at the center of all the amazing places to visit in Nepal. Kathmandu is so wonderfully diverse that it is a rather pleasant assault on the senses. The resilience of the city is evident in the fact that it endured one of the worst earthquakes of recent times and has continued to stand tall and strong. It therefore is one of the most significant places to visit in Nepal. The cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata have direct flights to and from Kathmandu but tickets need to be booked a lot in advance in order to save money. You could either hail taxis or cycle-rickshaws/tempos to look around or rent a 4WD for around Rs. 5000 a day.Amazing Things to Do in Nepal : Kathmandu
As I was on a bit of a budget I asked to take public transport rather than the private jeep that they offer to groups. Milan recommended against, arguing the case for comfort and the ability to stop when and where we wanted, but he understood my limitations and put plans into place. Therefore me and my guide Suma caught the 05:30 bus from Koteshwor and got underway on our 12 hour journey.Filled with anticipation, I was able to stay awake for the first stint of the journey, taking in the sights and seeing the sun rising over the corn fields, rivers and mountains. It was so picturesque that it made you forget about the unseemly hour (okay maybe a slight exaggeration).After two hours, we pulled over for a bite to eat. I was given with the choice of curried potato or sel roti (a kind of fried doughnut-bagel hybrid). Even after traveling in India, I wasn’t quite accustomed to having curry at such an early hour so I went for the sel roti. Straight out the pan. Very tasty.Back onto the bus I got, and within 5 minutes I was out. I am blessed with the ability to sleep on buses, so the rest of the journey went surprisingly quickly. I don’t think the drive will be too much of a problem for those who aren’t as fortunate however, as when I was awake I was treated to a variety of different landscapes making for a very scenic journey. We drove through little villages and forests, passed rice paddies and fields sprinkled with banana trees and palms, and all the while we could glimpse the mighty Himalayas to the north. Not your typical monotonous UK motorway, that’s for sure. They reminded me of the sorts of roads that the crew of Top Gear would go in search of in one of their yearly specials.Suma was also pointing out little places where they would usually stop in the jeep to pick fruit and get good pictures, as well as giving me little tit-bits of information about villages, their history, and some of their local dishes that he enjoys.As we approached Ilam the landscape changed again. I was quickly reenergized as the luscious green tea plantations of Kanyam came into view, and for 40km these gardens stretched before us; a patchwork of green covering the rolling hills and the steep mountain sides. Littered amongst the fields were the blue tin roofs of local homes, a feature that makes Nepal’s countryside so unique and charming. It was a breathtaking introduction to Eastern Nepal.The homestay at Shree Antu was very cute with a ski lodge kind of vibe and a pretty little flower garden out front. We were warmly welcomed by our hosts, and Suma and I were presented with a white shawl, a sign of welcome to visitors. They also brought out two what can only be described as metal towers to our table which contained a local eastern Nepali drink known as Tongba. The best description for Tongba would be a hot but slightly watered down red wine. I can’t really see it taking off in the UK, but it was okay, undeniably interesting in taste and something I hadn’t tried anywhere else. The east was certainly delivering on uniqueness.Our dinner of Daal Bhat was served at around 20:30 and it came with a lovely potato and green bean curry and pickled spinach. I was absolutely famished from the journey, and tucked in straight away. It was only until half the plate was gone that I realized I should be documenting the food. Must do better tomorrow.As we finished eating and we were letting the extremely generous portions settle, Suma told me about our plans for the next day. “Up at 4!” Shree Antu, he told me, is known in the district for having great sunrise views and they are not to be missed.So with that, we made way to our rooms for an early night, and another early rise on day two.
Langtang Valley trek is one of the lesser known treks of Nepal. It is also called the valley of glaciers treks. Infact, Langtang is the place from here you can get the majestic snow-capped mountains and the beautiful glaciers at close quarters. Langtang is only 8 hours drive towards the north of Kathmandu. This trek route was discovered by the famous British mountaineer and travel writer Bill Tilman.
