Interesting Places

Khulna and Indian Visa Center

While traveling from the borders of India to Bangladesh we went by bus to Khulna paying 150 Taka for one place. To Khulna We arrived 15th in the evening, and our aim was Jalico Hotel. We paid for a rickshaw 100 Taka but he didn’t know where the hotel is so we wondered a little bit and when we got…

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Making Bangladesh visa in Kolkata

When we got to Kolkata 9th of September we had to find a hotel near the Deputy High Commission Of Bangladesh. By Kolkata’s yellow taxi we drove near the place and left the bags to look for a hotel. Kolkata We found a small hotel nearby, called Bengal Hotel. It is located on Circus Avenue surrounded by mosques. We rented…

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State Orissa

Orissa is situated on the coast along the Bay of Bengal. Odisha is an ancient region with many ornaments. It is full of beaches, rivers, mighty waterfalls, forests, hills and rich wild life. You will find in Orissa ancient temples, historic monuments as well as pieces of modern engineering feat. History In its long history spanning more than just the present millennium, the region of modern Orissa…

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Konark Sun Tample – Orissa

An architecture marvel of Eastern India and a symbol of India’s heritage, Konark Sun Temple, commonly known as Konark is situated in the eastern state of Orissa, India and is one of the eminent tourist attractions. Konark houses a massive temple dedicated to the Sun God. The word ‘Konark’ is a combination of two words ‘Kona’ and ‘Arka’. ‘Kona’ means ‘Corner’…

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Gallery: Kathmandu City

The followers of Shiva and the Buddhists are one undivided community in Nepal, freely borrowing from their neighbors to their pantheon of sacred characters. Thus, everyone is taking refuge from Bhairava. Two great stupas, Boudanath and Swayambunath are sacred places not only for Buddhists. The sanctity of Pashupatinath is irrefutable, and the living goddess Kumari – worshiped by the Newari people – is…

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Visva Bharati University

Visva Bharati University is a school located in Santiniketan, West Bengal. It was founded by Rabindranath Tagore who called it Visva-Bharati, which means the communion of the world with India. The University provides all kind of education. As well as Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary education. The University provides hostels, cafeteria, hospital, libraries and good quality Wi-Fi. The university has two guest houses: Ratan Palli and…

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Little about Orissa

This place is called Jagannath Puri, or Puri, the land of Jagannatha Essentially, in our tightly defined categories that most often include only the “four major world religions” or simply “our world” and “exoticism” one could conclude that Hinduism prevails in this land as well as in the rest of India. This, however, is a very flattening subject, I would…

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Gallery – Orissa: In the village

Orissa, otherwise Odisha is unexpectedly a bit different piece of India … though like the same. So we are sitting in a land where Jagannath exists. We got to a seaside hotel, where the eternal sound of waves soothes all children to sleep. In search of a larger apartment for our six, we made a trip to the countryside in the Orissa…

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About Annapurna and Machhapuchhare

The highest peak of the Annapurna massif is 8091 m.n.p.m. and is the tenth eight-thousander in number. For climbers, climbing this mountain is one of the most dangerous approaches in the world. “Annapurna” in Sanskrit means “filled with food.” The name also translates as “harvest keeper” – Shiva worshipers worship her as a guarantee of prosperity presenting with a gold…

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Last views from Varanashi

We left our nice Guest House and till departure we had a whole day. Leaving backpacks at the station Cloak Room (15 rs for 1 luggage for 24 hours, it is required to have a padlock for the backpack) we went for a walk around the Varanasi Junction railway station. Among the ghats of Ganges, the closest to the station…

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Kathmandu: Ratna Park

Ratna Park is one of the oldest park in Kathmandu. It is situated in central Kathmandu, Nepal. It is not far from the tourist center, Tamel. It is situated between Rani Pokhari – holy reservoir – and Tudikhel – big area used mainly for organization of Nepal Army events. The name of the park comes after the Queen Ratna, the second queen of King Mahendra. Kathmandu Metropolitan…

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Nepal: Muktinath

Muktinath is situated at an altitude of 3,710 meters (12,172 feet) at the base of the Thorong La mountain pass in the Mustang district, Muktinath is a highly venerated sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Hindus call the site Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the “place of salvation” and it is one of the most ancient temples of the…

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Kathmandu: Shechen, Buddhist tradition

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche – one of the most amazing masters of modern Buddhist teachings. He was born in 1910 in eastern Tibet, in a family holding the legacy of the great Tibetan king Trisong Detsen responsible for spreading the Dharma teachings in the ninth century. When Dilgo Khyentse was still in the womb, he was considered a tulku by the…

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Lumbini: forgoten places of Buddha’s life

Lumbini is a city situated in south Nepal. It is a place of buddhist cult believed to be a birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama. Lumbini was made a World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1997. Gautama was a son of Queen Mayadevi, born in 563 BCE. When he achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCE, became the Buddha and founded Buddhism. In Lumbini there are many temples, monasteries and monuments….

