Falling in love with Melbourne

An amble in the lush green meadows or a romantic walk near the beaches, a vacation is an experience of a lifetime. Melbourne, is one of the most happening cities, with loads and loads of things to experience and awesome places to visit.

While Meghna was totally unaware of what’s going on in Ajay’s mind. She was happy that after a tiff they had a week back, he is giving her some time and attention. Meghna and Ajay were married for 4 years and she wanted to spend the 5th anniversary differently. When she shared her Idea with Ajay, he just shrugged off and said “will see”. That day they had a big fight and the tizzy was there for 2 days.  Ajay was too busy lately and his frustration would be the reason for their fights.

Sitting on the couch upset about her husband, Meghna literally gave up her desire to spend the anniversary together. While she was lost in a thought about how they first met and he proposed her in the college cafeteria in front of her college mates, she thought that there is no spark left in their married life and that exasperated her . Suddenly she realized that the phone was ringing and she had 3 missed calls already. It was Ajay, she answered the call and Ajay said,” I am coming home right now.”She was surprised and worried “Is everything fine”, she asked. “Yes, I will talk to you once I come there” and he hung up the phone on her. Flummoxed, she waited for Ajay.

As soon as he came home , he said “Get ready we are going for shopping”. Before she could ask anything, he said, “Hurry up, we have a lot of packing to be done as well and don’t ask me any question”. Now she smelled something fishy, but she was kind of excited about the surprise waiting ahead.

“Australia!!!!” she said excitedly. “We are going to Melbourne? I can’t believe Ajay. This is the greatest gift ahead of our anniversary Honey!” She said, while they boarded the plane.  Ajay gave her a smile and that said it all. Now she was exuberant and was desperately waiting for the bunch of surprises ahead of their trip.

Next morning they reached their hotel, and couldn’t wait to explore the city.  And the jet lag didn’t really come her way of excitement.  The next few days will be full of excitement and surprises and Meghna made up her mind on that. The first thing in the morning, they headed towards the MCG . ”The Melbourne Cricket ground which is going to host the world cup final 2015”, explained Ajay. “Man! That would be a crazy affair; I would love to experience the magical extravaganza. My only dream would be to stand and shout, INDIA INDIA! “She screamed in excitement. It’s going to be spectacular and crazy, they thought. After day dreaming of experiencing a spectacular world cup final 2015, they left the place.

Every minute and everything came as surprise to Meghna and she was super-duper excited. Next destination was the Penguin Parade  which is the third biggest attraction in Australia. You get to see the cute little penguins returning from the sea to their burrows at Summerland Beach. They had a great time watching the Penguin parade which is view worth watching at night.

Now it was time for some luscious delicacies and food. Melbourne is known for the finest and wide variety of food they offer. They have a glut of options available. The next big surprise for Meghna was the Seal Watching which she had always heard about but it was time to experience. So off they went on a cruise which takes them for a two-hour tour to the Australia’s largest wild fur seal colony situated on seal rocks witnessing their (Seal’s) world first hand. After the tiring one day long trip and sightseeing, they were off to bed to experience another fresh day and loads of fun.

Next day looked even more promising with the very first thing was watching  12 Apostles  from the sky. They boarded a chopper to experience the magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the southern ocean of the Victoria’s coastline. Experiencing the sunrise and sunset is a view of a lifetime as the rocks changes colour and it looks spectacular. A scenic view of the ocean and the rocks will make you fall in love for sure. She could just not take her eyes off the view. Looks like Ajay was giving her surprise after surprise and she was just going crazy.

The next big thing was the Eureka SkyDeck. Here Ajay had a different plan. He just blindfolded Meghna and took her in the escalator to the 88 floor of the building, where you get the best view of the city. The whole time, she was desperate to open the blindfold and couldn’t wait to see the spectacular view. And when he opened the blindfold, the view was scary as well as extravagant. This sky deck lift can take you to “The Edge”- A glass cube which slides out from the building with you inside. Now this looked like the floor literally moving under you and that was something worth experiencing.

