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324 Kms from Kanpur
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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...
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.
7. 'Ranjhana': Banarasiya
Banaras was one of my dream destination . So this Dec i decided to stay maximum days in Banaras.As soon as i reached Banaras i didnt like the place much and was thinking that how i will spent my next 5 days there. But it changed very soon.I was searching for a place near my hostel to have lunch and found this girl from my hostel who was also looking for the same. We decided to go out together and have lunch. We found a place and after having lunch we decided to walk to Assi Ghat.She was a psychologist from Chile and is travelling for 1 year. She already covered many countries in Asia. She is a girl with lot of energy and we became friends very easily. We spent the evening together in Assi Ghat watching Ganga Arti. Next day we decided to go for a walking tour.Next day i met one couple from Argentina and a guy from Germany as well who was staying in our hostel.We were expected to reach the starting point of walking tour by 10am.We walked a lot through Galis around 2.5km and finally reached the point. Next 2 hrs we were walking through the Galis and Ghats of Banaras. I found the name of Banaras more cute. Banaras is so vibrant all the time.The bulls walks like the king of Banaras. People will feed the bull roadside and it was very cute.Boat man of Banaras: Next day early morning we went for a Boat ride. The boat man told that he comes from a family of weavers and since powerloom have replaced most of the handloom workers ; he became a boatman.
In MAY, I found some more leeway at work and ended up covering Digha in the second week, followed by Varanasi and Allahabad the next week. Last week I ended up covering Gaya, Deoghar, Ranchi, Nalanda, Munger, and Mughal Sarai before the start of my grand pilgrimage to PanchKedar.
"After reading a bunch of blogs on internet, Varanasi was one of my bucket-listed place where i was desperate to visit.Though at first i thought of riding my bike all the way to Varanasi, winters in Delhi make you realize that its not something you just turn-up and start riding.Just a week before i began, i booked my tickets for round trip.(NDLS-MUV superfast Exp). And a week passed on a blink in excitement. Soon i was waiting at the New-Delhi Railway station hoping for my train to be on time. As usual train arrived 4hr late at Manduadih station at about 2pm on 20th Dec.Having no clue about places and with no pre-booking of my stay i stood jumbled at Auto/Rickshaw drivers asking me where do i want to go........with a little knowledge of Dashashwamedh Ghat being ideal place for evening Aarti, i googled my way way to it and started walking(About 4kms ). Just few steps away from Dashashwamedh ghat took a room (Hotel MRK) economically good with decent facilities.At about 4 in the evening i was at the Ghat for the Aarti, knowing that it would start at 6, i thought of taking a Boat ride along Ganges.
You can now view the iconic city of Varanasi in a hot air balloon, for as low as ₹300 per person. Started from 24th Dec, this service is available till 2nd January. The UP tourism department in association with Tour Assistance India (TSI), a Varanasi based company, has started this initiative to attract more tourists to the city.A booking counter has been set up at Assi ghat. You can book the tickets on the spot or in advance. Advance bookings will cost ₹300 per person whereas the immediate, on the spot bookings will cost ₹500 per person. The hot air ballon goes up to a height of 150 feet and will remain in the sky for 10 minutes. The service currently is at Assi Ghat only. However, depending on the response and demand, it can go beyond Assi Ghat and may even continue after 2nd January.
• Purity of Kumbh Mela in VaranasiTime to Visit; the time depends on astrologyThe sacred land of Varanasi experiences the maximum footfall during the Kumbh Mela. This is the major festival in North India that is celebrated once in a period of 3 years, where Hindu devotees bathe in holy water. Feel the spiritual vibes and observe the beauty of the Ghats during the evening when the bright Dias fills the environment with sanity. The tour to Varanasi during Kumbh can be the most mesmerizing experience. Places to see
There truly isn't a better place to celebrate Diwali than Varanasi. With constant chants to calm your soul, Varanasi's ghats pulse with glowing diyas on Dev Deepavali and it is believed that even the Gods arrive here on this day for a dip in the Ganga. Thousands of clay lamps glitter on the city’s 84 ghats, with the spectacular daily Ganga aarti. It is an experience that is at once spectacular, overwhelming and unforgettable.Photography Tip: While diyas are relatively easy to shoot, get creative with your composition. It's not necessary to always shoot the diyas from the top or frame them in the centre. A great alternative to that is to shoot with the camera kept at the same level as that of the flame.
