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ShiviFebruary 28, 201711min1761

Why fly, if you can swirl the road with your wheels and can explore any destination, any remotest place you wish to! For me as a traveler, road trips, highways are just the thing! In India, there are some amazing highways to get on with your beast and be greedy! Every traveler has its own choice for the road trips, but here’s have a look to some of the best road trips a hitchhiker in India can grab next.. You will not be disappointed for sure! Ahah, and if you the right companion, Ohh My … Bang On!

Nomads can decide to wonder about the “living extensions” in Cherrapunji, taste mixed drinks on the shoreline in Goa or gape at the greatness of the Himalayas. These entire great stimuli are enough to take off the Jack out!

SO, drop the Pegman on a course on Google Maps, and you can look at all encompassing perspectives and shots starting from the earliest stage. Here is the rundown of 6 best trails for freak drivers and highway lovers. India is exceptionally acclaimed by road trips aficionados — where one can cover everything from desert to evergreen woods, mountains to drifts, mud streets to six path interstates.

Mumbai to Goa

From the hustle-bustle to the blue waters is around 677 kms

This road trip can be considered as the “father of all the road trips”. Consistently, a huge number of Mumbai’s bothered obsessive workers head to the shorelines of Goa to de-stress. The NH17 is one of the great highways in India for long drivers especially on weekends, going through the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and offering some really fine perspectives of the stream Vashisti and its marshlands.

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In the midst halt to take a chance to visit the untainted shorelines of Ganpatipule, and investigate the town of Malvan, which brags the notable Sindhudurg fortress constructed by Shivaji. In case you’re going amid mango season that is now heading near I challenge you not to get twelve Ratnagiri alphonso mangoes along the way.

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Vroom: Given the smooth thruway, suggests making the excursion with your mates in the Audi A3 or a good XUV maybe Mahindra or the best can be your ThunderBird.

Guwahati to Tawang

Flavor of Northeast Untouched India around 521 kms

The east is essentially under spoke to in terms of travel. In any case, the territory’s rich social legacy and characteristic magnificence make for a terrific outing. On this course, you can visit the wettest spot on the planet, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. While there, stare at the “living scaffolds” assembled of the developing foundations of trees.

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Visit the World War II burial grounds in Imphal. Top off the excursion by stalking the imperiled one-horned Indian rhino at Kaziranga National Park and going by the Tawang cloister in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Drive by: There’s no preferred car or bike for this excursion over the strong Range Rover. Engulfing the undulating landscape and rough terrain fixes, that you shall or would need a SUV OR XUV for this kind of drive. The Range Rover is doubtlessly up to the errand.

Manali to Leh

Rugged terrain to a sequestered world is around 474 kms

The exemplary Himalayan road trips not to miss out probably with your beloved. Manali to Leh is one of the hardest and most noteworthy streets to explore on the planet. The Manali-Leh road is open only in June when the Border Road Organization (BRO) starts clearing snow. The best time to take this excursion is in the two-month window from August through September (so arrange ahead).

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The Rohtang Pass offers perspectives of the Beas and Chandra streams. The most astounding pass you’ll experience is Taglang La at 5,359m, after which you start the plummet to Leh. Spend your first night at KeylongKeylong to adjust. The tent camps in Sarchu are a prevalent stop for the second night.

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Vroom: If you need to do it right, the Royal Enfield is the best way to ride over the mountains. I would suggest swinging a leg over the Continental GT 535. Indeed there’s space for one and only on it, yet a few things are best sought after solo (haaaaa). Keep in mind to save petrol with you as motorbikes blaze through more fuel than regular at higher heights.

Bengluru to Calicut 500 kms

Southern India’s roads and highways proffer everything from national parks to shorelines along the way. Head to Mysore to admire the city’s rich religious history and further take after the natural life in Nagarhole, Bandipur and Mudumalai.

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Lastly hit the shorelines around Calicut – Kappad and Kozhikode. A three hour bypass south of Kozhikode to the Pada Mardana at the Taj Malabar, Cochin will compensate you with a decent foot knead. There’s an hour long form, in any case 30 minutes is everything you need to feel shiny new once more.

In case you’re a shuddering mass of sore muscles and need some restoring, the Taj Bekal, Kerala does a brain binding and incredible, Pehalwan Maalish, with warming mustard oil.

Drive By: Some of the streets through the slopes are limited, so taking your bike along for the outing is not bad, but at the same time not enough to blow anyone’s mind. The one which I do at this course in is Harley-Davidson’s made-in-India Street 750.

