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Raavan is alive and kicking…..

A Walk on the busy street in Titarpur Village, Nr. Tagore Gardens Metro Station in West Delhi  during this time of the year will  turn out to be a never-before kind of experience .

You can find  skilled craftsmen making huge effigies of Raavan, from 5 ft – 80 ft. high on the footpaths . You can also order a 6 ft high Raavan for yourself , complete with 10 heads and huge moustaches, equipped with bombs, for Rs 2500. On  special order, they can also make Raavan and his brother Kumbhakarna/ son Meghnath with horns and red blazing eyes . A great visual experience, and an excellent photo shoot opportunity – not to be missed .

Locked horns with this demon king on 6 October 2013 .

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A visit to Khari Baoli in the Walled City is a treat for the senses .

Sight . Sound, Smell . A visit to the huge spice, grains and dry fruits market located at the end of Chandni Chowk in old Delhi turns out to be a never-before kind of experience, although the market cannot be classified as an “attraction” by any definition . The quality and variety of all kinds of spices, dry fruits, grains. pickles, syrups, appetisers and other food accessories on sale at fixed prices in the shops as well as on the pavement simply takes your breath away , For getting into Khari Baoli market, you can walk 400-500 m. distance after getting down at the Chandni Chowk Metro Station on the Yellow line or else park your Car at the Parade grounds and take a rickshaw from there . Either way , regardless of whether you are making a purchase or not , a visit to the sprawling market is highly recommended, and on your way back you can also offer Namaz at the nearby Fatehpuri Masjid and hear verses from Guru Granth Sahib at the reverred Shishganj Gurudwara, a short distance from the Chandni Chowk Metro Station . To satisfy your hungry pangs, there are plenty of eateries serving delicious foods ,snacks and drinks of different varieties on Chandni Chowk street ,  its lanes and by lanes at previous year’s prices .

Surveyed on 6 October 2013

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Must include a visit to Birla temple in your itinerary while in Hyderabad

A visit to the Birla temple perched atop the twin hillocks Naubath Pahad/Kala Pahad is indeed a great spiritual as well visual experience . The temple is made out of white marble stone and shines from quite a distance from the hilltop while driving in the vicinity of the temple . Apart from darshan of the main deity, Lord Venkateshwara after whom the temple is named , you get a panoramic view of the city of Hyderabad below . The temple authorities have thoughtfully provided lift facilities for the elderly and the infirm in view of the height at which the temple is located . While leaving, visitors must not forget to apply the fragrant sandalwood paste on their forehead available at the exit . On return from the temple or while proceedings towards the temple, you must take a round of the scenic Hussainsagar Lake in the centre of which a statue of Lord Buddha has been set up . Visit to Birla temple must find a place in the itinerary of all travellers to the historic city of Hyderabad .

Prayed in mid- September 2013

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Best way to go around Dubai

Considering the expensive Dubai cab fares , it makes good economic sense to travel via Dubai Metro . The stations have airconditioning and for safety , the track doors open only when the metro train arrives . The routes are easy to understand and the staff at the Metro stations are very helpful and courteous . The Red Line connects Dubai International Airport T3 to downtown which can be used to save valuable dirhams . The Red and Green Lines cover almost the full part of Dubai , so you will find a metro station close to you where ever you are . The Metro is also equipped with “gold class” coach for the passengers  who can afford to pay more .

Travelled in the first week of May 2013

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Get mesmerised watching the Dubai fountains leap high in the air , swaying to musical notes

Watching the Dubai fountains leaping high in the air upto 500 ft .in different combinations accompanied by English/Arabic music is a great mesmerizing experience . I learnt that this has been produced by the Bellagio Company who also produce and operate the fountains in Las Vegas, United States . Having been to Las Vegas some 10 years ago, I am of the definite  opinion that the Dubai fountains are much better to watch and enjoy . Now a 15 minutes boat ride along the Fountains area has also been introduced @ 65 AED. To sit on the steps of the illuminated Burj Khalifa – the tallest manmade structure in the world – is an experience in itself . To get to Dubai Fountains, you can take the Metro on the Red Line and get down at Dubai Mall Station, from where you can walk a good kilometre distance  on the skyway connecting the Dubai Mall to the Metro Station and then go down via the elevator after passing through the designer shops in the Mall . NOT TO BE MISSED .

Felt mesmerised  –  March 2013

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Lord Somnath temple in Gujarat ( nearest airport – Jamnagar /Rajkot ) is undoubtedly one of the finest temples in the country

The Indian superstar Mr Amitabh Bachchan does not exaggerate when he urges, via Gujarat Tourism Department sponsored ads on the telly,  religious minded persons to spend sometime in Gujarat and pray at the Somnath temple which is located close to the Arabian ocean . The temple is truly magnificent and the surroundings , with beautiful landscaping, are a delight to watch . The complex has a wide entry area and the approach road is clean and well maintained . It is understood that the temple was constructed out of gold, silver, stone and wood during different periods . Unfortunately, when we visited the temple, we could not watch the Sound and Light Show as the technical equipment was reported to be out of order, but looking at the illuminated Somnath temple in the late evening hours was a huge mesmerising experience in itself . The trip to Somnath should be organised in conjunction with the travel to/stay at Gir National Forest, 75 minutes drive from the Temple, and to Dwarkadhish Temple-  one of the 4 religious “Dhams” which all Hindus must visit during their life time –  a 4 hour drive from the Temple . The visit to Somnath temple is sure to linger in your minds for a long time .

Visited 7 February 2013
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