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Kathmandu: a visit to Boudanath

The way The price for a taxi from Thamel to Boudanath is around 300 – 400 Nepalese rupees. To get to Boudanath by public transport, go to the stop called Ratna Park – every Nepalese passerby will show you the way – and there (crossing the walking pedestrian going from Thamel or Ason Market) ask the drivers about Baudha. A…

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The meaning of Bauddhanath stupa

From an air view, the Bauddhanath stupa looks like a giant mandala … means – diagram of Buddhist cosmology. Four Buddhas set the main directions of the world, the fifth – Vairochana – sits in the middle. These five Buddhas also embody the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether – represented in the elements of the stupa….

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Kathmandu, Stupa Bauddhanath: history and legend

The Boudhanath stupa is located about 7 km northeast of Thamel – Kathmandu city center, near the ancient trade route leading from Tibet. The stupa is 44 meters high, the stupa dome is about 7 meters in diameter. The area of the stupa is approximately 6,756 square meters. Bauddhanath is one of the largest and most significant Buddhist objects in…

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To Kopan Monastery and Lhosar – Tibetan New Year

17th February we went on a walk to Kopan Monastery. From our house, it looks like on the other side of a city. We asked the owner of our flat, how many kilometers were between us and the Monastery. He told us that only 2 kilometers, we were quite surprised, as you can imagine. It so happened that the day we…

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Unexpected surprises – Pashupatinath Temple (Part 2)

While we wandered around, on the hill, our father called us to see something great. We went to see what he was looking at and on the edge of a hill was a barrier, behind which we could see something magnificent. We didn’t know what it was but it was very, taking the breath. There was a river and small stupas…

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Unexpected surprises – Pashupatinath Temple (Part 1)

11th February 2018 Today while walking through the city we sow stairs leading up to the hill and we didn’t expect what we were going to see. Today started as usual. I woke up, made exercises, ate breakfast while talking with mom in between. When sisters woke up we served them breakfast and took care of morning washing teeth. In…

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Donbass — Rozy and life in Nepal

I think, that you, dear reader, naturally raised the question of what the photo has in common with the title. I am going to explain. This photo was taken in the center of Kathmandu in the Tamel region at one of the many temples. I sat down at the temple sadhu (holy man) and we took a picture together. He is so…

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Katmandu: Kopan Monastery

Many of us have a very idealistic idea of monasteries, thinking of some high things. In fact, everything is much simpler. The monastery is principally a school. But what they study and who teaches in this school is already a question of the quality of education and the matter of every educational institution. What do the monks learn in the…

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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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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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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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Kathmandu: Chinese Restaurant

Chinese cuisine is characterized by exceptional originality and extraordinary care of prepared dishes. Contrary to appearances, it offers a wide range of ordinary, well-known dishes, so you can easily find something for yourself. Often the menu that we are presented with includes pictures of the food being prepared, which will make it much easier for us to choose. I recommend…

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Kathmandu: Garden Of Dreams

A peaceful place where you can rest from noisy streets of big city. Open from 9 am to 10 am whole week. Tridevi Sadak, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Mobile Number: +977 1-4425340 Waiting for our Indian visas, we decided to catch up on Kathmandu’s tourist offers while finding a nice place where we could let our feet rest. We were most tempted…

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Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. It’s a big city and I have been only in the centre and north of the city. The place in the centre is called Thamel, it’s mostly touristic place and everyone knows where is it. There are many shops with hand made cloths and organic cloths. Many restaurants with all kinds of testes mainly…

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Kathmandu Fun Park

Having arrived in Kathmandu we decided to enjoy little bit together with children – after all we are in the capital … Other offers We were thinking of a traditional European amusement park. Such places are also available in the city center – such as the popular Garden of Dreams in the center of Kathmandu or Ratna Park on the key…

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More about Metlang

It’s a Village on top of the hill. It’s quiet and peaceful… People have small farms with chickens. And fields with corn, rice and pumpkins. Sometimes also potato and tomato in small quality. I think that the population here is about 100 people. I’m not sure. The village isn’t big but it have few hotels and Guest Houses. There is only…

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Metlang, Pokhara – Guest House

For the change we decided to move on the hill… The place is called Metlang, it’s on one of the hills next to Sarankot. Just above the Pheva Lake which makes a really great view. On one side we can see surrounding us city and on opposite side we can see an amazing view of one of the highest mountains in…

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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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Bhedetar

We live in a hotel called Sunrise Hotel… Where we got to know the owner of the hotel and his big family. The hotel is situated in the village called Bhedetar which is on one of the mountains next to the city Dharan. This place is very beautiful. You can see roads spreading around hills like ribbons. And the sunset…

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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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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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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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Santiniketan: Prakriti Art Museum

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

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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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