Short visit to Taj Mahal

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The eternal symbol of love – Taj Mahal, white beauty across the bank of Yamuna is a treat for eyes. Majestic, resplendent, awe-inspiring and the list or words to describe it are endless. I got a chance to visit Taj Mahal in last September.

Let’s revisit the history of Taj Mahal. It was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal , completed in 1648 AD. Build by thousands of craftsmen, inspired by Indian, Islamic & Persian Architecture.  All this makes it one of the wonders of the world & also a UNESCO world heritage site.

There are three types of entry tickets depending upon your nationality –

  • Indian citizens
  • Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries
  • Foreign national

I am not sure why but the person at ticket window was very suspicious of me being an Indian & was satisfied only after checking my photo id twice.

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I had visited it early in the day to avoid too much crowd & the blazing heat. They give you shoe covers to wear at all times. No words can do the justice to sight you see. The Taj Mahal changes colors as the day goes by. From red glow in early morning to the glistening white in the sun shines.  The best of all is how Taj Mahal looks on a full moon night. You need to books your tickets beforehand for it. One should notice the delicate designs on the monument. Each flower is carved out minutely, the holy verses are inscribed. The Grand Gate through which you enter or the red sandstones mosques on the either side. All of these combined leaves you wondering about the excellence used in designing the Taj Mahal.

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I was there for around two hours. We walked around the beautiful gardens, clicked some compulsory pose pictures.Visited the central dome where the tomb is placed. The photography is forbidden inside. Spent quiet time looking at the river Yamuna flowing in background. It was a short visit to Agra & time for us to be home bound.home bound.

For the next trip I already have plans to visit Fatehpur Sikri & Agra Fort. Have you visited Taj Mahal yet ? How was your experience ? Do share your story !

 

 

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Random writers !

Randomness of events lead me to write this very random blog post. And the random question for the today is – “When & why did I start blogging ?”

The ideal category of people aim for something & start working towards it. But, the abnormal souls like me juggle through too many things & then stick to one of the many choices.

 Year 2010, just graduated & was awaiting my job joining. Addicted to reading over internet brought me to the world of blogging.The decision to start writing blog myself was a random choice. I was habitual of filling pages with anecdotes, poems, feelings & what not. So, why not start writing online ? You can read my first post here.

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 First few thoughts were – it looks easy, so many people write, even I can do it. And, I could not have been more wrong. It’s not that simple a job. It’s your brainchild & you need time to nurture it. Thus came a long break, even before I had taken proper steps in blogging world.

What did I do in all these dormant years ?

Job & Travel. Read loads of traveler blogs & obvious realization hit me that I too wanted to share my travel stories with the world. So here I am, looking forward to connecting with others & making amateur efforts to inject bug of travelling in people. 🙂

This was my story & would love to hear your reasons for blogging.
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Books & more books !

I am a self-proclaimed book addict & I have no shame in shouting it at top of my voice. Nothing better than reading & getting lost in a different world.I remember watching my dad reading novels till late night & falling asleep. I guess I had caught on this habit very early in life. Now, I have stumbled across this crucial question – Which fiction author’s book/novel you like most? Why ?

Let’s turn back the time wheel & start from the beginning 🙂

As a kid I used to read Twinkle comics, Champak & Nandan. We used to eagerly wait for the new editions & weekends were reserved for reading them. I gradually grew out of them.

One fine summer evening, I was introduced to the world of ‘Malory Towers’ by Enid Blyton. Next few months were spent searching for all the six books of the series.  I used to dream about going to such school. The elaborate description of the towers & the school campus. They are still alive in memories. It was followed by the craze for ‘Famous Five’ & ‘Secret Seven’ by the same author.

I moved on and entered the magical world of Hogwarts. Which kid did not love the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling. To top that I was reading the HP series even during my board exams. We all kind of grew up with the 11-year-old Harry Potter to the one taking his OWLs. The trio – Harry, Hermione & Ron were the epitome of friendship goals. HP series taught me how to stick around even in harsher conditions.