Jaipur – Ranthambore

From the stunning pink city to the Land of boisterous tiger is around 145 kms

A lot of people go to Ranthambore or do the Jaipur-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer circuit. For me, the tour appeals the sandy desert, castles and additionally the richness of untamed life at Ranthambore. Time your endeavor to harmonize with one of the numerous celebrations in Jaipur (the Elephant Festival tops the rundown).

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At Jodhpur, head to the Raas haveli Raas haveli and book yourself in for the Raas Signature treatment at the natural Ila Only spa. It includes a profound tissue rub with simply enough manipulating, walloping and squeezing to get you prepared for the long excursion back home. For something all the more down to business, attempt the 30-moment back and shoulder recuperation rub. (Soothe your senses)

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Vroom: Something that is OK with kicking up a tempest in the desert – we’re on to the goliath Mercedes-Benz GL 500. Its 4-wheel drive and astounding footing control make this one hell of a ride to humor you in an episode of sand bay.

GO for the next kicking highway trip…. Review the blog if it strikes you … 

 

 


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ShiviJanuary 8, 20176min1430

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I guess it will be difficult today to explain this blog in my words. The play that I witnessed during Vifa is not only unforgettable, rather illustrious in nature. I wish you all readers could have had become a part of it, but that’s okay! I hope you could relate it with now !

With no more surprises, the play “Patni” (wife) was a sovereign show played solo by one and only outlandish artist/actor/writer/director Mr. Makarand Deshpande. Before I head over the gist and illustration of the show, I would like to mention #Vifa – Vihaan crew and artists that they have given an opportunity for Bhopal to witness this wonderful act by Makarand during Vifa -2016-17. 

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As the named suggests Patni – An eye-catching story of a husband who lost her wife in an accident, whom he loved intensely.  This latest solo performance was like an untold story that occurs maybe in our lives as well, but we hardly talk to anyone about it. The play was well designed and soulfully executed by Makarand Deshpande. was a treat for the audience. Nobody wanted this performance to finish, but every story has its end…

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He lives for her, he dies for her, he shares every moment with her, despite she is no more, still, she is alive, he tries to portray and convey that she has to leave one day. Though consciously and unconsciously he knew she isn’t there and won’t come back, but the aroma of love was alive. “Love is immortal”. was a treat for the audience. The struggle within him that he faces, to let her wife go got goose wombs to many in the audience …

The music in between, the lights that were thrown perfectly on his eyes and go on and off with his every dialogue takes the audience into another world. I personally ran through my own reel of life and my eyes had tears. He depicted and showed the audience that soul has no borders, it is in your veins and you remain through it all your life.

The music and the lights by the crew was commendable. It was indeed a treat for the audience. What a fine actor he is. His story ended with a note that –“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy, you are crazy because you are in love. Love is intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.” 

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When I met him in person, I could not speak a word at first, had tears again and skipped a heart beat. Happy to write here that I could relate to his act with my life. The moment during his play he said – “jab asatya, satya ho jata hai, wo maya hai” ...I flowed into the emotion in this line…

When I asked him what was “ruhani” in this play of yours, he answered he could not exactly explain and it is something which is inseparable from your soul… Sir this is for you from – SpiritedBlogger   “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, I love you as the hidden shadows are to be loved, I love you in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

Guys this one is a bit different, but if you are in love, spread the word! Love you all! – Catch me of facebook and instagram… 


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ShiviJanuary 5, 20173min910

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For Bhopal witnessing a Japanese dance form was new which came true via VIFA
Our friend from Poland  – Kasia Zejmo performed Butoh – A Japanese dance form.  for those who doesn’t know about it read below…

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For all those who doesn’t know about it please read below, I’m sure you would love to watch it again..

Butoh (舞踏 Butō?) is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a vivid range of activities, techniques and motivation for dance, performance, or movement. Following World War II, Butoh arose in 1959 through collaborations between its two key founders Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo. Butoh, literally is translated into “stomp dance or earth dance”

The art form is known to “resist fixity”and can be a bit difficult to define; notably, founder Hijikata Tatsumi viewed the formalization of butoh with “distress”.Common features of the art form include playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and it is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion.

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However, with time Butoh groups are gaining popularity and tremendously being formed around the world, with their numerous aesthetic methods and intentions. This art form is still under transition and it quite intense. Actually, Butoh was born out of chaos and is so performed on the streets, open air ground, with socially challenging pieces.

