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    Driver Uncle told us that to reach Munsyari, we will be climbing up and up and round and round on Kalamuni Mountain and then go down and down again on […]

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  • My trip to Kumaon-Deenapani

    (I wrote this travelogue when I was ten year old. It was published on ghumakkar.com on 28/06/2010.) We went to Kathgodam with my mausaji, mausi , Gunnu bhaiya and Dolly. […]

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  • Sikkim Diaries – Way to Pelling

    So finally we will be visiting Sikkim. It seems in Manish’s office this is a “To Visit” place. When I started to read about Sikkim, there were many surprises in […]

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Queen's Bath, Hampi

Queen’s Bath, in Hampi

Its corridor is roofed with ornate walls of variegated designs; traces of elaborate stucco work is still visible on its ceilings. Once a tower adorned, one side of the pool, with delicate balconies rising above the parapet; but it is completely lost now. The pool facing balconies of this structure with arched windows and delicate plasterworks tells how beautiful this place might have been once.

Jageshwar Temple Complex

The Jageshwar Temple Complex

This temple complex situated around thirty kilometers from the city of Almora, sits in the lap of a narrow valley, set in an expanse of undenuded deodar forest, encompassing around one hundred and twenty four temples. The two streams of Nandini and Surabhi that flows down from Artola village meet near this sacred complex. This temple complex is guarded by giant Deodar monarchs that welcome the devotees of their isht – Mahadev – with affectionate might and majesty of their ages.


The Berry lores of Kumaon

Soon we were on a scenic road lined up with shrubs laden with a rich harvest of juicy berries, the golden Hisalu (Rubus Ellipticus), the purple Kilmoda and the red Kafals (Myrica Esculenta). Even the desire to reach Jageshwar well in time, before the downpour starts, could not stop us from taking a break here and there; accepting nature’s bounty of delicious offerings.

Hemkuta Hills, Hampi

Hampi – The land of Shiv, Vishnu and Ramayana

Bukka replied with an awe, “So this is the land of Lord Shiva. The numerous lingas etched on the rocks and equally high number of Shiva’s shrines affirms Shiva’s association with the place”.

The sage Vidyaranya refuted him, “Don’t differentiate holy places as the land of Lord Vishnu or of Lord Shiva. This mythical landscape is imbued with the presence of many God and Goddesses. Follow me.”