Kathmandu stayOn 5th April , i reached Kathmandu . As soon we reached , people rushed into this shop at the airport to buy an NCELL SIM card . I bought an NCELL Sim Card and called my driver who was arranged by SNOWYODA . SNOWYODA EXPEDITIONS was the company who was responsible for our accomodations throughout the expedition . They took care of our rooms , trek guides , sherpas . I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to trek in the Nepal Region .Our ten member expedition team were accommodated in the streets of Thamel , main town of Kathmandu in a hotel called lemon tree. Its an amazing hotel with good wifi and free breakfast as a part of stay . Thamel is a busy shopping street with many shops for second hand trekking . Thamel Marg is the main place to visit . You will find exquisite restaurants and bars . The place is very economical for everyone . But do not forget to bargain .Few of places to visit in Kathmandu are Durbar square , Pashupatinath temple and Thamel Marg. Make sure to have masks in Kathmandu as dust pollution is one of its specialities .
My love for the Himalayas is unbound. To be precise, it borders on obsessiveness. Believe me, even spending months there like a hermit didn't help me a bit. I would trade living there with all the luxuries this life has to offer, and it is only a matter of time. Well that's a story for another time...Speaking of the Himalayan regions, Nepal, being our neighbour wasn't on my radar to be honest, despite being home to the world's largest mountains. But a press trip took me there, and something unexpected happened.I discovered that I was in a shopper's heaven in Kathmandu! Like a kid that drops its jaw at the sight of candies, I was blown away by all the things displayed in shops, that looked endless!I am not a shopaholic as such, but I do end up going on a shopping spree when I find something chic & cool. Happens with everyone, right?So I thought I'll share the details of things to shop in Nepal so that you could shop like a Pro!Without much ado, read ahead to find out what are things to look for in Nepal.
Once on a flight from Paro to Kathmandu, I had a chance to view Everest from the top. Since then I have always dreamt about going to the Everest Base Camp. But in those dreams, I was always walking with a load on my back, panting at every breath and finally standing in front of the World’s Highest peak.#bucketlist #dreams #TrektoEBC. *sigh…*But seemed like God had other plans for me, a relatively easier one.
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One of the most colourful and indiscreet cities of India, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for the Hindus. Al...
Varanasi, the most religious city of India, where life and death meet. Not really a touristy place but a city you need to visit once in your life. Evening aarti in Varanasi is a must visit. The holi cow, narrow roads, hustle and bustle of the city. The feel is straight out of a Hindi movie.How to reach:Kolkata to Varanasi is around 680Km. There are many trains between the two. It takes around 12 hour by train. There is no direct flight.
Our first destination was Sarnath. Situated 15kms away from the city, sarnath has many tourists for all 12 months. You have to take ticket for entering into the museum and the park. The cost for museum is INR5 for Indians. You have to deposit all your items including camera, cellphones, and any eatable outside the museum. They provide you with lockers where you can keep your important belongings. The museum has very old monuments of lord Shiva, and very old commodities which people used to have. I would recommend you to not hire a guide here. The famous Asoka chakra is visible here. A 10 mins walk in the museum will serve the purpose of visiting this place. The museum closes at 5, make sure you visit it before the closing time. There is a park close to museum. This park is huge and if you would like to work on your photography skills, you will find a lot of places to try your camera. With lots of monks praying to lot of tourists this place has its own history. You will encounter a lot of monks who will get clicked with you as well
Located in the sacred city of Varanasi and in parts of Uttarakhand, the Aghori sadhus are a terrifying sight, using their long matted hair and (frequently)nude bodies coated in ash.They indulge in shocking rituals such as eating human remains before or after they're cremated, and having sexual intercourse with corpses. A lot of people flock to obtain their blessings since it's thought they have therapeutic powers.Govardhan Puja:
Being the oldest continuously inhabited city of India, it is impossible to not be enchanted by the spiritual vibrance and order-in-chaos of Varanasi.
One of the most colorful and fascinating places on earth-Varanasi. Also known as Kashi/Benaras. Varanasi is popular pilgrimage point for the Hindus. One of the holiest place, city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries - an ultimate pilgrimage. Varanasi is the oldest city of the world. More than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation. Apart from Kashi Biswanath Temple which is one of the major attraction point for offering Puja to Lord Shiva, ghats of Ganga is another major attraction where people watches the daily life of Varanasi. Sankat Mochan temple is also very popular for offering puja to Hanumanji. Within 3 days , how you will plan your schedule depends to you. There are certain people , who will only love to spend time beside river Ganga. I have spent more time on Ganga ghats. During first or second day, try to complete to offer puja to Kashi Biswanath temple, Sankat Mochan, Annapurna mandir and other temples where you want to.
