Sri Lanka was a surprise package for me, especially so because I did not plan too much around it, it was more like an on the spur plan. Turns out the country does have a lot to offer! Apart from other places I had a short time in Colombo, Some of the highlights of my stay in Colombo in pictures.
Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo: A must visit place in Colombo, the Temple of 1000 Buddhas – Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo.
Inside Gangaramaya Temple
Streets of Colombo:
Galle Face Green, Colombo: The part of Colombo best to spend a carefree evening after hopping around touristy places. Overlooking the ocean, it is a perfect spot to try some delicious sea food and watch a beautiful sunset.
All photos are clicked from my mobile phone so pardon the quality 🙂
On a fine weekend we took off to the Blue city of Jodhpur. Without putting in too many words, here is a Photo Journal of our 2 days in this stunning and regal city of Jodhpur!
The trip kicks off with a long long drive starting from Delhi. The Delhi-Jodhpur highway is pretty neat I must say with no potholes to interupt your drive, this route would be any long drive enthusiast’s favourite. Start late night or real early to avoid traffic, just like us. Not a vehicle in view!
Enroute the Delhi – Jodhpur highway, apart from a host of dhabas (road side eateries) near Delhi, not many places to eat were available as we started approaching Jodhpur and further into Thar. One place we came across early morning after looking for a place to eat for long luckily was also serving the best freshly made, stuffed aloo paranthas I have had in a long long time.
Beautiful local woman we came across dressed in traditional attire.
After a few hours of long drive we retired to this lovely elaborate desert Reort and Camp, Thar Oasis for the night and to experience a camping experience in the sand dunes.
It is brilliant how this place is in the middle of no where, yet very well kept and yes! It has a sparkling swimming pool too. What else could one wish for!
As the evening set in, we headed off to the dinner in the dunes set up. A gorgeous set up with white sofas seated around a stage with Rajasthani folk music and dance. Dining with some chilled beer under the expanses of the starry skies was an unreal experience. The music was filling up the evening air and the entire atmosphere was breath taking.
Watch Rajasthani folk dancers in action!
Next day we headed off to the architectural marvel, Mehrangarh Fort. Perched high up, the Fort overlooks the entire blue city of Jodhpur. The Fort has a galore of artileries, weapons and war costumes worn by the Kings and queens during their time of rule on display. Its mind blowing how big the weapons they used were! We stayed on till the sunset, and watching the sun g down from the fort itself is a stunning view.
Christmas in New York, the Rio Carnival in Brazil and La Tomatino festival in Spain all put together cannot beat the madness and magnitude of Durga Puja celebrations in Kolkata, India. It is almost impossible to pen down the experience in words, and if I do it would be a never ending post I am sure. To save all the trouble, here is my photo and video journal of my experience of visiting the stunning pandal in Kolkata during Durga Puja 2016 made with immense artistic work and manual intricate labour, it is an art kingdom on its own and would be any art lovers ticket to paradise:
Pandal in the shape of huge Manipuri dancers of India in Bosepukur Talbagan:
Tribal themed Durga Puja pandal in Tridhara Sammilani Sarbojanin:
The very famous and popularized World’s 1st Durga goddess with 1000 hands in Deshapriya Park:
Bhutan themed Durga idol and pandal in New Alipore Suruchi Sangha:
I do not remember the name of the place but the decor was made out of plastic dusting brushes, pretty unique and colorful:
Amusing figure of Ravana from the sky in Kendua Shanti Sangha club:
The Bengali wedding themed pandal in Bosepukur Sitala Mandir:
Themed on a famous Bengali poem showcasing cartoon figure like village theme in Jodhpur Park:
Mesmerizing serene and calm idol of Durga in Naktala Udayan Sangha depecting peace within chaos:
The outside pandal decor was that of chaos while the inside was calm
Old Kolkata city themed Durga Puja idol and pandal in 66 Pally Sarbojanin Durga Puja:
A divine pandal with decor of stone pebbles dropping fromt the sky in Badamtala Ashar Sangha Durga Puja pandal:
Intricate work and detailing on the pandal with dry fruit shells, wood shavings and betel nuts in Jatra Suru Sangha Durga Puja Pandal:
So next Durga Puja book your tickets to Kolkata to indulge in art of the most beautiful kind and admire the hard work and labor that goes behind these stunning pandals.