Mata Vaishno Devi …. Chalo bulawa aaya hai (Goddess beckons)

The Holi shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Katra dedicated to Adi Shakti is one of the most visited religious sites in India. There are families who visit at least once every year while most carry a wish of returning whenever they can. Religious belief…. As per a popular belief desire of a pilgrim to visit the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine fructifies only and only when … Continue reading Mata Vaishno Devi …. Chalo bulawa aaya hai (Goddess beckons)

Diu …. A surprise package….

Island of Diu was our next destination after Somnath. The island is linked to the southern coast of Gujarat by a bridge. It is bounded by River Chassi in the North and by the Arabian sea in the other three directions. As we crossed the into the island it was a different world which greeted us, neat roads flanked by lovely flowers, the white sandy … Continue reading Diu …. A surprise package….

Somnath Temple…..The first of Jyotirlinga….

Veraval, home of Somnath temple, is where we headed for after a soul satisfying visit to Land of Krishna; Dwarka.  Veraval is located 235 kms from Dwarka and takes approximately four hours drive. We left from Dwarka post lunch as per our plans. The road journey is beautiful. At places, the road runs parallel to the sea which adds to the beauty. One can site … Continue reading Somnath Temple…..The first of Jyotirlinga….

Dwarka …. The land of Lord Krishna….

I am a Yadava by birth, native of Mathura hence a visit to Dwarka was always on the cards. Dwarka, a city created by the Lord Krishna himself is one of the four Dhams (seats of religion) established by Adi Sankaracharya. It is also one of the ‘Sapta puri’ the seven most religious ancient cities of the country. The journey…. Eight hours is what we … Continue reading Dwarka …. The land of Lord Krishna….

Rann of Kutch …. beauty beyond imagination….

Rann of Kutch was next on our itinerary after a visit to the amazing Rani Ki Vav. Rann – the white desert, as it is popularly called is one of the largest salt deserts in the world. The journey…. We left from Ahmedabad in a hired Mahindra Marazzo (SUV) at 10 am in the morning. We had a long distance to travel to reach Bhuj … Continue reading Rann of Kutch …. beauty beyond imagination….

Rani Ka Vav, Gujarat …. The best stepwell ….

Rani ka Vav at Patan Gujarat was the natural next destination for us after Sun Temple Modhera. It is just about 35 Kms from Modhera on the banks of River Saraswati. The stepwell was constructed by Rani Udyamati of the Solanki Kingdom. It was declared as a UNESCO heritage site in on 22 June 2014. Architecture…. Rani ka Vav is the finest and one of … Continue reading Rani Ka Vav, Gujarat …. The best stepwell ….

Sun Temple Modhera ….Simply awesome…..

Our first destination during the tour of Gujarat was Modhera, home to the Sun Temple. Modhera is a small town in North Gujarat, located on the banks of river Pashupati. Sun Temple is dedicated, as the name well suggests, to the Hindu God ‘Surya’- The Sun. The temple was constructed during the rule of King Bhima 1 of the Chalukya dynasty in 1026-1027 CE. The … Continue reading Sun Temple Modhera ….Simply awesome…..

Gujarat …. the vibrant state…..Beautiful India….

A tour of the state of Gujarat had been on my bucket list since long. I got a 10 days window and decided to convert the thought into action. The plans were made in a hurry. COVID enforced partial lockdown did help to an extent as reservations were easy to get and the family was together. 10 Jan was the day we took a final … Continue reading Gujarat …. the vibrant state…..Beautiful India….

North Sikkim …. Beauty beyond compare….

I consider it as a blessing to have visited North Sikkim. It is the largest of the four districts of Sikkim and certainly one of the most beautiful and serene places one can visit. The Geography…. The place is characterised by high mountains and steep valleys. The vegetation varies from thick forests till alpine heights from where onwards it turns into a barren desert at … Continue reading North Sikkim …. Beauty beyond compare….

Sikkim ….The garden of the Gods….

Sikkim is the smallest and the least populous state of India and lies in the Eastern Himalayas. My visits…. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful state in the country. I was fortunate to visit this state on number of occasions. The natural beauty of the place and the simplicity of the populace keeps pulling me back again and again. I will cover Sikkim … Continue reading Sikkim ….The garden of the Gods….