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Gangtok-Pelling Trip

posted Mar 28, 2015, 4:18 AM by Amiya Behera   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 5:59 PM ]

    As part of the annual trip, this year we went to Sikkim. This was my 4th trip to Sikkim. Our trip was bound to places near Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim and Pelling, a city in the West Sikkim district. The day we reached Gangtok, there was a snow fall in the East Sikkim district mountains and a rain shower in Gangtok. We visited the Tsongmo (Chhangu) Lake and played on the snow hills. Due to snow fall and bad weather, we could not visit Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass.

    All of us enjoyed the travel in the hilly roads with the scenic beauty of Sikkim. We went to the Kanchenjunga Falls  and another holy lake and spend some quality time on natures lap. Few of us went to the Monastery and Kings Palace in Pelling. Few of us did shopping in Gangtok. We enjoyed the 4days long trip.

    Gangtok and Pelling Trip experience blog : Gangtok_Pelling_Trip_2015

    Note : For trip images, navigate to Photo Slide Show

Trips On Xmas and New Year's Eve

posted Mar 11, 2015, 10:37 AM by Amiya Behera

    I had a long holiday from Christmas till New Year's Eve last year, to spend some quality time with my family. We also had few trips during this time frame. We went to places, like, Gadachandi Temple, Hadagarh Dam, Ghatagaon, Sana Ghagara, Bada Ghagara, Khandadhar Waterfalls etc. Being a picnic season, the trips were hectic, still we enjoyed all of them.

Note :- For tour images, navigate to Photo Slide Show

Pink City Tour

posted Nov 4, 2014, 9:28 AM by Amiya Behera

    The Pink City, city of hospitality, is a major tourist destination and the largest city of Rajasthan. This Dussera, I have been to Jaipur on a 2days visit. Jaipur tour agents provide tour buses for travelers. In the 2days time, I was able to visit Birla Temple, Albert Hall Museum, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jai Niwas Garden and Govind Devji Temple. There are many other tourist places like Jaigarh Fort, Galtaji, Sisodiya Garden etc.

    Jaipur Trip experience blog : Jaipur Trip 2014

    Note : For tour images, navigate to Photo Slide Show

Jaisalmer Trip 2014

posted Jul 29, 2014, 6:20 AM by Amiya Behera   [ updated Jul 29, 2014, 7:21 AM ]

    In the last week of July, we had our first tour from company side for the year. We, all the employees of Sankalp Semiconductor Pvt Ltd located in Greater Noida, had a trip to the Golden City, Jaisalmer of Rajasthan. The trip arrangements were done by a local resort "Rana Villa", starting from the pick-up from railway station till dropping us back.

    We visited SAM Sand Dune in the Saturday afternoon. All of us had Camel ride for close to 2KM from one of the camel points to SAM Sand Dune. In the evening, we enjoyed the Rajasthani Folk Program and typical Rajasthani Dinner at the nearby resort.

    Next day, we went to the Golden Fort "Sonal Killa". All the constructions were done using yellow sand stone, that gives an unique color to the city. We saw the Maharaja's palace, Shiv Temple, Jain Temple in the fort. We also visited the Patwa havelis. Due to lack of time could not visit any of the museums. We also visited the Gadsisar lake, the only source of water to the ancient Jaisalmer state. This completed our trip to the Golden city.

Photos : Please check the Photo Gallery section.

Agra Mathura Trip

posted Jul 12, 2014, 3:02 PM by Amiya Behera

    I had a wish to see Taj Mahal in Agra. During my stay in Greater Noida, it was a real opportunity to visit Taj Mahal and near by places. Last week-end, along with few of my colleagues, I visited Taj Mahal, Gokul, Krishna Janma Bhoomi, Prem Mandir etc.

    It was an one day trip. We booked a cab and left for Agra early Saturday morning. We booked a Camel Cart from western gate parking to go to the Taj Mahal. It was a first time experience for me to sit on a Camel Cart. We took the ticket and went inside the premises. We took some photographs and went inside Taj Mahal. We also came to know about the special products of Agra, like Leather, Bamboo, Banana products etc. We did shopping there and bought some sarees, bed sheets etc. We had our lunch in Agra and left for Mathura around 2:30pm.

