Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
IN A NUTSHELL: I would rate it one of the top 10 Most Awesome, MUST VISIT places in India. Just for the Dilwara Temples.
Well, this was when the difference between planning a trip with your friends & going on a trip with your folks was blatantly evident. I had gone to Gujarat for a week to attend classes at MICA, thought I'd make the best use of it by doing a little travelling. I visited Mt Abu which is about 200 Km from Ahmedabad. Well, thing to note- Roads in Gujarat are fantastic- you can conveniently zip @100 kmph on these roads! Mom was travelling with me so no worries about food, fuel in the car or finances either :-P
Mt Abu has all the charm that a hill station must have! It is located in the Satpura ranges & is a Hill retreat shared by Haryana, Gujarat & Rajasthan. I went during April last week and found the climate pleasant. I stayed at an Army guest house so cannot comment about the lodging there. However, I saw a lot of small hotels or home-stays. The summer months attract a lot of tourists here, so be sure to make prior reservations.
History Story time: Mt Abu got its name from a huge snake named 'Arbuda,' who buried himself in a huge pit on the mountain. He covered the dangerous pit & in return wanted the mountain to be named after him.
Places Worth Visiting-
Sunset Point- Beautiful view to see the Sun go down & great for photography!
Nakki Lake- This lake is situated at the heart of the city & has lot of tourist shops situated all around the lake. Apparently, this lake was dug by the nails of the 'Devathas' in Hindu Mythology. Hence the name! You can go boating here & there are lots of restaurants all along the lake.
THE NAKKI LAKE
Guru Shikar- This is the highest point of Mt Abu, you get beautiful view of the entire town from here & can see clouds below you.
Dilwara Temples- If you love sculptures & architecture, then I'd say this is the Only reason for you to visit Mt. Abu! I was awestruck by the beauty of the Dilwara Temples! The SADDEST part is that photography is strictly prohibited. We tried to pull A LOT of strings, but they said that if the Jain trust decides, then no one can take pictures there. There are 5 temples in all, each one more splendid than the other! Points to Remember- Please buy the guide book before entering the temples. You get them at the office. Please read the book, it explains the history behind each temple. Each temple is divided into cells, and the guide book describes the architectural context of each cell. When you enter the temples you are clueless as to where to look. Here is my take: I find the Dilwara temples way more magnificent and better architecturally than the Taj Mahal. We can easily spend 3 hours at the temples.
Caution- Do not base your judgments by the exteriors of the temple- they are dome shaped ordinary structures. This was done to deceive the Mughals & prevent destruction of the temples.
If you are interested & you know me, I am willing to lend you the guide book & Photographs to give you an idea of what I am attempting to explain. However I'd say- 'To see is to Experience it!'
If you are religious there are the ancient Arbuda Vishwanath temple & the Arbuda Devi temples. They have their own historical & mythological significance.
Another very important thing at Mt Abu is the Bhramakumari Institute for Spiritual Learning. Well, they have a Peace Park (with lots of flowers) & the largest campus here. Personally, I am not spiritually inclined so I was not interested. My take- Avoid going here if you do not have patience or are not SPRIRITUAL!
Shopping- Well I bought lots of Silver Jewelry here for close to 5K. The jewelry made of silver & semi-precious stones is exquisite.
A perfect weekend trip! You can club it with the trip to Udaipur too, as Udaipur is just 150 km from here. I have been to Udaipur so did not venture again.
Friday, June 12, 2009
My life has been a roller coaster over the past few days. Like life should be.... It has been graced by a little good news- a little more bad news! As they say, I was swept off my feet in 'love!' I found it true for life instead. The 'shallow' happiness of a Promotion-the frustration about those who are genuinely, truly deserving not getting their due... I mean come on are people BLIND?? One moment of vacation and the next moment of cancer. One moment of a new job & the whole new world waiting for you and the next minute of brain ailment. Being extremely happy & proud of getting through a good college to the next moment of not knowing where to go from there! Imagine starting from scratch after all these years! Well these are the few things that life has dealt to some people I know!
Incidents like these actually make you realize what we are all being played for! We go through the mundane daily routines like it is what we are meant to do & meant to be! I often contemplate- Is all this work, effort & persistence worth IT?? Most of us, I am sure, do not even know what the 'IT' here is...
It is at times like this, when I close my eyes & see the few I love, that brings a smile on my face & gives me the zeal to continue the next day... Although I do not know 'what' am I continuing? Where am I heading? Will I even know when I reach my 'GOAL'? I am sure most of do not even realize it! We are already anxious and heading for a new 'mission,' to take a while & celebrate what you achieved.
Do only what you really want to do! Never do something that you do not have the heart/ inclination to do!
Life is too short to hold a grudge against some one! Forget it & move on with it!
One more thing that I realized is we end up show our anger and frustration on those whom we love & really care! We NEVER take the time & effort to tell them, time and again, what we feel about them & they are the reason for our LIVING!
I am beginning now & here, to all those who mean the world to me by saying 'I LOVE YOU!'