Wagah border, A special memory

Those who attended the  will know how “Once in a life” kind of experience that will give you goosebumps when you  witness the ceremony. I went to Wagah border while i was in my MBBS.

For those who know very little about it, Wagah is a village in the  road border crossing and goods transit terminal between  India and Pakisthan, located about 30km distance of Amritsar.

This place is known for the Wagah border ceremony which takes place everyday at the border gate, organized by military of both the countries.

Also known as beating retreat border ceremony, Wagah border ceremony takes place daily before sunset. There will be a parade by soldiers on both sides of iron gates. With the sunset, the iron gates separating both countries open and flags are lowered. Soldiers of both sides then shake hands with each other.

I really have no idea why but watching Wagah border ceremony is so exciting kinda experience. May be because of the seriousness of the issues between the two countries. We south Indians do not have the idea, how it feels to be in a border state.  We imagine the border villages to be  near battle fields (that might be the truth, of course).

Since childhood we were grown imagining Pakisthan a special country. The thought  that the other side also people sooo simple like you and me live made my heart fill with a warm feeling. ( I was just 19 then).

I could accumulate some special moments at the Wagah border ceremony. Just before the ceremony begins, soldiers encourage small kids ( say below 10yrs) to parade  with a flag in hands to the gate. Kids usually jump at this kind of opportunity. I was sitting with my friends and was watching all this. Suddenly a soldier looked at us and called some one . We got confused and started looking at each other. He then pointed at me and called again. I went closer and was shocked when I realized that he was asking me to join a bunch of kids. I was very thin and short then ( short now also) , I was dressed in a red top  with black  3/4 leggings. My friend playfully tied my hair into two pleats. I was exactly looking like an oversized 10 yr old (rather then an undersized medical student). My friends started cheering up for me. So, I joined the parade with a glee, went near the gate, waved at people sitting on the other side.

My friends clicked lot of pictures but unfortunately, I could not get them. Still trying to get some pictures.. Very happy to share my memory with you guys..

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Papikondalu trip,day 1

Hello, friends!!!! This is about the first day of our ‘two-day trip’ to Papikondalu. If you missed the introduction post for Papikondalu, find it here. You can start your trip either from Bhadrachalam or Rajamandri. It is almost equal in distance either way. We chose Bhadrachalam as it was near and was in Telangana. So, we reached Bhadrachalam after an 8 hr night journey. We took a small hotel just for freshening up. We were ready by 7 am. We called the trip organizer and he asked us to meet him at a particular place. We were the first to arrive at that place( as it happens most of the times). We had to wait for almost an hour for others to arrive and the vehicle to start.

Papikonadalu

The vehicle was simply an extended ‘auto’ which took us to a ‘Pochavaram’ village after a two-hour journey. That was the launching station for boats. The system there is very simple and disorganized. All the travel agencies hand over their poor travelers to one man who is in charge of all the boats there. So no matter with whom you booked, you end up in a huge line with others. If you are brilliant enough and know the Que dealing tactics in a country like India, you can get into a boat in few minutes. It was just ‘survival of the fittest’. There is no difference in boats as well, they are filled in ‘first come first basis’ unless AC ones. We opted Non AC as there were much freedom and space.

Breakfast was served in a haphazard way. We begun our journey at around 11:30. The journey was so…pleasent and made us forget everything else.

The boat slowly moves crossing dense jungles, tribal villages and beauty is all around. The only trouble was the blazing sun.

We spotted so many interesting things as the journey takes you to places which are not much civilized. At some point you will be at place where is no other human being(except the ones in the boat).

One hour of the journey takes you to a tribal village called Perantalla palli. A huge, old tamarind tree welcomes you. You can buy some hand made items made of bamboo. They are cute and cheap as well. There is a temple called Ramakrishna muni vatika adjoining a small waterfall where you can spend some time. You can walk into the village to get some scent of the tribal life.

The tamarind tree at perantalla palii
The tamarind tree at perantalla palii

 

The same Tamrind tree
The same Tamrind tree
Perantalla palii village
Perantalla palii village

 

 

They say it is the house of one great warrior Alluri Seetharama raju
They say it is the house of one great warrior Alluri Seetharama raju
One hut and their vehicle in a 'No man's island'
One hut and their vehicle at a ‘No man’s island’
Papikondalu
Small colony

The journey starts again after about 30 mins and takes you deep to a place called Papikondalu where the river Godavari has been bordered both sides by hills which make the place look like ‘Papidi’ (partition in the hair). For few minutes, I wasI was sooo exhilarated witnessing the beauty.

We halted at a place called Kolluru where lunch was served and we were going to stay there for the night. Lunch tasted good but the serving was very messy and my parents couldn’t eat.People who opted for one day trip are taken back after lunch.

