The ancient, the famous, the holy, the busy and the popular city of Varanasi is a destination of a different taste – photographer’s paradise, holy men’s den, the utopia of faith and religion. Every individual have their own liking and disliking yet a definite reason to visit Varanasi, as I had my own. Varanasi makes an everlasting impression on the visitors and captivates them with her own mystic charm.
Gokarna is a peaceful hamlet by the sea in the state of Karnataka also known as a temple town, it is an important Hindu pilgrimage. The charming bends along the shoreline guarded by the hills of the western ghats with the thick cover of green vegetation add to the scenic beauty of the place. A small town by the sea with its laid-back lifestyle is a perfect getaway to escape and so we did escape to Gokarna.
Hampi is fascinating… the vast uneven landscape with mounds of boulders magically stacked in strange order some defying gravity while others creating imaginative shapes – I wonder in awe. The luscious Tungabhadra meanders through this rocky terrain to add a dash of blue in this semi-arid yet scattered green vista – I admire the scene. This abundant river not only beautifies the area but also nurtures life and enriches the avifaunal life – I watch them with great contentment.
Puri, the temple town of Odisha is well known for the famous Jagannath Temple and the Ratha Yatra. It is also a well-known beach destination in the Eastern part of India and any popular beach is a place for amusement so Puri is a complete package starting with devotion and ending in recreation. Thus Puri is an immensely favoured all season destination.
Any flowing water body which encounters a vertical drop or a series of drops is known as a waterfall. This sudden drop in course of its flow adds a rustic charm to the view. It has an aesthetic beauty that arouses every sense – the scene is pleasing to the eyes, the sound of the gushing water plays music to the ears, the plunge spreads an earthy smell of freshness, the sweet water quenches thirst and the mist around the plunge soothes the body and soul. Here I write about one such beautiful and famous waterfall that has also been the backdrop of many movie sequences – the Athirappilly Waterfalls.
The Sharodiya Durgotsav or the Durga Puja is the major and a grand festival of the Bengalis. In true sense, this magnificent festival is beyond any limit. It is a festival beyond any regionality, any ethnicity, any religious discrimination, any economical difference, any age, any orthodox tradition… it is beyond anything and everything. It is a festival beyond a festival… it is an emotion, a fever and a celebration of life.
Sarnath is a world-famous historical site known for the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’. This is the place where Gautama Buddha after attaining enlightenment gave his first sermon called the ‘Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta’. He preached ‘Dhamma’ to his five former companions who later turned into his disciples. The Four Noble Truths of the Sutta formed the basis of the ideology of Buddhism. From here onwards did Buddhism spread across the world.