POLAND – THE LONELY PLANET

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Yes, it’s the same country we have read about in history, with its huge involvement in World War 2 or rather “just destruction” of its people and resources. Poland pronounced as POLSKA, is a country in Central Europe. Its  Capital  being  WARSAW  and  currency  ZLOTY. Language is definitely a limitation, for mostly they speak Polish.

Most Popular cities of Poland are: Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Warsaw, Poznan, Lublin and Torun.

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Krakow, Poland’s second largest city is culturally grand and a fine city located on the Vistula River. Former Polish royal capital is known for its cultural, artistic, economic activities. The old city of Krakow (Stare Miasto in Polish) consists of a Wawel Castle; a royal castle depicting the Polish royalty along with a Cathedral is situated on a hill. The striking 14th century St Mary’s Basilica, Main market Square (being the largest Medieval town in Europe) and Kazimierz’s streets in the Jewish district are known for its café’s, galleries, nightlife and restaurants.                                                            

Enjoy open air flea markets, take a river cruise, ride in horse carriages and check out the royal way for amazing shopping experience. Located on the outskirts of Krakow is a Wieliczka Salt mine which features an underground city, all carved out of the rock salt is mesmerizing.                                  

Alcohol is easy to get, but Krakow is known for its various Vodka drinks like Tatanka a delicious polish drink made of vodka called Zubrowka and apple juice, Sliwowica- a plum brandy and many more. Food Specialty being  Bagel and Cheese.

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Wroclaw,  also known by its English or German name Breslau, Polish pronunciation as Vrots- swaf.  Mainly it’s an Industrial, manufacturing, banking and a cultural hub. Centre point of Wroclaw is Rynek or Cultural square is an architectural attraction. Salt Square, flower market (former Salt market), Town Hall (turned museum of city art), the Wroclaw fountain, and various gardens, churches are some other attractions.         

61509028Do try Music theatre Capitol and Opera Wroclawska. Along with Polish cuisine Wroclaw has many Italian dining options and Korean Barbecue, Sushi apart from the long list of eateries. For Couples, a romantic evening at Ostrow Tumski (a group of islands on the Oder River with many churches and old buildings) with exotic oil lamps everywhere would be a sight to behold.

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Gdansk is on the Baltic Coast with two other cities Gdynia, Sopot and some suburban communities, together forming a metropolitan area called Tricity. Gdansk is the Poland’s principal seaport. They have magnificent churches but one must enjoy the view from the top of St Mary’s church, do have a look at some of their best museums and famous gates.                                                  

Sail Gdansk, swim in the sea, take tours like walking tours, Gdansk city tour or Solidarity tour to know more about their local culture and lifestyle, else Canoe tour through the canals would be  the right choice. Try a Polish meal on Motlawa River bank, else fresh oysters with a bottle of Chardonnay would be a perfect combination.  

The Gdansk specialty is the creamy Vodka with small flakes of 22 or 23 karat Gold in it. It’s known as the Danziger Goldwasser, herbal and root liqueur. 

IMG_8128-1024x768Gdynia is one of the modern cities in Poland; Beaches in Gdynia are very beautiful and best for leisure. They also have a Heineken open ‘er festival which is an open air music festival best in Europe, one should plan their trip in early summer to enjoy this festival.        Sopot known as the Spa town is famous for its resorts, beaches, the mid- woods forest Opera and Monte Cassino street.

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Warsaw is the capital of Poland with its major attractions being Centrum (which is the old town comprising of six districts) mainly in Srodmiescie, Wola and Mokotow .  Your Itinerary should consist some museums, Royal Castle, Kabaty forest and multimedia fountain park. Concerts, festivals, contemporary music concerts, club- hopping are some fun stuff to do. You would get many unique eateries, many kabab shops and a huge variety of fast food and Milk bars. There are separate student clubs at moderate prices and Alcohol is prohibited in the public areas.

