With its environment soaked in Mewar’s history and surroundings drenched in the breathtaking Aravali Ranges, Udaipur is a glimmering spot on Rajasthan’s map. The city is known for its beautiful lakes and is also known as the “City of Lakes” or the “Venice of the East”. In August, all the lakes restore water from monsoon and there are no scorching sun rays to give you tans, hence making it a perfect long weekend getaway.
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Chitkul is that one place where I wish to settle down or take a sabbatical and live for years. So clean, green and beautiful, and beyond to be compared with any other place. Instagramers refer to it as India’s most picturesque village and I second that. It is a village that conceives nature in the most magical state. Valley with green and sky with blue hues, white waters, stones & pebbles, trees and unadulterated air. The mountains look unrealistically beautiful and some peaks are covered with snow. It’s a place where my drawing book fantasies turn true.
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In the loft snow capped peaks of the mighty Himalayas hides some of the deepest secrets of the world. One such secret is of a land of immortals where superhuman inhabitants. Gyanganj or Siddhashram is a place located in the remote isolated valleys of Himalayas that is known to hold the secrets of immortality. Gyanganj or Siddhashram is home to several immortal saints with supernatural powers. Continue reading “Gyanganj – A secret land deep in the Himalayas where immortals live!”
Bali is also known as The Island of The Gods, The Island of a Thousand Temples and simply Paradise Island. This beautiful little Hindu Island, one-of-a-kind in the archipelago of Indonesia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole wide world. It has got a unique culture where magic and Gods play part in the daily life of locals, it is home to thousands of Hindu temples, lots of sacred volcanic mountains, rice paddies, rainforest valleys and the island is surrounded by the most beautiful beaches. On top of that, the local food is ‘to die for’, there are out-of-this-world luxury stays and it is very affordable too. Bali certainly has the Wow Factor’ and it should be on your bucket list!
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Om Mani Padme Hum
In dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
—H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (on the meaning of – Om mani padme hum)
The enchanting mantra – ‘Om Mane Padme Hum’ resonates throughout the Spiti valley. The prayer flags, prayer wheels, mani stones, temples and monasteries, all reverberate how the people of Spiti have embraced this non-violent and compassionate religion since 9th century AD when Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to this valley. Never could I have imagined a green-less valley to be so beautiful and therapeutic for the soul. The monastic life of people and humble hospitality had touched me deep inside.
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