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NAINITAL | place that has a heartbeat.

Ever since I opened my eyes this place has always stood firm on its ground. The mountains, the lake , the air , the water and everything else. This is the place that has always calmed my thirst for exploring the hidden places and the depths of mystery of that majestic jungle that hears out all that your heart has to say.

Picture: overlooking view from Naina peek.

Nainital is a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand, India ,situated at the foothills of Himalayas. If you have craving for a calm and peaceful environment then Nainital is the place you must visit. From its unique Tibetan markets to its cliffs overlooking the pea shaped lake. This beautiful lake city has it all.

Image: the Naini lake hidden behind the curtain of maple trees.
The town has a very warm welcoming aura that surrounds it. Be it the native  people that occupy the land or the gush of fresh air that fills your lungs as soon as you step on to its ground. The market place is colorful and vibrant. The Kumaouni culture can be seen all around and what acts as a cherry on the cake is the dialect of the people that sounds like music of the mountains.

 Image: the market place ; bara bazaar.
For those whose body asks for treks that they can wander at this is the place for them. The long jungle treks. The trees covering the trail on both sides as one walks  under the shade of the Autumn trees. The feel of trodden and less trodden leaves, the roads taken and the roads that are present for your avail. Nainital has it all to offer!

image : trecking

 

Image: into the wild; Pangot Nainital .

After a long tiring day don’t you wish  to take long deep breaths and let out your exhaustion, relax your eyes by looking at that beautiful sun set. Here the sky turns a lighter shade of blue then it reaches a shade of orange then pink and finally the cover of black night sky engulfs the hues of dusk. Here you get to feel it all. You get to listen to your inner voice and be your own true self. Away from the rush of the crowed and away from the honks and horns of the city. You can’t help but fall in love with this place !

Image: sunset


With so much already been said. I still feel there is so much more to say about the place I call home. But what’s the fun in that. Let’s leave a bit for you to go and experience and share that experience with the world. Pack your bags and arrange your winter wardrobe because winter is coming and trust me a snow covered hill station is the most beautiful thing you will ever see!!

 

The hues of India.

Rajasthan . The word itself holds the gravity of the rich history that supports it. from the time of kings and princesses to the time when democracy rules the land, India has seen many hues of changes. when i mean changes i am not just talking geographically or historically but also morally and ethically. in a male dominating society it is more than an achievement for a women to bloom. this is a universal truth. breaking all the social barriers that the society has put up, in a village of Tilonia , Rajasthan , under the title of ” Barefoot College” the work of an NGO is remarkable.

This blog post is a continuation of the previous one. i spent a day in Tilonia, Rajasthan, where this NGO has set up a college for making the ladies employable or rather self employed as i saw the nannies and grannies working their way through the circuits of solar panels ! they are truly going to be forever young. with a lot many things that caught me off guard , there was this one thing that made my heart smile. no matter the division of labor among the ladies they all were closely knitted together with the same cultural traditions of their region. from the long flowey lehnga to the covering of their heads with the dupatta. traditionally well dressed and beautifully accessorized , they bewitched me with their charm and charisma. meeting them i realized its never too late to start afresh and its not always good to fit inside the small clutches of our society , who knows that a misfit might grow where you least expect it to.

  When a lady who breaks all the taboos and makes solar panels to lighten up her village with the gift of electricity, this is how calm and beautiful she looks . 
 The hands of a home maker and the same ones that are moulding the future of a nation. Beauty comes in all sorts of forms, you just got to keep looking!

  The circuit of solar panels. Solar mama all set to light up her village. Isn’t that amazing ? 

There were women from 24 different countries living together as a family being trained by the rajasthani ladies to make solar panels and go back to their countries and bring theit dark villages to light.

Incredible India 

I was on a 5 day traveling tour. And covered the golden triangle of tourisim in india. That is Delhi , the capital of the country, Rajasthan which has it’s own rich history and cultur which is still shows in it’s residents and finally Agra where one of the seven wonders of the world is located – ” Taj Mahal” . This blog post covers the magnificent Taj Mahal , there will be two more similar posts on delhi and Rajasthan . As per now I    shall let the lense of my camera speak.

This is one of the surah from the holy Qur’ Aan  that has been ingraved on the outer walls of the Taj Mahal. With the magnificent and majestic body that this place holds and even though I was surrounded by hundreds of people who came to visit the place , I felt that the graves beneath this beautiful dome still kept the atmosphere that of calm and untouched .

Situated on the banks of river Yamuna ,the location enhances Taj Mahal’s beauty. The sunset is a sight to behold when you look at it standing on the marble floor of the Taj . Just awe struck.

A picture of Taj Mahal partially hidden by the trees , which are acting as a Viel to protect the beauty beneath. 

Finally here is a full view picture of “Taj Mahal” . Ever have you encountered something that is not living and yet is capable of stopping your heart beat mid way . It was my first visit to the place and all I want to do now is re visit it and sit under the gardens outside . Perhaps read a bit? Or maybe just admire the beauty of the place that so aptly justifies as being the somnolent of love . It’s not on false notation that this monument is one of the seven wonders of the world.