Huts look like that and I looked like this
Huts look like that and I looked like this
People playing
People playing
Playing and posing in the sand and twilight
Playing and posing in the sand and twilight

Kolluru is a tribal village on the river bank. Going to our accommodation needed almost a km walking in the hot sun and near boiling sand. We were so exhausted by the time we reached our huts that we slept almost immediately. When we woke up it was about five in the evening and we went to explore the surroundings. It was still hot outside and we saw one worker dropping wood outside our huts

We asked him the reason. When he told they were for ‘bonfire’, we almost laughed. Bonfire?we were about to get fried in heat.

He simply smiled and said “Just wait and see”

We played for hours in the sand and realised it was getting cold slowly. People who came in groups were indulged in sand sports like Volleyball. There were two groups of huts, one was near the river bank and was for youngster who come with friends the second was near the village and was for families.

After the dinner, we spent some time near our personal bonfire before sleeping.

There was no mobile signal, no power point for charging,no television and it was still amazing.

If you want to know what was my outfit that day click here

Bye till the next post.

 

Pride of Hyderabad -Charminar

hi dearies !!!!!!I am back with the post in the ‘Amazing Hyderabad ‘ series. The very first thing I am going to talk about is obviously ‘The Charminar ‘. The reason i said ‘obviously ‘ is that Charminar is the most famous spot in Hyderabad. In childhood whenever we got a question like ‘Write about the torist places in  Hyderabad ‘ ,the list would start with Charminar . In many Telugu pictures if they want to show that any actor arrived at Hyderabad ,they would show Charminar ( symbolism ) ; Forget that ,even if you Google ‘Hyderabad ‘ ,the first page picture is of ‘Charminar’.

So I think it is appropriate to start the list with it.

Charminar

Charminar literally means ‘Four towers’ ( Char =4 ,Minar =towers )

History

charminar

Charminar was constructed in 16 th century by Mohammad Kuli Kutubshah. ( You can read his love story  & story of Hyderabad here ) . There are various theories circulating as of why it was built .Mostly accepted theory says that Charminar was built at the center of the city, to commemorate the eradication of plague”, a deadly disease which was wide spread at that time . Another theory says that it was built to celebrate the Second Islamic millennium year.

charminar

Architecture and Structure

charminar

It is of Indo-Islamic architecture style, incorporating Persian architectural elements. The main part of the structure is square with of 20 mtr height with 4 towers,each of 56mtr at each corner. The central structure has a small water body with a fountain.

The towers have steps (It is very much  strenuous to mount those steps  ,it is an extremely  dark,cozy and tight place . If one misses a step ,you can not imagine how much damage that can cause. )

The minars and the interiors at many places offer a visual feast with delicate ,fine carvings . I really advice you to visit at sunset as you can get a spectacular view of sunset over the old city of Hyderabad.

charminar

charminar
Roof

charminarcharminar

 

 

charminarcharminar

 

charminarcharminar

 

 

charminar

charminar

How to reach

Being a metro city ,Hyderabad offers many means of transportation . I am planning to dedicate one entire post for this in future.

 Never understood why people do this
Never understood why people do this

Timings

9 am t0 5:30 pm,Open on all days of week.

entrance fee

For Indians a nominal fee of 5rs.

charminar
Busy Old city from the top of Charminar
Temple on the lap of Charminar
Temple on the lap of Charminar

Things to do

charminar
Mecca masjid from charminar
  •  Visit Charminar and enjoy the beauty ,which takes around 1 to 1 and half hr.
  •  Visit Mecca musjid ,which is just few steps away.
  • Shop : Charminar is one of the prominent street shopping areas of Hyderabad. You can find jewellery ,clothes,bags and much more.
  • Pearls : Remember Hyderabad is known as pearl city . You can find many Jewellery shops around Charminar, some of them are exclusive for pearls.
  • Food  : Street food is very tasty here. In Ramdhan month ,you can find many Haleem stalls . You can also find famous Osmania and Nilofer biscuits (cookies) in bakeries around Charminar.
    Street shopping
    Street shopping

    charminar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello Girls, Hope you all are doing good… This is Manasa, I already introduced myself with you guys in my last post… I was very glad about your views and comments on my post … Because of your encouragement I would like to share my Hong Kong Trip experience with you guys….

Travelling is a great refreshment for all, especially who love to Travel a lot like me… I really enjoyed my last year New Year trip to Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong.

It was nice experience to watch wax statues and Victoria peak.

Why Madame Tussauds got so much of popularity?

Being  common people we don’t get any opportunity to meet the famous person.

Every one dreams to take a snap with their favorite star, celebrity or a leader .