Tomorrow was their anniversary and Meghna was waiting for the biggest surprise. Ajay asked her to get up t 5 AM. A romantic view of the sunrise in the Hot Air Balloon it was. And she was Awestruck and mesmerized with this surprise. The scenic view of the vineyard , the forests and what not from up there was something which she never imagined and once again he proposed  her once again and they spent the most beautiful and romantic moment in the middle of the sky and the earth. This was definitely the best anniversary gift that Meghna had got and the most beautiful time spent with Ajay which they will cherish for a lifetime.

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Holidays without credit cards

This is the time of merry making and being happy and enjoying the festival with family and friends. Months before the festival the shopping spree begins among the family members. And at this point people spend blindly and in an impulse, unaware of the fact that, you credit limits can touch the sky and it can lead to troubles later.

I am not here, to put your excitement down this festival season, but to help you get away from all the troubles caused due to extreme usage of credit cards. Earlier when there were no credit cards, people still used to shop and enjoy the festival. In fact they used to enjoy more and were more satisfied with whatever they had. But, with people depending on credit cards, their need and wants has also increased.

The cliché is “I can’t do without my credit card”. People just can’t imagine life without credit card. So, let’s see how we can enjoy the festival without credit cards:

  1. Get rid of unwanted stuffs: I am sure; there are lot of unwanted and old stuff in your house, which is lying there unused. Get rid of all those stuff and whatever money you get, you can save it for future or can use for the holidays.
  2. DIY decorations:  People spend a bomb for the decoration of the house during the festival which is not wrong. To get you into a holiday mood, one can decorate the house. But what if the decorations are hand made by you. This is the best time to utilize your holiday and spending time with family, instead of wasting time and money shopping around, Prepare your own decorations.
  3. Utilize the discounts and coupons: This is the time, when you have lots of offers, discounts and coupons available for shopping so make the maximum use of these discount coupons and try to spend as less as you can.
  4. Shop with cash: The best alternative is to shop with cash. When it is cash, you have a track of how much you have been spending and how much is your budget, unlike credit card, where you hardly have a track of your expenses. Using cash will also pull you back from buying things which are not that necessary which you would have bought, have you had a credit card.
  5. Make a list: When shopping around: make a list of items required and try only to buy that stuff. This again will help you keep a track of your purchases
  6. Think before you buy: “Oh! That dress is so pretty. Those shoes are beautiful, I want them.” This is the feeling you get when you go out shopping? Well! You have to think before you go ahead and buy them. Think, “Do you really need it?” It’s not indispensable that every festival you have to buy a new dress and a new pair of shoes. You can always use old dress, which you have hardly used. Buying in sudden impulse is also something which forces you to use your credit card. SO if you stop that urge, you can do without credit card this festival.

With the festival season round the corner, it becomes difficult to curb your expenses and stop the urge of shopping and travelling. But one can always help curb the usage of credit card to the max and still have a blast in the festival.

SO all in all, the usage of credit card is up to you, but you have to always watch out your expenses when shopping around, otherwise you have to bear the consequences later.

Travel and tourism Industry: A Boom worldwide

The major boom in the travel and tourism industry has been seen in the recent past. People taking a sabbatical from a stressful work and planning for a refreshing journey to faraway places has become the need of an hour. And this is one reason; there has been a sudden rise in the travel and tourism industry. People search for thrifty sojourn places, yet a memorable one. People these days love to travel and so they look for the best options available which suits their pocket.
Having said that, the tourism industries has also become aware of the diverse customers available, and are extra vigilant when it comes to customer satisfaction, which has made them stand away from the crowd. The global growth in tourism is also in a way helpful to balance the economy and it plays a vital role in the economic growth of the country. This is one reason; the Government also supports the tourism industry and tries to make it more attractive for the tourists and get the maximum revenue out of it.
Whether it is on season or off season, travelling has become an ongoing thing. In a way, in the recent past, the increase in travel industry has been due to the disposable income of the people and the facilities provided by the company itself. Let’s figure out, what factors keeps the industry growing continuously:
1. Advertisement: Advertisements play a vital role in the growth of this industry. For a major reason that, it reaches the maximum people and they get attracted to the affordable packages.
2. Internet marketing: Again, with the increased usage of internet in every household, people have become more tech savvy and they can choose from the variety of options available and compare the prices and then book a holiday.
3. Packages: The travel industry provides with lot of packages which suits your needs and budgets. And that helps in meeting the needs of almost every class of the society which in turn increases the growth of the industry.
4. Government support: With increased support from the government, the travel and tourism industry has grown worldwide and it has grown in leaps and bounds. So government also plays a major role in the increase in the growth of the tourism industry.

