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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Inside Rangji Temple, Vrindavan

The holy town of Vrindavan, is home to ancient history dating centuries ago. The karamabhoomi of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan hustles with people all year, irrespective the weather. Among several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, I found a temple from the South Indian origin, the Rangji Temple. Driven by curiosity, husband and I could not stop ourselves from visiting this beautiful temple, much different from others in Vrindavan. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Rangji Temple is a beautiful concoction of the north and south Indian architecture.

Rangji Temple History- Build in 1851, this is the largest temple of Vrindavan that houses Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman, Lord Venugopala and Lord Ramanujacarya. The main priests are South Indian Brahmins. Only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, and non-Indians are given access to the first two gateways only. With the outer walls towering at a height of 773 feet and width of 440 feet, you can imagine the vastness of the space enclosed within.

Here is my photo blog on the beautiful Rangji Temple- 

One of the gateways

Priests in the main prayer hall

Smaller temple inside the premises

Gold plated pillar towering at 50 feet, this is called the Dhwaja Stambha

 A kund in the temple premises

The dwelling spaces of the priests and elderly

Walkway of the ashram

How to reach- Vrindavan has a major monkey menace. Hence exploring the place on foot is not advisable. Hire a rickshaw or shared auto to reach Rangji Temple which is close to Gandhi Chowk.

Summers- 5:30 to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 9 pm
Winters- 6-11 am, 3:30-8:30 pm

P.S: This trip of mine was in Jan 2018
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Heritage Transport Museum- The first of its kind in India

History and heritage have always been of my prime interest since childhood. Delhi gave me loads of opportunities to discover the rich heritage of Indian History through the magnificent monuments and preserved artifacts. This time it was Heritage Transport Museum where I  witnessed the grandeur of mediums of transport that has evolved across centuries. Being one of its kind and the only transport museum of India, you cannot give it a miss. Bring this on your do-do list in NCR and tick it off your bucket list like I did.

A brief history- The brainchild of Mr. Tarun Thakral, Heritage Transport Museum was opened to public in 2013 highlighting how transport changed its course in different era and how it influenced our life. You can read more about the same on its website.

The three acre space has four levels, with each housing an extra ordinary variety of transport mediums, paintings, collectibles and audio-visuals. The audio guided tour throws light on the history and usage of the displayed items. Here is a visual tour of the museum for you in brief.

The Basement has vintage cars, artifacts from roadside shops, fuel and gas station, display of transport used in Bollywood movies and more..

Fiery red beauties

Remember this from Dil To Pagal Hai?

Yesteryear's fuel station- A remake 

A rusty old van found near Ramgarh, picked in as is condition

The ground floor houses  initial history of transport, luxurious train, Horse/camel carts, carriages, tucks, buses, artwork by artists, souvenir shop, small pantry.

Wheels- From where it all started 

                   This terracotta toy, named a bird card was found during the Indus Valley Civilization. This proves that people were                                                  aware of the use of wheels and drew inspiration from the real world.

Set up of railway station from the past

Jodhpur Salon, the predecessor of Palace on Wheels

First Floor
- This houses bikes, scooters, legacy of Hero bikes, cycles, auto and interesting "jugaad" of few states.

Jugaad from Gujarat

"Jugaad" from Haryana

The second floor exhibits a small aircraft, marine transport, a library, the legacy of Maruti, Ambassador, works of artists, childhood nostalgia, toys.

Twinning with Ambassador. Well almost :)

Peek a boo

A smiley tribute to Maruti

The outer premises has traffic signals, truck bonnets and bus from the British time on display.


Timings- 10 am to 7 pm. Closed on Monday.
Entrance fees- Rs 400 adults, Rs 200 for children. Free for kid below 3 years
How to reach- While driving from Gurgaon, cross Kherki Daula toll, stay on the flyover. Take left on Torau Road. Keep moving straight. The museum will be on left.

The entire experience is enhanced by audio guide (The gadgets would be provided to you at the entrance)
Wheelchair friendly- Yes (With slope ramps and elevator)

Pantry- Grab a bite if hungry. Otherwise expensive. (No other restaurant or eating joint nearby). Advisable to carry food with you and keep in your car. 

Souvenir shop-  From stationery and books to mugs, wallets and coasters, the shop has a great variety but is too pricey. (I did not find it worth)

This is great place for history enthusiasts, car and bike lovers, artists, photographers, kids, elders Basically for all age group. No body would be disappointed here. The 400 INR that you spend here are totally worth it.

P.S: My visit to the museum was in September 2018.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Adventure and beauty- Uluwatu Beach,Bali

Merely 2 km from Uluwatu Temple, the gorgeous Uluwatu Beach is a great place for beach bums and surfers. The lime stone rocks amid the mountains make the beach looks like a postcard picture. The gorgeous and exotic location offers a perfect setting for restaurants with a view.

Pro surfers at Uluwatu beach

The road from the temple to the beach spot is smooth and beautiful. You might lose your GPS signal on the way since the road runs through wilderness. Hence do not shy away asking for directions from locals or shopkeepers.

You can park your two wheeler near the shacks where they charge you 3000 IDR as
"parking fee".  5000 IDR is the fee for car park.

Dont worry about helmet or unlocked items on bike. No body steals in Bali. (Of course you wont leave your camera and wallet behind). From the "parking" walk abuot 50 meters to reach a flight of steep stairs. Descending is easy but ascending becomes a humongous task. You might find monkeys lazing around the stairs and most of the times they do not bother tourists. Stay calm and quiet while passing by them. Not making an eye contact with them might help averse attack.

After descending the first flight of stairs, you'd cross a crowded market place selling food and renting beach essentials. Cross the market to reach another staircase that stands atop the beach. The sight of the beach is absolutely thrilling.

My thrill doubled on spotting two dogs. A lazy, hairy, no-so-friendly dog on the stairs and one super friendly, adventure loving, black dog on the beach. The latter loved splashing in the water. Needless to say I befriended the canine immediately.

He is a skilled surfer

The not so friendly Hachiko

The beach place resembles a place from a fairy tale book where the ocean waves lash through two huge rocks. Its too picturesque for words.


It's advisable to keep your belongings on the rocks at a height, safe from water. The waves gush through the mountains and rise as high as five feet. I had almost lost my bag and shoes in one such wave. Thanks to the gentleman on the beach who leaped into the water to retrieve my things. Even the not-so-friendly dog got annoyed when he got wet. haha Locals warn of high tide in evenings. Better leave the place before evening when the shore is submerged in water. 

Before the wave lashed the shore, husband and I soaked in the beauty. He even took the risk of wading to rock in the center. The enormous sea made him speechless. You can cross the beach stretch beneath the staircase and walk further for surfing or other water sports. 

That rock in the center gets submerged in water during high tides.

The beautiful sea shells that dot the beach

You can go beach hopping on several other beaches around Uluwatu. Each beach promises breathtaking views, adventure and pleasant ambiance. Padang Padang, Suluban and Dreamland Beach are to name a few. 

P.S. This trip of mine to Bali was in Aug 2017. 

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