India

Pongal – harvest festival

Pongal is celebrated in south India mostly in Tamil Nadu. The word Pongal itself means “boiling over” or “spilling over” (of milk and rice) in Tamil, signifying abundance and prosperity. Pongal is usually held from January 13–16 in the Gregorian calendar i.e. from the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of Thai. It is festival that brings respite to the…

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From Goa to Tamil Nadu

Finally came time to say goodbye to sunny Goa and its beaches. We still had 1 and a half month till our visa finishes but we wanted to travel and do not depend on time. Ticket to Chennai (Chennai Express) 21st December we had a train from Margao to Chennai, in Sleeper class, of course. It wasn’t easy to gain…

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Canacona: Agonda, Cola Guest House

Big, comfortable flat with two rooms in one of the most beautiful places in Goa. Maria A. Fernandes Kajumol Cola Canacona Goa India mobile: +91 9923894870 Maria offers many nice rooms and one well equipped flat. Each room has a big bed, kitchen, and a bathroom. The flat has two nice middle-sized rooms with wardrobe, beds, and a table. It has a kitchen, bathroom,…

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PATNEM: VILLA CAMARIA

Big, comfortable flat not far from the beach. Mr. Ligorio T. Carvalho VILLA CAMARIA Patnem, Colomb, Canacona Goa mobile: +91  9422634445 Villa Camaria is the house of Portuguese family living in this colorful region, Canacona, for generations.  The flat has 2 bedrooms, big living room with big table, bathroom and terrace. Village Patnem lies parallel to the line of coast, with 8 minutes…

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Always says “Yes”

Here is one funy fact about Indians, the ones that live in the smaller cities or villages, is that they almost always answer “Yes”. I’m talking about Indians that have seen a white person only few times in life and know little English or at all. You ask a man “Can you show me the way to this hotel?” You…

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Spicy or not

When you are in India for the first time you certainly search for not spicy food. And maybe you already know, India is full of spices. So, when you want to eat something, no matter is it street food or restaurant, you should ask for not spicy food but even then your expectations can be disappointed. Long time ago when…

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Gajar Halva

Gajar means carrot in Hindi, Bangla and Nepali. This is a very unique dessert, very simple to prepare, popular in all of northern India and Nepal. We got to know it in West Bengal. Indians say that it is impossible to not add ghee to halva, as it will not have the proper aroma. Cardamon is added only by some Indians, many do…

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Ras malai

My favorite dessert in India. Sweet and delicate in the same time. To make it you must do: Rabri – the sauce you put chenna into Chenna – means paneer Sweet syrup Notes: To make chenna you can use ordinary milk If you don’t have the cardamom powder you can crush the fresh cardamom seeds and use the small pieces…

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Banana dosai

»This is the recipe I used on 5th day of Navrati. On 5th day the Bhag was banana so I made those. Preparation: Peel and mash banana in a bowl – I didn’t have the tool to mash so I cutted them very properly Mix well with rice flour, maida, sugar, nuts and raisins Take pan on a stove and…

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Bananas in batter

This is the recipe I used on fifth day of Navratri as the bhag was banana. Everyone loved those slices of banana in the batter. Preparation: Cut the bananas in circles. Mix the egg, the sugar and the salt. Then slowly add the flour and baking soda while stirring. The mixture must be something like cake batter. Fill a frying…

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Navrati Festival

This year it started September 21 and will end on September 29 Navratri–or the nine sacred days–mark the most auspicious days of the lunar calendar according to Hinduism. Celebrated with fervour and festivity all over India, and every Hindu community the world over, these nine days are dedicated solely to Maa Durga (goddess Durga) and her nine avatars. The prominent story…

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Kerala – Karnataka – Goa

We didn’t stay long in Kerala We bought a sleeper class ticket for the same day at 23 o’clock. Goal – Goa. Destination station for rail travel – Karwar. To Karwar We had to reach the destination at 12.45. Delay was not large. It turned out that Karwar is in Karnataka state not Goa. Itr turned out to be a small…

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Ernakulam – Kerala

Our target station in Kerala – Ernakulam After three days of sitting we were packed and ready for our destination point. We asked Hindu travelers if it is Ernakulam, wanting to finally see our promised land. Ernakulam Town station mysteriously came up so we decided to get out… The new land welcomed us with a clean platform on the clean station…

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Sweet and cooling dessert

Some time ago I have discovered a great dessert… First time when we came to Goa I thought to make a mix of cream, banana and sugar. It was delicious but this time we came to Goa I already knew something like curd which I love to eat with jaggery (sugarcane product, used instead of sugar). I made curd with…

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Purchase of Tatkal ticket for long distance – In Gorakhpur

I haven’t seen city but I have been on railway station… Outside in the opposite there are mostly hotels that are often very busy. On the road there are also some shops and stands with sugarcane and orange juice. The town has its own university, astronomical observatory, some pretty Islamic architecture, numerous – sometimes very nice – Hindu temples. In…

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Applying Visa Nepal – India

After 3 months in Nepal… we wanted to stay there a little longer. So we went to the immigration office at the Shahid Chowk roundabout not far from the Lakeside in Pokhara. The visa in Nepal can be extended by two months, no more. The application for an extension – as well as the application for a visa have to be done online….