There are many factors which affect in the overall growth of the travel and tourism industry. Bu all in all, it has been a major increase over the past years and the growth has been for good.

Weekend Getaway to Shivanasamudra falls


India has always been my primary topics in all my blogs and so it is now. I have never been to Niagara Falls though, but all I could say is, India too has an alluring place called Shivanasamudra. It’s a place where people find serenity and also a favourite weekend getaway. It’s a great tourist throng as well.

Located 145 kms from Bangalore, It’s a place of extreme beauty. Our plan to visit this place was quite the eleventh hour plan. We planned on Saturday night around 10.30 pm to explore this place, since we had relatives at our place. And so, we booked the cab and next day early morning around 8.30 am, off we were to experience the mesmerizing beauty. They say the ideal time to start is around   6.00 am. Because the early morning breeze and the fresh air keeps your spirits high the whole day and the road trip is always a fun with family and friends.

So we started and had our breakfast on the way. It took us two and a half hours to reach our destination; we reached Gaganchukki falls, which has an extremely breathtaking view, but that is a place where you can just have a photo session from far away, you can see the falls from quite a distance but you would want to experience the water and you can’t. SO, we stayed there for some time and clicked some snaps. People are not allowed to cross the fence and so we were left with a very less option of clicking the snaps and make a move. However, we were kind of little upset, because we had packed our stuff for a water play.

Then our driver told us, that if you want to go near the water, there is a place called Barahchukki falls, which is the downstream of Cauvery River and a place where people go towards the cascade to enjoy the water fall. It is spread widely compared to Gaganchukki and the water gushes out from a great height which is quite spectacular. This is a place where you can experience the water fall right under your nose. You have to walk down towards the falls for quite some time though, but that is an experience in itself.

SO, we changed our dresses and wore the tracks and t-shirts to go down. On the way, you find small stalls of eateries .Finally we reached down and there are small round boats which look like a big basket, and they take us near the water fall. We had some great snaps clicked there. However, it was 50 bucks for a small round, which I feel was quite costly. But, we ignored it, for we were here to enjoy.  Post this; we went to the other corner of the Barahchukki falls which was even more captivating. We were right under the falls and having the greatest time of life. We had a water play, snaps clicked, jumping and playing and swimming. We enjoyed every bit of it and stayed there for almost 2 hours. It was already 5.00 pm. Then we came out of the water and had to go back to where our car was parked. Since we were totally drenched, our body became heavy to carry our self and on top of that we had to go through the stairs which was unsymmetrical. On our way we had something to eat, since we were tired already and needed some energy to go up. By the time we reached near our car, it was 5.30 pm. We came back to our original dresses and started off.

Our body has already started aching and so we thought, without going to any other place, we should make a move. However, there are lot of historical temples and places to visit, but, since we had no time left. We thought, will definitely make a visit again and see all the places, we have left untouched.

I must admit, this was one of the best trips I have ever been to and a great place as well. This has been a great weekend getaway and the greatest memory to cherish for a lifetime.

My Trip to an Ultimate bliss


India is truly an alluring place. We go abroad for vacations and explore new things, but little did I realize that, India is a place with a glut of cultures and places to explore. Any corners of India you go to, there is a unique history attached to it. Having said that, a must visit place for everyone is “Brindavan”. According to the Hindu Mythology; this is a place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Nandagaon was a place where, Vasudev, the actual father of Lord Krishna, left him at Nanda Bhavan, at the time when His Uncle “Kans” wanted to kill the child as the child was a threat to his life

But before I actually narrate my experience, let me tell you, a week before this trip. I had a severe pain on my legs. It was so severe that I couldn’t even walk. I cried a lot. Not because of the pain but, because, I thought I would not be able to go for this trip. I prayed to God, that somehow, this pain should subside. However, the doctor gave me some medicines and o my surprise, All the pain was gone a day before my trip. My happiness knew no bounds. So here I was all set to explore the flamboyant place and the history attached to it.

