Monday, June 27, 2011

Entering a new milestone

It just feels like yesterday when I stepped out of my teens and entered the 20s bracket. And a decade has just flown by. I found myself entering a new milestone since yesterday.

They say you are as old as you feel you are. And its absolutely right. With a positive mindset everything looks radiant around you. I have never felt fitter, more enthusiastic towards life. The zest begins to continue as I thrive to explore more places, develop the new sport I am learning and keep reading books that would improve my perspective towards things.

Life just looks brighter as you realize you have a lot of things to look forward to.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Traveler's list

Travelling to a new place opens your mind out to a completely different world. Whether its within the Indian subcontinent or in foreign shores, one gets to meet interesting people from varied backgrounds and also learn a lot from the same. Some places offer an exciting adrenalin rush as well which makes it even more thrilling for adventure lovers.

As I just got back from a trip to Kashmir, I realized how much of India is left unexplored. There are several beautiful places to see within this subcontinent itself.

1. Leh: Though it may not be as beautiful as Kashmir, it is definitely worth making a trip here. Especially when it involves a stopver at Kargil which is bound to make every Indian feel patriotic.

2. Meghalaya: The northeastern part of India is yet to be explored by many. Due to its inaccessibility factor perhaps it has put off many people from even considering that as a tourist venture. However it is an upcoming destination highly recommended by a few who have managed to explore these insipid contours of our country.

3. Kaziranga National Park: One of the oldest National parks in our country and is famous for its magnificent Rhinos.

4. Places around the Himachal region: There are places like Nainital, Bhimtal, Anada Spa, Rishikesh and other places which are worth exploring.

5.Amarnath Yatra: Done the Vaishnodevi Yatra which isnt very easy. Heard that the Amarnath Yatra is even more difficult. Would love to visit the Ice Shiv Ling some day.


More of Kashmir

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kashmir-The Colour of Paradise

We just got back from Kashmir after a week's holiday. As we set foot there it was nothing but breathtaking beauty that welcomed us.

We visited Srinagar first and had a wonderful experience of residing in a Houseboat and a Shikara ride on Dal Lake. We got a glimpse of the lovely Mughal gardens which were blooming with flowers of different kinds. It made us realize why the Mughal emperor Jahangir called it the land of Eternal Spring.

We also visited places like Sonmarg, Gulmarg and Pahalgam. Each place was beautiful in its own way. These places offer horse riding options. Gulmarg possesses the highest cable car in the world which takes you up 13000 ft above sea level. It is also known for winter sports like skiing and ice-skating.

We learnt a lot during this trip. We met the Kashmiri locals who yearn for more tourists to visit their wonderland. The past political turbulence has affected Tourism to a large extent. However it’s extremely safe now. And we met the Indian army Jawans as well who assured us that the present condition of Kashmir embarks improvement.

It made us wonder why many people did not visit this Paradise. It’s true that Kashmir faced a lot of trouble in the past. The mere mention of this place evokes fear and terror. Even as we were leaving on this trip there were several statements like ‘Be Safe’ which came our way. It makes one to sit down and realize that there is an element of risk and danger present in each and every place. Be it man made terror or natural calamities. The latter in fact is worse as it cannot be controlled, whereas the former can be countered by sophisticated weapons and not to mention the Jawans who would give their life for the country. Japan was hit by Tsunami, yet it doesn’t deter people from making travel plans there. Christchurch in New Zealand was affected by a massive earthquake, yet that didn’t deter from a person whom we knew travel there. Most importantly Mumbai is known to be terror prone. Yet people continue to live here. So why single out Kashmir alone?

It’s time for people to unleash their fears and visit this paradise. One look at Kashmir will make one forget Austria and Switzerland instantly. As Firdaus the poet rightly said “If there is Heaven on Earth, it is here, it is here and it is here.”

Note: Will be writing a travel article on each of the places separately. Watch out for them.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fathers day

A dad is someone who shines with pride when you succeed,and has faith in you even when you fail. Heres to all our loving dads. Happy Father's day!


Saturday, June 04, 2011

World Environment Day

'Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.' Do your bit and preserve nature. Save the Environment.

In honour of World Environment Day today.