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Kaas Plateau also called as the 'Valley of Flowers' is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Satara district of Maharashtra. Over 850 varieties of flowers bloom here after the monsoon season every year.I got a great sense of satisfaction after I ticked it off from my travel bucket list. Within a 6-7 km radius walk one can find over 25 different species of flowers. Some flowers even bloom once in 7 years! The plateau is a sight to behold with various shades of pink, purple, magenta and yellow.
The map takes us into the beloved 'Baug'(Park) of the Baroda city, that was developed more than a 140 years ago for a benevolent king for the people of his kingdom. It points out all the heritage structures housed in the park along with the wonders that embellish the park. It also draws out on personal experiences as well and brings out the true nature and ambience of the park.
Where We Walk: Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) is lovingly called the 'City of Joy'. Here is a map of Central Kolkata comprising of all the places I visit during Christmas with my friends. The illustration depicts the iconic Victoria Memorial ( built during the early 20th century, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria), Flurys (one of the most old and famous bakery of Kolkata serving the best cake), Oxford Bookstore (the largest bookstore in Kolkata), Peter Cat (famous for 'chelo kebabs'), Allen Park (for Christmas decor) and Bow Barracks (for home-made wine and cake and Christmas celebrations). The city is indeed a melting pot of culture providing immense joy to all citizens in terms of food, entertainment and festival. Also the yellow blue cabs, the hand-pulled rickshaws and the Christmas lights in Park Street are a sight to behold since they form a major portion of Kolkata's heritage. This is my first map illustration and I intend to showcase the very best of food, fun and celebrations of my city through this artwork of mine.
In July 2019, my husband and I went on a holiday for the first time to India. We have been in India many times before but they were always for work. Two of our flights were cancelled but it was a fun experience to be on a train even the overnight one for 12 hours...
Pokhara city, Nepal’s 2nd largest city, by Phewa lake on the foothills of the Annapurna range, is the tourism capital of Nepal and serves as a base for trekking in the Annapurna region. From stunning views of the entire Annapurna range, visiting the international mountain museum, boating at Phewa lake & paragliding at Sarangkot are a few things to do in the mountain city, other than relishing Nepali food. This view is from Raniban hill next to Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) that overlooks the Himalayan peaks and Pokhara city below.
Domkhar is a small village in Domkhar valley about 120 kilometres away from Leh. Surrounded by harsh rocky towering mountains the Rock Art Heritage Sanctuary is by the Indus river where most of the art is on the rocks, and one of the richest sites of rock art in Ladakh. The prehistoric Rock Art paintings are some of the earliest expressions of our species, our artistic and cultural beginnings!
The holy city of Varanasi, Benaras or Kashi on the banks of river Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. River Ganges, the longest river of India and the soul of Varanasi, draws pilgrims who take a dip in its holy waters and perform funeral rites of their loved ones, as Hindus believe death in Varanasi brings salvation.
A boat ride over the Ganges at sunrise & sunset is one of the best ways to experience the colourful ancient city & spiritual capital of India, that stands frozen in time contrasting our modern world.
Tibetan prayer flags or Dar-Cho as they are called, are a common sight in the Himalayas and in Sikkim, it's the vertical ones hung on bamboo poles that attract attention. The 5 colors in the flags represent the 5 elements in nature and the mantras written on the flags are carried through the blowing wind. With Mt. Kanchenjunga in the background (almost always shrouded in clouds) the colourful prayer flags add rustic beauty to the landscape.
We all are facing same situation, entire world is living same life. Rather it's India or Italy, New York or Singapore there is one thing common which is hope. In this lockdown period when I look outside I find different people in the balcony. They are attractive, hopeful and looking forward to have a better tomorrow.
Pune, also called Poona, city, west-central Maharashtra state, western India, at the junction of the Mula and Mutha rivers. Called “Queen of the Deccan,” Pune is the cultural capital of the Maratha peoples. The city first gained importance as the capital of the Bhonsle Marathas in the 17th century. It was temporarily captured by the Mughals but again served as the official Maratha capital from 1714 until its fall to the British in 1817. Pune has long been a major educational and cultural centre. Pune is known for its educational tourism and has a blend of cultural, business, health, cuisine tourism background. The large student population in the city makes for a lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere. Pune also houses fantastic restaurants, good museums, and hill forts which offer panoramic views. Pune is a gateway to knowledge about the past with opportunities to learn from the help of forts, monuments, museums and higher-learning institutions.
Aurangabad is an important city in the state of Maharashtra, India. The city is heading towards rapid industrial growth, but retains its past glory and charms, heritage and traditions. Conspicuously seen on the Deccan plateau, it has a rich culture and a plethora of magnificent arts on display. Aurangabad has a long association with the concept of heritage. Aurangabad has seen several dynasties and experienced the power of rulers of different religions, cultures and communities, each of which has left its mark on the city. Aurangabad is also known for its artistic silk fabrics, particularly shawls.
This place is special to me because I climbed to the Tiger’s Nest monastery and visited with the monks. It was an arduous, extraordinary journey which will never be forgotten. The town of Paro also features the National Museum of this amazing country, which is filled with friendly people, cows, and dogs everywhere.
Chennai happens to be the city where I had spent my childhood vacations.Marina beach,the light house and the Kapaleeswarar temple were amazing childhood memories.The second stint was when I was working and the time I got to spend with my grand parents.I used to go for walks with my grandma at Nageswara Rao park which is filled with greenery.Crossword and Hindustan Trading Company are like amusement parks for the book lover and stationary freak in me.And during summers Ibaco ice cream parlor is heaven to the rescue.Do try their rocky road flavor if you are a chocolate lover :)