Varanasi or Banaras the name itself has so much rass (juice) to it.
A mixture of culture, tradition and value. This city has it’s own glory, old charm with modernity. Has something special for all.
Mostly known for it’s jyotirlinga Kashi Vishwanath. Call whichever name the vibe remains the same.
Name’s do have meaning…right!! So let’s explore a bit more.
One of the puranas do mention the origin of this name, which comes from river Varana and Assi, together called Varanasi.
Many say that this name means rass (juice) this means juice of life that can be in any form food, spirituality or moksha. But this name just a corruption of Varanasi.
Kashi comes from the name Kasha, which means brightness. This is the original ground created by Lord Shiv and Mata Parvati.
Varanasi is known for many things one of my favourite is food….Chaat originated from here. Food served here is a legacy in itself.
Chaats, Bun maska, chuda-matar, Malaiyo, Lassi and the famous Maghai paan.
Coming to the food section, what stuns me is the price of the food served, it’s cheap no doubt but cheap doesn’t mean bad quality at all. Believe me my whole stay here I just binged on these yum chaat, yet they weren’t spicy or any kind of upset stomach.
The whole concept of chaat has changed in rest of India with more n more of cheese being added, but if you go for the authentic recipe there were neither sev nor cheese, yet it tasted so yum. The original chaat was served without any sev , even onion. You still get grated radish on the chaat. This tastes so good….
Would suggest if you are the one reading this right now……Do take a trip to Varanasi once in a lifetime, to just take a stroll on the ghat or walk down the old lanes of Varanasi, one will definitely find the meaning of this life.
This is the most popular ghat among tourists, one can see them throng the place for Ganga aarti. The most happening ghat I would say is this.
This market is famous for mainly direct access to Dashaswamedh ghat. All the saree , bamboo baskets and street food is available here. From Godowlia market you can straight away land on one of the famous ghat for boating and aarti.
Main attraction here is Ganga aarti and the boat ride. Which you can enjoy every bit. If you go to the ghat in the morning for ride they might charge you double, if better you take a trip in evening. Avoid Mondays as it’s too crowded and rates are too high. You can bargain though.
How do you reach Varanasi?
Connectivity to this city is very good by road and railways both.
Kashivishwanath is one of the 12 jyotirlinga and the oldest city. This temple is just 3 kms away from Varanasi Jn. You can book your trip through an app or just rech the station and the rickshaw wala will guide you, that’s what we did.
Handbags and mobile phones have to be kept in the locker. Take the Darshan of Maa Annapurna, they offer raw rice as Prasad take it and keep in your kitchen for Goodluck and abundance.
After visiting Kashivishwanath temple, do visit the kalbairav temple. Which is nearby.
This is situated in the huge campus of BHU. A very relaxing and lovely place to visit.
You visit Varanasi throughout the year, but my personal opinion is the month of Feb is excellent as neither it’s too hot nor too cold. A pleasant weather for a divine visit.
A lot of place to explore….nearby aswell
Gorewada walk Trail / Biopark
Nagpur is a place surrounded by nature and lakes. Yes being in Vidharbh yet this place doesn’t go scarce of water. Lush greenery around makes this city nature’s paradise. Initially when I shifted to Nagpur I did not like this place 😁 but after going around this city… I am in love with Nagpur. Clean city and green city.
Nearest place for any nature lover would be Gorewada lake, which has an awesome walking track along. One can walk with the lake just by side. Lush greenery and beautiful birds around.
You can even spot photographers here who are there to capture the lovely birds.
Best time to go is early morning around 6 am that’s the perfect weather, you can feel the chill in the wind and enjoy the beautiful sunrise also. Dews dropping from the leaves, chirping of birds, so peaceful and pleasant. Far away from the concrete jungle where we all are struggling with our happiness or sorrow.
This place is heaven for morning walkers, one doesn’t need any company to go here if you want it’s a place for perfect me time, with many morning walkers and joggers around. Safe place to be. People enjoy doing yoga and some stretching here.
Gorewada walking trail is an 8 km stretch, but has been limited to 2.5 km only as cheetahs have been spotted in the interior. Walk till 2.5 km is lovely with lake by one side but further the walking track gets dense with trees and bushes, so not recommendable to go ahead. Still people break the baraket and go ahead. Safety is in your hands.
Best season to explore Gorewada walk trail is I would say winters as you can spot many migratory birds this time. This place can’t be explained in words just go and explore it. We had fun with our kids here for morning walk. If you think of coming after 8 am the sun will be harsh and gets too crowded as well.
- Open from 6 am to 5.30 pm
- Entry ticket is 30 Rs per person
- Monthly pass is for 50rs
- You can park your vehicle inside the gate with specific charges or else there’s ample space outside the gate currently to park your vehicle.
- Do not carry plastics and litter the place. Please it’s a request 🙏
- Built in 1912 with a dam 2350 feet long.
- This place is near Old katol road signal or Gorewada ring road.
- Supplies fresh water to the city.
Deekshabhoomi is situated in Nagpur(Maharashtra) It is considered the pilgrimage center of Buddism in Indian.
Dr Ambedhkar converted to Buddism with 600,000 followers on Ashok Vijaya Dashmi 14 october 1956.
Deekshabhoomi is a scared monument of Navayana Buddism,where Ambedhkar converted to Buddism.
The architecture is done by Sheo Dan Mal.
Millions of pilgrims visit Deekshabhoomi every year,especially on Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Din(Mass conversion ceremony day)
Deeksha means ‘act of ordaining’ and bhoomi means ground.
Why he selected Nagpur?
Nagpur was homeland to’nag’ people who embraced Buddism,supported it with great efforts in early period and propagated it throughout India.
