All posts tagged: Architecture

Puducherry (Pondicherry) You Must Visit At Least Once

Puducherry (Pondicherry) or Pondy is one of the seven union territories of India. The place was in our rough plan when I was in Chennai along with my few friends for one wedding function.  After the wedding function, we had one whole day extra for our leisure time. We decide to go for a day trip to Pondicherry.  We booked a personal car for a day and the next morning we started our journey towards Pondicherry. Pondicherry is around 150 kilometers from Chennai via East Coast Road (ECR).  I was super excited since ECR journey is considered as the one of the best road journeys of India. We were mostly driving through the coastal areas and indeed, it was an amazing road journey though the climate was bit humid and hot. Pondicherry Beach was the first stop where we stopped.  It offers beautiful seafront.  There is a huge statue of Gandhi Ji at one on the entrances along with long promenade for walking. Frankly, summer is not so good to visit Pondicherry. Initially, we got …

Mysore Palace, Karnataka

Mysore is considered as one of the historical places of India. In earlier days, Mysore was a kingdom of the southern India which was ruled by the Wodeyer family. It also described as “City of Palaces” because it has a number of the historical palaces. Unfortunately when I reached Mysore late in the evening, the Mysore Palace was already closed.  I did not get a chance to see the palace completely, but somehow I managed to get few photos from outside. Mysore Palace is the one of the main attractions of Mysore city. It is also called as “Palace of Mysore” or “Amba Vilas”. The Mysore Palace is the home of the Wodyers who ruled Mysore for more than 500 years.   The Palace is indeed worth a visit, for its spacious halls, 3D wall paintings and architectural beauty. The palace should not to be missed seeing when it is illuminated on Sundays and other festival occasions specially during the Dasara festival. Palace Timing – The palace is open throughout the week from 10 am to 5.30 pm. Just to mention, Photography inside the main palace …

Kolkata, City of Joy

I will not forget that magnificent feeling, when my flight was over the Kolkata city in the midnight. It was a dark all over and what I could see is the gleams of the lights and bright illuminations Kolkata city.Early in the morning we reached the Kolkata airport/Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. I was on my trip to Sundarban along with other 6 members.   Short Info of Kolkata  Kolkata is a capital of the West Bengal State and one of the metropolitan cities on India . It is best known for the Howrah Bridge, Durga Puja, Bengali sweets like Roshogolla & Sandesh, Machher jhol (Bengali fish curry), Victoria Memorial  etc. It is the only city in India where the tram train still runs. Kolkata is also called as “City of joy’ ’or “Citi of palaces”. Indeed, one of the colorful cities I have seen ever.   It was so joyous moment for me; the sun had just risen and we were passing through the streets of Kolkata. The trams, city buses were running on …

Chennai: My First Impressions

Chennai is one of the India’s largest cities and the capital of Tamil Nadu state. It is the cultural capital of India and one of most the most visited cities by tourists. Recently, I was in Chennai and really had an awesome time. My experience in Chennai mostly involves around traditional wedding, Chennai special food, long street drives and walks, some hopping in Pondy bazaar and visiting Marina Beach, the most crowded and longest beach of India. Chennai trip is a really special for me because it gave me one of the exciting experiences of my life.The First Flight Journey.  My first flight journey was so comfortable and enjoyable. I am so thankful to Jet Airways for such pleasant first flight experience.Though, I was very nervous and feared about the all of the incidents that could happen in the way.  But once I was in the air, I was quite brave and all the fear was gone. I was enjoying the view of earth and I was surrounded by the most beautiful thing, the clouds. It took us …

St. John’s Baptist Church – 500 Years Old Church

Instead of working, I was searching for the “Haunted Places in Mumbai”. Then, I came across a very interesting article from site mumbaigloss.in,  “20 most haunted places in Mumbai “. I was shocked and surprised; when I saw Seepz, my office location on the list. So, I started reading the full article. Here is the story, I was reading from an article posted on site http://mumbaigloss.in/ “St. John’s Baptist Church, a centuries old Portuguese church was once an abode to the spirit of a young bride who used to torment people coming in the vicinity of the church. Just one prayer meet (mass) is held in a year. The exorcism in 1977 to get rid of the ghost was reportedly a terrifying experience for all those present that moonless night. “As the priest read lines from the Bible, we first heard manic laughter, and then loud wailing. The sobbing of the unknown voice finally stopped, and suddenly there was a loud splashing sound from the pond next to the church. Everything then fell silent. The …

Haji Ali Dargah – A Mosque of Faith

It was a mix of experience, I felt good and I felt bad. Walking down on the road leading toward Haji Ali Dargah; I realized how important to have a faith and a hope in our life. My little sister wanted us to visit Haji Ali Dargah and pray for our good health and happiness. People have a belief and faith that if we pray and ask for something at the Dargah, the very soon that wish will get fulfilled. I am not sure how true it is, but this time I decided to visit this place. Haji Ali is the one of the places on my list of Mumbai Mission. The Dargah was built around 800 years ago. It is actually tomb of the Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. As I stay in the central part of Mumbai. I took train till Byculla station and then taxi till Dargah Road. The sight of Haji Ali can be seen from the main road. Haji Ali is located in one of the expensive areas of …

Global Vipassana Pagoda

After exploring CST and Hornimam Circle area, the next destination in my list was the Global Vipassana Pagoda.I was so excited about this trip since I had heard good reviews about this place. It was fun to travel in each possible mode of transportation in Mumbai to reach pagoda; first in the bus then auto rickshaw and lastly in ferry (total 2 hours journey) but it was totally worth experience. When I reached to Essel world, there were two ways; one way to Essel world and another way lead to the pagoda.The Global Vipassana pagoda is one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra and world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The pagoda is the Buddhist temple or Vihara mostly used for religious purpose, mediation or worship. The main purpose of building pagoda was to show gratitude toward Lord Buddha for his contributions. The trust mainly runs on the donations,learning Vipassana techniques and meditation camps are free of the cost. The main entrance was decorated with authentic gold painted designs and it was surrounded …

Mission Mumbai – A Street Walk Around CST Station & Hornimam Circle – Part 1

As I’m on my Mission Mumbai, I have started exploring places in Mumbai. It is quite interesting to know your own city in better way. This time I visited the area around CST (Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus) station and Hornimam Circle. The historical and one of the crowded stations of Mumbai.CST station is formerly known as “Victoria Terminus”. It is built in British time. It is a UNESCO world heritage site # 945. After exploring the CST station, I started to walk down to the street leading to Hornimam circle via Boza bazaar. Mostly of the footpath was occupied by the local market of clothes, bags, electronic items or jewelries. It took me around 20 minutes to reach Hornimam Circle. It is also known as Elphinstone Circle and is one of the venues for the famous Kala Ghoda festival. Hornimam circle is circular garden at the center of the place which is mostly surrounded by catchy office premises, shops and restaurants. After relaxing sometime in the garden; I had a look around the nearby area. I came across magnificent structures …