My trip to Australia!

I was enchanted by my travel experience to the Australian Continent, 

Amongst all the must visit places i’ve listed Australia is the most pertinent.

The dazzling city of Sydney is where we commenced our trip from,

On a night cruze under the Sydney Bridge we enjoyed the food and weather Both nice and warm.

We had a wonderful guided tour in and around Sydney Opera House,

Then we explored Madame Tussaud’s Museum clicking dozens of snaps with smiles and pouts.

The blue mountains host the steepest passenger railway, it was a unique experience,

We walked and strolled around this place admiring its scenic significance.

Next city was Melbourne, where we enjoyed the most but i’ll have to keep it concise,

The first attraction here was the Melbourne Cricket ground a cricket enthusiast’s Paradise.

We encountered little penguins on our trip to Phillip Island the very next day,

Watch them parade from the ocean to their burrows was adorable needless to say.

A Helicopter ride was an exciting experience as we spotted the 12 apostles,

There they stood upright in the ocean mighty and colossal.

On my arrival at Cairns the next day, i figured it’s a place all fun and funky!

Oh yes! this trip made me realize I am indeed a travel junkie!!

On an army Duck vehicle we toured across the tropical forest,

That evening we attended the Tjapukai show, meeting the aboriginal people who were kind and modest.

The best part of this trip was the time we enjoyed at the Great Barrier Reef,

Not being an expert swimmer, I had to keep my Snorkelling Stint brief.

The final Destination as per our Itinerary ,was the City of Gold Coast,

By now we were convinced that Australians are fantastic hosts.

At Movie World the Interactions with characters and Fast rides are what we really liked,

Then at Sea World we were amused by the sea lion-Dolphin show and stunts performed by experts on water bikes!

A day before our departure we shopped tons of garments and other paraphernalia,

This is how we concluded Our first trip to Australia !!

Sydney Australia

 

TULJAPUR

I just returned from a great trip-Tuljapur, Most Indians are aware of the significance of this place and for the rest of you here it is!

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This picture of maa bhavani appears on mementos sold outside the temple: photography is prohibited within temple premises

This Destination in Maharashtra is of historic significance as the TULJABHAVANI TEMPLE is located here, It is believed that the goddess (MAA BHAVANI) once presented a sword to CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ who was a huge devotee of MAA BHAVANI. This story motivated his troops as they were ever confident of their victory as long as they had the deity’s blessings! This blessing and the Faith of his troops coupled with Shivaji Maharaj’s leadership, Tact and intelligence has worked wonders, Shivaji led his troops to numerous victories even when they were gravely outnumbered and were faced with impossible circumstances.

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Picture of  the gate of the Temple from outside

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Offering shops outside the temple and thousands of devotees

I drove from Hyderabad(telangana) to Tuljapur(Maharashtra), it was a smooth highway and the ride was comfortable we reached tuljapur in the afternoon, bought the necessary offerings and headed straight towards the temple, the weather was great and the colorful shades of the offering stores were slow-dancing in the breeze, the whole atmosphere was so different, one could appreciate the spiritual significance of this place as thousands of devotees headed to the entrance, we opted for the PAID DARSHAN to avoid too much crowd and to See the deity from the closest permissible distance that is 10 feet( the Free darshan allows you to see the deity from a distance of 20 feet), As we stepped into the temple premises we could smell the fragrance and see the presence of Turmeric and Sindoor all around as it is a traditional hindu offering to a female deity in India, there was also a diya(lamp) where one could offer Oil, it is a good omen to ensure a diya never exhausts itself ,through continuous supply of oil and other materials. Since photography isn’t allowed within the temple one has to visit the place to see how colorful and beautiful it is inside,

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TULJABHAVANI LADOO PRASAD: traditional indian sweet available at the temple

We spent very little time in queue before we had the opportunity to be present before maa bhavani, she looked beautiful her eyes were bright and clear filled with enough compassion to sustain the whole of humanity. It was a beautiful experience to be in the same corridors, that have once had the opportunity to witness KING SHIVAJI, the pride of india,himself. As we stepped out of the temple all of us felt the urge to see the goddess once again until next time , we headed for ‘mukh darshan’ which means to see the goddess from a distance of 40 feet, it was again a short queue and we spent a whole of twenty minutes there admiring her from a distance, right behind us was the idol of her husband , Lord Bhavani Shankar we offered our prayers and left for our next destination AKKALKOT.

 

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The work on the copper plate next to the image of maa bhavani is of astrological significance

If you visit tuljapur, you could stay in solapur which has a variety of good hotels and restaurants.(TULJAPUR AND SOLAPUR are 45 kms apart)

 

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5 BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN MAHABALIPURAM (+1)

On a Fine Monday morning as I was on my way from Pondicherry to the Chennai Airport, I sat in the backseat wondering  how I could make productive use of 6 hours that I had in hand before I  boarded,  I crossed a couple of options such as an unusual act of reaching the airport before time or exploring a city I had visited in the past-Chennai, as we took a stop mid-way a blessed soul recommended us to spend a few hours at MAHABALIPURAM, we were thrilled at the chance of exploring a new destination!