269 Kms from Kanpur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Home to the grandiose Taj Mahal, Agra’s city echoes of its bygone Mughal era days. Located in Uttar Pradesh, tourists ...
Well, my childhood dream came true. I visited the Taj Mahal. My sister booked a cab for our whole trip - to Delhi and Agra. So we got in the vehicle, took the National Highway, took some breaks in between, and along with some mild argument with a police officer, we are on our way again. (Miraculously, that Police Officer showed us the hotel where we can stay just next to the Taj Mahal). In the morning everybody dressed up, bought a ticket and went in. To tell the truth, that way the very first time I have found my dreams actually come true. From reading about the Taj in the textbooks to seeing it face to face is one of the most amazing moments of my life.
I thought, only I am excited to see the Agra fort, but saw dad walking fast to secure us entry passes. As soon as you enter the monumental doors of Agra fort, you are going have a war with local guides. Once you succeed in the negotiations, the journey inside begins.
The most popular weekend getaway from Delhi would have to be Agra. Within 200 kms from Delhi, it takes less than 3 hours to reach Agra via Yamuna Expressway. While it may be famous for the Taj Mahal, it is also a great weekend destination away from the bustling city. If you are a history buff, this city will definitely catch your fancy. It is home to some of the country’s best architectural marvels like Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb.
It was 14th August , the day of the week when most of the people are hit with Monday Morning blues (sometimes I do too) and the next day being 15th August was holiday .As usual , I had nothing to do other than to lie on bed lazily the whole day . Suddenly it occured to me that I should visit Agra . I never have had any chance to visit Agra previously . Agra is just 230 kms from Gurgaon and around 4 hours drive . I geared up and quickly booked an Activa online for 2 days . I cost me 650/- INR excluding fuel . I left the office early and picked up my ride from Wheelstreet (online bike renting plattform) . I reached my place , took a quick shower , packed the necessary items for two days and started my solo - road trip to Agra . If you go on a bike , road trip do not forget your powerbank , face mask , driving gloves , and arm sleeves . One thing to note here that if you are going to Agra on a road trip on 2-wheelers , do not take the Yamuna Expressway . Instead opt for the Palwal highway which is pretty good .In my case , I did the same opted for the latter , which is comparatively safer . I left Gurgaon at 7.30 pm after having some evening snacks .Google Map was of great help and the connectivity throughout the journey was good.I had a pit stop at one of the dhabhas along the way . The food was yum and the price reasonable . I passed through the famous towns such Gokul , Vrindavan and Mathura . Even at around 12 o'clock at night , these towns were lively and jubiliant as the next day was Janmashmi . The celebrations of this festival was in full swing and most of the relevant shops were open . At around 1 AM , I was on my bed at my Hotel Room . I had not booked it earlier , so I had to pay a little extra which I regretted . After 4 hours drive , I needed rest and I dozed off as soon as I hit the bed .So friends please , book your rooms beforehand or be ready to make a good bargain .
Sharp a 2 hour journey and at 8, we got off at the Agra Cantt Railway Station and headed towards the hotel in our pre-booked vehicle.A quick check-in, we drop our luggage and move further to have the first WOW experience, it's the Agra fort. Beautiful architecture and amazing history, we see, click, listen, learn and come out full of stories and pictures.
If you have visited Taj Mahal a thousand times and have come to believe that that there's nothing more to discover, wait till you see Mehtab Bagh on a moonlit night. Tourist guides and popular travel books will rarely tell you about this hidden treasure of Agra, simply because it's difficult to locate among the winding by-lanes of the city. But once you find it, you get a chance to enjoy a panoramic view of Shah Jehan's beloved Taj Mahal.'Wah Taj!', you will say to yourself.
