Monday, November 20, 2017

Temi Tea Garden, Ravangla

The Temi Tea Garden in Ravangla, considered one of the best in India and in the world. It is established in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim.



It is the only tea garden in Sikkim. The garden is laid over a gradually sloping hill covering an area of 177 hectares. 



Organic tea is produced in this garden based on the guidelines issued by the Institute of Marketology (IMO) of Switzerland.

Top quality tea is produced, which has great demand in the international market.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Flowers at Sim's Park - 1, Coonoor

Sim's Park in Coonoor is one of the major attraction that is feast for the nature lovers. Here one can see variety of beautiful and colorful flowers.



Here are a few of them.





Monday, November 13, 2017

ASI Museum Sculptures - 2, Shimoga

In Shimoga in the fort area is the 16th century Shivappa Nayak Palace  has been converted into a A.S.I Museum. There are many sculptures in this museum which were excavated from various regions. Some of them are sculptures of Bodhisattva. 


In early Indian Buddhism, Bodhisattva was primarily used to refer specifically to Gautama Buddha in his former life. Here is sculpture of 2nd century Gandhara style Bodhisattva Head excavated from Taxila.


Here is another sculpture of 5th century Gupta style Bodhisattva Head excavated from Saranath.


Tara in Tibetan Buddhism, is a female form of Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism. Here is sculpture between 11 - 12 century Gupta style Tara female Head in black stone from Alwar. Another is sculpture between 9 - 10 century Prathihara style Tara female Head in white stone excavated from Saranath.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Redstart at Gir

In Gir Sanctuary went for Safari in an open jeep and we could see some birds flying around. We spotted the Redstart in open areas of the forest.


The adult male has overall dark grey to black on the upper parts and a black breast. The lower rump and tail are orange-red, and tail feathers dark red-brown.They have bright orange-red tails. The wings are blackish-grey.


They are rarely seen on the ground. They are usually seen on the trees.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Parvati Temple, Kurudumale

At  Kurudumale there are many temples that are known for their architecture and spiritual importance. Here  Ganesha Temple and Someshwara Temple are very ancient.



Parvati Temple is one of the ancient temple here that is very simple. The temple was closed when we were in this place. 



However, we could see the deity from the window.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ravangla

Ravangla is a semi town that lies between Pelling and Gangtok. It is an elevation of 7000 ft and experiences snowfall during winter.



This picturesque place is a must visit for who tour Sikkim. When we reached this place in the late afternoon it was very cold and covered in mist.



The places of interest here are:

How to Reach: It is at a distance of 65 km away from the state capital Gangtok. From this place we drove a distance of 49 kms from Pelling.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Red Vented Bulbul at Coonoor

In Sim's Park of Coonoor among the various plants and trees one can also see a lot of birds. During tour of the park we also spotted many birds and one such bird is Red Vented Bulbul.



Their body is dark brown with a scaly pattern while the head is darker or black. 



The rump is white while the vent is red. The black tail is tipped in white. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sinquerim

Sinquerim is a coastal village in North Goa. This is a beautiful village around 16 kms from the state capital Panaji close to Candolim.



This village has pristine Sinquerim Beach and huge Fort Aguada that flanks it’s southern tip.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Great Masjid - Qutub Shahi Complex Hyderabad

Great Mosque in Hyderabad is one of the grandest masjid in the city. It is popularly known as the great masjid of the Golkonda tombs.


This beautiful masjid is next to the tomb of Hayat Bakshi Beguminside inside the Qutub Shahi Tomb Complex. It was built in 1666 A.D. by Hayat Bakshi Begum's son, the 7th Sultan Abdullah. 


The architecture has a distinctive style that blends Persian, Pashtun and Hindu forms. The Prayer Hall is 76 feet wide and has three bays which are 51 feet deep. The front has a five arched facade. 


Fifteen cupolas decorate the roof and the prayer-hall is flanked by two lofty minarets. The inscriptions in the masjid are in calligraphic art. 


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Coot at Jakkur Lake, Bangalore

At Jakkur Lake in north Bangalore you can come across many colorful birds. One of them is Coot.


