Shravanabelagola – Home of the World’s Tallest Standing Monolithic Statue

Shravanabelagola – Home of the World’s Tallest Standing Monolithic Statue

Sat on top of a hill, overlooking the small town of Shravanabelagola, you’ll find a gigantic statue of Bahubali, which is widely considered as one of the “7 wonders of India” and a must-see site for any temple lovers out there.

Discover Shravanabelagola on Voyager

Ths post comes from Voyager, a wonderful travel blog from Sandy and Vyjay, it is pack with information including the history, fun facts and everything you need to know about how to get there. This is what Sandy has to say about The Shravanabelagola;

Statue of Bahubali at Shravanabelgola

“Karnataka is a state in India which is a mosaic embellished with many-hued gems. One of these gems is Shravanabelagola. Shravanabelagola has the World’s Largest Monolithic Statue – a statue of Bahubali also known as Gommateshwara. It is the tallest free-standing statues in the world. Shravanabelagola is a very important place of Pilgrimage for the Jains who are followers of Jainism, an ancient religion of India. Once in every twelve years, the place sees millions of pilgrims and tourists descend on it to witness the Mahamastabhisheka.”

So if you would like to learn more about this spiritual area in India, read about the World’s Tallest Standing Monolithic Statue on Voyager.

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The Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border

The Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border

It goes without saying that one of the best parts of travel is the unusual traditions and ceremonies you encounter on your path. This post from Prasad, on his blog desitraveller, highlights one of those such ceremonies.

A show of pomp and bravado

“Somewhere between Amritsar in India and Lahore in Pakistan is Wagah Border between the two neighbouring countries.

Every day thousands of visitors watch the joint flag lowering ceremony on the Wagah Border. While the stadium on the Indian side is filled to capacity, very few people come to the Pakistani side.

Pakistani Rangers at Joint Check Post Wagah Border

Each side tries to outdo each other in a march, showcasing who can snap heels harder on the ground, while visitors shout patriotic slogans to cheer up the soldiers and photographers try to catch the fast-moving action.

If you are in Amritsar India or Lahore Pakistan I suggest you make this trip to Wagah to watch a flag lowering ceremony that has no parallel anywhere.”

I highly recommend this post, it goes above and beyond just telling you how to get there and why you should go. It explores the history of the ceremony and even John Lennon’s involvement. It will be one of the top blog posts you read today.

BSF and Pakistani soldiers at the flag lowering ceremony

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The Mystery of the Whispering Gallery of Gol Gumbaz

The Mystery of the Whispering Gallery of Gol Gumbaz

Have you come across the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, India on your travels? I hadn’t, but if you are close to the region, it seems like a fun place to visit and I highly recommend checking out this post from Sandy, on his blog Voyager.

Visiting the Gol Gumbaz

As always with Sandy’s posts, it’s written so well and tells the story of his visit with plenty of helpful tips. It is also complemented with some wonderful pictures and video the captures the haunting sounds.

“Did you know that Gol Gumbaz, a mausoleum in Bijapur, India is the second largest dome in the world after the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican? Also, any sounds made inside the “Whispering Gallery” echoes back 7 -10 times! Another remarkable feature of the dome is that it stands proudly without the support of pillars!”

Discover more about The Mystery of the Gol Gubaz on Sandy’s blog.

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25 Must See Places in Delhi With Family

25 Must See Places in Delhi With Family

Delhi can easily be considered an overwhelming place for travellers. So much to see and do, so busy, so many people! Luckily this post from Sandy, on his blog Voyager, breaks it down for you.

What to do when visiting Delhi

“A city that has been continuously inhabited from the 6th century, a vibrant and pulsating culture, a place where history rubs shoulders with science and technology. A city that is the power center of India.

A city that carries within it the ethos of 7 cities spanning the passage of time, a city that is indeed the heart and soul of India. That for you is Delhi. Delhi is a veritable treasure trove of sights and experiences and is indeed a feast for the five senses. Here is a list of 25 must-see places in Delhi with Family.”

Visiting the Lotus Building in Delhi

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Madurai – The Athens of the East

Madurai – The Athens of the East

Have you heard of The Athens of the East? I hadn’t, that name alone caught my attention and dragged me into this post, I had to learn more.

Voyager’s complete guide to visiting Madurai

This post from Voyager, a travel blog run by couple Sandy and Vyjay, acts as a great introduction to this city. It is packed information, including lots about the history of the city and its main point of interest, the Meenakshi Temple.

The post also suggests other places to see during your visit, such as the Gandhi Museum and Alagar Koyili as well as suggestions for where to stay and what to eat during your visit to Madurai.

 

Visiting the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai

Here’s what Sandy has to say about his post: “Madurai, which is also known as the Athens of the East, is a vibrant city with a history dating back 2500 years. A perpetual colourful cultural extravaganza where the fragrance of the Jasmine flowers mingles with the aroma of coffee. Divinity brushes shoulders with food and devotion surges ahead with art and architecture. Madurai is indeed a fascinating place, get immersed in the enigmatic city, check out our guide to Madurai, now live on our site.”

What are you waiting for? Discover just why Madurai is known as The Athens of The East . . . The complete travel guide to Madurai.

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Hiking the Dudhsagar Falls – A Hidden Gem of Goa

Hiking the Dudhsagar Falls – A Hidden Gem of Goa

Dudhsagar Falls, in Goa, look stunning. When I first saw a picture of them with that train passing underneath, looking like it could be swept away at any moment, I knew I needed to know more. Well luckily I found just the post.

