Goa - Sun, Sand and Beaches - Chapter 2

Well, this vacation meant a lot as we were going together as a family after a long long time. It took us 2 months to finalize the holiday destination. We started planning for Mauritius, Singapore, Kerala, Pondicherry (now Pudducherry) and then we finally agreed on Goa. Though we have been there before but since Goa has it's own charm and value proposition, the excitement grew each day as we  were nearing our vacation dates.

Selecting Goa was also a wise decision as we were taking along our 2.5 year old son and we didn't know how will he react to completely new place, that too for 5 nights. We had it in mind even if feel restricted with him on our vacation, it will not be a problem as we have been to Goa before and stayed in the same hotel and I knew what all facilities I was going to get. But all our anticipation was false. He enjoyed a lot and didn't want to return home at the end of our trip. More on this later.

Out of the Ordinary Places to See on Your Delhi-Agra Trip

Delhi, being a historical city, has many places to see that reflects its rich heritage and its modern metropolitan side. A trip to the capital of the nation is never complete without a visit to its neighboring tourist spots, with Agra being a prominent one. If you’re a traveler who enjoys the journey just as much as the destination, hiring a Delhi car rental will be a convenient option since you can stop or take detours to the lesser-known places along the way.

When you’ve already been through a heritage journey and visited all the historical structures, take an offbeat journey!

NH-93(The Noida-Aligarh-Hatras-Agra Route)

If this is the route you’ve chosen, the Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful place to visit right off the bat. It’s on the Yamuna River, 4 square kilometers in size and has about 300 species of mainly water birds visiting it every year. The observation post gives an incredible panoramic view of the sanctuary.

                                                                           Okhla bird Sanctuary, Delhi by Harjeetsingh

Moving a little further ahead to the left are the Stupa 18 Art Gallery. Stupa 18 showcases the works of skilful artists, all of which make a silent connection with the spectator’s mind. 

The Origin of Patiala Peg

Punjab, India has always fascinated me, be it's history, it's food, love of it's people. Recently I was in Punjab where I visited Chandigarh, Jalandhar and then went ahead to Amritsar Golden Temple. I spent couple of days traveling and interacted with locals listening various stories, some I remember, some I don't. The one story that I will never forget is the story that dates back to the era of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, who ruled the Princely State of Patiala.

Mukteshwar, Uttrakhand, India

"Some destinations leave you spell bound" and Mukteshwar is definitely one of them. Mukteshwar is a town and tourist destination in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. It sits high in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 2900meters (7500 feet). My friends and me heard about the beauty of this place so we decided to witness the beauty of this place during late November. It was all boys trip so not much planning was done and we all left from Delhi during Friday mid-night after picking one of our friend from his Gurgaon office. Since we hired a cab, we all were bit relaxed and trusted driver with all directions and continued with all boys talks.

White Horse, Westbury, England

Sometimes, you come across some marvelous places even when you are not looking for them and sometimes you don't even understand their significance any time soon until you look at your old pictures and then search for that place on internet. 

This is exactly what happened with me when we crossed Westbury, England famous for its White Horse hill figure on the escarpment of Salisbury Plain. We were on our way to Stonehenge and while driving witnessed several white horses in farms and then we witnessed this White Horse hill figure while we drove across the road. Though I did not know the significance of it, still there was something amusing about it which caught my attention and I tried to take a click of it while we continued the drive without stopping.

The Cholmondeley Ladies - c.1600 - 10

The Cholmondeley Ladies
Few stories get stuck in your head... like forever. I am not a fan of paintings to be honest but some paintings do tell a story, a history which you can't forget. This painting by an anonymous artist which is placed in Tate Britain, London is one painting I can't forget. The Cholmondeley Ladies, painted oil on wood tells a story of these ladies who were born on the same day, married the same day, and gave birth the same day, according to an inscription. Just a mere coincidence or something far beyond our understanding eh?

Chokhi Dhani, Sonipat, Haryana

Chokhi Dhani, Sonipat
Man on Rope
Craving to spend an evening away from Delhi's Hustle Bustle? An ethnic Rajasthani themed entertainment village is the place you may want to check out. Chokhi Dhani, Sonipat, Haryana, is built on the same concept of Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur, Rajathan, though a bit smaller. Located on NH 1 and couple of hours drive from New Delhi is definitely a fresh welcome for wanderers.

The Last Supper

How often does it happen that you are just walking by someplace then you discover something really amazing? Rarely, right? I was just going through my photo library and saw "The Picture" I clicked of "The Last Supper" by Franz De Cleyn, an artist who was the court painter to King James I. 

While, we were waiting in the long queue to enter Windsor Palace, Windsor, Berkshire, UK, I thought to to explore the surroundings of this beautiful vibrant town. As I crossed the Windsor Parish Church of St John The Baptist, I read the board it had outside which mentioned "Do not miss the following items in the Church" and at number 1 it said "The painting of The Last Supper by Franz De Cleyn, court painter to King James I. I remember reading about it in the history books, how can I miss the opportunity to see it in real?

Rent Your Property While You Travel

If you are one of those who are struck by wanderlust, then for sure you crave for traveling and you tend to respond to the call of natural instincts more than just being comfortable within the four walls and a roof. Most of the times you are the one traveling in the quest for something new and explore the unexplored, by leaving your room under lock and key. But, consider the situation when you are back after your trips, you need to unpack the home stuffs and clean it which appears to be a massive task. What if, you put your place for short stays, while you are away, which can guarantee you not only good grands but also the maintenance of your property?

Vaishno Devi, Katra (Jammu), India

As we continued our journey after paying our visit to The Golden Temple in Amritsar, it started to rain. Though, we knew already that it is going to rain a lot, so it wasn't a surprise. In March, it rains a lot so we were well prepared. Rain did slow us down but it was a relief and made our journey even more beautiful. Around 12 in the noon, we crossed Pathankot and entered Jammu. It started raining heavily and we decided to take a stop for lunch at road side Dhaba. After satisfying our stomachs, we had a cup of tea while we gazed outside at the beautiful views of hills while it rained. It was time to hit the road again and now we committed ourselves to not to stop at all on the way. By the time it stopped raining and we caught the speed. We took the new highway which is recently built in 2014 to reach Katra and drastically cut down our travel time. Road was smooth and wide and by evening around 7, we finally reached Katra.

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