My journey to this place has been an experience for a lifetime

Day 1: It’s always an experience if you travel in groups. We started with a group of 40 people. The platform was Jam packed due to the Festival and there was hardly any place to stand. In the Midst of the rush, we boarded the train. We had to reach Mathura in order to Reach Brindavan. Mathura is the main junction for every train. Any train which starts from Delhi, has to pass through this station. So, we started at 4.30 pm and reached Mathura around 6.30 AM. From there Brindavan is 15 kms away.

Mathura, as we all know, Is the birth place of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was born in a jail in Mathura. They say, due to the threat that “Kans” had from this child. Kans locked Devaki and Vasudev (Actual parents of Lord Krishna) in the jail, So that as soon as the child is born, Kans will kill it, which he has been doing for the previous seven infants born before Lord Krishna. But they say the Gods helped the parents save this miracle child, as this child was itself a God, as per the Hindu Mythology.

SO we reached our destination and stayed in the Dharmashala.  The room was quite descent and homely and the water was salty. You go to any place in Brindavan you will get hard water. So we had a bath and got ready and went to the ISCON (International society for Krishna consciousness) Temple. We had a blissful time in the temple. It is so peaceful that you already feel peace of mind and relaxed. How I wish I could spend my whole life here. Anyways after spending some quality time there, we went back to our rooms had dinner and went to sleep, for next day was going to be even more exciting. Thinking about the temple, I don’t know when I was fast asleep. I don’t remember when the last time I had such a sound sleep.

Day2: Next day we got up early in the morning and went for an “Aarti which is called the “Mangala Aarti”. Aarti is an offering to Lord Krishna. And it is performed with grandeur. You can hear everyone chant and dance on “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” and to hear that is really an experience of life.  Each and every person there is in a trance of devotion. As if they are talking to the God and always a smile on their face, so peaceful and divine. Then on the very same day we planned to go to a place called “Barsana”, where, they say, Radha was raised. So after breakfast we started for this place by 11.00 am. As soon as we reached there, we attended the Spiritual speech and The Guru told us the importance of this place.

The actual place where Radha was born was “Raval Dhaam”, where the demons used to attack the innocent villagers a lot and that was quite poignant and because Radha’s parents didn’t want to lose their only child, they moved to “Barsana” and lived there since.

We stayed there till 1.30 pm. Post which off we went to the “Vrinda Dhaam”, which is a temple of Goddess “Tulsi”. We had lunch there, though the food wasn’t very good. But, we were already too hungry to complain about the food.

After that we went to “Nanda Bhavan” Where they say Lord Krishna spent his childhood. And already mentioned above this is the place where Lord Krishna was left in a palace in the midnight. After exploring the place, we were on our way back to Brindavan to our Dharmashala. We reached back around 7.30 pm. already tired to the core, we had dinner and off we went to sleep.

Day 3: Next day, we got up at 3.30 AM for the “Mangala Aarti” in the temple. We used to gather together post Aarti. Our Next plan of action was to visit all the temples in Brindavan. It was almost 13 kms and we have to go by walk. On the way there were lot of monkeys, they used to snatch the handbags and anything which they see in our hands. And we have to give the monkeys something to eat only then they return back our stuff.

Brindavan is place where there are lot of temples. And each and every temple has a story attached to it. Anyways, after the whole Brindavan visit, we were hungry to the core. The best part of the place is anywhere you go to eat, they don’t put onions in any of the food items and people there are very particular about that. Post lunch we got back to our room, rested for some time and then again at 4.30 pm, we went to “Shyam Sundar Nidhi Van”. It’s a garden where you see the trees are entangled as a couple, one black and one white. And you can’t figure out which leaf belongs to which tree, they are so much hooked with each other. And you feel as if couples are embracing each other and are so much in love. And the best part is, they say, not even a single leaf in this garden falls, or dries even in the spring. So the scenic view itself looks extravagant. The garden is closed by 7.30 pm and people are not allowed to stay after that.

After this we went to “Radha Damodar” Temple Stayed there for quite some time. Post which we went to the ISCON Temple Canteen to eat something, but there was lot of rush. It was the death Anniversary of Prabhupada, The founder Of ISCON. Since the canteen was overcrowded, we decided to go out and eat post which we went for some local shopping. This day was quite exhausting and as soon as we reached our rooms, we were tired to the core and so we slept like a baby.

