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Places to visit in Rishikesh when you have a day only

India, My Trip, Travel - Shubham Varshney - April 14, 2018

A rope was tightened to my ankles and I felt a push from behind and found myself falling towards the ground from 1300 ft and next to that moment in an awe I found myself at the seat of government transport bus. I was dreaming of bungee jumping and I scattered when my bus stops at its spot in Rishikesh. At first I felt really very sad because I never experienced that great adventure but on the other hand, I found myself in the middle of humongous mountains. I was on a day trip to Rishikesh from Agra. And now I am having some amazing and off-the-track places to visit in Rishikesh.
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The Legends of 84 Kos Brij Yatra

My Trip, Religious - Shubham Varshney - March 31, 2018

It was past half 4 in the morning and I was ready to embark my voyage to the prestigious and India’s very fortunate land, Brij Bhoomi. At that time stars were glittering in the sky, no sign of Sun or daylight. We were just about to explore a sacred and off the beaten places, which Lord Krishna revealed them his magical powers. There are some stories which are connected to those marvelous places. On which I will come in next paragraph. With me, there were some people to whom I love very much and a little bit more they love me back without any selfishness (my lovely lady, mom, and my supreme venerable, dad).

A day before this day, I explored and found some places to visit in Barsana. I was told that there are several villages in this whole Brij Bhoomi, which witnessed all the notorious activities of Lord Krishna and some places are familiar with the daydreamings of Shree Radha Rani. Our relatives used to live there, as they retired and puked themselves in the services of adorable couple. They told us that in this Brij region, there are all the four pilgrimages Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri present. Along with Neel Kanth Mahadev (originally located above the Rishikesh), Har ki Pauri (Haridwar).

The whole Brij Mandal (region) is widely spread in 84 kos, which a kos stands for 3.62 km and the total something about 300 km. People say that about 5000 years ago, when the Lord was just about 5 years old, his parents express their keen desire to Krishna, that they want to go on a pilgrimage (Char Dham Yatra). The Char Dham, four abodes or four sacred pilgrimage centers of Hinduism, in all the four sides respectively. Just to fulfill the desires of his aged parents and after scrutinizing their conditions, Lord Krishna with his superstitious powers brought all the divine forms of these places of worship.

How to get there and from where to start:

No doubt in assuming that all these places should be on the top of Aravali hills and the mountains are easily accessed by road but somewhere it is nicely built and somewhere gravel paths. Once arrival at Barsana, you could easily book a cab in 3000 bucks for the whole trip. There is no need of a guide, drivers know each and everything about these places. It is a belief that one who completes 84 kos Brij yatra, gets the pure blessing of the god and no one can harm them in any way.

These are the places which I have visited on this short 84 kos brij Yatra:-

  • Kameshwar Mahadev
  • Vimal Kund
  • Charan Pahadi
  • Kedarnath abode
  • Badrinath Temple
  • Gangotri and Yamunotri with Neelkanth Mahadev
  • Har ki Pauri
  • And in the last, Yoga Maya Temple.

The things which have blown away my mind are:-

  • Charan Pahadi (feet hill), the saying is that once Lord Krishna was playing the flute and the whole atmosphere was so charged that the mountains were started melting. The feet of god was imprinted there and it is still there. We can touch it and we can feel it.
  • Kedarnath Temple, as like the original one it is situated on the top of the hill very beautifully. About 400 steps we have to hunt down in order to have a glimpse of Lord Mahadev. The steps of that Kedarnath Yatra are just nose-bleeding up from the grounds.
  • Instead of not having a famous stand, this place gets visitors from far and wide. I have seen many cars climbing the mountain which led to Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. People make their regular pilgrimage to this sacred place.
  • There I have seen Har ki Pauri as, like the one in Haridwar, I had a dry dip in the holy place (nowadays water is not there). Neelkanth Mahadev as like the one situated above the Rishikesh and much more amazing things.

No matter if you’re a person of faith or not there are still plenty of things to experience. The views from the top of every hill are simply breath-taking. You have to believe on it, with me, that these photographs are not doing justice to these places. With an uninterrupted vista out over the gracious land, you will feel the magic in the air. I recommend this place to the peace seekers, religious, living person, and mountain lovers. Please have a visit to this beautiful place, it’s a plea from the core of my heart.

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Feelings for supreme power and things to do in Barsana: Day 1

My Trip, Religious - Shubham Varshney - March 19, 2018

“When will happen and how will happen, what should I give the reference?
When you are up then, for what I have to worry.
Every second, every minute, my soul can manifest that
You are here, you are present hither and thither”

These are the lines which are written on a wall in a small town Barsana, near to Mathura and Delhi. It is the village of Radha Rani, the saying-consort of Lord Krishna, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Hope you all are acquainted with him, from the Indian Mythologies, he is the preserver of this world and one of the sole powers which are ubiquitous. My sanctimonious part and full reverence to my deities, taken me to this village and right after entering in this town, I heard my inner voice which was like “I have had made the right choice”.

Barsana is a village, near Mathura and somewhat 132 km is the distance from Delhi. This city is situated in the foothills of Aravali hills. There is a saying that on the hill where the Palace of Radha Rani is, is the mountain form taken by Lord Bhramha, the creator of this World. And the anecdote is that Lord Bhramha expresses his desires that he wanted to live in the feet of Radha Rani. Lord Krishna in his notorious age had many girl-friends, but Radha Rani was the one to whom he loved the most. And now they both are worshiped together, as a couple though they are not.

