My Amazing Boating Experience at Yamuna River

Hello once again to all! It is a great pleasure seeing all of you back once again! Well, I mean I am back. Yes, this past weekend I was very much busy giving myself my own share of “adrenaline rush” as they call it.

As you have known, adventure tourism runs through me and I was extremely delighted having spent my last weekend in the lap of the Yamuna river. So it all began with a haywire discussion amongst us three besties — how we missed hopping up to the banks of Yamuna.

Boating on yamuna river

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Just then I suggested why not make an impromptu visit the then coming weekend and not only complete a much needed round of Darshan but also indulge in some adventurous activities.

As decided, we headed our way to the banks of Yamuna early Saturday morning — armed completely in kayaking gear! We carried our own kayaking helmets, vests, headgear and water shoes, as well as kayak accessories. As expected, the pilgrims were stunned upon seeing us dressed this way but we could not help not being noticed!

The stage was set — I mean the waters were stable; Yamuna was not very active that part of the day. We hired our personal canoe at the cost of Rs 40 per person and all three of us oared our way into the then silent Yamuna.

However, after a while, it appeared as though a storm has made up its mind to gush in. There were strong winds and our kayaking gear proved to be fruitful! While the other pilgrims started panicking, we kayaked our way through the river! An impromptu canoeing drill also followed.

No canoe but ours seemed to be present in the unstable waters and suddenly — out of nowhere, it started pouring as well! It seemed as though Mother Nature was waiting for us to be in there as she showered her bounties upon our canoe! Indeed the experience was next to splendid and by the time we were out from our boat, we all had been drenched from head to toe.

Soon we spotted a safe place to strap the canoe at the riverfront and carefully walked out of it. It was obviously a mixed bag of feelings for all of us as along with feeling happy and satisfied, we were thankful that we survived it all! Looking forward for more such day outs in the near future with my two bestest friends! Till then, adios!

The Maitri Bagh, Bhilai-A Park of Substance

I had heard a lot about the Maitri Bagh zoo at Chhattisgarh. Wildlife, zoos, sanctuaries have always been a part of me as I am interested in getting along with the nature’s own resources. We are a group of friends and whenever we get time at Bhilai, we pack our bags for an adventurous journey. Being a student, sometimes it is difficult to manage such trips with pocket money. Therefore, to plan for this trip, month long saving of pocket money were already done. This time we planned to visit the Maitri Bagh zoo in Bhilai in Chattissgarh.

The zoo called Maitri Bagh is of special attraction for not only outsiders like us, but also for the local inhabitants. Many people flock there and gather at the friendship garden which is truly an awesome picnic spot. The lush green forests, wildlife and range of flora and fauna are a reservoir of nature’s bountiful resources. An artificial lake flows amidst the zoo where there is also a toy train called Maitri express running between 3 to 5 p.m. for recreation of kids. The fresh air is calling and so pure that people love taking walks and often go for jogging in the evening and morning hours. There is a famous musical fountain within the zoo which plays instrumental music on some retro and contemporary songs. The entire environment is filled with the enchanting beats of music on which the water sprinkles out of the fountain. The synchronization of music and rhythm of the rise and fall of water is a treat for the eyes. The musical fountain started in the evening, and we spent about one hour watching that.

There is a long tower called Pragati Minar which gives top view of the entire zoo and the steel plant of Bhilai. The zoo remains open from 10 a.m. in the morning to 6 p.m. in the evening, and the admission fees is as low as Rs. 5 per head. Within this minimal charge, the entire view within the zoo is worthwhile.

I had carried my brand new digital SLR camera to capture the interesting moments inside the zoo with friends, and I must say that the whole trip gave me very good memories to cherish for a long time.

Destination of the week : Kanger Valley National Park Jagdalpur

Kanger Valley National Park Jagdalpur

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Description : Last week i went to Kanger valley national park jagdalpur with couple of my friends. kanger valley park which is also known as Kanger Ghati National Park. This Beautiful valley is blessed with different flora and fauna, making it a favorite destination amongst nature lovers. Kanger Valley National Park is quite famous for its Bio diversity through the India.

Ramtek temple, Bilaspur – The Holy Shrine for Real Peace

What should I say about this holy shrine at Bilaspur, more popularly known as Ramtek temple? This historic temple is believed to be the place where Lord Rama, during his exile period, rested along with his wife, Sita and brother Lakshman. I visited this pious place during my trip to Chhattisgarh with friends last year. Most often, I am looking out for places which are fun-filled and adventurous. I decided to go for a visit to this holy temple next day.