I took Begumpura express and it will drop you in the holy city in the afternoon and you have a whole evening to be spent all by yourself by the ghats. Take a hotel/hostel near Assi Ghat (the most convenient way to start off your ghat walk)
2017 was a bit tough for me. I just wanted to disappear somewhere for some time. My plan had some barriers and they could have easily converted into excuses for the cancellation of the trip. Biggest barrier was budget. I didn't want to ask money from my parents. So,i finally managed to organise 4000rs which i had saved in the previous few months. But i was confused about destination and after searching for few days i decided to go varanasi.
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Lucknow or the City of Nawabs sitting on the banks of the Gomti river, is regarded as North India’s cultural capital. ...
Lucknow, The city of Nawabs...A place for history Lover as well as Foodaholic...There are so many places vistit in the city or near by city Like : Imambara(Bhulbhulaiya), Namisharanya, Chandrika Devi, Kukrail, Ambedkar Park, Janeshwar Mishra Park etc.But there are more place to eat then places to visit.. So before going to Lucknow check out the list and make a note wha you want to try and eat and one more thing dont eat before going to anywhere otherwise you will miss yummilicious food... Choose wisely and eat heavily
We started our journey from Lucknow To Naimisharanya around 8o'clock Morning. The distance between these two places are near about 91 KM so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Naimisharanya in 2 hours and 12 minutes.How to Reach :There are all faciliies availabe like UP Govt Buses, Train but I like to say that you have to prefer Cab from Lucknow so you can go there in the morning and back to lucknow by the evening without any husstle.
From Agra, leave for the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. A foodie's paradise, Lucknow is known for the world-renowned tunday kebabs. But there's much more to explore in this underrated city. Buildings reminiscent of the British Raj, mausoleums, and a bhool bhulaiya (maze) to get lost in this city, make it a fun place to visit.
The journey from Bhairahawa to Lucknow marked the final leg of TON 2017. After crossing the border (which happened surprisingly quick), we traversed 360 km of Indian highways through Gorakhpur and Faizabad to arrive at Lucknow. There was celebratory ceremony marking the conclusion of this epic journey. Receiving certificates of completion made the riders ecstatic and emotional which was evident in farewell addresses by fellow mates and crew members.
The Nepal journey began from Lucknow at the Golden Tulip Hotel. It felt like déjà vu entering the hotel lobby, seeing the riders wait with their riding gear and luggage with curiousity and high hopes in their eyes. Some of the people from the Bhutan team were back again for this one and I could completely understand the excitement in their hearts as we caught up and discussed old episodes.The highlight of the team this time were the 4 female riders who had joined us from Bangalore and Aurangabad. They seemed confident, experienced and ready for the challenging ride with all their charm.Day zero was First aid training by Tarun (Rashtriya Life Saving Society) followed by tour brief by Shawn Dsouza and Rohan Pimpley (RE team) with a thorough Q&A session breaking the ice and setting the tone right for the team to kickstart the journey next day.
We started from Lucknow, aka The City of Nawabs & reached Gaya Junction, the nearest railway station to Bodhgaya after a twelve-hour journey by train. Without any delay, we took an auto-rickshaw to Bodhgaya that is around 17 km away. You can find a number of transport facilities to go Bodhgaya from Gaya Junction.Where to Stay –
Lucknow, also known as the city of Nawabs has developed over the years but hasn't lost its rich cultural heritage. The city is divided into two parts the old city and the new city . The old city primarily consists of the Imambaras (shrines), the monuments, the very famous tundey kababs. The new city has the malls and the parks. There is a startling difference between the two, the new city is cleaner , better roads and it's easier to get a mode of transportation, whereas the old city is dusty and the main mode of transportation is cycle rickshaw, electric rickshaw and shared autos, however, it has most of the places that are worth seeing.
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We set out in noon after having breakfast at a local hotel.We took a boat which at first rowed us to a temple,thereafter...
We set out in noon after having breakfast at a local hotel.We took a boat which at first rowed us to a temple,thereafter left us at the starting point from where we were supposed to trek to the world peace pagoda.We started our trek and the majestic view of the town from above kept us glued.After reaching at the top we admired the beauty from the top and from the other side we took a cab that took us to Devi falls,thereafter the cab left us at our hotel.We packed our stuff and left for Sarangkot,from where we were supposed to begin our paragliding the next day.We stayed at Bhanjyang Village resort which offers a nice view point for enjoying the sunset. We stayed up till late gossiping and admiring the view.
