Friday, May 22, 2015

Phewa Lake and so many Boats

Phewa Lake and so many Boats
I had already introduced you with this beautiful lake of Pokhara in my earlier photo posts- (1) Colorful Boats over Phewa Lake and (2) Lady of the Lake. Every time I visited Pokhara, Phewa had greeted me with different appearances, distant mountain peaks and hundreds of colorful boats floating over the lake being only common factors. Sometimes, I found mist over her and sometimes the sun. The only thing which I always missed is the windless weather when I could capture the reflections of snowy peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri or Machhapuchhre over the blue surface of Phewa. Anyway, the optimist traveler in me interprets it in his classic way- I should visit Pokhara again! 
Phewa Lake and so many Boats

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Elephants don't care for bad Roads

Elephants don't care for bad Roads
Previously, I had posted a picture where elephants were sharing a state highway along with motor vehicles and these two photos are from that same series. It'll be too harsh on ourselves if I say- It only happens in India, but, such huge animals rolling on highways pose genuine threat to their own lives and also other vehicles passing by them. Only bright side of the story was the under-maintained road could hardly throw any challenge to the royal elephantine motion, while we road-tax paying vehicle owners take the blow and sulk over the callousness of our government. 
Elephants don't care for bad Roads

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Busy Balloon Seller over the Beach

Busy Balloon Seller over the Beach
Like me, perhaps many of you had aspired to be a balloon seller when you were a kid. Our 'just formed' eyes used to get dazzled by vibrant colors of their balloons but failed to catch those cracks down their soles, tan over their skin and never-ending creeks of poverty sticking to their fortune. Ah, what a relief I didn't grow up to become that balloon or ice-cream seller of my childhood fantasy! This photo post on a balloon seller is not to portray his life of hardship which we all know, but to salute those nameless balloon sellers over all busy streets, happening fair grounds, playful parks or far outside posh supermarkets who trade a lot of joy to our children for too little money in return. By inflating balloons throughout their lives the only thing they gain is- better lung function. These balloon sellers made you happy when you were a kid and now they're repeating the same with your kid. So, if possible be kind with them and do not go for unnecessary bargaining. Oh, I think I missed to mention that I met this busy balloon seller over the Swargadwar Beach of Puri who was preparing his balloons for the evening sale.
Busy Balloon Seller over the Beach

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Essence of Lumbini

Essence of Lumbini
The Ashokan Pillar carries an inscription identifying the holy site as the birthplace.
Lumbini, the world famous Buddhist pilgrimage center in Nepal, where Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC, presently enjoys the UNESCO recognition of being a World Heritage site. The prime attraction of Lumbini is the Sacred Garden which possesses other treasures of historical cum religious interests, like- The Mayadevi Temple, The Ashokan Pillar, The Nativity Sculpture, The Sacred Pond, The Sacred Birthplace etc. The photograph above shows the closeup of a lotus bud dedicated before the Ashokan Pillar which carries an inscription identifying the holy site as the birthplace. Behind the pillar you can see white walls of the Mayadevi Temple which houses a base relief depicting the Nativity Sculpture and an excavated stone that indicates the exact spot of birth of Lord Buddha! The second photograph shows The Eternal Peace Lamp which was set aflame by the honorable King of Nepal on 1st November, 1986, to commemorate the International Year of Peace, and also to integrate peace and harmony among the global community. As a global initiative to promote Lumbini as a center for world peace, various nations have built temples, monasteries and stupas in the International Monastic Zone. Even if you're not religiously inclined or spiritually directed, those gorgeous architectures are sure to charm you. Shall I post few monastery photos from Lumbini?
Essence of Lumbini
The Eternal Peace Lamp at Lumbini.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sixteenth century Structures those stand No More

Sixteenth century Structures those stand No More
By now the news of the 25th April's devastating earthquake that struck Nepal is quite old but the wound it cursed her with is very much fresh. Every day the death toll is gaining momentum, with about 6,200 fatalities and 14,000 morbidities as of now! The country is too little to take that massive damage. International organizations and governments have liberally extended their aids to this Himalayan land, but, neither that won't be ever enough to rebuild the city of Kathmandu as it used to be nor those can cure the sufferings of countless disabled Nepalese citizens. When it comes to human life, nothing holds a greater priority or significance. But, being adorned with too many ancient monuments Kathmandu used to be one of the most popular tourist hubs of Asia, most of which stand no more today, got either dilapidated or totally demolished by this ruthless 7.8 magnitude earthquake. These are couple of pictures I found out from my travel archive showing views of the Durbar Square. I had shared few more photographs of these sixteenth century architectures in previous photo posts. Unfortunately, our coming generations will see these only on the pages of their history books. Anyway, these are nothing in comparison to the loss of invaluable lives. In a recent estimate I read that at least two billion USD is required to restore homes, offices, hospitals and monuments. Extend any help possible from your side and let's pray for our Nepalese brothers and sisters in distress.
Sixteenth century Structures those stand No More