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Poznan was the capital of Poland, known for its various museums, Cathedral and Old market square. See the billy goats at Noon; a clock with mechanical billy goats has been installed in the Town Hall since 1551. Every day, as the clock strikes 12pm, on the tower above the clock a door opens and two billy goats appear and they butt their heads 12 times. There’s a legend behind this on punctuality.                                                                                                          Do visit and take a stroll in the former Imperial Castle, check out the beer gardens at the Old Brewery 50 50 and try a St Martins Croissant.

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SLOWINSKI SAND DUNES

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Part of the Slowinski  National  Park, located in Northern Poland on the Baltic Coast. The Sand Dunes are formed as waves and wind carry them onshore, they can reach up as high as 30 meters. They are known as the moving dunes, with varying forms of dunes according to the season.

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One of the most popular lake districts as it contains more than 2,000 lakes connected by canals and rivers. It also has many amazing forests, meadows and pastures around.

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Highest  mountains in Poland with five climatic vegetation belts. The mountains occupy an area of 785 kilometers. They are shared between Poland and Slovakia. You will find rocky peaks covered with snow all year round, along with spectacular lakes, waterfalls and valleys.

Sleigh rides and hiking adds a memorable experience to life.

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One must visit Poland in summers or early winters for the winters can be very frosty with the temperature going down to -20 degree Celsius with heavy snowfall.

Why not explore it yourself……   

PART 3: Chopta – so, this is how heaven feels! (April 23, 2012)

The Escapades

(Odyssey continues from Part 2)

Ukhimath to Chopta – The Drive

At 8:00 AM we started to drive for Chopta which is ~20 km of curving roads from the Ukhimath rest house where we are stationed. The road passes through a dense forest of oaks, pines, ferns, algae and mosses and is in good condition. It seems as if some artist has scraped through mushy mushy greens using charcoal. We were totally taken with the tranquil beauty of the place.

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In addition to the pristine beauty we are also blessed with Solitude. I had selected this place as an escape from crowds and it is delivering remarkably on that.

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We reached Chopta by 10:00 AM. It is a very small village where there is no electricity and other amenities that we are used…

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Ladakh Expedition on a Rickshaw

This Rickshaw Puller Pedaled all the way from kolkata to Leh to fulfil his dream

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Everyone has dreams. Few have the courage to follow them. But when you do, you achieve the impossible. This 40-year-old rickshaw puller from Kolkata is a living proof of that.

Satyen Das makes a living ferrying commuters around the Gitanjali Metro in Naktala. His dream was to visit Ladakh, and he didn’t let anyone or anything hold him back. With his personal savings and donations from locals, he has set out on a valiant 3000 km voyage to the Khardung La pass in Ladakh. This means battling mountainous terrain, snow-covered tracks and sub zero temperatures on a rickshaw.

Satyen has modified his rickshaw with additional brakes and a new body made of light steel. He covers 40-50 kms every day and stays for free at religious places during the nights. Every morning, he goes to Police Stations to seek permission to move ahead. His journey continues, armed with maps and a camera to chronicle the great adventure.

He says it’s a great learning experience. But he also has valuable things to teach: “I want to spread the message of world peace with this journey and also I want to promote rickshaw as a cheap and eco-friendly mode of transport,” he said.

He expects to complete this expedition in 5 months and earn a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records. Earlier on, Satyen has also taken his family on trips to Puri and Rohtang Pass on his rickshaw.

A salute to the indomitable spirit of this man!

15 Underrated Destinations In India Every Traveler Must Check Out

India has no dearth of beautiful travel destinations. Some are more popular and more commercialized than others. That in no way implies that the lesser-known places have anything less to offer; just that they haven’t been explored as much. This is why you need to know places that aren’t as saturated by tourists. You need a list of the most underrated travel options in India. You would be surprised by how much this country has to offer.