This village quite a well famous not only among Indians but for some foreigners too, as I was able to spot some. The main temple or the Palace of Radha Rani is at top of the hill (called Bhramha Parvat) in the center of the village. There are two ways which can lead you to the sanctum sanctorum where the couple is magnificently present in the form of Idols, one is the steps way and the second one is the upward plain incline way. No matter which way you choose but the thing is, they both worth. Once you will get to stand in front of the Idols and you will start feeling fanatic behavior in you and you will be able to create a deeper relationship with the sole power.

Well, it may sound a little bit surprising that this is the village where one should visit at least for once because hearing the tales from the saints about the superficial power that they had done this thing here and that thing there. Imagining the playings of Lord Krishna at the right front place is the thing which can provide you the real calm. If you had a kind and gentle heart than this place will make you feel the presence of Lord in the air, in the sand, or even in the wells. The air keeps moaning itself “Radhey Radhey” and even the gravel paths keep churning the same “Radhey Radhey”.

They say that the wells (also emptied), once had all medicinal herbs were present in them and the water was as pure as the love which had the power to rejuvenate anyone. There were lots of things which are very beautiful and safely kept by the caretakers, who even had the small connection with the divine form. Digging into more deeper in the tales of Lord Krishna, there were 8 other female-close-friends other than Shree Radha Rani lord have had. With whom they played, they used to tease them, makes fun of them and also loved very much. In today’s time, in Barsana there are 8 temples where all the 8 Gopis resides and the main from the mains is Lalita Devi, sitting on the peak of a hill, the constant companion of the couple.

Things to do in Barsana just to make the most out of your trip:

  • Visit all the eight temples of each gopi (Sakhi), at each temple you will see that how nature’s beauty lie at the feet of supreme power.
  • Climb up all the stairs which led to the Radha Rani temple and others stack of stairs to the Maan Mandir (temple).
  • Try out some snacks at Rangeeli Gali, buy some souvenirs and take back them to your home.
  • Drink sugarcane juice as much as you can, it was just in 10 bucks.
  • Join the sermon chanting at any of the temples and play some instrument if you want and let yourself drift into the state of nirvana.

These are the couple of things which one can do in the lavish village, and in the last, I believe that exploring a whole city cannot be possible, it is more of a journey than a destination. So, here I have had discussed all the things that I have gained from this village and just wanted that have a visit to this village and I bet you, you will have to get used to it.

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Journey Starts From Agra and Urged Me to Do These Things

My Trip - Shubham Varshney - January 13, 2018

The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

To start this post I have to take you all a year back. About a year and a few months ago I had a visit to my sister’s home, Agra. Where my brother-in-law and she lives in a rental apartment. There was somewhere in my mind that this could be a better place for me, either to do a preparation for CAT or for any companies aptitude test. I am very fond of reading books, especially on mythology. As I was an average student, so I could not make it to CAT but some of the MNCs called me, as I passed their expectation level (I am mentioning all the above stuff just because I want that you people should know about me). And by the time, I was smitten with this city of amidst romance. And this city led me closer to my dream.

As we all know that Agra is the home of The Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this city gets thousands of visitors every day. The flocking of tourists on roads can be easily seen on the weekends because Agra is a picture-perfect place for a picnic to the people who live nearby it. This city works as a backbone to Uttar Pradesh’s financial system and an antidote to a wanderer who has a lust of exploring fine art. People from various part of the world can be seen in this city and they all visit this city just to quench their souls. One can do various mind-brewing things in this city, as it has ample amount of monuments and beautiful places. But below are the things which are truly experienced by me.

Top things to do in Agra:

I have taken plenty of hours in deciding what should be shared in this column from innumerable things which can inspire a seeker for having a visit to this city of the crown. And after a great brainstorming, here are the top results. Honestly, this city urged me or plead me to do these things and I would like to do these again and again, whenever I will get the chances.

sunrise view of the taj mahal

  • Watching the teardrop(Taj Mahal) at the Sunrise:-

It is said that this marvelous monument changes its color as the daylight changes and it is really a fact. Although, till now I haven’t visited Taj Mahal at the Sunrise, I assure you that my next post will be on it. I would like to share that moment with you all and I will give you an imaginary tour of it. I am discussing it because this is the thing which I wanted to include it in my “checked” list, from the very right moment when I first heard about it. Unluckily, I couldn’t make it. I am considering a phrase” Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet”.

Mohabbat The Taj Show Agra

  • Live show at Kalakrati Cultural and Convention centre:-

Very near to Taj Mahal’s east gate, there is a convention centre named as Kalakrati. On every evening, a live show is used to perform by the various amazing artist on how and on what conditions, this monument was built. One can book a ticket from various online sites or by direct visiting on official site. Really, this show is worth watching. There is also a fact which is residing in this centre and that is, a replica of Taj Mahal. This convention centre is having one of the finest replicas of this splendid monument.

 

  • Have a taste of mouth-watering Mughlai Cuisines:-

Agra city had the privilege of being ruled by some great emperors of Mughal dynasty and the history says that Mughals were fond of eating tasty food. This city had many amazing chefs and from them, some inherited this property and serving their best to the foodies. One can easily find a restaurant which can provide best Mughlai dish but I recommend Navratan Korma at Pinch of spice. When this dish will be served with aromatic spices, I bet you, you will not be able to control your sense.

These are mine top things which I have done in this city till now and a lot more left to experience. My future post will be on some mesmerizing views of Taj Mahal and on other various hidden gems of this city. Are you on board?

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