The trend of backpacker's hostels has finally come to India. And who's complaining. Zostels are like the travel hostels we have all seen in the movie Queen. Clean, cheap, centrally located and secure.In addition you get to meet loads of new people waiting to be your friends. Zostel is expanding rapidly by the day. Presently, there are around 20 Zostels in India and one in Nepal.Currently, Zostel is offering a volunteer Programme where you can be at their front desk. In return they offer you free accommodation. Cool, Isn't it.Volunteer to Travel :I have been a huge fan of long trips. I barely plan 2 day trips. Short trips are for tourists, vacations are for travelers. Don't get me wrong here. But how can you capture the essence of a place, visit the offbeat places, do what the locals do in 3 days. You barely have time to rush to all the touristy places. Isliye, I volunteer. This provides you a change to contribute in your own little way during traveling and gives you an immense sense of satisfaction.Here are few of my favorite volunteer organisations:
80 Kms from Kanpur
Lucknow or the City of Nawabs sitting on the banks of the Gomti river, is regarded as North India’s cultural capital. ...
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.
The flight reached Lucknow at 8:25 a.m. At the airport we took the taxi for 250 rs. At the prepaid counter it was told 300 rs. You can bargain for around 200. We reached the railway station to pick up our bikes by 9:30 a.m. but the counter at the railway station opens only by 10-10:30.We paid 550 to the guy as a bribe though the actual amount is 350 for 24 hours. Checklist: A swiss knife to remove packing from bikes else you will have to pay someone to remove the packing. 5 liter empty can as bikes won't have petrol while packed and transported and in case the petrol pump is far A good cloth actually multiple number of clothes to clean bikes. A right turn from the railway station and around 3-4 km you can find a petrol pump. Our route of 324 km which we planned for this day was Lucknow -> Faizabad -> Basti-> Bhairwah->Saunali Here we took the diversion to Naugarh instead of going to Gorakhpur. Unfortunately, this route was very deserted and roads were pretty bad. We kept riding till evening and late in the night at 12 a.m. #Stay Some people suggested us Sanju lodge but we were so tired that we took the first lodge we found named Niranjana.
317 Kms from Kanpur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The melodious chorus of temple bells, the sweet fragrance of incense and the positive energy in Mathura city all come to...
• Enjoy the colours of Holi in Mathura and VrindavanTime to Visit; During Holi; February or MarchHoli, the festival of colours and enjoyment have a great significance in Mathura and Vrindavan. The land of Lord Krishna, Mathura and Vrindavan arethe most visited cities in North India where devotees from every corner gather to bless themselves. But the colours of holi make it more auspicious for a tour. The lath mar holi of Barsana makes the place different from other cities of India during holi. Places to see• Temples of the city• Radha Kund and Shyam Kund• Govardhan Parvat• Tulsi van
Mathura the land of Lord Krishna it is En Route between Agra and Delhi on NH2 it is also oriented or one day excursion point For few Golden triangle travellers. Though the city has its own potential to get more than 5 lakh tourist annually but its not a place just for one day. If you are coming to Mathura and you really want to have a totally different experience & know it then at least live in this for a week. Lord Krishna spent his infant - child and teenage here and this place is full of proof and sources of ultimate joy and happiness. the level of spirituality in locals and connection with their lord is what makes Mathura different. When you travel to Agra from Delhi via NH2 near Mathura the "Jai Gurudev temple" is like a reminder that you are really near to Taj Mahal in Agra.the Jai Gurudev temple is a good place to have a hault and fresh n up yourself as the place is surrounded by a lot of dhabas, motels and sanitation points. if you visit the temple and get in, it takes hardly 30 minutes to cover it all if you do not choose to sit down for a meditation and dhyan. The architecture of Jai Gurudev Temple matches with the Taj Mahal as it is made up of pure white marble and have four pillars at each corner, with a big dome in the centre, which makes it more like a pop up that you are just 60 KMS. away from Taj Mahal in Agra. it's a temple worth visiting and a good place force stop over during your journey towards Agra or Delhi. #Rohantherover #incredibleindia #Mathura #minitaj
5. Enjoy a unique cultural trip through Mathura and VrindavanThese two religious hubs in Uttar Pradesh have a vibrant culture that reflect what India is all about. Delhi to Vrindavan via Mathura is a short trips from Delhi. It takes just about 3 hours to reach Vrindavan via the Yamuna Expressway. The first pitstop on this route, Mathura, is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and the temples and the Vishram Ghat echoing with the Radhe Radhe chant sure make for a surreal experience. On reaching Vrindavan, spend a morning at the Yamuna Kali Ghat and Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. Later, head to the adjacent gully to enjoy some delicious hot savouries.