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Butoh – An art at its best .. Enjoy some pictures of the performance I grabbed last night. Thanks #Vifa 

 


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ShiviJanuary 4, 20174min970

Vihan International Art Festival, Bhopal celebrates art, culture, and climate change every year. This year is the second with stunning performances and blend of global diversity. VIFA 2016-2017 is being presented by Vihaan Drama Works in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, M.P. Government and AISECT University!

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VIFA is an annual event of Vihaan (means Dawn) which is an institution of arts in Bhopal.Established in the year 2011, Vihaan works on the philosophy of creating a space for young and zealous artists to get involved and delve in the diversified field of theater, music, designing, writing, photography, film making and other performing and fine arts. The idea is to provide a distinctive creatively energized atmosphere to the talented artists to learn and explore through practice. Vihaan has three verticals Vihaan Drama Works, Vihaan Picture Works and Vihaan Design Works. We also have a children theatre wing named SwapnYaan where children from 3 to 15 years learn and enjoy theatrical practices. Every wing has a separate and dedicated team which works 365 days for the development, training and performance. The very concept of working (which we can proud of) is our training of arts which we are providing free of cost since last 5 years.  

On the Sixth day of #Vifa 2016-17 I witnessed two wonderful performances at Shaheed Bhawan, Bhopal. In this blog I would like to talk about the first solo performance of “Maa Mujhe Tagore Bana De” by Lucky Gupta at Shaheed at open air. The chill and freeze too can’t stop the audience to get awe-struck with the invigorating act from LuckyJee. Surprised to see how he could connect with the audience in an open air with cold breeze. There were children, youngsters and all-aged audience who were enjoying the soulful act presented by LuckyJee. It was captivating play about a story of a child and his harsh struggle for education and moving high in his life.

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With this story he connected strings on child education, child labour, poverty, childhood issues, to give an insight how life is still to be corrected or made better in many parts of our world, especially in India. The most beautiful part of this play was the connect with the urban audience on how a child can become “Tagore “. Everyone has a “Tagore” in them, we just need push our instincts and will. This powerful performance was his 1016th intriguing audience and kids in this cold weather.

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Wait for the next piece on the Play – Amrita…

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ShiviJanuary 1, 20176min52041

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New year 2017, we welcome every second of the New Year eve with thrill and aspirations. Every year trillions of resolutions are made in the hope to get them fulfilled. Today we are on the first day of the New Year 2017. I’m sure everyone who partied last night and the ones who didn’t have many dreams to come true in the year ahead.

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Honestly, I’m a quite bad when it comes to putting or keeping the resolutions, infact I don’t make any resolutions for the New Year. I have had cruel times and hardships on the New Year few years back, making me apprehensive for resolutions. Anyway not wasting your time though, being a blogger I feel there are some New Year resolutions which every blogger should think off. Maybe I’m wrong but trying them will not harm you! Check them out!

New Year 2017 resolutions for professional bloggers!

Develop your own identity – It is very important for a blogger to develop your own unique personality which is the light in the dark for you. It’s a myth that hiding your personality gives you better coverage Ohh Noo! Please do not hide your identity, reveal it with your name and personality. Let the world know about you and your style of writing.

Sharing is caring! Never forget to share!

Good content and great ideas – As content is the only turning factor for your blog, thus follow your heart, pen down which is original and true makes sense! Create good quality content so that the reader enjoy and could relate it with the surroundings (whichever topic you chose). Always try to write something new that would indulge the reader to read and share. But in case if it doesn’t work then do not lose patience. Be smart again to understand where you went wrong and keep the pace with new technology.

Effective use of social media! Facebook Twitter   InstagramUse the best of the social media platforms such as facebook, twitter, instagram. They work pretty cool in spreading and fetching more readers. You have to reach out to people to make them read your blog. Thus tweet daily about your blog posts and updates whichever you have in your mind. Thus this year do not ignore the power of social media with the new technology in-house.

Indulge yourself in the discussions and the comments of the reader The generous and courteous way to enhance your personal relationship online is to gratify every person whosoever, likes, shares, comments or replies on your blogposts. The only way to create or write better is to listen to your readers, “even if it is negative comment”. This develops a sense of responsibility and trustworthiness towards you. In 2017 never overlook your reader’s comments and shares. If possible indulge into polls and discussions with the help of software.

