The European Side Of Mumbai

This was my third trip to Mumbai but first as a tourist. Earlier, I visited the financial capital of India due to some official work. I was quite excited to visit Mumbai once again but honestly speaking I wasn’t expecting any big surprises.

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But Mumbai proved me wrong.  I wasn’t just surprised but astonished by the historic British era buildings of south Mumbai.

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Simple architecture yet very attractive. These buildings, some colorful and some grey, took me to the bygone era.

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These beauteous buildings will literally make you feel that you are in an European country. At least I felt so.

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Being a huge admirer of India’s history, I was glad to discover a different part of Mumbai.
And If you are a history buff, then it is a must visit place for you. Meandering through the narrow lanes  and eating in small eateries, my trip became more than wonderful.

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And if you plan to travel on Sunday then there are many organisations which conduct heritage walk.

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Indonesia’s Famous Caci Dance

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What comes to your mind when you think of Indonesia? Pristine beaches and crystal clear water?  Well Indonesia is not all about awesome beaches, its rich tradition and culture make it even more alluring to travelers.

So let me introduce you Indonesia’s traditional caci dance, a ritual whip fight, which exists among the Manggarai people.

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The dance performance is carried out by two male fighters, one of them come from another village to participate in the fight. Armed with whip, shield, masks, and sticks, these fighters show their skill amidst  shouting from spectators, who encourage them to show more lively performance.

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The fighters’ performance depict philosophical values of the Manggarai community.

It is generally performed to celebrate top events such as welcoming an honor-guest and wedding party.

The trip was sponsored by OM Tourism and the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia.  Thank you !

 

 

 

Aachen: Cathedral City Of Europe

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Aachen is a city that lives and breathes Europe. It is practically Europe in miniature. Aachen, on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, has encapsulated the spirit, values and ideals of Europe since the days of Charlemagne. Indeed the Charlemagne Prize for services to European unity has been awarded at Aachen’s town hall since 1950.

Aachen Cathedral is both a local landmark and a monument to Europe’s illustrious past. After starting out life as the imperial palace’s chapel in 800 AD (the year of Charlemagne’s coronation), the completed building became the first cathedral in northern Europe and for many centuries served as the church of coronation for nearly every German king.

You can read more about the article here.

Image and story source: German Tourism

Orchha – A Spiritual Journey

After a little bit of research, I made up my mind to take a short trip to Orchha, a small town in Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. I chose Orchha as it is within easy reach from Delhi, but the main factor was – my deep affection for ancient temples. Three days are enough to see the main attractions of this beautiful town, which lies on the Betwa River.

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Some of the must-visit places are – The Fort of Orchha, The Chaturbhuj Temple and Raja Ram Temple. While the fort was built by the Bundela Rajput chief, Rudra Pratap Singh, the temple was built by the Queen of Orchha Ganeshi Bai during the reign of Emperor Akbar. I was so fascinated by the fantabulous architecture of these structures that I spent many hours just gandering at them.

The Orchha Fort complex: The complex has many ancient monuments, including palaces and temple. The fort and other structures were built by the Bundela Rajputs.

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The Ram Raja Temple: Commonly known as the Orchha Temple, this place welcomes thousands of devotees everyday. img_2242

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Chaturbhuj Temple: It is yet another masterpiece of Orccha. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this stunning temple has a multi-storied complex.

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Cenotaphs: Situated on the bank of the Betwa river, Cenotaphs or Chhatris were constructed in the honor of its rulers. A total of 14 ‘Chhatris’ can be found here. Basically, these structures are empty tombs of past Orchha kings.

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Things to remember: Orchha is a spiritual place, so it is advisable to wear modest clothes. Alcohol and meat eating is prohibited around the Raja Ram Mandir. Accommodation ranging from budget to luxury hotels are available. So one can easily book a room on spot. Considering that it is a small town, don’t expect any fancy nightlife.

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You can read more about Orchha here.

 

 

 

Beauty Of Fatehpur Sikri

Mughal architecture always leave me in awe. Be it Delhi’s Humayun’s Tomb or Agra’s world famous Taj Mahal, their unique and finesse design always propel me to visit India’s grandeur monuments.

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Following my visit to Taj Mahal, I decided to take a short visit to Fatehpur Sikri, which is full of marvelous historical places.

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Travelers from all over the world visit places like Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal, Jodha Bai’s Palace, Pachisi and Birbal Bhavan, which were built during Mughal emperor Akbar’s regime. Each one of them will take your breath away with its stunning and intricate designs.

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#uptourism  #heritagearc

Please explore  UP Tourism site for more information on Fatehpur Sikri.

As I always say, if you are visiting a historical place, read its history first. It will make your journey more memorable.

Say ‘Hi’ To Mighty Moscow

In my previous Moscow post, I told you how I explored and completely enjoyed this mighty city.  However, three days were not enough to know the city. During my trip, I captured hundreds of images of this beautiful city. So, I would like to take the opportunity to help you feel Moscow by viewing these images.  Hope these images inspire you to visit this historic city in future.

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Carolinenthor Castle

IMG_9762Planning a trip to Brasov?

If yes, then make sure you do not miss visiting this Carolinenthor Castle, though not quite famous among travelers. Also you would hardly find detailed information about this place.

My friend drove me to this place and I found few other travellers also exploring the castle. There was only one guard who spoke to us in Romanian and my friend happily translated for me. My friend told me that many newly wedding couples visit this place only to get clicked along with the beautiful scenes of the Castle.

And coincidentally I saw one couple posing before their hired photographer happily.
It will take 20-25 minutes to visit the entire castle and to reach there you have to hire a taxi, which is quite cheap in Brasov.

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Will you visit this place ?