This entry in the travel diary is one of the most unforgettable journeys – to the desert valley of the mighty Himalayas and to the lake of moon – Chandrataal (visited in September-October 2014).
I traveled and brought back with me the happy memories of blue skies, dusty brown mountains – some flaunting their snowy peaks, kindest people with warm smiles, scary and difficult roads, exhausting trek in dirt (no-tar) roads, camping in sub zero temperature, surreal landscape, cold mountain winds, night sky of zillion stars, musing meadows, mesmerizing blue-green waters of the lake of moon – their colors changing, casting spells and mirroring everything that touched it.
Left my heart behind in those mountains — left to return soon, very soon!
Beach – one of my fav. getaway for a family vacation. Lapping waves, sparkling sand, vast shores…. dreams transforming into lovely sand castles, playful & salty giggles, falling, rising and getting drenched, the whispered words taken far away by the gushing breeze, a long walk holding hands, footprints embossed and washed away… beaches have something for everyone.
On one such family vacation, we went to Alibaug – a small coastal town in Maharashtra, India. It has about 5-6 beaches some are sandy, some rocky and others with giant waves. Traveling to Alibaug from Mumbai is hassle free, you can drive and reach the place in an hour or two. Catching a ferry or a train are other two options.
Everyone loves beach but this trip was especially fun as it was the first beach visit for my 1 and half year old nephew 🙂 and we were eager to see his actions, reactions, excitement, fear and every impact the beach was going to have on him. It indeed was a great trip & everyone enjoyed it thoroughly.
I know it’s been awhile since I posted anything on the blog, and certainly a long time since the last picture from travel journal. That’s ‘cos sometimes I hadn’t traveled to any new place, or had no time (busier than I thought) & other times I was plain lazy!
Nevertheless, here I am posting about another beautiful place from a visit. Again, excuse me for the picture quality – I’m not a shutterbug, these are from a handy cell phone camera.
Located in Madhya Pradesh, India, at an altitude of 1000m, Amarkantak is a well known Hindu pilgrimage center. With many shrines, legends, beliefs and strong links to mythology it holds an important place in the Hindu society. Bordered by dense forests of three mountain ranges – Satpuras, Vindhya & Maikal and source for two large rivers – Narmada and Sone – the place is a feast for nature lovers.
Trek path into the woods of Amarkantak to reach the source of River Narmada
Dad leading us, he has taken up trekking 4000 KM for 3 years (2.3 years completed already! yayy)
Rain, rain & more rain… Monsoon reminds me of the beautiful weather I witnessed on a trip to Gujarat last year. A family trip to meet my dad turned out to be wonderful memorable trip. The continuous drizzle of the condensed droplets, no sun, dark & cloudy sky, cool breeze, water everywhere. A road trip in such a weather was a refreshing experience & of course meeting my dad added more happiness.
Change in the title: Since the weather was so beautiful, I couldn’t stop myself from clicking :p so am going to put more than one picture 🙂
Sardar Sarovar Dam, Gujarat, India
The canal, Photo Courtesy: Gurudas
Faith! Photo Courtesy: Gurudas
Rain makes everything beautiful! Thank you God for showering beauty & happiness so generously 🙂
Late again! Nevertheless, re-living moments from trip to this beautiful-beautiful place makes me happy & smile…. Sharing the smile & happiness with you all 🙂
First view of Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
The fame of this monument of love is widespread. One of the 7 wonders (manmade) of the world this marble mausoleum at Agra, India is a universally admired architectural masterpiece.
Built by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, this beautiful marble structure stands on the banks of river Yamuna. The entire structure showcases the most intricate, beautiful & skilled artwork; exquisitely inlaid & decorated with the finest precious/semi precious stones brought in from the various parts of India & the world. Beautiful shrubs, decorative flowering plants & well manicured trees give a splendid appearance to the whole landscape.
On a full moon night under the star-lit sky the pure white marble of Taj shimmers in the silver moonlight. The view of its perfect symmetrical reflection in the water channel in the garden is simply breath taking. Too bad I did not get to witness this mind boggling view of the Taj Mahal under the night sky 😦
As the new month begins with a picture from travel diary, so here I am. Sorry for not posting on day 1, been a little busy.
Grand Palace, Bangkok – Thailand
Beautiful architecture, spectacular buildings, impressive display of skilled craftsmanship – the Grand Palace, Bangkok is a must see. Every building showcases intricate, beautiful & mesmerizing patterns. What I also liked about the Palace is, it is extremely well-maintained, considering the construction commencement dates back in 1700s.
I would normally post a solo (best) pic from the travel journal but April is a special case. Firstly, coz its my birthday month 🙂 & secondly coz these two pics (from the Thailand visit) are my favorite. If you wish to see more pictures, please click here.
Ladakh – literally meaning ‘land of high passes’ is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. A splendid combo of sun, shadow, mountain, snow & sand. The beautiful confluence of mighty Indus & Zanskar rivers, snowy white Himalayan mountain ranges, green grasslands is a superb feast for eyes. The beautiful place coupled with the hospitality of sweet & friendly Ladakhis is sure to make a memorable holiday.