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From Kathmandu to the border (Belahiya)

To reach the border we had to buy a bus ticket to Sunauli. After obtaining the Indian visa as we wanted, we had not much time to cross the border. We decided to go in the evening after receiving passports with visa stamps. Some travel agents have argued that no overnight bus ticket to Sunauli is available, as the road to the…

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Samosa

Samosa are fried dumplings popular almost in whole Asia. We made them in Poland, stuffed with meat, baked, not fried, according to the Uzbek recipe under the name of “samsa”. In India samosa is the most available snack stuffed with vegetables – most often potatoes with the dal. In Tamil Nadu they are tiny – maybe 5cm each, stuffed with fried…

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Bodhgaya: Mahabody Temple

We are the second time in Bodhgaya and still have not visited the magnificent Mahabodhi temple. So we had to catch up… The Mahabohi temple was built in the third century BC. By the great ruler Asioka to commemorate the event, which was the realization of enlightenment by the Buddha Shakyamuni in this place. It was set exactly on the…

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Bodhgaya: Tara Guest House

Tara Guest House Bhagalpur, Bodhgaya Bihar 824231 India +91 9708772708, +91 6312200117; shantianuj@yahoo.com anuj.yadav14 (Skype) shantindia1 ( Skype) Here you can find official website: http://www.taraguesthouse.co.in/ Tara Guest House is located just 1 km from the famous Mahabodhi Temple. Free WiFi access is available. It operates a 24-hour front desk to assist guests at all hours. It offers one-time drop and…

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Holi

Celebrated 12th and 13th March, 2017 Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many people it means to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair…

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From Gaya to Nepal

4th of March, Saturday The date of the end of our visa was coming up so we finally headed to Nepal. We got ready and by 11:30 we were in riksha going to the bus station. I was little angry on my friends because they didn’t say goodbye busy with their work. But we did say goodbye to the owners…

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Meeting with Karmapa

23 of February, Thursday Today we had an audience with Karmapa. Yesterday my mother had booked a private meeting with 17th Karmapa. One of our friends told us about this possibility. So my mom didn’t miss it. We got ready and went to the monastery 1 pm where we were suppose to get private audience with Karmapa. There we went…

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Complications in railways, from Santiniketan to Gaya

All day I have spend on packing and getting ready. Our Russian friends came in the evening to say goodbye. It was one woman with her nephew. We had spend this time together talking, sharing and playing games but because he had to go to school next day, they were obligated to go early home. So 8 o’clock we had…

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Kolkata: The Great Banyan Tree And Botanical Garden

The Great Banyan Tree is located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah, near Kolkata. The great banyan tree draws more visitors to the garden than its collection of exotic plants from five continents. Its main trunk became diseased after it was struck by two cyclones, so in 1925 the  main trunk of the tree was amputated to keep…

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Kolkata: Indian museum

The Indian Museum is the largest and oldest museum in India. It has rare collections of antiques, armour, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. It was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata, in 1814. The founder curator was Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist. It has six sections comprising thirty five galleries of cultural and scientific artifacts…

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Kolkata

It is a big city, megacity. Also called Calcutta (the official name until 2001). It is the capital city of West Bengal. Located on the east bank of the Hooghly River (Ganges), it is the cultural, and educational center of East India, while the Port of Kolkata is India’s oldest operating port. Kolkata is third most populous metropolitan area in India.  By my experience…

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Kolkata: Castle of Queen Victoria

The Victoria Memorial Is a large marble building in Kolkata… Which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901), and is now a museum. It has a big, full of flowers garden around the building and it is beautifully made from inside and outside. The construction has got some motive of Taj Mahal. The…

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To Kolkata, Day 3

12th of February, sunday Today we had to wake up early because of so many things to see. This time we had to go alone without our friends. We ate breakfast and fastly seated into a taxi. The first stop was the big Indian Museum. It was big and impressing. Only some parts, almost half of them were renovating. But it didn’t…

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Katia’s Birthday

25 of February, Saturday Today there was Katia’s Birthday. She finished 7 years! I remember when she was small and fat and I remember when I wanted her to grow big so we can play together, but now she have her small sisters to accompany with her. And I have to rule. Today in the morning I went to buy some food….

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To Kolkata, Day 2

11th of February, Saturday The next day we woke up, we decided to visit Castle of Quin Victoria. We ate very western breakfast and then seated to the taxi which on my order went to the metro. After 15 minutes of driving we stepped out next to the enter of metro. This was my first time to ride a metro….