Deekshabhoomi is spread over four acres of land in the city.
Stupa was inaugrated by President K.R. Narayan on 18 december 2001.
Stupa is completely hallow inside,it is the largest hallow Buddist stupa in the world.
At the center of the hall an image of Buddha is placed.
The image was donated to Deekshabhoomi by Thai students studying at Nagpur university.
It is one of the main center of tourism in India.
If you are ever visiting Nagpur do visit this historical place.
Dr Ambedhkar is also father of Indian constitution.
Shegaon is at a distance of 298km from Nagpur by road it takes 5 to 6 hours in reaching there by your own car ,this place has largest temple trust in vidharbh called as Santh Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan.Gajanan Maharaj was a saint who was seen here,his date of birth is unknown.He only had three paths for people to follow ie KARMA,YOGA and BHAKTI to reach god.People have witnessed many miracles from him,Freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak had met Gajanan Maharaj before delivering his powerful speech and Maharaj had said that he would be punished by the Britishers for this speech,which did happen.
Shri Santh Gajanan Maharaj temple had started building in the presence of Gajanan Maharaj as he knew the time of his samadhi
8th september 1910 was the date of Gajanan Maharaj’s samadhi .
This temple is so neat and clean I was amazed by the effort of the sevaks here and their dedication towards cleanliness.One should really visit this place for worship .
Shree Adumbar tree is where Gajanan Maharaj use to sit and meditate.
Distance from Shegaon station to the temple is merely 10 minutes,there are sufficient auto and buses on daily basis for the temple,Thursday been the main day of Gajanan Maharaj’s it is really crowded,so plan your trip before.
Rooms are available at the temple and near by also
We stayed at Anand Vihar a highly recommended place by me and many,clean, safe and peaceful,they have their canteen where you can have your breakfast,lunch and dinner at a very low price,but quality maintained.
There’s this huge park called Anandsagar where kids can enjoy their rides,you have toy trains and lots of rides,surrounded by greenery and lovely statues.
Swami Vivekanand Dhyan kendra is a place to meditate n pray
With this lovely artificial pond this place becomes more smoothing for the eye
Just next to the station you will find a very tasty kachoriwala selling quite a variety of kachoris,Shegaon is famous for its kachoris spicy and yummy,Though the whole area is filled with kachoriwala but I would recommend the approved one
Do visit this place for either for divine reason or to just munch on these kachoris
Maa Vaishno Devi
This is the main entrance to Maa Vaishno Devi
Ok!!!let me tell you that this trip was completely unplanned,we were suppose to visit Maa Vaishno devi shrine only but…the trip just got extended to Patnitop and sanasar lake
We reached Katra by car from Jammu Tawi and got settled in the hotel recommended by the cab driver,which I think is good option as they are the ones who know well about the place.I don’t like travelling with hotel packages every where,some places or I would say any place you travel , unless you don’t travel by local transport and search the area there’s no fun.Ok, now when we have settled in the hotel room at midnight,we planned to reach Maa Vaishno Devi temple early morning without thinking of taking any rest.it took 12 hours for us to reach the hilltop and come down,completely exhausted and tired one day went in complete rest in the hotel,next day our trip to patnitop began with those beautiful landscape ,hills trees and the ghats.Keep yourself completely cutoff from rest of the world.Spend time with yourself and family admire the natural beauty
Serenity and hills , it just took my breath, after travelling long hours into these lovely woods I was lost in it..would definitely visit again with bigger plan.
Sanasar lake view
Maa Vaishno Devi
Travelling for the first time..no worries, here’s my experience..hope it helps you
- If travelling with senior citizens then I would say book the helicopter in advance it’s not possible for aged people to walk that long
- Once you have reached katra book your hotel get fresh take your wallet and Yatra parchi (travel receipt) this you can get through Vaishno Devi shrine board
- If you are booking online then your parchi will be valid for 24 hours
- If you book it on the counter ,then it’s valid for only 5 to 6 hours only
- Travel very light as water, food and shelter is available on the way
- I would recommend travelling by the horse or khachar
- If you can walk the whole path ..well good enough go ahead
- Have lovely Darshan
- Jai Maa Vaishno Devi
- We were staying at Hotel Shree Hari Niwas…highly recommended, with good staff, lovely rooms and the food was too good plus pocket friendly
Hotel Shree Hari Niwas
Lunch scene were like this with lovely flavours of each dish could be tasted
Patnitop is a hill station in Udhampur district at Jammu
A beautiful place with all calmness and peace with small huts, which can be rented by .
We were told about the Apple garden, which does not exist there its a private property not for sightseeing
You can buy clothes and shawl available there if you feel like
There are vendors selling kesar (saffron) which is complete fake one, as I did buy them soon to realise I was fooled😃
We did a 2 hour stoppage at patnitop and straight away headed to sanasar lake
We had travelled in the month of May …it was still cold there, you feel the chill once you have reached there later it’s all gone
Snow can be enjoyed in winter at patnitop
Sanasar lake is a water body between the hills ,after driving upwards from patnitop, one has to come down in between the hills lies this beautiful lake,seeing the beauty of the lake I was amazed..Mother nature is just amazing I would have never imagined this lake being here in between those narrow lanes , rocks and kids selling flowers
Here you’ll find kids selling wheat dough to feed the fish .do buy them.Adventure games can also be enjoyed in this place
This lake is filled with fish, overall a relaxing place
We were in mid May month here , Yet we could see the beauty, so if you are travelling in winter that could be more fun.
Please, don’t litter the place.keep all the wrappers and paper with yourself or reach to the nearby dustbin.