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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.
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.
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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Deccan Plateau of India has astounding views. I am amazed by every nook & corner that I travel here. Last Saturday I went for a long drive on the Bangalore-Kolar Highway. Soon enough we were greeted with open roads & minimum traffic on the national highway.
For all the romantics out there, I would insist for a drive on this highway. The distant hills in the background give it a picturesque look. It gives you all the pleasures of the Indian countryside.You will pass through small villages and communities at certain intervals.Farmers working in the fields, coconut trees along the both sides. Flocks of sheep grazing the grass & group of kids running along with them.
There is also a resort Amoon Glamour Resort along the way, but its closed for renovation now.After about an hour drive we came across a Cafe Coffee Day outlet. Nestled in a cozy spot on this highway, shadowed by a hill in background & small lake on opposite side. Just the perfect place to plan a date!
We had spent some good time sitting there & admiring the beauty with a sip of coffee. As the sun set, we also took leave and started our drive back home. Next time I plan to visit it with a picnic planned – basket of sandwiches, fruit juice & the view of sun rising above the horizon.
Do you have a similar experience of a random drive which had left you spellbound ?
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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
– Jhumpa Lahiri
This quote best describes my love for reading. I can live my life sitting in a library and read day & night. How many countless nights have I spent reading novels instead of course books. I remember my board exams when I was busy with Harry Potter series or my semester exams spent going through novels online. And, now my parents know about it after so many years. Sorry Mom 😀
I am sure all bibliophile fall into the same category & consider themselves to be the greatest reader/collector of books. Books are the one friend I know will never fail me. The long train journeys or the waiting for the delayed flights – a book has seen me through all. An interesting book & a cup of coffee, that’s all I need the company I need for travelling.
Recently, I came across a bookstore in the by-lanes of the city & instantly fell in love with this shop. It is kind of a reader’s paradise. All kinds of books ranging from history, fiction, non-fiction, biographies & what not! Books few hundred years old!
I got a book even older then my parents. On no previous occasion had I bought such old book. It like being part of history. This book was given as a prize to a school student for excelling in studies in year 1939. Whenever I open the book I can feel the same thrill that student must have felt on getting the book. It gives me the feeling of flipping through history. I know I sound so dramatic here. But, I am just being honest.
My heart cries every time I hear someone telling they don’t read books. Come on, who does not like stories. I can understand few people wont like certain kind of books. I don’t like reading biographies much. But seriously the thought of not liking any book at all sounds absurd to me.
I am sure my love for reading will continue for lifetime & I will definitely pass it onto people around me too…
You were there when I was trekking at high mountains,
You were there when I was camping in the desert,
You were there when I was enjoying on the beach,
You were there when floods & earthquakes strike,
You were there guarding the Land, Sea & Air.
You are the sons & daughters, brothers & sisters,
You are the ones who leave their families to save ours,
You are the best amidst bests of men & women,
You miss the Diwali, Eid or Christmas celebrations at home,
But your happiness to serve the nation surpasses it all.
Salute to all the soldiers guarding our borders,
You are the true heroes – The Chosen Ones!
(Image copied from internet)