Popularly known as Lord Krishna’s birthplace, this religious town makes for a great weekend escape. At a distance of 141 km from Delhi, the destination easily makes for a great weekend getaway from Delhi within 200 km. Mathura is representative of more than 3000 year culture and civilization of India that promises absolute spiritual rejuvenation on your visit. Throngs of pilgrims visit Mathrua every year. Apart from Hindu devotees, people from different faiths visit the town, including Buddhists and Brahmanical Jains.
After sleeping well that night and spending some quality time with the students of PMV college Mathura which reminded me much of my school life and college. Next day, I started early and visited some of the religious places around and headed towards my friend's village via Aligarh and Atrauli to Sirauli
I was supposed to reach Mathura by 18.45 but my train was late by 2 hours as expected from Indian Railways. At the station I did expedited the process of claiming my bike at parcel office by spending few extra bucks (off the record) and suddenly I was treated as a VIP and looking at the no. of VIP India has it was not astonishing.I had planned this trip with a friend from UP (Siroli Village). He had already left from Mumbai a week earlier and was in his village spending some quality time of love with his family. His juniors from Diploma College PMV Mathura came to pick me up at the station and I halted the night in Mathura.
187 Kms from Kanpur
Best time to visit - November- March
This is a town in the Chhattarpur District of Madhya Pradesh. Mainly known for the ancient Khajuraho Temple Complex, thi...
In Khajuraho, learn the art of Kama Sutra through the delicate but intricate carvings on the temples. The stunning sculptures are living proof of the advanced thinking and ideologies of our ancestors. Don't be put off by guides or kids giggling at the erotic carvings. Khajuraho is standing proud, showing off to the world how us Indians mastered the art of lovemaking.
Looking for a blend of antiquity, beauty, and marvelous art? Planning a short and crisp tour to take a break from your tiring work?Make it immensely worthy. Here is a place which perfectly makes your trip antique yet memorable. The place Khajuraho reminds you of beautiful, artistic temples in the marvelous city of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the most visited historical sites and one of the best tourist places in Madhya Pradesh occupying a spot on every foreign traveler's list. Let's explore more of this heavenly historic beauty...
KhajurahoThe third day was the show-stopper. If I had to describe Khajuraho in one word, it would be - Breathtaking. The temple architecture was nothing less than awe-inspiring. It breathed of the aura of grandeur. The statues with their intricate carvings seemed to dance & talk of the bygone era of the Chandellas.
1. Travel to the heart of India in KhajurahoA convenient place for trip near Delhi, Khajuraho remains a trending destination to visit during winters. Travellers can board a direct overnight train to Khajuraho from Nizamuddin Railway Station, Delhi. The 22 temples constructed by the rulers of Chandela dynasty between 950 AD and 1050 AD still survive and can be your window to learning the cultural nuances that are part of India's rich history.
This article is about my most memorable trip Khajuraho, one of the most popular tourist places in Madhya Pradesh. Famous for its erotic sculptures, this place is best example of ancient architectures in the world.The temples built by the Chandela Rajputs are depicting various concepts of art, meditation, lifestyle etc. The unparalleled beauty of its sculpture make it one of the famous World Heritage Sites in India.
