Welcome To Thailand – A Photo Essay

Thailand is a country, which I will never get bored of, no matter how many times I visit there. The following images have been taken in various locations of Thailand.

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Myanmar Through My Eyes

During a short trip to Myanmar’s Mandalay, I clicked hundreds of images. I reached Mandalay via Moreh-Tamu border. Soon, I will write more about my Mandalay sojourn. Till then enjoy my colorful snaps.

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Orchha’s Beauty

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Have you been to Orchha ?

This town from Madhya Pradesh is home to some stunning monuments.

You can read previous articles about this historic town here. 

https://deepakmagazine.com/2016/12/06/kayaking-in-orchha-exhilarating-experience/

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Few Hours At Pashupatinath Temple

It is said that Nepal’s history and culture lie in its temples. So when I was in Nepal, a visit to Pausnpatinath temple was on top of my list.
Dating back to the 5th century, Pausnpatinath temple is the oldest Hindu temple in the country and is an UNESCO heritage site. Nepal’s national deity – Lord Pashupatinath or Lord Shiva – is worshiped here. Located on the banks of Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu city, this temple is considered to be a masterpiece of Hindu architecture.
I hired a taxi from Thamel and it took me not more than 10 minutes to reach this iconic temple. The entire temple is beautifully carved with wooden rafters and its roofs are made up of gold and copper plating. I would have loved to scan each and every detail minutely but there was some festival going on. The temple was full of colorful devotees and a lot of rituals were being performed. It was perhaps not the best day to see the majestic grandeur of this temple, but it still was a wonderful experience!

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Why Wat Huay Mongkol Temple Should Be On Your Travel Radar

Temples are enchanting. Be it Indian or Thai. Every temple is unique in its own way. Before setting off my journey to Hua Hin, I had made up my mind to make a trip to Wat Huay Mongkol temple, which is home to the world’s largest statue of Luang Phor Thuad.

I knew this trip won’t disappoint me. And I was right.

On the day of my visit, it poured heavily. Nevertheless, I enjoyed completely.

The massive statue is part of a big complex, located some 15 kilometers west of Hua Hin.

It attracts a large number of tourists, including Thai people everyday.

People visit this complex to pay respect to Luang Phor Thuad and seek his blessings for health, fortune, happiness and good luck.

The complex has a lake, pavilions and numerous small restaurants.

If you are looking for a place to spend some time in peace and solitude, please visit this place.

I will recommend you to explore the place on weekdays as it can get very crowded on weekends.

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How did I reach this place: I queried a lot from local people and found out that there was no direct transport connection between Hua Hin to this complex. I used a shared tuktuk which dropped me on the national highway 3218. From there one kind woman agreed to take me to the complex. Otherwise it would have been very difficult for me to reach this place. Without a personal vehicle, reaching the place can be challenging. I had managed to reach the place but how to return was always there at the back of my mind. Heavy downpour added to my woes. A visitor came to my rescue and she volunteered to drop me at Hua Hin. Miracles do happen.

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Few Hours At Patan Durbar Square

Kathmandu Valley’s famous Patan durbar square, which was severely damaged by the deadly earthquake in 2015, is a must see place if you are in the city of Lalitpur.
Located at the center of the city, the square is home to a number of beautiful temples and idols that are guaranteed to turn you into cultural lovers.
Some of the important temples are Krishna Mandir, Bhimsen Temple and Vishwanath Temple. Thanks to its stunning architecture, this place is frequented by tourists and locals alike. No wonder, it is one of the UNESCO world Heritage Sites along with two other darbars – Kathmandu Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The whole area is filled with colorful cafes, numerous art galleries and guest houses. I spent few hours there, gazing aimlessly at the abundant beauty of the place.

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Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

Words will not be enough to describe the unparalleled beauty of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple situated in Karnataka. Just 60km away from state capital Bengaluru, this temple is a must visit if you have a deep interest in India’s ancient heritage. My passion to explore such places drew me to the temple. Thanks to Google map, me and my friend managed to reach the place within 1 ½ hours from Bengaluru. Between our journey, we also sought help from local people. Though language was a bit of problem, we managed to overcome it. Located in Nandi Hills Area, this temple attracts a large number of devotees everyday.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the construction of the temple dates back to the ninth century. Just walk around and admire the beauty of the Dravidian style of architecture.

You can read more about the temple’s history and architecture here.

Next time when you are in Bengaluru, try to explore this majestic temple.

Have you ever seen such a grand temple in your life ?

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How I Captured The Beauty Of Bangkok

Going for a stroll in a new city is always full of fun, excitement and adventure! This is what I felt while walking through the streets and lanes of Bangkok – one of the most visited cities in the world. Whenever I get time I try to walk around and explore a new city. The following snaps were taken around Khaosan road, where I was staying during my trip to Bangkok. While walking I came across many beautiful buildings, colorful food stalls and coffee shops and bars bustling with people. The more you walk, the more you get to know a place and its people. All the images have been taken with a Honor 9i.

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My Pokhara Sojourm

Pokhara is one of the top tourists destinations of Nepal, providing a major boost to the Himalayan country’s tourism sector.

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Pokhara got added to my itinerary during my Nepal trip on the advise of some of my friends. The city attracts a large number of tourists as it is the starting point for them to kick off their trek to the Annapurna mountain. Phewa Lake is one of the most attractive tourists spots in the city, offering stunning views.

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During my two day-stay in Pokhara, I spent most of time on the bank of the lake, viewing endless sky and pristine water. A number of water-sports activities are conducted on daily basis for tourist at the lake. The prices of these activities are fixed so no scope of bargaining.

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However, I opted not to indulge in any sports. When it comes to accommodations, the city is home to a number of hotels, hostels and resorts and one could easily avail them without much hassle. So advance booking is not required. A number of bars, cafes and restaurants will welcome you once you land there.

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Interestingly, I found evening more relaxed and soothing than morning. Bikes and bicycles are available to explore the city, a place where I would like to come again and again.

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Exploring Galle Fort: Part 1

Defying extremely hot and humid climate, I decided to explore Galle Fort, one of Sri Lanka’s major tourist attractions.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort was originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to defend Galle.
As I have captured numerous images of this fort, I would like to split up this article in two parts.
Thanks to Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka, the monument has been remarkably maintained. I will suggest you to visit this place between the months of October and March.

You can read more about this fort here.

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