The Untold Story of MP: Bhanpura, Chaturbhuj Nala and Hinglajgarh

Its fascinating to read this article. I visited only Chaturbhuj Nala rock painting, Gandhisagar dam and sanctuary. I am looking forward to visit other places described here. This blog is excellent piece of work. Thanks.

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This post is about the tiny town of Bhanpura located in a forgotten corner of Madhya Pradesh. This post is a celebration of how small places like Bhanpura, a name you might never have come across, can hold such a wealth of history and natural beauty, yet be so far removed from public vision. But then places like these come as a blessing for travellers like us, who can go to great lengths for that ‘two streets over’ feel. Although the history of Bhanpura and its immediate surroundings go back thousands of years (as we shall soon see) it rose to prominence only in the 19th century, when it was ruled by the Maratha king, Yashwant Rao Holkar (1776-1811). In this post we will look at various facets of Bhanpura and its surrounding areas, including the Gandhi Sagar Dam and sanctuary, numerous shelters with prehistoric cave paintings, inaccessible forts and…

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Bhimakali Temple (Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh)

Bhimakali Temple (Sarahan)

Sarahan is a beautiful town in the located in foothill of the Himalaya in the state of Himachal Pradesh of India. This place is famous for the Bhimakali Temple of Hindu Goddess Bhima Kali. It is one of the Shakti Peeath. There are 51 Shakti Peeaths in Indian Hindu Mythology. We travelled from Chandigarh to Sarahan via Rampur. This is an excellent place, free of pollution and crowed. It is approximately 1 hour journey form Rampur in hilly road. Scenic beauty along the road to this place is very good; full of apple tree in both the side of the road. We visited in the month of July. Weather was excellent at that time.

The Bhimakali Temple is absolute work of art in pine wood and stone. Even if you are not believer of religion the curving of the temple is worth seeing at least once. Many people visit this place from all over India. This temple remains closed during winter (Dec-Jan) for the snowfall in this region. There is Himachal Tourism Hotel available, which can be booked online or by telephone. Nearest town is Rampur where many budget hotels available.

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One day in Bangkok

My Bangkok visit diary

This is the second time I was visiting Bangkok but this time outside the Subarnabhumi airport. First time I only touched Bangkok while travelling to Khon Kaon. This place is half an hour by flight from Bangkok. I had some official work at Bangkok on 12th Nov 2014 and I had return flight to Delhi next day at 8:00 pm. I had complete one day to spare in Bangkok.
I traveled Bangkok in Thai Airlines from Delhi. Room was booked in hotel Beyond Suite Hotel (http://www.beyondsuitebangkok.com/). It was approximately 50 km from airport. It was excellent hotel; room(s) was huge with seating area with large sofa and kitchen. This suit has two bathrooms!
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The restaurant of the hotel was also very good. I loved Thai food, it’s awesome with beer!! If you are a non-vegetarian then you will have absolutely no problem in Thailand and you too will fall in love of Thai food. Thank God I’m not vegetarian.
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I took taxi from airport to hotel. The driver knows few English words. The car charged me 600 Thai Bath it include 75 Thai Bath as toll charge for expressway. All the taxi run in meter but this taxi did not (I did not know this initially). I realised while I was returning to the airport from very same hotel and taxi meter displayed only 290 Thai Bath(TB) (excluding toll tax). Taxis are very cheap if I compare with quality and service of Indian taxi. Roads are excellent but traffic condition is very similar to Delhi or any other metro city in India. I experienced pick hr Delhi traffic condition at 6:30 in morning there. Driving style is also very similar to Indian drivers!!
On 13th morning I started around 10:30 am from my hotel in a taxi (80 TB) to The Great Palace. It was lovely sunny day and very hot even in Nov. The entry ticket to the palace, the royal monastery of the Emerald Buddha and museum 500 BT which in my opinion is little expensive. Thailand is primarily a Buddhist country and culturally more close to India among Asian countries.
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There are few thing which you must not forget while travelling to Thailand; these are a good camera, a sunglasses and a bottle of water. Unfortunately I forgot first two of them. The Nov sun was so strong it almost made me blind!! I think it’s absolutely not recommended to travel Thailand during summer.
It took two and half hrs to see the Great Palace and Emerald Buddha. The museum was little far the ticket was valid for 7 days so that it can be visited later if not same day. Inside the palace promises there is a shop where you can find water, food, ice cream and most importantly BEER (‘Singha’ is I think most famous local beer brand).
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Next I visited to Wat Pho (the Reclining Buddha). The entry ticket is 100 BT. Wat Pho is 10 to 15 min walking distance from the palace. At the exit of the palace you will find few people who will guide you to ‘tuk tuk’ (basically a auto in India). Like in many tourists places in India they too have tie-up with local shopping centres on commission basis. However, these tuk-tuk drivers are honest (unlike Indian drivers) and will tell you which places they will take you on the way. It’s a nice option to for local siteseeing.
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Thailand in general not so expensive compare to many travel destination in India. Indians are allowed to have visa on arrival and charges for visa is only 1000 BT. If you do not want to stand in long queue then you have to pay 200 BT extra. In my opinion cost for one week honeymoon in Kerala or Goa would be expensive than one week in Pataya and Bangkok. That is the reason you will find many newly married Indian couple with ‘shadhiwali mehendi’ and ‘chuda’ moving around in Bangkok.
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Weekend getaway at Pushkar & Ajmer

We started our travel from Delhi to Ajmer on Friday night at 10:30 by train (19032) and reached Ajmer Jn next morning at 6:30. It was comfortable journey during end of February 2015. We hired car from station to RTDC hotel #Sarovar which I have booked in one month advance.  This #RTDC hotel is just adjacent to the #Pushkar Lake. The view of Lake from hotel’s roof was excellent. 

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Ajmer Jn. Station in early morning.

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Hotel Sarovar

Rooms were good. View was excellent.  Tariff was little higher (Rs 1900+tax) which includes breakfast.  Literally this hotel do not have restaurant and breakfast was pathetic.  We had two options only puri-sabji (worst I have ever had) and brade-cornflakes-milk. There was no arrangement of any food option if you are travelling with your kids.  I had to take my son to nearby restaurant for breakfast.

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Restaurant by the lake Puskar with free WiFi. (where my son had breakfast)

I must say lawn of the hotel is very good.  Nice place to play with your kid.  Lot of peacocks around. It was a nice treat to our eyes. This RTDC hotel has a swimming pool though non operational.

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At around 11 in the morning after the bath and breakfast we go for Pushkar Lake by walk through Parikrama Marg around the lake.  It was not the peak season, so roads and  ghats were not so crowded. 

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Next day, i.e. Sunday,  we had train at 3:45pm (Ajmer Shatabdi).  We decided to go for shopping in the market at Puskar (good camel lather stuff). After the shipping we checked out from hotel and hired a car for our visit to Ajmer Sarif and then drop to railway station for Rs.  500.

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Ajmer Sarif is around 30 min by car from our hotel. We visited Ajmer Sarif in about 2 hrs and then go for lunch.  The driver took us to a restaurant which was pathetic.  Never trust these taxi drivers. Either believe in your instinct or Google little bit.
We reached New Delhi around 11 pm.  Reached home around 12. Shatabdi give you tiffin and dinner so we did not had to bother about dinner.  Next morning I was ready for office. It was excellent gateway from busy life in Delhi.  Expenses was not much around Rs 8000 for two person (excluding our shopping expenses 😉 ).

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