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Ruins of Nalanda blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   09 November 2019  

I always feel proud that I born in India. A country that had accepted all kind of learnings which can enahce the spiritual growth. Buddhism is the perfect example of it and the energies that still surround me from Bodhgaya took me to yet another site before I come back to home. And the place was Nalanda.

Nalanda University was one of the most perstigious university in ancient world and when I say ancient here, it means I am taking you to some 2500 years back in past where it said Lord buddha also given his sermons and Mahavir spent 14 monsoon season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Places to see in Bodhgaya Blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   07 November 2019  
There are three important sites in Bodhgaya other than Mahabodhi temple and all these 3 sites are very important which made siddharth Gautam into Lord Buddha.
 
And for that we crossed Nirajana river bridge where all these 3 sites located. Before enlightenment Gautam and his 5 disciples came to Uruvela (now known as Bodhgaya) where he thought that by doing austerities he would attain the wisdom. For 6 years he practised fasting and meditation that no other did. But what remain with him was body with bones, there was almost no flesh remain on it. After rising from his meditation he found that this was not the way.The tree under which he meditated for 6 years is the still the same and aged more than 2500 years. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mahabodhi temple Blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   03 November 2019  
BODHGAYA - the palce in state Bihar of india where Siddharth Gautam got enlightened, the place where if you come with open heart, you gona kissed by waves of energies, the place where I can come 1000 more times.
 
My trip was not yet over even after Sarnath. So I decided to turn my car back towards my favourite place "BODHGAYA" and for this trip Gaurav also joined me. I was going to Bodhgaya after 2 and half years. I was really feeling like a boy who is coming home in his holidays from far away hostel.
 
It was night time when we reached bodhgaya and to my surprise, it was so much crowded and everywhere a checkpost is made. Cars now can't go near to temple area. But we requested to the police officer and he let us in with a condition that we will not use car once parked at our hotel. I booked the same hotel just like previous one. Jyoti Guest house and I was happy that they remembered me by the same car :D ... and given their best room for us. It is kind of budget hotel and is very near to main temple complex. Say just 100 meters from temple.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Places to see in Sarnath Blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   30 October 2019  
Sarnath is yet another spiritual place which comes in district Varanasi. It is said that after spending 7 weeks at Bodhgaya, where Siddharth gautam enlightened and know to the world as Gautam buddha, came here and given his first sermon to his 5 discibles and the sermons were the 4 noble truths.
 
1. There is suffering
2. Suffering has a cause
3. the cause is removable
4. There are ways to remove the cause
 
and to remove the cause Buddha prescribed 8 fold path
Right speech, right action, right livelohood, right effort, right mindfullness, right concentration, right attitude and right view.
 
Well I am not dwelling more into it so let me take you back to Sarnath history.
 
It also became the place where Buddhist Sangha was originated. Today, thi place is visited by people all over the world who believe in Buddha and his teachings.
 
I reached here early in morning and would like to suggest you all to do the same. And I joined the group of monks who came from thailand. Along with them I too visited the first site here which is now the archeological ruins and according to history this was the same site where Buddhism florished and had 30 monasteries with some 3000 monks some 1500 years ago. Later this was destroyed by turks.
 
Let me also tell you that Sarnath has been also known as Mrigadava, mridaya, Rishipattan and Isipattan through out the history. Mrigadava means "the deer park" which was built by the king before buddha arrived. He called it so animals can roam freely here. Isipattan is the name used in pali which means the place where holy men landed.
 
In these ruins you will see Ashoka pillar which was broken during turk invasion but the base still stands at the original location. Rest of its part the lion capital can be seen in Sarnath Archeological museum which I will take you as this blog continues.
 
Dharamrajika stupa you will notice as soon as you enter the ruins. It was made to enshrine the remains of Lord Buddha when he left the body.
 
The site mulagandha kuti vihar represented ancienty culture and tradtions of Buddhism. Today its all ruins.
 
The grand impressive structure Dhamek stupa which is 128 feet high and 93 feet in diameter. The site belived where Buddha given his first sermon.
 
I was following the monks and they sat near Dhamek stupa and they keep on praying which I hardly understood but the environment was peaceful to mind and body which made me to keep on with them till they left the ruins.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bharatpur bird Sanctuary Blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   21 October 2019  

A sudden plan is always a wonderful plan & in December it happens like this. Fog was starting in Agra and nearby area and We all friends wanted to go somewhere. Knowing nothing where to go,  a suggestion came up - let's go to Bharatpur bird sanctuary. When I purchased the camera, I used to go their almost twice in a month. And to go this location was more like reviving some memories - the memories of my Photographers club of Agra, which was born in 2011.

