Month: August 2015

Bike trip to Purushwadi

In search of million Fireflies : A weekend getaway to Purushwadi

I was all planned to do a bike trip to Firefly festival in Purushwadi village of India. However, the things didn’t go as expected but the consecutive events ended in a wonderful experiences and adventure. Fireflies. Amazing creatures they are! A single firefly can make tens of children running on their feet. A lone nomad firefly can make the boring night interesting. Can you imagine the thrill when not hundreds but millions of fireflies dance around you? Yes, you heard it right. And when they cover a tree to perform the dance of light you just watch them dumb folded. It seemed so surreal so fantasy and like a fairy tale. The city folks asks. But where are these fireflies? Well, if you stay in Mumbai, Thane or Pune you are very close to them.Although the place is not a popular tourist destination but they are worthy to be featured in the list of must visit places near Mumbai, Thane and Pune Let’s start the story. One of my friends told me about the Firefly festival …

Raja Ram temple, Orchha: Where Ram is worshipped as King

Finished with the sightseeing of Orchha Mahal we moved towards Raja Ram temple. Both the places are walking distance apart. The architecture of the temple is as fascinating as temples in South India.   Some centuries back, one night King of Orchha dreamed of Lord Ram and received inspiration to build a temple/palace dedicated to Ram. The construction was finished soon and opened for worship. A peculiar thing of this temple is that Lord Ram is not worshiped as a god but as a King. The temple too was constructed more like a Raj Bhavan rather than a temple.  Even today, Police stand at the gates pretending to be guards of Lord Ram. The temple is revered by devotees throughout India and they pour in large number throughout the year. From Bloggers desk: A place where the beauty of rural India is at its best. Read here.. Raja Ram temple Temple is built of golden brown stones and has lots of rooms. We had just finished the ground floor and were about to leave the temple when I noticed …

Orchha Palace, Incredible India

Orchha Palace: Pride of Bundelkhand

I am sure Orchha and Jhansi series travel blogs have been refreshing for you. If you haven’t read them, here is the link  Betwa river side, Jhansi Fort. For quite a time, Orchha Palace near Jhansi was waiting for its mention on this blog. Joking 🙂 The Palace commands a very strong connection with history. Let’s take a small refreshing dive in the past. Vir Singh Deo and the Orchha Mahal Vir Singh Deo was one of the finest Rajput rulers of Bundelkhand particularly Orchha province. A contemporary of Akbar, Vir Sing Deo kept raising his voice against the Mughal despotism. To hold back the uprising, Akbar sent his son Jahangir with a sizable army towards Orchha which was the nucleus of rebellion. Vir Singh Deo lost the battle and had to surrender to Jahangir. The palace erected by Vir Singh Deo on the banks of River Betwa became Jahangir Palace or Jahangir Mahal. — You may like this: Auli in Uttarakhand has an artificial lake at 7500 feets. The lake water is used to create artificial snow and spray …

Jhansi Fort and Rani Laxmi bai: Shuffling the pages of history

Jhansi – the ancient city of fearless Bundelas and housing the magnificent Jhansi Fort. The city of Jhansi is remembered for the female warrior Rani Laxmi Bai, popularly called Jhansi ki Rani. I was sharing the same connection with Jhansi. How can one forget the words of Subhadra Kumar Chauhan   चमक उठी सन सत्तावन में, वह तलवार पुरानी थी, बुंदेले हरबोलों के मुँह हमने सुनी कहानी थी, खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी।। Undoubtedly she was and still remains a hero for children. After so many years I was having an opportunity to witness the land of Laxmi Bai, the opportunity was in the form of a wedding invitation. Akash Gupta my friend and native of Jhansi was going to be groomed in November 2014. He was kind in making advance reservations in Hotel Chanda facing Rani Laxmibai Park. I was accompanied by a jolly group of three other friends Swapnil Mhatre, Amod Karve and Viren Shah.Before leaving from Mumbai, I was ready with the list of must visit places in Jhansi and Orchha. With …