Ramtek Temple Bilaspur

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Ramtek is a small place at around 6 hours distance from Bilaspur. We traveled by bus from Bilaspur to Ramtek which is just about 380 kilometers far. From the bus stand, the Ramtek temple complex is few kilometers away. We hired an auto rickshaw to reach to the temple. As soon as we reached there, we observed clusters of various other temples.

This place is believed to be the place of Lord Rama. And according to Hindu mythology, the existence of Lord Rama is still found in the air of the place. There is an age-old belief of this place that whoever takes vow at this temple gets blessings from the Lord for the fulfillment of desires. There are also the ‘padukas’ of the Lord which is worshipped with utmost devotion by the denizens of the place. People from all over the world come to this holy shrine to offer their prayers and get blessings.

During the visit to Ramtek, we also visited few other Jain temples like Acharya Vidyasagar and Digambar Jain Acahrya temple. After a full devotional day of visiting temples, we went for boating in the nearby lake. The cost was nominal and we had a good time. While returning from the temple, I also saw few other temples lined up along the Ambala Tank. The entire experience was worth capturing in my lenses which I never forget to carry whenever I am traveling. I would recommend Ramtek Temple at Bilaspur to those visitors who enjoy being in the arms of nature. The flora of the place is awesome giving you the feeling of ultimate cultism.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bilaspur-A Great Place for Wildlife Lovers

I am very much fond of nature and its resources. I love animals as much as I love the flora and lush green forests. During my stay in Chhattisgarh while I was there few months back, I tried to cover as much place as I can. I and friends had visited the place as we are a bunch of boys always ready for adventure tourism. The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh was my prime reason for being there. Since early childhood, wildlife, nature and photography have called me towards itself. This time I went on for the trip with friends carrying my brand new digital SLR camera to capture a few moments in my lenses.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary Bilaspur

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Established in the year 1975, the sanctuary is known for the preservation of tigers. As it is not hidden to anyone in India that the number of tigers is decreasing day by day and it being our national animal, it is the duty of all of us to protect it with utmost care. The sanctuary is located at the northwest side of Chhattisgarh where other endangered animals like leopards, wild bisons and Bengal tigers are also protected. Indian muntjac, striped hyena, sloth bear, chinkara, black buck, four-horned antelope, nilgai, sambar, wild boar are few of the other species which I found there.

After going round the sanctuary, we hired a jeep within the forest and traveled inside it. The jeep took us for a ride within the jungle which was also accompanied by a guide. Wild buffalos, peacocks, sambar, deer, monkeys, wild hens, nilgai were all roaming inside the forest in open as the jeep drove past all of them. The guide described about each animal in the jungle. The three hour long safari was a very nice experience for all of us as we enjoyed it to a great extent.

As the safari was over, I decided to go round the sanctuary myself to collect a few pictures to keep them for a memory. I should say here that the entire trip to the Achanakmar Wildlife sanctuary in Bilaspur has given me a lot of good experiences.

Destination of the week : Chitrakote Falls Jagdalpur

Chitrakote Falls Jagdalpur

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Description : After my exams, i decide to plan a bike trip with my friends to some places cool as well as adventures. we chose Chitrakote falls Jagdalpur for our trip. It is also known as Chitrakoot or Chitrakut Falls. The first time we saw Chitrakote falls, we all were awestruck. The panoramic view of these water falls mesmerizes every visitor.

Bhakra dam – A hot spot of Bilaspur!

As a school student, I have read about the Bhakra-Nagal Hydroelectric project, from then on I have always waited for an opportunity to visit and improve my knowledge. Well, the time has come, to visit is the Bhakra Dam and all of us were excited. No visitor in Bilaspur misses seeing the huge dam. It is one of the highest dams in the world, I was proud of it too!

My friends and I were all dressed up and a vehicle was arranged for us to get to the place. It was around 10 am in the morning, the weather seemed very pleasant. It was a bright day and perfect, for a day out! It took about twenty minutes to reach the place .As I got off the car; I was amazed at the stunning location. Nature’s beauty at its ultimate! Majestic Sutlej river, green jungles beside the river and a huge man-made structure across the river to ornament it all! It is simply a Wow!

Bhakra Dam Bilaspur

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My eyes were just still to capture the beautiful location and to all my friends, I recommend you visit to this beautiful place, which is worth a million. It is the effort taken by many great compatriots and the dam is stands as a dedication to our beloved Jawaharlal Nehru. I spoke to some of the employees to gather information about the place and they were polite enough to explain everything to me. Nangal Dam lies close to the Bhakra and it is one of the oldest hydroelectric power generators in the country.