Bharatpur bird sanctuary is located in bharatpur, Rajasthan and one can easily trace this place as it on the way of national highway Agra to Jaipur. It is a UNESCO recognised world heritage. It is also now known as Keoladeo national park as their is Keoladeo Shiva temple inside the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RamNagar fort and Silk saree of Varanasi blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   16 October 2019  

Ramnagar fort was my last spot to see in Varanasi and my first observation that though the fort is big but not at all in good condition and I don't know why. It was built by kashi Naresh, the then king of Varanasi Raja balwant singh in year 1750.

Photography is not allowed inside the musuem of fort which indeed have some good collection. The fort is at the scenic location of the eastern bank of River gange and was built in creamy colored chunar sandstane in typical Mughal style architechure. The most important pasrt of this fort is Guru Ved Vyas temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ved Vyas. Ved Vyas was the author of the greated epic in world known as Mahabharat. His one of the most respected Guru in Hindu tradtion. And according to priest whom I met their, told me that by visiting here, the journey of Varanasi completes.

 

 



 

 

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Ghats of Varanasi blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   14 October 2019  
Varanasi - A prominent city of hindus. The city of Lord Rudra as they say. The oldest inhibetent city in the world. The city that claims if you die here, one can come out of from cycle of birth of death, from endless chain of Karma.
 
Varanasi had claimed the title of "Subahe banaras" means mornings in Varanasi, where at this time one an witness 1000s of activities, that can make you speechless and wonder many time.

At Dashashawamedha ghat, morning starts with Ganga aarti done by one priest and loads of action get start as soon Sun says "Goodmorning" to all. 
 
People start taking bath in scared rivere Maa Gange, people who took path to know themselves dwell in morning prayers and meditation & people like me start enjoying shooting people (ofcourse by camera :P)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ganga Aarti blog of Varanasi by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   09 October 2019  
If you are in Varanasi, then one of the great event that happen daily here is Ganga Aarti.
 
My friend and younger brother Shubham & Shayam suggested me to go to Assi Ghat to see the Ganga Aarti in morning and in evening must see the same at Dashashwamedha ghat and yes it was indeed a wonderful suggestion.
 
Ganga aarti is performed by group of priests and through this ritual along with all the people who gathered around give their respect to Lord Shiva, Goddess Ganga, to Sun god, to fire and to whole universe. 
 
Morning aarti happen before sunrise and duration is almost for 45 minutes.

 
 
 


 
 
 


 
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Famous temples of Varanasi blog by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   05 October 2019  

Varanasi - A city where I can go thousand more times. This I said in 2016 when I first came here. It took me 3 years though to come once again here, but the experience was frankly amplified 10 times more. As this time I planned for at least 5 days.

This time I thought to see the city nook and corners and since Varanasi is famous for its temples, so I thought, Let's start with few famous temples.
 
The best way to see Varanasi is either by Rikshaw or by 2 wheeler. I felt Ola bike is the best option. The city is changed so much. Everywhere I went I saw some development. Roads are without any ditches, Walls are beautifully painted with freedom fighters portraits and Gods which are worshipped. Truely, it given some extra-ordernary feel. However, one this is still not changed and that is traffic and pollution.
 
My first stop was BHARAT MATA TEMPLE. As we Indians call our land as Goddess, mother. This time share the space with Lalit kala acadmy which basically serves as an entertainment venue often hosting significance arts events, exhibition. A great place to meet artists and intellectuals. Fortunatelly there was such art event going on when I reached there. Students from various part of country were exhibiting their art in numerous forms, one of which was Rangoli.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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4 best places to see in Andaman Nicobar islands by A Mango Traveler

Posted Date :   02 October 2019  
1.) How to reach Andaman islands 
Flights are the best options. You can also go by Cruise if you have ample of time, information for cruise also available on internet.
 
2.) Best time to Visit
Avoide rainy season, like in between May to August. Rest is all good time to visit here.
 
3.) Places to see in Andaman islands
 
a) Baratang island
 
* Limestone caves
* mud volcano
* enjoy the scenic beauty of Jharawa forest and Mangrove forest which comes in the journey
 
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b) Port blair
 
* Cellular jail
* Corbyn's beach
* North bay (for water sports activities - try sea walking here)
* Ross island
* Chirdiya tapu

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c) Havelock island
 
* Radhanagar beach
* Kala pathar beach
* Vijay nagar beach
* Scuba diving
* Rent a scootie or bycycle and enjoy this small island
 
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d) Neil island
 
* Natural bridge beach
* Laxmanpur beach 1
* Bharatpur beach (for water sports activities)
* Its a very small island - just relax here
 
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