Coots are small water birds. They have predominantly black plumage with red to dark red eyes and colored bills.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Bhedaghat

Bhedaghat is a small town is just 20 kms from Jabalpur by the side of the river Narmada. It is ideal getaway for people looking for a peaceful time from their busy schedule. The place is known worldwide for huge marble rocks found here.



The other places of interest here are:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pemayangtse, Perfect Sublime Lotus

Pemayangtse is located in the South Western part of Sikkim at a distance of 9 kms from Pelling. It is at a height of 6,000 feet above sea level. 



The weather in this place is amazing with mild and short summer followed by monsoon and cold winter.



The name of the town means the “Perfect Sublime Lotus” as indicated by the name it is beautiful place with full of greenery. It is also a important Buddhist religious center.



Pemayangtse Monsastery located on the hill top is a beautiful place. One can also get a magnificent view of Ruins of Rabdentse Palace from here.



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happy Diwali

Friends wish you all
HAPPY & PROSPEROUS
Deepavali

Diwali, the  Festival of Lights is favorite among kids because they get a chance to light fire crackers.



My kids  have grown up and no more lighting crackers as they are aware of air and noise pollution.



But, the sky is lit with fire crackers of various colors and shapes.


And to top it all homemade sweets for Deepavali.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Thread Garden, Ooty

Thread Garden at Ooty is located by the side of North Lake Road, opposite the Boat House.  This beautiful garden is created by Anthony Josheph with the help of 50  skillful and proficient craftsman. This garden is a first of this type that is so colorful and lovely.


It exhibits some of the most magnificent and exquisite collection of artificial flowers and plants. 


To create this wonder one has not used a stitch of a needle or any other machinery. Stiff cardboards are used for flowers and petals, steel and copper wires are used for stem. Along with this they generously used variety of colorful threads to create these visual delights. 


More than 400 different shades and plain natural colored embroidery threads have been used to create artificially made flowers that remain fresh for a long long time.


It has wonderful display of flowers, plants and lawns fabricated entirely from thread, canvas and wire. They look very natural and fresh forever.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rani Sipri's Tomb, Ahmedabad

Rani Sipri's Tomb is located in the old area of Ahmadabad within the same complex as Rani Sipri Mosque. It is one of the ancient monuments that has a combination of Indo-Islamic architecture.



Constructed some time in 16th century the tomb has a large dome in the central part surrounded by 4 small domes in the 4 corners. The tomb has screens made of stones have been carved beautifully.



Monday, October 9, 2017

Siddhesvara Temple, Namchi

Siddhesvara Dham in Namchi is a unique pilgrim center that has replicas of the twelve Jyotirlinga. It is atop Solophok hilltop occupying an area of 29.9 hectares, just 5 kms from the city. 



It was consecrated by Shri Jagadguru Sankaracharya Swami Swarupananda Saraswati on 8th November, 2011 and is now open to public. Before one can reach the main area after buying the entry tickets, you enter into a large hall that showcases miniaturized versions of various structures in the complex that gives an overall orientation.



The one that catches the attention of all from a long distance is gigantic statue of Lord Shiva and a tall statue of Kirateshwar who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.



The other main attractions are fantastic replicas of 12 Jyotirlingas like Jagannath, Dwarika, Rameshawaram, Badrinath etc.,



This well maintained place has a beautiful flower garden which is visited by little sparrows.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Nadankanan Zoo - Peacock

Nadankanan Zoo at Bhubaneswar is one of great zoo in India. There are various animals and birds at the zoo. 


We went on a safari to nearby forest and we could see the beautiful peacock sitting on a tree.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Drive from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake

We managed to get some sleep in the very cold night at Lachen. We were up very early in the morning by 4 a.m for a drive of 67 kms to Gurudongmar Lake.



We passed through a beautiful valley Chopta Valley. It is located in-between Lachen and Gurudongmar which gets covered with flowers in spring and with snow during winter. 



As we go up the high altitude one can distinctly see the change in foliage. From green forests or large trees, the foliage changes to mostly smaller bushes. On either side of the road on come across beautiful snow covered peaks.



Beautiful Gurudongmar Lake which is located further up at an altitude of 17800 ft near Indo-Tibet border.