Hiking to the Dudhsagar Falls

This guide is written by Sandy, for his blog Voyager. It tells of his visit to the falls including how to get there, what to expect from the hike to the falls, where you can swim and the cute tale behind how the Dudhsagar Falls got its name. Here’s Sandy:

“Dudhsagar Falls, Goa is an enchanting Waterfalls that one should not miss while in Goa. It is around 76 kilometers from Goa and the road trip itself is an exciting experience. The drive through the dirt roads across dense forest and water pools is a revelation in itself. The Dudhsagar Falls rank among the top 100 highest waterfalls in the world. The sparkling white waters cascading down steep mountain slopes are a spectacular sight to behold especially during monsoon.”

So continue you your adventure and discover the Dudhsagar Falls on Voyager

Did you know that you can go swimming in the Dudhsagar Falls in Goa?

PS – If you love waterfalls, don’t miss my post with 10 beginner tips on taking great waterfall photos.

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The puppeteer and the magician’s ghetto of Delhi

The puppeteer and the magician’s ghetto of Delhi

The beauty of travel isn’t just in the destinations you reach but the people you meet and the stories you discover.  Each and every person has their own tale to tell, but when you are travelling you often encounter stories so different from your own. If you’re looking to find something magical in Dehli, I may have the answer.

Discover the Kathputli artist’s colony

This post comes from Mariellen on her amazing page Breathedreamgo, an award-winning travel site dedicated to transformative travel, or as Mariellen describes it, travel that changes you. In the post, she tells the story of Puran Bhatt, a puppeteer and his fight to save the Kathputli artist’s colony.

“The magicians, puppeteers, acrobats, and artists that call Kathputli Colony in Delhi, India home did not want to lose their beloved community. Though others may call it a “slum,” to them it is a place of freedom and creativity. After all, this is the place that inspired Salman Rushdie’s novel Midnight’s Children. Luckily, thanks to puppeteer Puran Bhatt’s efforts, they just might get to stay . . .”

Discovering the magic of Kathputli in Dehli, India

The story has been featured on the BBC as well as an independently funded documentary. This is a great read and Mariellen really transports you to Puran Bhatt’s magical home. Read the full post, The puppeteer and the magician’s ghetto of Delhi, on Breathedreamgo.

Stories on The Travel Blogs

If you love personal stories be sure to check out a couple of others I have on The Travel Blogs. Read about Jimmy’s School and how he invests the money he makes from his tuk-tuk business into education the street children of Cambodia or how about Justo Gallego who has built a huge cathedral, just outside of Madrid, with recycled materials.

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A comprehensive guide for tourists visiting North Goa

A comprehensive guide for tourists visiting North Goa

Goa is one of India’s top tourist spots. A great mix of stunning beaches, spirituality and parties, it has something to offer everyone. With a huge range of accommodation available, from the most luxurious 5-star resorts to budget backpack hostels, there really is something for everything.

What you need to know about Goa

So, with all that, it needs a pretty good guide right? Wel, here you go. This post comes from Bhavneet on his all-encompassing blog, it has a little bit of everything.

“I have been visiting Goa regularly over the past few years and have fallen in love with this place. So far I have only visited North Goa. Since I Have taken a lot of help from various forums while researching for my trip, I decided to contribute here and help my fellow travellers who are looking for information pertaining to accommodation, restaurants and things to do in Goa. I have written an exhaustive article which I hope you’ll find useful in planning your trip.”

So check it out, Everything you need to know about North Goa.

Activities in Goa

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Home of Mahatma Gandhi – Sabarmati Ashram

Home of Mahatma Gandhi – Sabarmati Ashram

Legendary freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi used the power of pure will and peaceful protest to help bring an end to colonial rule in India. He was a huge influence in India gaining their independence in August 1947.

Sabarmati Ashram is the home of this amazing man. Situated in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, a western state of India, here you can visit various sites, including Gandhi’s house, and view live shows that really bring his struggle back to life.

Experiencing Sabarmati Ashram and Gandhi

This post from Sandy on Vvjay, on their site Voyager, recounts the first time they visited the place and is complete with all the info you need to make your own visit to Sabarmati Ashram.

“The screams were heartrending, I could hear the wails of men, women, and children. The sound of the rifles was terrifying, and I shivered and reached out to hold my father’s hand.”

Visiting the history of Gandhi and Sabarmati Ashram
Sabarmati Ashram, photo: Sandy and Vvjay from Voyager

I was at the Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad and was watching the Son et Lumiere that was bringing to life the tragic events of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. I was a kid and this was my first of numerous visits to the Sabarmati Ashram, a place that was at the center of India’s Independence struggle and home to Mahatma Gandhi for 12 years.”

Continue to Voyager and read their post about the Sabarmati Ashram and how a visit to the place is sure to leave one transformed.

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8 Mysteries of Jagannath Temple, Puri

8 Mysteries of Jagannath Temple, Puri

I wasn’t familiar with the Jagannath Temple before reading this post, now I am, and I’m fascinated by it.  It comes from Voyager, a top travel blog from Indian travelling couple, Sandy and Vyjay. In it, they explore and share some interesting insights to pique your curiosity and learn more about this the historic monument.

Voyager and the Jagannath Temple

“India is a land of ceaseless wonders and mysteries. Nowhere is the aura of mystery and intrigue more evident than in the ancient temples that grace the length and breadth of the country. Be it the Sun temple of Konark, the temples of Khajuraho, or any small and unknown temple of India, they have associated with them some unique and awe-inspiring fact that never fail to astound all and sundry.”

The Shri Jagannath Temple Puri

“One ancient temple which is famous the world over is the Jagannath Temple, Puri. Probably this temple is the only one which has an English word associated with it. Juggernaut is derived from Jagannath and alludes to the famous Rath Yatra or Chariot Procession that takes place here.”

Read their full post which examines some of the mysterious facts associated with the Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha, India.

 

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