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To Kolkata, Day 1

We took an train to Kolkata Our friends, owners of house we were renting, invited us to their house in Kolkata for just few days. I was the most exited one so I took the planning on myself. We decided with owners that we will come on Friday and go on Sunday. To know what to see there I had…

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Santiniketan: Visit to Amar Kutir

That day we wanted to see what is behind our house. There was a park with very unique trees.  Called Shorea robusta. It grows only in area from Myanmar in the east to Nepal, India and Bangladesh. For me, park made of this trees looked strange and weird. When you come into a forest like that you can start to feel like an ant. So small….

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Master your self

Today we have got quiet an interesting idea… To master our selves. To do this we chose 3 kinds of habits and had made 1 day in a week for each of them: Day of being satisfied – ‘With our thoughts and posture we build our world’. That’s why we should keep our mind happy no matter of how bad…

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Railway Communication In India

Indians love to travel and do not need the Pasports. Aware of their national wealth still run back and forth – whether it is a pilgrimage to the holy places or just as tourists to see the legacy of centuries of India, or to visit family… Anyway – the second most populous nation in the world loves to be on the go ….

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Auroville: Sadhana Forest

1st of May 2015, Friday Sadhana Forest is a part of Auroville. Which is an ecological experiment. Everybody wake up early in the morning. Who doesn’t feel cold 6am takes shower in ecological system, saving water. Morning gymnastic for sleepy youth and then we are getting divided on groups. One group takes care of forest, plants trees, harvest food. The…

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Journey to the east, Tamil Nadu

30th April 2015, Thursday The time has come to choose the region of India, where we want to spend the rest of our amounting six monthly viza… and maybe more…. The choice fell on Auroville, an international city founded by Mother – The Mother – along with Sri Aurobindo. We wondered for some time and we thought it might be…

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Varanasi: Khusi Paying Guest House

Come and stay in a pleasant family atmosphere by the river Ganga. Khushi Paying Guest House B.2/63-B (next to Power House) Bhadaini, Varanasi-1 221001, India mob.: +91 9839873664; mob.: +91 9936441647; e-mail: khushipgh@gmail.com Khushi Paying Guest House offers rooms of varying standards, with or without bathroom, and a kitchen for residents use. Available wi-fi. Especially nice is the large dinning…

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Santiniketan: Prakriti Art Museum

This is a really interesting museum with statues made of wood. Each of them have an description and tittle. They depends mostly on authors imagination. I can’t say much about them but You can see some of them here:

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Shops on The Streets

Mostly known in India are small cafes on the streets. You can find them everywhere. They mostly serve chay – tea and some tarkari – vegetables. In very low prices. It is quiet incredible because you could eat there full breakfast for really small amount of money. The only thing is that it can be spicy. It can be problem for…

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Santiniketan: Breath taking adventure

Few days ago I had went with my mom to see Deer Park. What a surprise was when it turned out to be not a Deer Park but a Park with some birds only. Our journey started early in the morning. We agreed to go out at 6-7am. But because it is almost impossible for me to wake up so…

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Breath-hold Championship

 Yoga – the good old method of psycho-physical Indian culture. And if all the physical culture as though it is clear – you need as far as possible to train and keep the body in good shape. With the exercise of the psyche it is not so obvious and clear. And here in yoga for many thousands of years it…

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Colva, test of the exotic

22nd of April 2015, Wednesday When we got bored with big city we took the bus and went to the town called Margao. Between 4.00pm and 7.00pm we were still passing Mumbai streets. The Sleeper Class in our bus offered us some comfort for all night and at 8.00 in the morning we reached Goa state. Twenty minutes by rickshaw and we…

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Coming back home

28th of February 2015, Saturday So we reached Mumbai 26 of February early in the morning. The big surprise was that we could have take out the warm clothes we were wearing… sitting in airport we were still wearing our coats because  we couldn’t believe our happiness… We sited into the plane 25th of February – Katia’s birthday. Just 3…

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Long Preparation

20th of February 2015, Friday The decision was made just before Christmas. We have no any business here at this time … this is time to something that has long been waiting for: the realization of our plans from 15 years ago! In principle, the decision of flight – according to plan – was almost equal to 2 months. So the minimum…

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Journey to West Bengal

Just Before Yesterday we had arrived to small town called Santiniketan. It took us 2 days to get there. 4th January 11am we left our Guest House in Bodh Gaya and we went to Gaya train station. Our train to Barddhaman was suppose to arrive at 9pm. Before it we decided to eat something and take little rest. Sadly when time…

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Introduce

Hi!!! My name is Maya. Welcome to my site.This Blog is about our travels around Asia. Mostly India. I am travelling with my family. Parents and 3 small sisters. We travel a lot to visit new places and learn about different cultures and religions. I want to share my experience and my knowledge about places, food, transport and many more….

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