Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bindu Sarovar, Bhubaneshwar

Bindu Sarovar in Bhubaneshwar is a sacred lake surrounded by various temples. The 1300 feet long and 700 feet wide large lake has a tiny island with several shrines in its middle. This lake is also known as Ocean Drop Tank.

As per legend the lake was created by Lord Shiva by pouring water from all the holy places to quench the thirst of Goddess Parvati.

This lake on one side has the famous Lingaraj Temple and while in other direction it has Ananta Vasudeva Temple. 

The lake is the venue for conducting the ritual bath of Lord Lingaraj held during the annual festival. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Gangtok, the Hill Top

Our tour of Sikkim started from its capital Gangtok. We had reached this place late in the night and we were welcomed by chilling cold. Next day morning we stated the local tour of this beautiful place that is located in the higher peaks of Eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1650 m. The name of the city when translated to local language means "Hill Top".

In the early 20th century, this place was part of trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and Indian city Kolkata. Today, it is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning. 

The places of interest that we had visited here in our short stay are:

  • Hanuman Tok 
  • Ganesh Tok 
  • Tashi View Point
  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Museum
  • Dro-dul Chorten  
  • Rumtek Monestry
  • Bakthang Waterfall 

The places of interest near by are:
  • Nathu La
  • Seven Sisters Waterfall

The place is a natural beauty with lot of greenery and wild flowers all around. One can also enjoy here the flower show. From some areas of the city magnificent Kanchanjunga peak can be viewed. The city is one of the cleanest city in India. M G Road is the popular shopping destination of the area.