Thursday, 10 November 2011

I'm Holidayiiing....

I have not posted anything since long, as I am enjoying my holidays at Native place.

It's Orissa.
So, just thought to post some of the nice places around here.
Right now I'm in the capital city "Bhubaneshwar", also known as Temple City of India.

Here, my attempt would be, to post some of the well known old temples and other heritage sites around the city.
Hope this will be a nice journey as well.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The Elephanta Caves

It’s a Saturday and we decided to visit The Elephanta Caves. Also it was a decision to take a local train ride this time to enjoy the Mumbai crowd. From CST a 5 minutes drive in taxi and then an hour long ferry ride through the sea to reach this beautiful spot was quite an experience.
The Island
There are guides to help you understand the history of the caves and chairs lifted by human for a ride who cannot of course take the tedious steps up the hill. A small train is available to take you from the arrival point to the base of hills.

The Train


Elephanta Caves are located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai harbor about 10kms from Mumbai city. The island got its name from huge rock elephant discovered by the Portuguese in 18th Century AD, which is now placed at Jijamata Udyaan. The solid basalt rock cut architecture in the caves has been dated between 5th to 8th century. There are seven caves in total out of which the cave number 1 contains sculptures of Lord Shiva and the famous Maheshmurti idol which earned international acclaim for the caves.


Yogeswar Shiva (The Meditator)

Natraj Shiva (The Dancer)

Gangadhar ( Base of Ganges)

Maheshmurti Shiva

Ardhanariswar ( Half feminine)



All the sculptures are badly damaged. Portuguese soldiers used these priceless idols of god for target practice except the Maheshmurti Shiva idol. Further damage occurred due to Water lodging, dripping rainwater and invasion of modern visitors. Today, Elephanta caves are a World Heritage monument designated as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987 to preserve the artwork. It is currently maintained by the Archeological Survey of India.

Two huge canons are located on two hills named as cannon hill 1 and 2. There are huge rooms below these huge canons used by the Portuguese, which they might have used for storage of armory.

The canon

There is a museum at the entrance of the caves,  containing pictures of different caves and architecture found in Mahrastra.

You have to beware of monkeys and cows, eager to swallow your food and stay away from the washrooms there. It’s pathetic.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Friday, 22 October 2010

A Beautiful Garden

It was a hot afternoon and we were in Sion. And soon we landed at this beautiful garden called Jawaharlal Nehru Udyan, a few meters from Sion railway station.

I loved the entire Garden. It was cool and there were so many colorful butterflies(this was my first time to see butterflies in Mumbai).

Inside this Garden is a Fort built by the Britishers in 16th Century which was majorly used as a watch tower. It is now taken care by Archeological Survey of India, whose office you can see at the base of the garden.

Now this garden is used as a place of relaxation,jogging, exercise and we saw many students studying in the peaceful environment of garden and corners of fort.

 It is surely an amazing and calm place amidst the noise and crowd of Mumbai.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Kanheri Caves

Inside the greenary of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali exists a fabulous 2000 year old Buddhist Monarchy; Kanheri Buddhist Caves.

Beauty of Park
Inside SGN Park towards Kanheri Caves

This 2000 years old caves represent the monastic life in ancient India. Kanheri saw continuous occupation from the 1st century BC, until the decline of Buddhism in India in the 9th century AD.
Caves from down the road
The carvings and architecture of Kanheri reflect both the Hinayana as well as Mahayana Buddhism.

It was a large settlement of monks, who devised ingenuous ways of sourcing and harnessing rainwater, to provide for their daily life of study and prayer.

Carved Walls
Water cisterns, stairways chiselled into the hill, prayer halls, dormitories, and the “superior” living quarters of senior monks make Kanheri a fascinating place to visit.

The caves, taken care by the Tourism department of India lies undisturbed, in the green environment of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The park is spread over 9000 hectares, and is home to several species of bird and animal life, including deer, four horned antelope, leopards, macacques, civets, mongoose and langoors.
Monsoon is the best time to visit the place to enjoy the greenary and water cisterns.