At Jhansi station just at the border of Madhya Pradesh, a bit worried about how I would reach in time, I frantically looked for something that would take me to Orchha. Two minutes later, a voice entered my ears. "Orchha, sir Orchha chalenge?" - just got lucky! I rushed towards the shared auto where people were actually flowing and hanging out. I somehow managed to 'adjust' myself onboard, finishing a 5 minute ride to the Jhansi bus stop. Here, I bumped into the backseat of another auto. This one was rather too comfortable. Me and my backpack were chilling like two bottles of beer on a banana beach. The ride to Orchha for merely Rs 20 completed in around 30 minutes. Discovering the perfect route, the journey was fun and now here I was at my destination - Backpacking is indeed a learning and accomplishing process.This time, I decided to explore the northern and eastern part of Madhya Pradesh which are not at all far from Delhi, starting my journey from quite-a-city Gwalior to the Kingdom-miniature Orchha(via Jhansi) to the R-rated Khajuraho and finally ending safely in the safari of Tala(also known as Bandhavgarh). Here's the recollection of all my memories from the invaded roads, transitioning between cities, talking about how I found the best food & my journey around the bunch of people I met on my way. Gwalior
Activities:sunrise from western temples.visited western group with guideTravel Itinerary :In and around Khajuraho - walkExpenses :Breakfast @ lassie corner - Rs 65Guide for Khajuraho western Group of temples - Rs 300 (joined a group of 6)Lunch from marwadi canteen - Rs 120Stay in Khajuraho Hotel Zen - rs 475Dinner at Khajuraho Dance Festival grounds- rs 60
Travel to KhajurahoWoke up @0330 am. Freshened up, and ran to the platform to the catch the train which was already on the platform. This was my first stay at a retiring room, and I must say it was comfortable. Not too many facilities (non ac room had no tv) but it was enough to rest my soaring back. The stay was cheaper and also didn't need any transport fare to station. Made sense to a backpacker like me.Got the train on time (0430 hrs) and reached Satna (0730 hrs). I had thought of taking a share auto. A blog mentioned a bus at 0745 hrs and I didn't want to miss it. I took a private auto and reached in 7-8 mins. But the bus had already gone. I came to know the next bus was in the afternoon. I dint know what to do. Then a guy advised me to get in a bus to Chattarpur and get down at Bameetha. Bameetha was around half an hour from Khajuraho. I had no options but to board that bus. I got in and used my smartphone to locate Bameetha, was relived to know the information was correct.The journey started at 0800 and the bus crawled and stopped at almost all possible places to balloon itself with people. The legroom between the seats was so less that my legs had started paining in less than 10 mins. The journey is such buses was noting short of pain in different parts of your body. My tight budget always gives me such experiences, so I was up for it. The distance of 100 kms took more than 4 hrs. By that time i came to know the parts of my body which I thought ever existed. The roads played best alley to the buses. The road were under construction, wish you a smoother ride when some of you visit in near future. Fingers crossed.The bus stopped at Panna (Yes, the famous wildlife sanctuary) for loo brk. I flexed my muscles as there was still 50 kms to go. Most of it through dense forest of the wildlife sanguary. Bus stopped at a temple in the middle of the jungle. The bus conductor and helper went to the temple, prayed and broke a coconut (considered good in Indian culture). They went ahead and distributed the coconut in bus as prasad. I was presently surprised, never had something like that happened to me. They shared the blessings from the God with us, my bias about people faded away with that.Travel Itinerary :Jabalpur to Satna (by train) - Close to 3 hrsSatna to Bameetha (by bus) - Close to 4 hrsBameetha to Khajuraho (by share auto) - Around 20 minsKhajuraho Eastern group of temples (by cycle) - Around 10 minsExpenses :Jabalpur to Satna by train -Satna to Bameetha by bus - rs 110Bameetha to Khajuraho by share auto - rs 20Stay in Khajuraho Hotel Zen - rs 650Cycle rent to roam in Khajuraho - Rs 50Dinner at safari canteen- rs 55
A tryst with history is what your holiday in Khajuraho and Orchha will be. Those who are very fond of historical details will specifically enjoy travelling to these two destinations, because they are home to the most sensual architecture ever created in this world. Khajuraho is 172km away from Orchha and on your way you will come across countless magnificent waterfalls and other beautiful sights.How To Reach: Khajuraho has its own airport and the nearest railway head is in Mahoba, which is 63km away. Khajuraho is also well-connected by roads.
203 Kms from Kanpur
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.
240 Kms from Kanpur
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
If history, art and architecture spell a perfect holiday for you, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh is definitely a must visit! ...
The best time to travel in Madhya Pradesh is during the winter season. Like most of the states in Central India, MP suffers with extreme summers and traveling during May and June is walking through burning fire. So I took a train for Gwalior at 10:00 PM in the night and in six hours I was standing at Gwalior station surrounded by autowalas.Batesar is 35 kilometres away from Gwalior. The name Batesar is not of a village but actually the valley where these temples were found. The name derives from the biggest temple of the lot, The Bhuteshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This region also lies in the heart of the Chambal region that was once ruled by the dacoits. Time has passed by, some of them still wander in this region and if you hire a local vehicle from Gwalior, your driver will end up telling you some interesting stories.
Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor is one of the most important gurudwara in India. It is situated near Manmandir Palace and Sas bahu temple in Gwalior fort.This documentary was made for a college assignment.
City at a glance Half a day had already passed in a six hour super-fast train journey from Delhi to Gwalior. Should I fill my stomach in Gwalior and then go places or do the other way around? The dilemma hovered around my head for quite sometime, but was solved when I soon found myself amidst the bustling streets of Naya Bazaar, the oldest market in town. Following the incessant cramming of people on the way, it was hard to stop for a meal. Luckily, a hygenic restaurant Vyanjan Family restaurant, caught my eyes. It stood enroute to Jai Vilas Palace - a palace that depicts the royalty of Scindia family in the most incredible manner, stretching across with the big lawn and a stunning variation in interior decor over the generations.
Travel Itinerary :Left to Jhansi from Orchaa by share auto - 30-40 minsJhansi to Gwalior by train - 4 hrsExpenses :Auto to Jhansi - Rs 50Train ticket to Gwalior from Jhansi - rs 110Food - Close to Rs 100 per meal. Fortunately, ate at a friends place in Gwalior
Spread over a massive area of land, this fort was build during the 8th century. The fort stands on the edge of the mountain Gopachal spreading over 3 sq kms. The Man Singh palace is among the most magnificent structures out of otherThe entire fort is divided into Temples, Museum, Scindia School, Gurudwara and Palace with related structures.
317 Kms from Kanpur
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
The more one hears about Vrindavan, the more beautiful and alluring the small town becomes. The birth place of Lord Kris...
Vridavan is another accessible weekend getaway from Delhi witin 200 km. The city is widely regarded as the transcendental home of Lord Krishna. The ancient and modern temples will give you a dose of an incredible culture that resides in the mesmerizing corners of India. Hindu mythology says Lord Krishna resides eternally in Vrindavan and never leaves the abode and pilgrims from across the world reach Vrindavan throughout the year. If you want to go temple hopping, make sure you visit Madan-Mohan, Radha Vallabh as well as Banke-Bihari and Shahji.
The Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan celebrates Phoolon wali Holi on the ekadashi before Holi. The temple gates are opened at around 4 pm and the priests throw flowers at the devotees. Holi here is played with flowers and gulal, made using organic substances like flowers and kesar. Priests sprinkle colors on everyone using buckets, water guns, etc. The whole atmosphere is made even more lively with music (bhajans) in the background and people dance to the tunes while enjoying the colors.
As my watch struck past 12, the date changed but i kept on searching for a room to stay for the night. As i was told there, we should atleast book a room in 5 - 10 days advance during that time of the year as people from all over come to witness the holi in Vrindavan. Holi is played for 5 days of different types such as laath maar holi, phoolon ki holi, rangon ki holi etc. I kept on searching for rooms but my efforts were fruitless. My phone was running out of charge, so i went to a toy shop and requested him to charge my phone, as he kept my phone on charge, he was clearing out all the toys as he was about to close the shop. I helped him a little along with his family though he was insisting not to, we had a little conversation and later he tried to ask another person to try to accomodate my stay but that wasn't possible as well. I thanked him and we bid good night to eachother and i continued to roam around the city looking for a place. As the time passed and when it was around 1:40 am, everyone started clearing out of the roads and the entire inner city was as silent as a graveyard. All i could see were monkeys(a lot) and all i can hear were dogs barking. As i couldn't find any place to stay, i went to the river ghat and thought of spending the night there with no alternative left. I reached the ghat and as it was beginning of the march, it was a little cold and i tried to sleep for sometime in a very uncomfortable position. After 40 minutes around 2:40 pm i woke up and couldn't sleep again. So i set out for the city's main road and as i reached there, i saw few people with a bike and a scooty. I approached them and there were three people who also came from delhi, they couldn't find a room as well. So we sat together, and for sometime we sang songs as one of the guys played a guitar. Me after all the walking and they after their straining long ride were feeling very tired and drowsy but stayed up till 5 am in the morning. They set out to look for a room and asked me to join, we all went looking for rooms and finally we found a dormitory after searching for 40 min. I slept till 8:30 am and woke up and got ready to go into the city to experience the grand holi. In the dormitory, i met another photographer from Nagpur and we all set out together for the Banke-Bihari temple. It was the best part of city during holi hands down. After spending some time there talking as many pictures as i could, i went to other parts of the city. As an amateur photographer, the most difficult part was to cover the camera to avoid colours getting into it. Finally after experiencing one of the wildest holis in India, i bid adieu to all the amazing people i met and as well as to the city. I got into a goods truck and reached delhi. Thats how my first, wildest and adventurous trip ended giving me a lot of stories to remember and to tell.