How many blogs in a week or daily? – Ideally, if you ask me posting one blog daily should be the food to search engines. In fact this is also not that great, around 2-3 daily, it depends on your competition also. Thus make sure you know how your competitors are doing and then keep the pace. You need to feed the search engines with your content so that you are not left behind.

Life is never ending so as learning! Learn new writing skills to be in the competition on the search engine. Learn new words, phrases, idioms. In reality, your writing should virtually talk to the readers. Write as much as possible so that your readers are coming back over again and again to you!

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Love you all! Hope this year brings success to all the bloggers and life to your words!

Happy Blogging! Keep Reading!


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ShiviDecember 24, 201610min1094

PRESERVING TIBETAN CULTURE AT NORBULINGKA INSTITUTE – DHARAMSALA, HIMACHAL PRADESH

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#SoloTravel has always beguiled me! It was a beautiful morning, unadulterated and not to miss in life! The view from my cottage was stunningly perfect awe-struck my senses. I took my shades, got into my boots and headed down towards Dharamshala from Dharamkot passing by Mcloedganj. The destination was Norbulingka institute.

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Wondering why I’m writing on an institute that has nothing much related to me, indeed the institute needs to be talked about. It lays 6 kms southwest to Dharamshala and as established in 1998 by Kelsang and Kim Yeshi Sidhpur. The name of the institute is derived from the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lama which is in Lhasa (the capital of Tibet)

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Getting around Norbulingka  – I got enticed the moment I entered the institute by the gorgeous artifacts and colorful walls engraved and painted with traditional Tibetan art (thangka). The moment you step in you are enthralled by magnificent and gurgling streams that smoothly run through flawlessly maintained Japanese-styled gardens. You may get astonished to see or witness different species of Himalayan birds flocking and flittering among the treetops.

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There lot to see and roam around in the institute which might take your hours to explore fully. Norbulingka institute’s main aim is to preserve the art and culture of Tibet in India. The institute comprises of a temple, stupa with deities who are worshiped in Tibetan culture, workshops for embroidery, paintings, statue making, wooden art, lush green gardens and hummingbird café for munching and chilling out!

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Temple Entrance

Workshops  – This institute will amaze you with the endurance and perseverance of the culture intact on safe hands. From, generations the artisans and craftsmen are working hard to conserve the traditional art form of paintings (thangka) and appliqué work.

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Every year thousands of visitors come and explore the Norbulingka institute and take part in the workshops. The workshops give you vivid knowledge and understanding of intricate art form and culture of Tibet. You can take the workshop as per your choice of art form; there are workshops given on thangka sketching, wood painting, wood carving and appliqué workshops. Do not worry! you are always under the supervision of experts who would make you professional in the respective art form. After the completion of the workshop if you wish you can be offered to volunteer or work as well.

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Shops  – There is a shop inside the institute that sells the hand-made artifacts, paintings, and statues, which are made in-house at the workshop in the institute. The unique collection of appliqué, wood carvings, paintings are sold here. You can take any of the meticulously created thangka painting, statues or wall paintings for your home décor way back home. It is worth!

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Meet the humans

One of the best things you should not miss while visiting the institute is meeting the humans here. OMG! They are the wonderful people one can have all the pleasure knowing them. Every manager, artisan, craftsman, worker, tour guide has their own story to depict with the pain of being a refugee in India. The hard times they faced as refugees in India or caught hold by the military or stuck with kids and no food and no shelter. From my eyes out of many meet the two –

KALSANG KYPA – THE TOUR GUIDE – A great chap with sincerity towards whatever he does. He was a great help to me for all the time I was in the institute, exploring and learning new things about Tibetan culture. His journey was terrible but after being patient and having faith in oneself he found he is safe in Nepal and then he came to India. Wanted to say thank you!

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DASAL – THANGKA PAINTER – He is a terrific thangka painter, since childhood he would draw mountains, valleys and hills. But as he learned more about Tibetan culture he now loves to paint only Buddha and thangkas.

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Getting Here Norbulingka is situated in Sidhpur, a suburb of Dharamsala, about 30 minutes from McLeod Ganj.

By Air – nearest airport is Gaggal, around 20 minutes from Norbulingka. Alternatively, you can take flight from Jammu or Amritsar, both are around 4 hours from Dharamsala.

By train – Pathankot is the nearest station. 2 hours from Dharamsala. Booking in advance is recommended.

By Bus – One of the most cost-effective and reliable way to reach is by bus. Volvo and Himachal Tourism buses ply on a timely basis; you can check the schedule online.

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