    On the way to Mathura, we visited the Gokul village. Gokul is the village, where Lord Krishna brought up by Nanda and Yashoda and performed few of His Balya Leelas. We spent some time in Gokul and reached Mathura by 5pm. As we were getting late, we just visited the Krishna Janma Bhoomi temple only. We bought famous Mathura Peda and had Lassi there.

    The last place in our agenda for the day was the Prem Mandir of Vrindaban. Though the temple is built recently, it was a nice place to visit. Various Krishna leela is described in various statues in the campus of Prem Mandir. The view of the temple in the night was beautiful with different lights giving it a complete different view in periodic manner. We had some snacks and left for our rooms....

Note :- Photos taken during the trip are available in My Photo Gallery.

Rishikesh Trip

posted Jun 28, 2014, 6:37 AM by Amiya Behera   [ updated May 10, 2015, 6:33 PM ]

    We have an weekend trip to Rishikesh during mid June. I along with few of my colleagues went to Rishikesh for Camping and Rafting in the Ganga Valley.

    We board the bus from New Delhi around 9PM and reached Rishikesh around 5AM in a pleasant morning. On the way to Rishikesh, we had our dinner in a road-side Dhaba. From Rishikesh, we booked auto-rickshaw to Tapovan. We had already booked for camping at Camp Roller Coaster, but the camp check-in time was at 9AM. Hence, we decided to start walking towards the camp. It took us close to 3 hours to reach the camp site, which was close to 11KM a journey with ups and downs on the road. By the time we reach there, all of us were fully tired.

    The most challenging task for us at that time was to get down from the road on a sloped footpath, barely having any stair-case, to reach the camp on the river bank. I had a thrilling experience, as I was going down, my legs were trembling and still I was showing that I had sufficient energy to balance myself to reach the camp safely. Any way, we reached the camp safely and arrangements were already done. So we took little rest in the camp.

    After the breakfast at the camp, we went straight in the river. In spite of the hot sunny weather, we enjoyed the moment in the river, as the water was chilling cold. We played carom and volley ball. We took our lunch at 2PM and wait for our boat for rafting. The river rafting experience was the sweetest memory to remember during the whole camping time. We had our guide, who told us about the safety guidelines. It was my fast river rafting, I took the middle seat in the boat. During the rafting, we shuffled the rafting positions, so that everybody can fill all type of situations. The most thrilling part of rafting was there, when all of us went inside water and try to float in the water alongside the boat. We rafted for 10KM and finished at Rishikesh.

    Post rafting, all of us had lemon juice and went back to the camp. By the time reach the camp, bonfire had started. Though none of us sat in front of the fire, we enjoyed the snacks available and the beauty of river bank in the moon light. We also had our dinner in the river bed. It was difficult for me to sleep in the camp due to the roaring sound of river Ganga.

    In the next morning, we enjoyed some quality time in the river bed in a cool weather. Few of us took bath in river Ganga again. We checked out from the camp around 9PM and went to Rishikesh. We had our bus back to Delhi in the evening. Hence, we decided to visit few more places. We booked a cab and went to Haridwar. On our way, we went to Chandi Devi Temple. The temple is situated at the hill-top of Neel mountain, which was close to 3KM from the main road. We could not visit the temple, due to lack of time and went straight Haridwar.

    In Haridwar, we visited the Dakshya Temple, where the Dakshya Jagya Bedi exists. We had our lunch and went to the main place of Haridwar, the Har-ki-Pauri. We spent some time there visiting the temples and went back to Rishikesh to catch the bus.

Note: Trip photos are available in My Photo Gallery.

Lotus Temple and India Gate Visit

posted May 3, 2014, 7:35 AM by Amiya Behera

    Last week-end, I and few of my colleagues visited Lotus temple. We boarded Delhi Metro from Rajib Chawk and went to Kalkaji Temple station. From the metro station, we went to Lotus temple by walk. As the name suggests the building is like a lotus, but not like a typical temple, where we worship the idol of GOD. The temple is maintained by Bahai religion people and people of any religion can go there and pray. Apart from the temple, it is surrounded by a beautiful garden.

    After visiting the temple, we board the metro again and got down at Central Secretariat. For the first time I was on the Rajpath, that I used to see on TV. We saw the Rastrapati Bhaban from outside the gate and went to India Gate by auto rickshaw.