Day 4: Our next plan of action was to visit “Govardhan Parvat”.

They say, there was a time, when due to heavy rains half of the Brindavan went homeless due to the floods. And they didn’t have a place to save themselves from this natural calamity. There was a hill near the river, which they say, Lord Krishna Held and lifted with his little finger to save the people from the calamity caused by the rain Gods.

So we woke up at 4.00 am, had a bath, and gathered at ISCON temple. Waiting for everyone was a real pain, because, we never used to go as per the schedule. And when you are going with 40 people, it’s mundane that not all are as prompt and punctual. So, we were already running 1 hour late. We reached there by 7.00 am. This is the place where we had to start the Parikrama (rotating).  While walking, it started drizzling. But because we have already started, didn’t feel like stopping. On the way, we came across a pond called “Kusum kund”, where they say Radha used to have bath. Kusum means Flower and as per the myth, Radha used to pluck the flowers from the trees and some of the flowers fell in the pond and since then it’s named so. No one is allowed to get into that pond. It’s quite deep you see. From outside, it doesn’t look like, but they say, if anyone gets into that pond, then they are gone permanently.

Then we came across “Manas Ganga”, the actual hill starts from here. From there you can see the pond. And the view of the pond was worth watching. It looked marvellous. So we started our Yatra (Journey) to the Govardhan Parvat. We were walking and walking but could not see the Parvat so far. On our way we did some small shopping. On the way, again we came across “Indra Kund”, which again is a pond. You see lot of ponds on the way .There were lot of monkeys there as well. You have to be very careful with your belongings, because you never know from where they come and snatch things from you, Anyways; we could now see the hill from far away which was our destination. It looked quite small from a distance, but it is humongous hill.

The hill holds the surrounding of 24 kms, its huge and one can’t imagine how Lord Krishna can lift it with his little finger. Different corners have a different name. From the point where the hill starts is called”Mukharavind”. Near that hill, there are small restaurants. We had lunch and post which, we started our journey again. The whole pathway had sand all over and you feel relaxed walking on this soft sand. For 3 kms we walked on that sand and then we reached a small village. We had to cross these small villages in order to reach the main hill.  You again come across two ponds called ”Shyam kund” and “Radha Kund”, which they say ,anyone who visits this hill has to perform some rituals or else the whole trip would be incomplete. These two ponds are in either sides of the hill. Like a guard to the hill. Anyways, we finished our rituals and by 5.00 pm we reached near our bus and waited for everyone to gather. After which we boarded the bus and back we were to ISCON temple by 6.30 pm, had something to eat and back we were to our rooms.

Day 5: Mathura is a place where Lord Krishna was born, so we started around 8.00 am next day to visit all the places in Mathura. First we reached the Jail, where Lord Krishna was born. It was Humongous. We spent quite some time there and then we came out. Next we went to a place called “Ramana Reti”, it is sand and they say lord Krishna used to play on the sand with his friends. The sand was so soft and you would actually want to play with it for the rest of your life. It was real fun. We played for hours together and felt like a child there.

There are small huts there, where all the yogis (They are people who stay away from the so called World and they don’t have a family and they dedicate their life to God) stay. All the huts are of the same shape and stands in a circle. After walking so much the previous day, playing on the sand was like a pain killer. All the pain and exertion vanished altogether.

Next we went to “Raval Dhaam”, Near the Yamuna River. This is a place where Radha was born. After spending some time, we reached back to ISCON around 6.30 pm and had lunch. And then went for shopping and attended the Aarti and came back to room and had a refreshing bath. Next day was our return, so we packed our stuff and slept.

Day 6: Next day we got up at 2.30 am and went to The ISCON to attend the Last Aarti. Loaded our luggage in the bus and off we went to the railways station.

It was a week’s trip and the whole trip was an ecstasy. I feel lucky enough to explore this and I thought should definitely share my experience with everyone. An experience of lifetime, you feel you are reliving the time Lord Krishna was there and gawking at the beauty of Radha- Krishna’s revelri. People are blessed to have experienced the playful time of Lord Krishna. All in all a truly amazing experience and A must visit place for all.

