Foreign tourist coming to India are mostly bound to do a
common tourist circuit called the Golden Triangle. This Golden Triangle
consists of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Apart from this, there
is another very important site, which is referred to as the Diamond Triangle
and is a very important part of India’s Buddhist heritage.
Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri are
referred to as the Diamond Triangle of Odisha and is often considered as
some of the most important Buddhist sites of the state. The name Diamond
Triangle is not due to the locations of these sites on map instead the very
root or sect of Buddhism from where these have evolved.
Vajrayana which when you translate from Sanskrit
would mean Thunderbolt Vehicle (Vajra = Thunderbolt and Yana
= Vehicle). In Sanskrit Diamond is also known as Vajramaṇi
thus Vajrayana was referred to as the Diamond Vehicle sect of Buddhism.
I was visiting Udaipur for the very first time and
accompanying me was my office colleague. He had earlier visited Udaipur along
with another colleague of ours thus he was not that much interested in going
around Udaipur. On asking him, it became clear that the reason he was reluctant
for another Udaipur City tour was that he had seen them all. I was confused when
he only named a couple of them all located around Lake Pichola. I had done some
basic homework about this place thus was sure that he was missing out quite a
few tourist spots.
Udaipur is not just Lake Pichola it has many attractions spread all over the city however, you have to agree that most of the important places are all located around Lake Pichola thus people usually stick to few common places only. In this blog I am trying to list down all the major important tourist places in Udaipur City.
For two straight days, I was trying to locate Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur and I just could not locate it. If I Google it then nothing was showing up and when it did it had nothing out there. I had almost given up hope trying to track Bagore Ki Haveli until the last day when we were supposed to catch our flight back to Kolkata. After having our breakfast we wanted to stroll around Lake Pichola as we had already checked out of our hotels thus had some time in our hands to kill. We just wanted to sit by the lake and enjoy the bright sun as the winter chill was freezing us.
The year was 1990 and Bangalore then was still a small sleepy town. The city had very few cinema theatres and the number of them showing English movies were even less. Most of the theatres showing English movies were located on M. G. Road and Plaza was one of them. My introduction and in future addiction to Hollywood movies started from Bangalore and one movie that played a pivotal role was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This was also the very first movie, which my father and me saw together. After this, there were several occasions when we had seen a Hollywood movie together.
My father was a fan of Steven Spielberg and over the years that same fan following was inculcated to me. I still remember some of the scenes from that movie where Harrison Ford was on a horse and last but not the least the scene on the Zeplin. I became a fan of Indiana Jones and that was something, which also made me the Indian Vagabond. My passion for exploring new and unknown places developed from the idea of Indiana Jones.
27th of October 1996 was supposed to be an exiting day
when India and Australia meet head to head for a one day
international Ciricket tournamet in Cuttack (Odisha). The Cricket match
was supposed to take place at Barabati Stadium but the non stop rain had
played a spoil sport and the match was called off without a single ball being
bowled. During the mid 90’s Cricket in India was it its hights and any Cricket
tournament featuring India would bring the entire nation to a stand still.
Since T20 had not yet been started thus the number of Cricket matched featuing
team India were limited and very popular.
All these years I kept thinking Barabati was some peorson in whose name the stadium had been named. Coming back to present times when I was touring Cuttack as a part of Odisha Cultural and Heritage Tour organised by Times Passion Trails in association with Odisha Tourism I was surprised when the driver informed us that after visiting the Maritime Museum we were going next to Barabati. For a moment I was thinking why on earth are we being taken to a Cricket stadium? I assumed that they must have recently renivated the stadium and wanted us to see it.
In the year 2002 I was still in college and during that time, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Koraput in Odisha. I was a part of a five-day student exchange program where I had a fantastic opportunity to meet other college students from Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. During one of the field trip, we were taken to a tribal village and this one was not the typical tribal villages of Jharkhand but a village that belonged to the ‘Bonda Tribe’. To be specific we were visiting a specific branch of the tribe known as ‘Upper Bonda Tribe’ who lives in complete isolation from the rest of the nation.
We were given specific instructions regarding how we should interact, what we should and should not photograph and last but not the least not to give them any plastic bottles. There was even a government minder to oversee our field trip. I was allowed to click two photographs and till date, people wonder in disbelief if that was indeed a village in India or somewhere in Africa. Their dress, bead jewelry, and their food habits were very different from the rest of the region.