Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wowsomeness from Nusa Dua in Bali will leave you awestruck

Nusa Dua, the southern most region of Bali is known for its scenic water bodies and pristine beaches. You cannot miss this little peace of heaven if you are looking for some relaxed carefree time surrounded by the beauty that would amaze you. Here is a photo blog on Nusa Dua Beach in Bali, Indonesia.

Quiet beach on a lazy afternoon

Crystal clear

The mandatory dip pic

Right at the beach, 100 meters from the Nusa Dua Beach, there lies a spot called Waterblow. The high sea waves fill into a rock cavity and blows up with full pressure like a volcano. The waves go as high as 20 meters during high tide. Tourists flock to this place to witness the force of nature. Following is a photo story from Water Blow-

Across the parking twoards water blow 

An event destination on the way to water blow
The entry to Waterblow

Local fish sometimes

Safe boundaries to watch water blow

Water creeps into the cavity

Gradual rise of water

Waves splash up slowly

Boom-The splash
Water blow- The place where it got its name from

Watching nature's fury from the boundaries

Watch the water change its color after the waves retreat

A temple near Nusa Dua beach

Temple close up

Husband in foreground and splash in background, near the temple

My cool blue shades facing the blue ocean

My "hat-wati" resting in the shade on the beach

Friday, July 13, 2018

Postcards of magnificence- Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

The towering Mehrangarh Fort

Built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, Mehrangarh fort towers at 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing beautiful thick walls. Spread over a huge expanse, the fort houses large museums on different floors with artifacts from the past. From paintings and weapons to palanquins  and queen's palace, you cannot help but marvel the astonishing pieces of History. The entry to the main complex of the fort is done through seven gates, each symbolic of victory over enemies. Here are glimpses of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort in this post:

The approach road towards Mehrangarh Fort
On the left of the main entrance is the cenotaph of the brave solider Kirat Sing Soda who died on this spot defending Mehrangarh Fort, The chhatri or memorial was made in his honour.

On left of the entrance-  chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda

Royal bygone era- The walled fort

Entertaining guests near main entrance

Jai pol or gate of victory was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1806 to celebrate his victory in a war with Jaipur and Bikaner. 
Old time charm- Jai Pol 

Traditional welcome

Symbol of sacrifice- Sati queens' handprints

These handprints are on the left of Loha Pol, which is the final gate into the main part of the fort complex. In 1843 the queens had immolated themselves on the funeral pyre of their husband, Maharaja Man Singh.

Peek a boo into the city

One of the entrance passages where several movies have been shot

Part of the fort closed for public
Jharokha for the queens

Mesmerising work of art

Horse chariot seats for king

Paalki for elephant ride

Palace for queens
The baby paalna in the palace of queens

Armours section- Spears

Yesteryear's guns

Desi Indigenous Swords

The smaller ones for close combat

Once in use, Canon on wheels 

A watchful eye on guard
The view of blue city from Mehrangarh Fort

P.S- This trip of mine to Jodhpur was in Jan 2015.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Luxury in mid sized budget: Hotel Suris Boutique, Bali

My trip to Bali has been the most memorable one till date. I loved the vibes of the place and the natural beauty which people have beautifully preserved. The best part about Bali is the currency value which is lesser than India's. India's 1 rupee equals 208.59 Indonesian Rupees. Hence holidaying in Bali is pretty cheap you see. I could have bought a holiday package including hotel, travel and sight seeing which might have been cheap too, but husband and I chose to craft the travel plan on our own. Read here how you can plan your first trip to Bali.

For both of us, a hotel stay is not of much importance. The primary need is a safe, hygienic and neat place with basic amenities and good service. Secondly we prefer a mid range or budget stay because we majorly use hotel room to rest at night. Hence spending a hefty amount on luxurious hotel or villa has never on our minds. While searching for hotels in Bali, we first zeroed down on the area, keeping in mind the distance from airport and ofcourse the budget. We chose Kuta, the southern part of Bali, not very far from the airport and is the most happening place too. After choosing and scratching several options we found Hotel Suris Boutique perfectly fitting the bill.

Location- Blambangan, on Kuta Road, Bali. (Few meters from Dharama Vihara Buddhist Temple). The hotel is barely 1km away from Kuta beach and very close to the happening Kuta market.
Package cost- 7 days and 6 nights stay with buffet breakfast costed us Rs 6967 only. (Had booked through Goibibo). Two bottles of water everyday was also a part of the package.
The hotel has a parking area too where you can park your scooter safely. (Bali is a safe place any day.)

The vibrant waiting lounge

The rooms are neat and spacious with basic furniture, comfy beds and television. Hot water kettle is available on call. Though the hotel is located by the busy Kuta road near a crowded junction, the rooms are absolutely peaceful. Infact you don't get to hear any outside noise.
Each room has a large glass door opening into the tiny balcony which gives you a view of the pool as the beautiful palm trees greet you. The morning sun kisses you through the palm leaves and breeze caresses your hair. It is an experience to cherish!
The tiny green balcony

Pool view from the balcony


You can splash into the pool any time of the day. Though its not huge, yet it is neat and well maintained, surrounded by colorful flora. We saw guests chilling by the pool side from morning through evening. (The dining area is next to the pool)
The beautiful pool

Poolside flora

The dining area and lounge


The pool in the evening

The cute kitchen area

The cool kitchen graffiti
Breakfast is served in the dining area on the ground floor. The buffet is quite a colorful one with veg as well as non veg items. My plate used to be full of fresh fruits and variety of bread/vegetables.

The staff at Suris Boutique is one of the best people I have ever met. They might not be able to speak good English, but always wear a smile on their face and are forever ready to help the guests. You ask for anything and they would try their level best to arrange it for you. Indonesian hospitality felt warm and cosy. Hotel Suris Boutique was indeed the best choice we made for our stay. We experienced luxury in mid-sized budget.
The female staff works in late night shift and said its absolutely safe. She returns home at 2 am on her scooter without being eve-teased or passed comments at.

Bali you had my heart! Thank you Suris Boutique for the amazing hospitality and making our stay so memorable.
P.s- This trip of mine was in Aug 2017

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