Bhakra Dam Bilaspur

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Main purpose of the dam is to cover water requirements in all areas of Himachal Pradesh and provide irrigation. The dam meets water requirements of the adjoining states of Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana. It was a fabulous trip and we spent almost three hours there. As a student, I had a wonderful experience and was happy to have gained knowledge about key places in the country. As usual, I bid adieu to another terrific destination and began my return journey. India is home to many beautiful places in the world! Come out and explore!

Amarkantak temple – Feel the divinity!

Bilaspur is famous for many reasons like the Kosa silk saris, varieties of rice and unique culture. I was fortunate to be in the city of Bilaspur for a couple of days. Madhya Pradesh, heart of India has many places of interest that adds to my itinerary. I had been to Kanan Panderi zoo, and enjoyed the trip thoroughly. The place has some of the finest temples that depict unique architecture. Amarkantak temple is one of them, which have always fascinated me. It was the second time I was visiting the place.

Amarkantak Temple Bilaspur

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Looking back to the temple’s history, it must have been thousands of years if its existence. I can still see how divine the temple is, which has a number of devotees visiting the temple regularly. It is one of the prime pilgrim centers and is distinct from the other temples as it sole place of worship of all the three worlds in the universe. It is said that many saints have attained enlightenment after years of meditation. As I walked into the temple I turned on my camcorder which kept doing its job, capturing the fabulous ancient architecture.

As I walked in, I saw a person dressed in saffron busy meditating with a rudraksh prayer beads. He was busy chanting prayers, which were not audible to me. I sat beside him and after a few seconds, he opened his eyes, but his lips were still chanting prayers. I have always wanted to speak to sages to know about their kind of life and what led them to choose such a path. I thought I could grab this opportunity to speak this great person.

He seemed friendly and as I began talking to him, he said that he was already into meditation right from his childhood. He was well versed with Sanskrit slokas and I was admiring his mastery over the language and knowledge about Hindu mythology. I felt that there a lot to learn to have a disciplined life and of course prayers form a major part of everyday life. Temple surroundings offered tremendous peace and I am happy to have chosen such a destination.

Destination of the week : Kotumsar Caves Jagdalpur

Kotumsar Caves Jagdalpur

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Description : Recently, i was a able to plan a trip to kotumsar caves Jagdalpur. Kotumsar Caves are located within the Kanger Valley National park with Kailash Caves.Kotumsar caves are quite unique and have a character of their own. One could never find such beautiful caves in the entire Chhattisgarh.

Hotel Grand Arjun, Raipur-For that Perfect Stay!

I am always enthusiastic and full of life when it comes to going around with friends for a joyride amidst the nature. So this time during my stay in Raipur, we were looking for some budget hotels that would fit to our necessities and provide us with luxury. While we arrived at the Railway Station, we went on looking for hotels nearby. And there was this hotel called Hotel Grand Arjun beside Millennium Plaza on G.E Road. The main reason behind choosing this hotel was that it was close to other important look out points at Raipur. The famous Mahamaya Mandir, Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum, Vivekananda Sarovar, Maitri Bagh Zoo and Nandanvan Zoo are few of the places which are in close vicinity to the hotel.

Hotel Grand Arjun Raipur

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We checked in to the hotel rooms at 12 noon and unpacked our bag packs. There are executive, deluxe and super deluxe rooms, but obviously we went for the lowest priced rooms owing to our tight budget. The rooms are spacious with vibrant hues of colors painted playfully on the walls. The rooms were air conditioned equipped with color television, iron box, iron safe, in-room menu and phone line. There is also W-Fie service inside the room which can be taken up by paying minimal charges. The room has super comfortable beds with sofas and full length mirror.

At night we went to have dinner within the hotel, as we did not feel like going out that day. The hotel served us multiple cuisines which include Indian, Chinese, Thai, Continental and Mughlai meals. Mughlai is my all time favorite cuisine, so I went on for ordering it which actually costs very less.

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The hotel served us with their sheer hospitability. The luxurious interiors also had a touch of tradition of old-day Raipur. My entire stay at Hotel Grand Arjun at Raipur was very much convenient and satisfactory. I would definitely suggest this hotel to my other friends.

I have a great zeal towards discovering nature’s bountiful resources amidst lush green forests. Trekking along with little photography is what I always want to do when I am not studying. So I enjoyed my stay at the hotel since the staff in the hotel provided proper guidance for our sightseeing also.