The little paradise known as Pokhara demands to be explored and is the star of every Nepal itinerary. While flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara are rather expensive, you could take the bus connecting the two destinations courtesy of the Prithwi Highway. A deluxe tourist bus should cost you around Rs. 1000 and renting a private vehicle, although convenient is a costlier option. Ask your hotel to make all bookings/transport arrangements for you. The drive is around 6 hours long and slightly bumpy but scenic. Pokhara is the perfect destination to visit for those who love walking but for longer distances like Sarangkot, it is possible to take a taxi.Amazing Things to Do in Nepal : Pokhara
5. In Pokhara? Lakeside road is the place to be!
Day 4, PokharaHeading to Pokhara with 7 hours Journey in the afternoon from Nagarkot, it was really long journey but also worth to see the sight seeing along the road way to Pokhara, we reach there in the evening, our Hotel near the Phewa Lake.. Cant see to much in evening...but we really exciting to wake up very early morning as we are planning to discover Phokara and the lake...And... this is what we saw in the early 5.30 am from outside our the Hotel after 15 minutes walk heading to the street..
The following morning we headed back to Pokhara taking the same route. Morning showers turned the route slushy making the descent more challenging than initially thought. Moving ahead, the riders literally stopped and kissed the road as we hit leveled tarmac after 3 days. It had been quite a spell.
After a hail storm the previous night, we woke up to a rainy morning all set to ride out to Pokhara. After a quick briefing about risky terrains, we rode in moderate showers through extremely slushy roads out of Kathmandu. The condition of roads improved as the skies cleared. Munching miles through the twists and turns, we rode through the serene valley along the Trishuli River.
Day 5 was my day of facing my fear. My fear of heights. It had rained very hard the whole of last night so we received a message from the paragliding company that they might have to cancel the flight. Secretly I was very happy about it. I registered but it didn't come through because of the weather. Yes, no one could blame me now for being a wimp but then things panned out differently. We went to the paragliding office at the designated time and they said the weather condition has improved so the flight is on. Damn! My heart drowned. I put up a brave face and hopped on to the car with a few other passengers and the pilots. Once we reached atop the valley (from where we had to take off) we were informed that we will be given enough time to prepare ourselves mentally however my pilot (Patrick from France) decided that we will be the first ones to jump as the wind was strong and the weather could get worse so he didn't want to waste any time and started preparing for the jump. I froze. Patrick started harnessing me and asked me to run as fast as possible when we hit the edge of the valley. I literally froze at the edge but it was too late by then. I was pushed by my pilot and within the next five seconds I was flying with the birds in the middle of that ravishingly green valley. I felt liberated. I felt happy. I was so numb with happiness that I couldn't react. I just surrendered myself to that moment of unbelievable happiness.
Day 4 we headed to Pokhara, almost six hours bus ride from Kathmandu. This place boasts of laid-back charm but it turned out to be a haven of adventures and misadventures for us. First of all, we got lost while locating our tiny hotel. Post that we headed out for a walk, lots of shopping and of course some dinner and drinks. We were doing good so far but some live music in a corner took us to a pub nearby and we walked there, ordered a few drinks but soon realised that the pop music was not our scene. Oh by the way, I registered myself for paragliding (yes, that was the big surprise). So yes, we exited the pub and started walking back to our hotel but soon the weather threw a big shock. It started pouring, so heavily that we had to take shelter. No restaurant visibly open at that hour, we started running faster but the rain was so heavy we could barely manage to walk. We had to pause. We looked around and found a small restaurant that was still open however we didn't know how to get there so we hopped from one balcony to the other to reach their balcony. We knocked on their door and were greeted by rather surprised but very welcoming restaurant helpers who were on the verge of shutting down the restaurant. We were literally shivering from that rain water exposure and they were kind enough to offer us a drink. They even decided to escort us to our hotel under the huge umbrella (the one that we see outside a hotel balcony).