This is the only place where we feel that the famous people are waiting for us to take a snap.

You don’t believe!! It’s difficult to distinguish it’s a Wax Statue or a real person.

We actually need to touch them to make the difference.

It’s a great work by the Madame Tussauds and highly appreciated..

To visit Madame Tussauds we need to travel to the Victoria peak by Tram.

Tussauds

 

Peak Tram takes you to the Victoria Peak. Though private vehicle is an alternate transport option but by Tram it’s a good experience.

Tussauds

 

New year time is a celebration time.It was really  crowded and it took 3 hours for our turn. The traveling time will be around 10-15 minutes.

Tussauds

We reached Victoria Peak around 5 PM…

 

Here comes the Madam Tussauds museum

As it is too difficult to share every photo I decided to share few important ones.

 

Tussauds

 

 

Tussauds

 

Lucky to take a pic with the Perfect couple ( Of course i am speaking about the luck of Jolie and Pitt )
Lucky to take a pic with the Perfect couple ( Of course i am speaking about the luck of Jolie and Pitt )
At first glance can you differentiate ?
                                                                At first glance can you differentiate whether he is real or not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even Obama thinks I am more worthy to be on President's seat
                                                                      Even Obama thinks I am more worthy to be on President’s seat

 

 

Madonna dances for my beat
                                                                                                         Madonna dances on my beat

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of    my

 

 

 

  

favorite picture with my husband….

They created this beautiful Love background at peak…

Love is on the peak
Love is on the peak

Tussauds

And its Me @ PEAK

Tussauds

Hong Kong  Night View From Victoria Peak.Isn’t it is simply amazing..?

This trip was really a wonderful experience… We spent around 6 hours at Victoria peak…

To our disappointment there were no Indian restaurants at the peak so forced to have dinner at The Burger king.

We came back to Hong Kong by Tram at around 12 PM

 

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A TRAIN to GOA : a sweet surprise

 

Dudhsagar_Falls_Triplet    I always wanted to write about my honeymoon . I am starting that with one of the ‘most memorable train journeys of my life’ . It was a simple journey for first 13 hrs full with food and laughs . I did not expect much from that journey other than that . Then came the surprise ….

At about 10 in the morning our couch attender came to us & asked us to come to the door as there was interesting thing to come in next few mins. We did not give this to much consideration as we thought this to be the usual over enthusiasm of old people. He came back with in 5 mins.

amma ,manchi falls vasthadi ippudu,chala baguntadi . dudhsagar antaru.vacchi chudandi”

( here comes a beautiful water falls called dudhsagar ,please come and see )

The name Dudhsagar succeeded to bring some mobility in my lazy body . I succeeded to drag my hubby along.

As we came to the door , i could see that at every door in every couch people were standing with anticipatory excitement in their faces. ( only we were ignorant ).Only then i spotted it coming …….Dudhsagar ….

As we stood there with awed expression and widely opened mouths , the train moved closer and closer. It actually created an illusion of the train actually traversing the fall . As if to prolong this bliss the train was moving at 10s. We both were very much enchanted by what was in front of our eyes . Water with some foamy character was actually looking like milk . Imagine gallons of milk flowing from some unknown heaven.

The GOA tourism website describes Dudhsagar falls like this.

“The Konkani name for the falls, which literally translated means “sea of milk”, derives from clouds of milky foam which rises up at the bottom of the falls. Dudhsagar is set amidst breathtaking scenery overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley carpeted with pristine tropical forest, that is only accessible on foot or by train.”

There is some funny story attached to the name which you can find in that website.

The legend tells the story of this powerful and wealthy king who ruled a kingdom in the Western Ghats. His lavish and opulent palace in the hills was surrounded by vast gardens which were full of deers and gazelles.

The King had a beautiful daughter, who used to enjoy taking a bath during the hot summers, in the picturesque lake near the forest on the edge of the King’s palace grounds. It was her habit to finish her bath and have a jugful of sugared milk in a jug made of pure gold.

One day when she was finishing her usual jug of milk she found herself being watched by a handsome prince standing amongst the trees. Embarassed by her inadequate bathing attire, the resourceful Princess poured the sugared milk in front of her to form an improvised curtain to hide her body, while one of the maids rushed to cover her with a dress.

Thus was the legend born. The sugared milk (dudh) poured down the mountainside and continued to flow in torrents as a tribute to the everlasting virtue and modesty of the Princess of the Ghats. ”

I could not get the information whether all trains going to Goa can have this wonderful moments or not. At least  Vasco da gama express ,Amaravathi express, Goa express ( as per my knowledge ) are blessed.

So, it is my advice to all people thinking of Goa ,to consider train .

 

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