1. Tarkarli, Maharashtra

Frankly, almost any beach on the Konkan coast could have qualified for this spot. Tarkarli, in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra, with its pristine waters, long and narrow beaches with Shuru trees in the background, managed to earn some extra points. It’s one of the most peaceful and non-commercialized beaches in India.

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2. Lambasingi, Andhra Pradesh

The very fact that Lambasingi, in Vishakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh, is one of those rare places in South India that boasts of snowfall makes this village an amazing place. Throughout the year, the temperature there ranges from 0°C to 10°C, earning it the nickname, ‘Kashmir of South India’. Better go there before the others do.

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3. Osian, Rajasthan

Osian village in Jodhpur district in Rajasthan is a delight for those who love historical architecture and the fact that you get to see all of it in an oasis in the Thar Desert makes it a double whammy. The 8th to 11th century temples there make this village a must-visit destination.

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4. Keibul Lamjao on Loktak Lake, Manipur

Keibul Lamjao, in Bishnupur district in Manipur is the world’s only floating park and it’s also home to the endangered Sangai deer. The floating garden on Loktak Lake is a result of decomposing plant material, locally called phumdis. You have to see it to believe it.

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5. Gavi, Kerala

We usually associate trekking with mountains and hills. But this is one wildlife trek you wouldn’t want to miss. Located in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, on the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai, Gavi is part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is said that the only two gopher trees in India can be found in Gavi.

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6. Kasar Devi/Crank’s Ridge, Uttarakhand

If you’re interested in the hippie-way of life but are tired of the huge number of tourists in Himachal Pradesh, you need to make it a point to visit Kasar Devi village near Almora in Uttarakhand. Crank’s Ridge, or Hippie Hill as the locals call it, on the way to Kasar Devi temple is also a historical place for hippies. Legends like Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens are some of the few people who visited this place during the peak of the Hippie movement in the sixties.

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7. Lonar Crater, Maharashtra

Located in Buldana district in Maharashtra, the Lonar Crater Lake was formed around 570,000 years ago due to a meteor impact. Owing to its high concentration of carbonate salts it’s categorized as a saline soda lake. So, it’s a soda lake formed by a crater. Enough said.7

8. Krem Mawmluh & Krem Ri Blai, Meghalaya

Cave exploration hasn’t taken off in a big way in India, which is really surprising considering there are so many options to do so in this country. Krem Mawmluh and Krem Ri Blai, in Mehgalaya, are natural horizontal and vertical caves respectively. Make it a point to visit them at least once in your life.

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9. Killar-Kishtwar Highway, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir

You cannot be a true traveler until you go on an exciting road trip. Speaking of which, the one trail you need  to experience is the treacherous but life-changing ride from Himachal Pradesh to Jammu & Kashmir through the Killar-Kishtwar Highway. Not for the faint hearted, this scenic mountain pass is even more fun if you’re traveling with fellow bikers. Just keep yourself updated on news about landslides and roadblocks.

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10. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro is a town in the Lower Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh and it has been hosting the Ziro Festival of Music for the past three years. But here’s the thing – the quaint little town is so attractive, that even without a crowd pulling event, it would find a spot on this list.

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11. Haflong, Assam

North-East India is dotted with hill stations but surprisingly, Haflong is the only one in Assam. The center of the Dima Hasao district, Haflong is known for its cool climate, local liquor and an overwhelming love of pork. The Haflong Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the entire North-east. Not visiting this hill town would be a huge mistake.

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12. Wayanad, Kerala

This piece of trivia goes out especially to those trying to escape the city life for a while – Wayanad district is only 3.79% urbanized. Yep, lots of greenery here. Ancient history geeks can also trip out on the Edakkal caves where they can see actual pictorial writings from the Neolithic period.

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13. Auli, Uttarakhand

We Indians usually tend to associate snow with places like Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir or Sikkim but did you know Uttarakhand actually has one of the most exciting ski destinations? The picturesque town of Auli hosts the National Championships of Snow Skiing and right next to the Clifftop Hotel, the town also has the world’s highest artificial lake.