We felt relief after taking the bags off, freshen up and went for the walk around lakeside. We enjoyed lakeside music along with the tasty food including Thakali rice as dinner. As we were to move to Dhampus early tomorrow, we returned back to the hotel on time and it was already the bed time. I wished ' good night' with the silent desire of getting beautiful window view of Mount Fishtail, tomorrow morning.RAIN, RAIN AND RAINAs I woke up in the morning at around 7:00 with the sound of thunderstorm, my wish to see the mountains went in vain. All I can see was clouds and rain. We waited for few hours but there were no symptoms of minimizing it rather it was going heavy. As Bikash had some work in the Internet, we left the hotel room and went to the nearby cyber café. He took some time to finish his work, as we stayed there watching the rain. We had no chance to move as planned, we didn't even have raincoats to cover us as well as our backpacks. And another bad thing - similar weather was on the forecast at least till the afternoon. It was frustrating time till. Despite all frustrations we had lunch on time, came back to room and slept more.
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Kesaria Stupa, Champaran
I reached Patna around 1:00 pm and got down at the Mithapur bus stand. From there I took an auto to the railway station and from there another auto to Patna Sahib. By the way, if you want to know how I found out about the right autos and buses, I did what every clueless person would do; ASK. I asked my fellow bus travelers, auto drivers, locals as well as the supreme ‘Google’ and they were all happy to guide me.I had to rush as my train, although expected to be late, was set to arrive at 6:00 pm on the Patna Junction and I was yet to retrieve my suitcase from my friend’s house. It was simply a race against time. From Patna Sahib, one can either walk to the gurdwara or take another auto. The final road resembles any crowded old city such as Sadar bazar in my home town of Meerut or Chawri Bazaar in Delhi. There are all kind of shops and a great many tea stalls.Takht Shree Harmandir Sahib ji is one of the five holiest sites in Sikhism, as it is here that the tenth sikh guru Gobind Singh was born. It isn’t as majestic as Golden temple in Amritsar but is worth visiting once. It is undergoing a major makeover and once that is finished, it will be able to match upto the golden temple in its grandeur. Still, the white main building is beautifully constructed and the inside sanctum was open to devotees to pray.
The plan was to reach Patna on the afternoon of Dec 8 and attend my friend’s wedding on Dec 9. This was supposed to be followed by a one day exploration of Patna on Dec 10. After Patna, I had planned a tour of Buddhist towns of Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda till Dec 13, when I had to be back to catch the same notorious Magadh Express from Patna Junction in the evening. As happens in most travel journeys, not everything went according to the plan. I entered Patna not on the afternoon but on the midnight of Dec 8 and made my way to the venue where my friend was set to be married next day.Anyone’s first impressions of Patna are mostly similar. It is a crowded city, full of traffic jams and chaos. The city has no inner public transportation system and shared autos is the only medium to commute. While autos do a decent job of connecting different parts of the city, the autorickshaw pilots (sarcasm intended) cram as many humans as possible to make an extra buck. So, until and unless one is okay to squeeze himself/herself in a corner of a crowded open auto, it’s better to take a cab. I took the auto.Bihar, however, has a dignified resilience behind all the decadence and one can feel it while traveling around. The people are hospitable and can laugh away all their troubles with a nice sense of humor. I had a great time at my friend’s wedding and as she departed with her husband next morning, it seemed strange that my arrival in Patna should coincide with someone’s departure.I was too tired from the wedding to venture outside on the Dec 10, the day after wedding. The whole day was spent resting at my friend’s house and feasting on some delicious home cooked food.
My base camp for most part. Interestingly more chaotic that any other part of Bihar I'd been to
262 Kms from Ghora Lotan
3. Looking for Nepali handicrafts? Head to Patan
I liked the Patan Durban Square cultural heritage.
198 Kms from Ghora Lotan
Best time to visit - January,February,March,December
Allahabad enjoys the prestige of being one of the four holiest spots of India and thus host Maha Kumbh in every 12 years...
