Somewhere near Tabo (28th Feb, 2018)
20th in the series (Repeat post)
Finally a Frozen Lake or was it a Puddle?
The disappointment of not being able to see frozen Nako lake was compensated a little after I came across this large frozen puddle on the banks of Spiti river. Admittedly it wasn't a proper lake, but you start finding joy in smaller things of life during trips like the one I was on. Spiti river has shrunk to a small stream owing to the lack of water because of winters, and thus a number of such puddles of water had formed on its banks.
Also, this shot is of the route I had already covered, the peaks I had left behind while riding towards Kaza.
Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari.
A popular tourist attraction , built in the year 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda, a famous philospher and principle disciple of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
The idea of construction of a memorial on this rock in Laccadive sea where it is believed that swamiji attained enlightenment started in the year 1962 marking his birth centenary. Religious differences coupled with dirty politics made this rock a prohibited area and with great efforts from Eknath Ranade, a social activist and his committee, the monument exists as we see and know today.
The memorial consists of two main structures - the main Shripada mandapam and Vivekananda Mandapam. Goddess Kanyakumari is said to have performed austere penance on this rock and therefore the name Shripada. Prior to his Chicago trip, Swami Vivekananda too meditated here to receive the goddess's blessings.
The padaparai (parai means rock) is a brownish rock projection that looks quite like a human footprint , believed to be marked by goddess's holy feet.
A ferry jetty at the mainland plies boats that carries tourists to and from the rock memorial.
There are meditation halls in the memorial but for most tourists like me, I am sure the seas around, the sound of waves lashing against rocks and the winds rolling in provide much peace.
Time flies fast when you are doing the things you love doesn't it?😍🙈 The time in Jaipur has almost come to an end… but I will be back for sure!
For the travellers that are unsure about traveling to India and would like to get some inspiration on which cities to look into I would recommend Jaipur as a starting point of your travels! This city filled with forts and marvellous architecture is not as crazy and chaotic as other cities in India and is a great way to slowly ease yourself into Indian culture, history and lifestyle. If you need any help with planning your trip or you have some questions —> DM me 😉
Short list with some of the things to check out:
- Amber Fort
- Nahargarh Fort
- City Palace
- Jaigarh Fort
- Hawa Mahal
- Jal Mahal
- Birla Temple
- Jawahar Circle (Gardens)
- Pink City Bazaars