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14. Nuranang Falls, Arunachal Pradesh

Located about 2 km away from the town of Jang on the road connecting Tawang and Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh, Nuranang Falls is one the most attractive ones in Northeast India. After a song from the 1997 Bollywood film Koyla was filmed here, the place attracted more tourists.

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15. Unakoti, Tripura

The stone carvings in Unakoti in Tripura are one of the most detailed ones in India and yet, this place is rarely visited. As per Hindu mythology, when Lord Shiva was going to Kashi along with one crore gods and goddesses, he made a night halt at this location. He asked all of them to wake up before sun rise. It is said that in the morning, except Shiva himself, no one else woke up on time. So Shiva set out for Kashi on his own cursing the others to become stone images. Perfect for both spirituality and history enthusiasts, this is truly one of the most underrated places in the country.

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Are you a Shopaholic? Take a look at International Local Bazaars

Leave all the Armani, Gucci or Versace behind when travelling to these places. The most exciting thing to do while traveling is shopping from street market. I being shopaholic with poor bargaining skill love things which are not with high brand stores and are only available in these market such exclusive things keep reminding of the place of origin.

These Local street bazaars offer the true flavor of a city and make sure to wander about with child-like curiosity to see what it extends at its nooks and gullies. Picking unique memorabilia, gifts for family and friends at affordable prices, street markets have always attracted me.

Street markets are a definite do-not-miss part of a vacation itinerary.

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul:

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Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily

Things to lookout for Evil eye trinkets, small carpets, hookah lamps, Turkish tea sets and spices.

Chatuchak ,Thailand:

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Chatuchak Jatujak  weekend market ,situated on Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak ,Bangkok, is the largest market in Thailand Frequently called J.J., it opened in 1982 and covers over 35 acres , with upwards of 15,000 stalls. It is estimated that the market receives 200,000 visitors each day

Famous for Household items such as cushions, bed spreads, wicker baskets and mats.

Oxford Street, London:

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Oxford Street is a major road in the City of Westminster in the West End of London. It is Europe’s busiest shopping street, and as of 2011 had approximately 300 shops. The street was formerly part of the London-Oxford road which began at Newgate, City of London, and was known as the Oxford Road.

Each Christmas Oxford Street is decorated with festive lights. The Christmas lights began in 1959, five years after the neighboring Regent Street began the tradition.This street is a favourite of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. She says that the best brands often offer discounts here and amazing food stalls just add to the overall street magic.

Marrakech Souks ,Morocco

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The highlight of any visit to Marrakech and one of the top tourist attractions in Morocco is the Jemaa El Fnaa square and market. By day this square at the heart of the medina is largely filled with snake charmers and people with monkeys, as well as some of the more common stalls. As the day progresses the square becomes more crowded, with story-tellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As dark descends the square fills with dozens of food-stalls, and the crowds are at their height.

Hari Raya Bazaar ,Singapore

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Beautiful “Ramadan bazaars” are held in various areas, with the largest ones in Geylang Serai where you can find several huge dents filled with special Ramadan dishes, colorful drinks and delicious cookies so called “kuehs”. As it is also custom to buy new cloths, new decorations and items for the house, the dents are offering everything from cushion covers, to bed sheets to handicrafts.

Famous for Local sweets, sorbets, flowers, utility kitchenware and street foods.

Bondi flea market , Australia

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Established in 1993, the Bondi Markets are open every Sunday in the wonderful, beachfront grounds of Bondi Beach Public School. Come to the Markets and you’ll find original designer clothing, exotic imports, hand made jewellery, arts, crafts, homewares, retro furniture, vintage clothes and so much more

Famous for handmade goods such as soaps, pearl sets, shawls, outfits and embroidered bags and boots.