As I commence this blog I tend to wonder how am I going to put an end to it. The experience of this Excursion is so vast and Mystical that it gives complex to our minuscule lives. I'd never seen such an ebullient environment in my life and it is officially stated as the largest human gathering in the world. People perform bizarre acts in the name of Religion, which they certify as Religious devotion, which to me is amusing and absurd. But then- my thoughts are of an individual! Although it does seem that my tasks to accomplish are in process. My Reincarnation in this lifetime as a Hindu has led me to this festival called the Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 at Allahabad! I felt blessed because to Hindus this event is imperative. I mentioned about my lecturer from "Delhi School of Photography" Mr. Jotirmoy Das in my First blog and his persuasive nature. After the two trips I took with him I was sure of him to baffle everyone, so much that it has evolved into a talent from his nature and somehow I'm enthralled by it now. But when he spoke to me about this Photography Jaunt the tone was different. It was so genuine as if the Head of a Religious Community defined Proclivity for Religion. And when you are at a start of your creative career every prospect seems enticing even if you have to click pictures or write an article amidst a Dunghill. With his sincere coaxing I agreed and when he told me that I have to board the train from Old Delhi Railway Station, the thought of going there was repugnant to me. But being a natural traveller that I'm there's always adrenaline that gets me going and I love to challenge comfort sometimes. When I reached the Rusty Red most crucial Station of the country I wonder where People come from, there are so many of them that anyone will think of it as a whole universe instead of a railway station. At the station I met Mr. Das along with Mr. Deepak Virmani , the owner of Delhi School Of Photography and 3 American Educators teaching at The American School, New-Delhi and Mr.Vijay. All of us being Travel & Photography enthusiasts out to explore an overwhelming event seemed nonetheless than National Geographic employees. The moment I heard that my ticket is unconfirmed I was infuriated and couldn't help with an outburst of profanity. I agree that I have a habit to condemn my country because of poor Infrastructure, Government and much more. But I have decided that this habit shall soon stop. Mr. Das told me to just board the train with no doubt assuring me that he would take care of it and I must say with his glib talking to the Ticket Checker I was stunned. It took no time to settle the adverse situation. The train Journey was marvelous probably because of the company that I had, The Americans with us were engrossed in playing board games such as chess and some mathematical game which was out my league but I did try my best to play and compete despite being a mathematical illiterate. The mobile network was atrocious in the train hence I couldn't speak with my girlfriend who now happens to be an ex-girlfriend, she had to mail me a goodnight message hoping I will get it by the time I reach Allahabad and I was a young man who was in love and just a message could put me to sleep and so it did indeed a tranquil sleep. I opened my eyes to the beautiful light of Allahabad's dawn and saw millions of people scattered throughout the city with a firm belief to take a dip in the living goddesses river called The Ganga or Ganges to wash away their sins or rather as they say 'It's a direct entry to heaven sir'. The campsite, our abode for the next couple of days was about an hour and half away from the railway station. For the next five days we lived like Gypsies in tents, there were people from all over the Globe. It was a land of hash, everyone just smoked joints & chillums, from sadhus to tourists. I hardly inhaled any fresh air instead it was so much hash that I myself felt like a passive charras smoking sadhu. The sadhus have a quaint way of expressing their devotion towards religion. Some of them have sacrificed their arms by keeping it in air and not cutting their nails, some sadhus tie a rope to their testicles and lift up seventy kilos of bricks; one particular sadhu applied the same procedure but tied it to pull a car with people in it. They call these acts 'Yoga' to suppress their sexual desire. Some haven't slept in a decade and just been standing. Men who aspire to become sadhus have to give up all contact with their families and become a devotee to a Guru and get their heads shaved. I was unaware that there is even a criterion for the path to spirituality. The methodology for God's creation of the Universe should be un- equivocal, God has sent each of us on earth as per our karmic deeds from our past lives. Although I don't hold any special rights to say this or to impart the limited knowledge I have but I just say what God has made me feel. We all our God's children, in-fact God is our only parent, we live our lives according to how they want us to live. To me sacrificing things to the extent sadhus do is not necessary, we could just practice the art of simplicity and be good human beings, love each other and do what we love and that's how God will be with us constantly. I'm not saying that these sadhus are wrong; after all it is their personal belief and maybe God wants them to be this way. But just looking at them was an adventure. Their dedication was inspiring that I could stay there for some more days and just contemplate them, but even they would have left. We all depart for our cocooned shelters eventually. I want to share some important information. The Maha- Kumbh Mela happens every 12 years, specifically when the planets Sun, Moon and Jupiter are in a particular alignment. The entire set up of Mela was constructed before the event, so it was a temporary arrangement, but it was so large that it could be seen from space. And the Legend says it that the rivers Ganga and Yamuna met they together met the river Saraswati and that is when the battle between gods and demons occurred and hence the drop of immortality nectar was spilled. I don't know if I learnt something from this trip, but being there made me feel as if God told me that people listen to him because God hears us all when we talk to them, And we all shall appreciate and have gratitude for the beautiful life we have.
3. PrayagTHEN: Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman crossed the river Ganga from here to go beyond their kingdom. The trio spent some time at the Ashram of Sage Bharadwaj here, before travelling ahead.