MAHABALIPURAM IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE WHERE ONE WOULD WITNESS NUMEROUS MONOLITHIC INDIAN ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS, IT’S LIKE AN ANCIENT CITY EXISTING IN THE MIDST OF A MODERN DAY TOWN, THE BEAUTY OF THIS PLACE LIES IN THE FACT THAT ONE SEES 7 STAR 21ST CENTURY HOTELS CO-EXISTING WITH  MAJESTIC STRUCTURES OF KINGDOMS THAT ONCE EXISTED IN 700 A.D.

1.     SHORE TEMPLE MAHABALIPURAM

The whole place is set overlooking the shore of the Bay Of Bengal, We were Refreshed by the very sight of the Beach as we strolled towards this temple ,that was built in 700-728 AD with blocks of Granite at the time of Pallava Dynasty. This has been declared as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE as one of the group monuments at mahabalipuram. The sun shone on our Faces whilst the cool breeze from the sea brought us great respite on a hot summer afternoon. The temple was massive and people climbed huge rocks to get the right snap at this marvelous selfie spot.

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2.     PANCH RATHAS

As we sat in anticipation of what great monolithic Indian architecture we will be witnessing next, we were highly impressed by the next tourist spot- PANCHA RATHA’S or 5 chariots. mahabalipuramelephantEach of these 5 chariots are carved out of a single long stone of granite. This place is a blessing for photographers, it has 5 chariots each named after a pandava and draupadi of the MAHABHARATA.  In order of size, they include the Dharmaraja ratha,Bhima Ratha,  Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahadeva Ratha, and Draupadi Ratha.

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3. STHALASAYANAPERUMAL TEMPLE

Whether you are a worshipper of Vishnu or you have a different favorite Deity you are bound to appreciate the uniqueness of this temple. Located very close to the descent of ganges and the butter ball, we were lucky to have been present here during Aarti, as I mentioned before this temple is Unique because the sculpture of Vishnu in resting posture doesn’t have  NAAG Dev (snake deity) to support his head, it’s a beautiful stone idol covered with gold and other ornaments and so is the idol of his wife Lakshmi. IT’S A MUST VISIT IN MAHABALIPURAM !!

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4.     KRISHNA’S BUTTER BALL

We heard from our driver that this butter ball is a legend in itself, as the legend goes it has been in 1 place for 1200 years , despite being based on a slope ( weighing 250 tons, and having dimensions of 6m (ht), 5m(wide) and a base of 1.2 m that too on a slope! ) It  is said that the then governor ARTHUR HAVELOCK attempted to move the boulder using 7 elephants but failed, the same ensued when KING NARASIMHAVARMAN made a similar attempt. It’s a very popular tourist spot for people living in an outside of mahabalipuram and we loved it!!

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5. DESCENT OF GANGES MAHABALIPURAM

On our way to Krishna’s Butter Ball we stopped to check out a masterpiece made by sculptors out of ‘2 monolithic boulders with a cleft’, water may have flown through this cleft at some point in the past, it is a marvelous structure with great details depicting  the story of the descent of river GANGA to earth from heaven, the waters of Ganges are said to possess  special powers. It is also a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SIGHT.

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6. BONUS: MAHABALIPURAM BEACH

As a lover of the Beach, I enjoyed the tranquility of this beach, it was not very crowded when I reached here, the water was as blue as I wanted it to be, I took a stroll along the beach enjoying the cool breeze and the water playing ,catch and run ,with my feet. It was Overwhelming.

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This is how we concluded our visit to mahabalipuram it was a unique experience indeed!!

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My trip to Australia!

I was enchanted by my travel experience to the Australian Continent, 

Amongst all the must visit places i’ve listed Australia is the most pertinent.

The dazzling city of Sydney is where we commenced our trip from,

On a night cruze under the Sydney Bridge we enjoyed the food and weather Both nice and warm.

We had a wonderful guided tour in and around Sydney Opera House,

Then we explored Madame Tussaud’s Museum clicking dozens of snaps with smiles and pouts.

The blue mountains host the steepest passenger railway, it was a unique experience,

We walked and strolled around this place admiring its scenic significance.

Next city was Melbourne, where we enjoyed the most but i’ll have to keep it concise,

The first attraction here was the Melbourne Cricket ground a cricket enthusiast’s Paradise.

We encountered little penguins on our trip to Phillip Island the very next day,

Watch them parade from the ocean to their burrows was adorable needless to say.

A Helicopter ride was an exciting experience as we spotted the 12 apostles,

There they stood upright in the ocean mighty and colossal.

On my arrival at Cairns the next day, i figured it’s a place all fun and funky!

Oh yes! this trip made me realize I am indeed a travel junkie!!

On an army Duck vehicle we toured across the tropical forest,

That evening we attended the Tjapukai show, meeting the aboriginal people who were kind and modest.

The best part of this trip was the time we enjoyed at the Great Barrier Reef,

Not being an expert swimmer, I had to keep my Snorkelling Stint brief.

The final Destination as per our Itinerary ,was the City of Gold Coast,

By now we were convinced that Australians are fantastic hosts.

At Movie World the Interactions with characters and Fast rides are what we really liked,

Then at Sea World we were amused by the sea lion-Dolphin show and stunts performed by experts on water bikes!

A day before our departure we shopped tons of garments and other paraphernalia,

This is how we concluded Our first trip to Australia !!

Sydney Australia