    On the next day, I also visited Akshara Dham Temple in Delhi. Apart from the security huddles, the place is really wonderful. The construction of the temple is so good that, it feels like being in a palace. The temple is also on the vicinity of Delhi metro route. Hence, easily accessible to all commuters. It also has paid services, like exhibition halls, boat ride etc.

Trip to Vizag and Araku

posted Mar 2, 2014, 6:51 AM by Amiya Behera   [ updated Mar 2, 2014, 6:55 AM ]

Last month we had our annual trip and we visited Vizag and Araku Valleys. We started the trip by visiting the Simhachalam temple. We visited the Rishikonda beach and RK beach, along with Kurusura Submarine Museum and Kailash Giri hilltop. Few of us also enjoyed the rope-way ride to Kailash Giri and visited aquarium at RK beach.
We went to Araku Valley by train by seeing the valleys. The train journey through the tunnels (close to 60) was an awesome experience. Visited Padmavati / Padmapuram Garden. Had bamboo chicken and went to market for shopping. We had the bonfire with cold drinks, chicken, dance and games. Visited the Anantagiri coffee garden and bought coffee powders for home. We also visited the Katiki waterfalls and Borra caves. Visiting Katiki waterfall was close to a trekking experience. The trip was for for 3.5days and visited many places and enjoyed a lot.

Note: For detailed trip, visit Vizag Trip and for other trip images go to My Passion Tab

Keonjhar Trip

posted Jan 19, 2014, 3:33 AM by Amiya Behera

We had an one day trip to Keonjhar and near by places in last week of 2013. By the way, Keonjhar is around 100KM from my home. On our way to Keonjhar, we had to cross Ghatagaon. We got down at Ghatagaon and worshiped Maa Tarini. Before leaving for Keonjhar, we bought Ghatagaon's famous coconut laddu. On the way, we eat the laddus.
We visited two waterfalls in the outskirts of Keonjhar city, Sana Ghagara (small waterfall) and Bada Ghagara (big waterfall). Among these two, Sana ghagara attracts many people as an picnic spot and visitor's place, due to the availability of basic amenities and being located besides the NH6. It also has a children's park, rose garden, grass lawn and also has boating facilities. In the contrary, Bada ghagara is situated deep in the forest, around 1.5Kms away from the NH6. It has tourist attractions, like a bigger fall, a dam, flower garden and a Shiv Temple etc.
We spent some quality time in lap of the nature and back to Keonjhar for our launch. We also visited the local Jagannath Temple, built by the King of Keonjhar.

One day trip to Chilika Lake

posted Nov 29, 2013, 6:54 PM by Amiya Behera

Last weekend few of my colleagues and myself were at Bhubaneswar. We had one of the LDP sessions scheduled on Friday. We decided to go for a trip to Chilika Lake on Saturday. We started our journey at 7AM in the morning from the guest house in Bhubaneswar.
Due to lack of time, we decided to cover only few points in Chilika, which are close by or on the way to Kalijai Temple. We booked a boat, which took Rs. 1400/- for visiting Nalaban Bird Sanctuary and Kalijai temple.
On our way, we saw fishermen fishing, migratory birds hovering over. We had few Camera shots on the boats.We went to Nalaban Bird Sanctuary, but unfortunately we did not have the permission from forest department to enter into the water of the sanctuary. The patrol guard refused our entry and we just had a look from the outside. We also could not visit the islands inside the sanctuary.
On the way, the boat driver pointed us out at one famous island in Chilika, the Parikuda island. We saw the fishermen cooking food in their boats, which was a rare experience. On the way to Kalijai temple, we had few unexpected guests to watch. Though we were not in the area, where Irawaddy Dolphins are generally seen, we got the rare sight of 3 among them, waving on the water. We just stopped our boat to take a better look. Once they disappears from our eye, we continued our journey.
We reached the island, where Kalijai Temple is situated, around 12 O'clock. We went to the temple and visited its surroundings. We had some sweets and soft drinks there along with some group and individual picture. We spent around 45 minutes in the island and came back to the boat.
The boat almost covered 270 degree around the island from the water. By the time we reach the shore, we were madly hungry. We went the famous dhaba "Chilika Dhaba", which is famous for its quality of food. We had our lunch there and came back to Bhubaneswar.

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