"Ye bhagvan ki nagri hai" (This is city of God) I heard this line somewhere from the back when one priest guide was coming out from Banke Bihari temple with his tourist bhakts.. "aur ache se hogae na darshan bhagvan ke... agar aap yahan na aate to bhagvan ke darshan kaise hote bataiye" (If you hadn't come here you wouldn't have had the opportunity of getting this auspicious sight of him) a second voice came.
Vrindavan in September is perfect for those people who do not like to be pushed around by the crowds. The temples are open and have few to no tourists at this off-season time. You can very easily explore the Vrindavan Iskon temple, which is considered as one of most beautiful temples in the country. Vrindavan is the city of temples, and also has rich culture. The Pagal Baba temple is also very beautiful, and you must visit it on your trip to Vrindavan. This off-season place to visit in India, will make you spiritual when you leave.Vrinadavan has its own railway station and the nearest airport is in Delhi, from there you can take a taxi direct to Vrindavan (185 km).Off-Season In October
Vrindavan: Celebrate the festival of colors, Holi, in the city of India that boasts of being the playground of Krishna himself. Located in the district of Mathura, Vrindavan and its surrounding towns make for one of the best heritage tours in India.Vrindavan does not have an airport. The nearest railhead is Mathura Cantt and frequent taxis and buses are available to Vrindavan.Read More: On the streets of Vrindavan by Deepti Asthana.
Holi at VrindavanIf you are a fan of the festival of colours, Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, is just perfect for you. People from all over the world throng the streets of Vrindavan during Holi just to be embraced by the colours and the mood of the festival.
So, my love for ancient places and monuments took me to Mathura. It's just a few hours drive away from the capital (read: Delhi) and serves as one of the best weekend getaways. But my trip was more of an excursion. I took the NH2 and started at around 10 in the morning. Two and a half hours, and I reached. I realised that this place has so much to offer with its ancient havelis and hefty monuments. The culture is still very much influenced my the ancient Brij rituals. The temples and tales of this city are as old as Ramayan itself. The famous places are mostly, religious ones but if are not so much into religion and rituals, you can still enjoy the peace that the city of Mathura offers. With Vrindavan being in close proximity, the place is a bequest of old traditions and colours. I would suggest you go to the following places on your visit: Lohwan Mata Mandir Shri Ratneshwar Mahadev Gopinath Maharaj Mandir Keshav Dev Temple (Shri Krishna Janma Bhoomi) Vishram Ghat (Bank of River Yamuna) Shri Jagannath Temple Bhuteshwar Mathura Prem Mandir, Vrindavan Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, Vrindavan Mathura Museum Birla Mandir Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Naam yog Sadhna Mandir (Baba Jai Gurudev Temple) Banke Bihari Temple Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Iskcon Temple Baldeo temple bhuteshwar temple The Udasin Kashni Ashram (Ramanrati) near Gokul (Mahaven) And if you are just an incorrigible lover of prehistoric places, then you can just stroll around in the streets and click pictures.
Vrinda refers to Tulsi and van refers to forest. Vrindavan was the forest of plant tulsi and is a peaceful place. This is a weekend gateway from Delhi if you need peace of mind and want to know more about hindu god - Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna is with us every time and he is everywhere. He is the creator of everything and destroyer too. He is the one who gave us teachings of "Bhagwad Gita" to us where we can find solution to every problem of our life. Let's come together to explore his city Vrindavan and to recreate his teachings and spirituality. Vrindavan can be easily covered over a weekend and is one of the most popular weekend gateway from Delhi.