Granville, Vancouver

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is a peninsula and shopping district in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. The peninsula was once an industrial manufacturing area, but today it is now a hotspot for Vancouver tourism and entertainment. The area has received much acclaim in recent years for its buildings and shopping experience.

Grand Bay, Mauritius

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Nowhere can you better feel the heart and soul of Mauritius than in its markets. It offers besides the shopping of unique products to blend into the population’s customs and habits. To live whole new sensations, of colours, scent, which combine to form the uniqueness of this diversity. No places best describes this than Port Louis market at the centre of the capital. Stall of colourful tropical fruits and vegetables are found side by side with medicinal plants and spices. You can also find clothes and a special arts and crafts section. Another very popular market is the one at Quatre Bornes, it is held on every Thursdays and Sundays. It is specialised in textile products that are sold at very attractive prices.

 Famous for Spices and locally produced sugar gift boxes. T-shirts and wood-based craft items.

Ladies Street Market, Hongkong

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Famous for Handbags, watches, T-shirts, wallets, shoes, jeans, underwear, sunglasses, jewellery.  Items similar to Ed Hardy, Tiffany, Marc Jacobs, Jimmy Choo, Tag, Diesel, Converse, True religion, Cath Kidston…. and the list goes on.You can also find pashminas, DVD’s, soccer outfits, tourist T shirts,  iphone/ipad accessories, gadgets, dolls, clocks, belts, socks, toys and branded lycra bike gear.

Dusseldorf street Market,Germany

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Here you can enjoy throughout the holidays so-called Christmas Markets These are the kind of fairs, arranged in the center of major cities, where you can find lots of chic boutiques that sell wooden toys, candy, gingerbread, mulled wine and other goodies to sweeten your cold days of winter.

In the center of these fairs, most times there are carousels and skating where children can enjoy themselves freely.

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Top Attractions In Singapore

With unique multi-ethnic culture that has its roots in Europe and Asia, the island country Singapore is superb destination for families to spend vacations. Located exactly to the north of Equator, this country is hot and humid throughout the year. So, weather will not be much of a problem (except regular rainfalls throughout the year) if you are planning to visit this winter.

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Here are some attractions in Singapore, which attract visitors over and again to come and enjoy:

  •  National Museum of Singapore: The museum is housed in Colonial old building. The audio guides installed in the museum attract kids majorly. These guides explain the exhibits through entertaining anecdotes. The food and fashion of Singapore are displayed here and the interactive exhibits seems more than fascinating to kids. Children above seven years of age are allowed to enter.
  •  Underwater world Sentosa: This is an aquarium which has more than 2500 marine animals from all over the world. There is a petting area where you can feed and touch the aquatic life. The main feature of this aquarium is a circular walkway that takes you through the tunnel of sea animals. Children and adults can spend quality time in this paradise.
  • Science centre: With 20,000 square meters indoor and outdoor space, this science museum has a lot of things to engage you and your kids. There is a virtual display of solar system which tells a lot of things about the universe. Then there is a water park where while performing water experiments children can play as well. For foodoholics there is a McDonalds on the premises, that serves you with mouth watering delicacies. 
  •  River cruise:You can enjoy your maiden voyage on the bumboats representing old age ships which were used to transport cargo to warehouses. While sailing through the outlines of beautiful waters you can enjoy the historical stories of Singapore narrated by your guide.
  •  Singapore flyer:One of the most fascinating landmarks of Singapore is the giant ferries wheel located in Singapore. It 42 stories and 165 meters height makes it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. Night time is the best time to visit the giant wheel when it is decorated.

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         Singapore Zoo:  This zoological park has many animals like hippos and white tigers. You can take a map and review all the timings of feeding and shows and enjoy to the fullest. The park has many restaurants that offer variety of cuisines at very reasonable prices.

 

Though you can visit Singapore anytime in the year due to its tropical climate but it would be more fun if you will coordinate your visit with some festival like Thaipusam.

