The quote holds quite true. Sometimes we may have wrong impressions about various countries, due to an untrustworthy media source or some other means. But only when someone travels and looks beyond the borders does one realize that the other side is just as beautiful. Travelling changes perceptions and purifies emotions.
This year has been a great year for me on both personal and professional fronts. I travelled several places in and around Hyderabad which I missed on for the past few years. As 2016 is just a few days away, I wish everyone a very healthy and prosperous new year 2016.
May the Jingle bells of Christmas ring the songs of Joy and love in every heart and may the Lord bless our home with tons of happiness. Happy Christmas! I have a lot of Christian friends and we celebrate this festival with great joy every year!
Hello, This is Afreen Shaikh from Andhra Pradesh, an account executive by profession. Since my job gets so monotonous, I usually take these little breaks .This time, I decided to go to Coorg via Bangalore. I discovered Bangalore, is the city with a cool climate, because it’s situated at a place equidistant from the shores and also the elevation does a great deal for its climate. I travelled from here to Coorg which is 238 Km by road, taking just 6 hours.
I had decided to save and go for a luxury trip and selected the Old Kent Spa and Resort, a 200 acre property. As I entered this coorg resort, surrounded by lovely coffee plantation I was struck by its British Colonial style of architecture. I was pleased with the large villas. The breakfast was pleasant a mixture of Coorg and British cuisine. Sitting in the lush property I watched the varieties of birds and the flora and fauna. The bathrooms were a dream with lovely English type of bath-tubs.
Coorg Resorts: The Verdant Green Environment Spiced With Luxury
The next I decided to go in for The Windflower Resorts and Spa, as I felt once I am here I need to have the pleasure of visiting it. Spread over a 25 acres of land the large airy 44 rooms had the sun filtering in with the coffee plantation and verdant greenery all around. The towering teakwood and rosewood trees, around the pool were such a pleasant scene.
Having a riverside murmuring next to my room which is on stilts was my dream which I realized, the next day at Meriyanda Nature Resort. The stylish stone and wooden bathroom with a spacious bedroom along with a deck offering the breathtaking view of Coorg was fascinating. The trek to the water fall was enchanting, from this Coorg Resort. Similarly I checked out the Heritage resorts, where the pool had no chlorine and the meal I had, used the spice from the organic garden within its precincts.
On my last day I casually checked out the Serene Woods, and was completely taken up by the unique nature get-away. The evening bonfire, the treks and bird-watching was something which I promised myself next time.
I am a keen follower of Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna right from my childhood days. And till date, I love reading their books. And when we are in Kolkata, why not visit their own place. So, the day was dedicated to them and we took a cab to this spiritual place. It took about two hours for us to reach the place.
What a serene atmosphere! It was pure and magical. There was tranquillity all over the place, and we came across many disciples of Ramakrishna who were friendly enough to help us check out every corner of the entire place. There was a vast history of this place, and one of the devotees was gentle to share the knowledge that he had.
We came across many small and big temples here besides Sri Ramakrishna temple; they were Old shrine, room of Swami Vivekananda, Holy Mother temple, Swami Brahmananda temple, Samadhi enclosure, Old Math, museum of Ramakrishna, and many more. Every temple still had the essence of those great people who left with us their teachings.
We even purchased few books of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda as their teachings will help us to turn our souls into a pure form. The entire area of Belur Math has an appeal which can transform an individual automatically. Well, I can say that the air of this place is so spiritual that anyone can get attracted to it. A trip to Kolkata is incomplete without visiting this place.
There is one more thing which I would like to mention, it is that I found many widows in white sarees both old and young at the outer vicinity of the shrine. Upon asking, I came to know that there are many widow ashrams in Belur where the women have given their entire lives in the name of spirituality. It was an astounded experience for both of us.
It was afternoon by then, our time to leave. We didn’t want to move out from the place as there was some natural pull that we felt here. Nevertheless, even good things have an end and our cab was waiting to take us to our next destination- Marble Palace.
The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel Kolkata – Lalit Eastern in Kolkata was a place that was beyond all my dreams! The luxurious ambience of the hotel , the prime setting in the best shopping area and the Bengali cuisine served in its in-house restaurants make it a must-visit place …for the budget seekers it would be a lifetime experience!
I planned my next day to visit the most popular Science City of Kolkata. I and my Friend Anita were always fascinated with various aspects of science, and after a long time we had the opportunity to come closer to it. The transport facility of Kolkata is not just convenient but cheap as well. And we preferred to use it to visit the science city as well.
It is situated in East Kolkata, and the place is ideal for people who are lovers of Science. We started from our place at 9 am and it took about 40 minutes to reach the place. The museum is known to be one of the best science museums of our nation.
It is a pleasant park, and at the same time provides immense knowledge about the technology and science. In addition to this, I enjoyed every aspect of the museum and took a lot of pictures of the exhibitions maintained there. The best thing about the place was that everyone had glowing places and they were keenly interested in grabbing knowledge, irrespective of the age group they belonged.
The museum is surrounded with lawns and lush trees, and the main spots to check out are Dinosaurs Alive, Life in Water, World of insects and reptiles, Butterfly corner, Space flight, Musical fountain, and many more. Personally, I liked the Fountain and butterfly corner. I thank the founders of the place to provide us a chance to get to know science more practically.
The visitors can enjoy the day easily as the entire auditorium is air conditioned and has advanced audio video equipment to give the best feel to the audiences. I was surprised that 2215 seats were available in the auditorium. Such a vast place!
With just few bucks, one can see, hear, and feel science in the museum. I would request all my readers to visit Science city when they are in this joy metropolitan. We spent the entire day at the place, and it was evening when we left the museum to reach our hotel. We both were tired and wanted to have a relaxing time the next day.