For romance I walked through the pages of  Mills & Boon. Next in line was ‘Shopaholic series’ by Sophie Kinsella. That series mentions shopping in the name itself. I was bound to like them. The  thrill I felt while reading ‘Tell me your Dreams’  made me fall in love with Sidney Sheldon.Off late, I have developed interest in reading fictional mythologies by Amish Tripathi. The thrillers by Ashwin Sanghi & Jeffrey Archer also keep me hooked on.

As you can tell this list is endless. I cannot point my finger to one author & call him/her my favorite. There is wide ocean of authors to choose from & I for sure do not want to make the tough decision of favoring one.  I know there are loads of people who feel the same. Do comment & let me know what authors you like the most…

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Food Paradise in Namma Bengaluru !

Bengaluru (Bangalore) has more to it than just being the IT Capital of India. It offers you diverse food options. Name it & you can have it. For foodies like me this is blessing. After a hard day at work, nothing can cheer me up like food! Starting my day from idli-wada, Momos in the evening & parathas for dinner. Yummy…

I have been in Bangalore for an almost two years now & experimented a lot across the town in search of food. Below is the list of few of my favorite food joints in the city.

Hangout Cafe , Koramangala – Found it by chance last year while roaming on the streets. Cozy place to sit & enjoy talking with friends/date. It used to empty in the beginning, but of late it has become crowded.  Enjoy the Oreo Cookie Shake & the Kitkat Shake they offer.

Serafina, Koramangala – One word to describe it “Cute”. The place is just cute with loads of seating space. Staff too is friendly. They have live music too! I was out on date with Mr. Hubby & the singer came up to our table & had sung a romantic song. Live music on date. Made my day 🙂

Om Made Cafe, Koramangala – Nice rooftop cafe & gives a good view of surrounding area. With cool breeze in evening this is the place to be. Offers awesome sandwiches.

Art Blend Cafe, HSR – This is my favorite place to hangout.One might even miss the place while searching for it. Had spent my Christmas evening there. Staff is friendly. It has a homely kind of ambiance. Displays art pieces for sale. Like the food options that they offer. I have earlier written about my experience at this cafe.Click here to read it.

Caffe Pascucci, Jayanagar – Enjoy the pastas here after shopping in Jayanagar market. One of the best pizzas that I have had in Bangalore.

I & Monkey, Indiranagar – I remember this place because of the trouble we went through to reach here. Bangalore rains had surprised us that day & we were on two-wheeler. Almost drenched by the time we reached here & to top it we were lost on the way. Entered the place & did not regret it a bit. Place was not too crowded, jumped to a corner table. Offers great variety of veg options.

Kapoor’s Cafe, Whitefield – I often crave for Parathas & had instantly fallen in love with Kapoor’s Cafe. Parathas loaded with butter & butter milk in kulhad. Most satisfying feeling ever 🙂

The Punjabi Rasoi, HSR – Another place to satisfy your craving for Punjabi food. Have been  here umpteen times. Tough to find place on weekends. Offers great range of North Indian food.

Halli Mane, Malleshwaram – This place does not need much introduction. Idli-sambhar, crispy dosa, Kerala Porata, Akki Roti & the filter coffee. Love it all. Authentic taste for experiencing the local cuisines. Must visit if you are in Malleshwaram.

Big Brewsky, Sarajapura Road – Bangalore has tons of breweries to visit. Like this place for the ambiance. If you are planning to visit, grab the poolside seats. Those are the best ones.

The Fisherman’s Wharf, Sarjapura Road – Enjoy Goa in Bangalore ! They did put loads of thought in designing the place. And it came out perfect. Service is also swift & has courteous staff.

This is just a small list of places that I like in Bangalore. There are so many more in left to go. Do let me know your favorite restaurants or cafe.

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