Burn It To The Ground….The Burning Man festival 2014

North America’s largest outdoor arts festival, with its drum circles, decorated art cars, guerrilla theatrics and colorful theme camps, Burning Man draws over 66,000 participants every year. Every year the festival is held at the same venue – the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. According to the official festival website, the theme of this year’s festival, Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’, evoked the Silk Road.

“For centuries, Silk Route travelers crossed paths in caravansaries, bustling caravan stops offering more than just shelter from the desert wilderness; they were vital centers of cultural exchange, bringing together traders, pilgrims, monks, nomads, traveling entertainers, and wild-eyed adventurers from all points of the compass to share their stories around a common fire,” reads an excerpt from the website. People from all over the world gathered at the sold-out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops.

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 People dance for a DJ at the Dancetronauts mutant vehicle during the Burning Man

 

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The Alien Siege Machine

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A crowd watches as two fighters battle in the Thunderdome

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Participants interact with the art installation The Super Pool during a dust storm

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Fireworks are seen before the Man burns

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Final day of the festival where all art and things are burned to the ground.

Travel Beyond

Just few days back I was having a conversation with an old uncle of mine, he must be in his 80’s. We were just talking randomly about life when he said something which somehow touched my heart. He said “I am scared that what will happen to me after death”, just to comfort him I shared with him the gist of a poem I came across in my graduation. The poem is the epitaph of a very classic poet of Victorian age – Alfred Tennyson. THE POEM DENOTES THE TRAVEL AFTER DEATH.

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 The poet is aware that his death is near and he is accepting it. The poem is about Poet’s intense feeling of entering into another world from this world at the approach of death. Death is compared to the ship crossing the sandbar, the point beyond which the open sea stretches. Approach of night denotes the approach of death; also Sunset and Evening star represent old age. One clear call is the signal of ship to launch, that is, the God is beckoning the poet. The poet wishes that there should be no sadness while he is entering the other world.                                                                                               The poet wishes to die cheerfully for his soul is returning to the heaven. The tides in the sea would help his ship to cross the bar. When the ship starts its journey into the sea, the Pilot manages to overcome all the difficulties (The Pilot being the God). The poet has full faith in God for he knows that when he dies and leaves this world, his God will show him the way. He believes that God will accompany him to the Eternal life, while leaving this Earthly life which is bounded by time and space.

 Adolescence, Youth or Adulthood either we are not mature enough or too engrossed in life’s chores, we hardly think about the travel after death but in the last stage of life, in old age one seems to think about the travel ahead and unknowingly nurture a fear in their hearts of how will they travel to another world; but one need not worry for God is always there in their human journey just as Pilot is not visible in the darkness of the night while negotiating the sand bar. Same way the God will lead us in our travel even after life.

20 Signs of a true Traveller!!!

There are not many people in this world who dislike Travelling, but they do not accept it that they are also a TRUE TRAVELER or TRAVEL OBSESSED

1. You slept in more hotels than you can count on your finger tips.

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2. You always include currency whenever you talk about price of a product.

For example: I paid $60 Canadian Dollars for this T-shirt.

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3. You are in a habit of walking.

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4. You know Airport codes of more than 20 cities.

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5. You often feel reverse cultural shock.

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6. You have atleast one incidence when you slept outdoors.

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7. When you meet someone, your first question is “Where are you from”?

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8. You always have the ability to travel on the last moment.

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9. You watch too much Travel Channel on television.

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10. You have multiple currencies in your wallet all the time.

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11. Travelling always relaxes you.

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12. When you do not travel for long , you get anxious.

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13. You know Couch Surfing got nothing to do with ocean.

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14. You have minimum 5 travel bags, which you bought from different places.

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15. You always save money for the flight ticket.

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16. You have a good relationship with your travel agent.

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17. You know how to say Hello, Good Bye in many languages!!!

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18. Your passport is your favorite personal item.

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19. You know how to get through the security in Least amount of time.

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20. You’re spontaneous,witty.

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