The Gangtok Flower Show

The tiny state of Sikkim in Northeast India is home to 600 species of orchids! It is to showcase this wonderful bounty of nature and other exotic flowers that Sikkim hosts an international flower festival every year from March to May. The state is home to 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of…

Himalayan Zoological Park, Gangtok

After visiting Hanuman Tok, we went to Ganesh Tok.  The Himalayan Zoo is just nearby. So, we went for the zoo. It is located on a hill near Ganesh Tok. It is at an altitude of 5,840 ft. The car took us up to the entrance. We paid the entry fees of Rs. 100 and entered…

Hanuman Tok, Gangtok

Today we went to visit Hanuman Tok. Hanuman Tok is situated approximately 5 km rising from White Hall on a bifurcating road of the Gangtok–Nathula highway. It is 11 km away from Gangtok town. The height of this point is roughly 7,200 ft. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. From the parking lot when…

The Gangtok Ropeway

If you are in Gangtok you must visit rope-way or cable cars located at Deorali market. It runs from Tashiling Offices in Gangtok to Deorali. Today being a Saturday and also there is some musical programme at SMIMS, Babai joined us early in the afternoon at our hotel. We decided for rope-way ride and so…

Holy Cities of Rishikesh and Haridwar

Hari means “Lord Vishnu”. So, Haridwar stands for “The Gateway to Lord Vishnu”. In order to reach Badrinath, one of the Char Dhams, with a temple of Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is a typical place to start a pilgrim’s journey. Therefore, the name Haridwar. Hrishikesh (हृषीकेश) is a name of Lord Vishnu composed of hrishika meaning ‘senses’ and Isha meaning ‘lord’, thus ‘Lord of the Senses’. The name commemorates an apparition of Vishnu to Raibhya Rishi, as a result of his Tapasya (austerities), as Lord Hrishikesha.

Colombo Getaway

Colombo Fort Presidential Secretariat Building in Sri Lanka:

Due to its large harbour and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. It was made the capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. While returning from our trip to Maldives in April, 2010 we stayed…

Taki | Epar Bangla, Opar Bangla

Last night, we planned also to visit Taki from Basirhat. It is the Indian border with Bangladesh. It is about 15 kilometers from Basirhat. Taki is a town and a municipality under Hasnabad police station of Basirhat subdivision in North 24 Parganas district in the Indian state of West Bengal. We also have one of…

Love letters are lost nowadays

Throughout the history, couples have expressed their undying love in handwritten letters. Few people take the trouble to write by hand today, but if anything is preserved at the back of a desk drawer, it is likely to be the handwritten love letter that once upon a time sent someone’s heart shuddering. Letters reveal raw…

Indian Republic Day | Finnair celebrates in flight

The crew of the Finnair flight AY201, which was flying from Helsinki to New Delhi on January 17, broke out into dance moves reminiscent of an Indian blockbuster. Around 24 of the airline's crew emerged in traditional Indian attire, then proceeded to dance in a choreographed fashion to Bollywood music. Finnair employees said the dance…

Konark Sun Temple

On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konarak is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous Hindu sanctuaries. The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE.