Thursday, August 27, 2015

List of World Heritage Sites in India visited

Charity Begins at Home!!! In order to fulfill one of my wishlist - "Visit the top UNESCO World Heritage sites", it is always apt to first visit the ones which are in my home country.

There are 32 World Heritage Sites in India that are recognized by UNESCO as of 2014. Of these, 25 are cultural sites and the other 7 are natural sites.

So far, I have had the privilege of visiting only 11 of them as below:
  • Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, Bihar
  • Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh
  • Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
  • Sun Temple, Konarak
  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves 
  • Elephanta Caves
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus)
  • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
  • Red Fort Complex
  • Hampi, Karnataka
Sunderbans and Khajuraho are among the ones which are definitely in my wish list before I can move ahead with others.

You can find the rest from the link below.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Heritage_Sites_in_India
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Idly Chaat

Monday mornings are always lazy and we woke up late. With Maggi others being banned, needed a quick and tasty snack to fill our stomach. Ideas started coming to my mind on what to make.



Ingredients:
Idly (2 pieces)
Sev (Fine and course)
Chanachur
1 small onion finely chopped (optional)
1 small tomato finely chopped (optional)
Chat Masala
Tomato sauce
Chilly sauce
2 to 3 tsp oil for frying the idlis

Preparation:

Cut the idly into small pieces and light fry in 2 to 3 tsp of oil in a non-sticky pan. You might also want to add butter instead of oil.

Add Sev, chanachur, chat masala to the fried idly chunks. You might also want to add chopped onions and tomatoes.

Add tomato and chilly sauces if you want. You might also want to add Coriander chutney or Tamarind chutney. I like sukha and hence do not prefer to add sauces. Rest I will leave it upto your imagination and taste.

Ideal replacement for 2 minutes Maggi. Chala Bagunda...
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gearing up for a weekend fun

Monsoon have set in and I am gearing for the first family trip of the season. And how fun it would be to go on a long drive with the overcast skies and showers of rain here and there.



If you are also gearing up for a weekend fun and have a passion for driving, car is not a problem at all with the newly started services of Zoom Car. Zoom Car provides self-drive cars on a rental service. I got to know this from a friend and quickly booked a luxurious Scorpio for the upcoming trip.

One would need to be a member for booking the services which includes car including fuel, insurance and taxes. There is a referral scheme as well which would mean the referrer and referral would gain Rs 300 on their next drive. You can click on the link to get some benefit of this.

The services have started in Bangalore, Pune, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. Even if you are not staying in those cities you can book one from the above cities and drop it before you leave. I found this really cool and the cost including fuel is good enough to afford this for a 3-4 days trip.

Points to Note:

  • Pets are not allowed
  • Drug/Alcohols are not allowed
  • Smoking is not allowed
  • Driver cannot overspeed more than 125 kms/hour
  • Hyderabad travelers book in advance as there are limited Scorpio's, XUV's and Ecosports in each of the pick up points.

Will share more feedback once I complete the trip.

Note: This is not a paid post but posted for informative purpose.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Safari @ Bannerghatta National Park - A Pictionary

Bannerghatta National Park is a must visit when you land up in Bangalore. It is about 22 kms from Bangalore city and can be availed by auto, bus or hired cab. It is having different units such as Zoo, Safari, Butterfly Park and Rescue Center (Conservation of captive animals).




Once you reach, there are various options to book a safari. You can hire an AC bus or 4-6 seat Mahindra zeep. There are various packages including Zoo, Butterfly Park and Safari etc. The options are:

Lion and Tiger Safari
Herbivore Safari
Bear Safari and
Grand Safari (Through normal bus) (Tiger , Lion, Bear & Herbivore safari) + Zoo

We opted for the Grand Safari but as we reached late, could not visit the Butterfly Park. Butterfly park is open till 5 PM.


Bus for the Grand Safari

Once the hour-long safari started, kids started really enjoying the wildlife. It started with Sambar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Black Buck and Nilgai etc.

Wild Deers

Then came the Bisons and the Elephants...

Bison

Elephant

The most entertaining part was the bear jumping with two legs in front of our bus. He almost reached our window. Our son was overjoyed to see the scene. Perhaps it reminded him of the teddy bear he plays with at home. But alas, we could not capture that view.

Bear

Lion and Tiger Safari 

Lion



White Tiger



Tiger


Tiger having Summer Fun

Wanna get drenched like the Tiger, plan for a trip to Bangalore now. LOL...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Being Local - 5


During Ganesh Visarjan, processions would be seen on the road with idol of Ganesha along with a group of people performing and dancing at the tunes of drums and trumpet in the attire of different Gods and Goddess. The act above is showing Maa Durga killing the Demon. This was taken in Hyderabad on such an occasion.

'Being Local' is a series where I can post the different characters who I feel is interesting enough to have a mention. You can find others in the series here.

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