Weekend Getaways from Lucknow

Weekend Getaways from Lucknow

You stay in any part of the world; it has become a trend these days to go for a trip outside the city for a nice and calm weekend. I don’t remember, when I was a tad, I ever went out for a short trip. In fact, those days, weekend used to be only Sunday, being 6 days working.
Now with so many private companies, the weekend has been extended to Saturday and Sunday, so people get enough time to go outside the city for 2 days free from all the traffic, pollution and stress. Apparently, people have different choices, when we ask about their ideal weekend getaway. Some would prefer to go to a hill station and stay in the resort and get rejuvenated. Some want to visit temples and historic places.

Lucknow is one such city where you find glut of places to visit during the weekends. With most of the famous places just hours away, Lucknow has become a famous tourist place. Lucknow is a true epitome of Indian culture. You still find the culture intact in the way they dress, talk. They reflect the true Indian culture. The Lucknawi salwar (Dress for women) are very famous across.  The Awadhi Cuisine, reflect the time the Nawab of Awadh used to rule the place.  Music resides in each and every person here. They have a true love and knowledge for music (Gazal).  Also, there are numerous places to visit from Lucknow.

Having said that let me list out some perfect places to visit from Lucknow in the weekends:

  1. Kanpur is just 81 kms from Lucknow and this is closely connected with the history. This place is situated at the banks of River Ganga and showcases the Hindu culture. SO people who prefer to visit temples, this is an ideal place with bird sanctuaries also the attraction point.
  2. Almora: If you want to visit a hill station and you are ready to travel for 6-7 hrs. Almora is the place of true beauty. Trust me, going there by road will be an experience you will never forget and for people who love long drives, this would be an ultimate experience.
  3. Agra: famous for the Agra fort, Taj Mahal and archaeological history. This again would be good weekend getaway, as you have lot of places to see and click some nice snaps to cherish for a lifetime.


The list continues. If you are more of a God lover, you have lot of pilgrimage like Mathura, Varanasi. For those of you who would like to go a little further, Bhopal, Dehradun, Shimla, Chandigarh, is also a great place to enjoy your weekend. But these places being a little far, you might have to start on Friday night and return back on Sunday night. SO you won’t miss your work on Monday. However, this might be a little tiring journey, but trust me you will feel relaxed and rejuvenating.

So, all in all, Lucknow is really an enticing place to visit in and around. I am sure; one weekend would not be enough for you to explore the beauty of the place. At the same time, you have so many options, that none of your weekends would be repetitive, like going to the same place again.

SO, let your weekend be fun filled and rollicking and enjoy the vast culture and beauty across.

The post- vacation blues

Vacation is a priceless experience that we create and live with. We share out experiences with people and every time we narrate it, we go back to the time. I recently came back from a long vacation. It was a long needed vacation, because of the stressful days my husband was facing and hardly getting time for each other. But, the post vacation blues are even more depressing. We always feel that these vacations should never end. Because they are so full of life, freedom and enjoyment, and they totally refresh and transform you.

I love travelling and that is one reason I never want to come back from any vacation and it takes lot of time for me to come out of the blues. Having said that, I figured out some ways to come out of this and they, at least for me, is little helpful.

  1.  Connect with the world and share your experience: This is something which I am doing right now. Believe me, this really helps, because, when your share your experiences with the world, you re-live it. And that, in a way is refreshing again. This also helps people to know the review of the place. SO it’s informative as well and interesting to read. Share some pictures, not your personal ones though, but the common ones.
  2. Plan Another trip:  You can always plan another trip which will keep you engaged for some time. Look for next place which you can visit and explore things accordingly. This will help you come out of the present blues. It’s not mandatory that you have to implement the next plan though, but this will at least keep you happy for some time, till you come out of the present situation.
  3. Have clarity: It’s important that we have clarity in mind that, this is just a “vacation” and it has to end some day. With this clarity, it will be easy for you to come out of the blues. When we already have a mindset that this vacation is just temporary, you will never feel depressed; in fact you will cherish the memories forever.Image

I guess every vacation, creates a new memory and new happiness in our lives. And this little happiness’ together makes your life happy and fun filled. It’s always necessary we spend quality time with our family, either by going out on a vacation or at home. This way, they would feel special and you will also enjoy life to the fullest. Talking about blues, it comes and goes, so don’t let these blues and depressions affect your personal life as well as your health.