Belum Caves – Travel Guide


Belum Caves - Travel Guide

I have traveled across the oceans, trekked in the mountains even drove around the deserts but what I have not seen is a real cave. This unfulfilled dream of mine came true when I had the opportunity to visit Belum Caves. Located in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh in India. This trip forms a part of the tourist circle which comprises of Belum Caves – Gandikota GorgeGandikota FortGooty Fort.

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Eight Places to Visit in Trichy


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The British called it Trichinopoly, the original name is Tiruchirappalli and popularly it’s called Trichy or Tiruchi. Similar to that of Thanjavur this town has a recorded history since the Cholas around 3 BC. Later on, it was ruled by the Pandyas, Pallavas, Vijayanagar Empire, Nayaks, Carnatic state and finally the British.

This is basically a temple town with two very famous temples, other than temple this town also has two very important churches and a Dargah, with a distance of only sixty kilometers from Thanjavur this place can easily be visited as a day trip.

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Beaches in Pondicherry


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The highlight of my Pondicherry trip along with my family was the French architecture but for my daughter, her main intention was to splash in the waters of The Bay of Bengal. Thus the very moment we landed in the Union Territory of Pondicherry (now Puducherry) my daughter started throwing all sorts of tantrums forcing us to head for the beach first.

This tour of Pondicherry was completely unplanned thus I had not done any research on the important places of interest and in this confusion booked a hotel quite far from the main attractions. We took an Auto which would take us to Promenade Beach, unknown to me this is basically a beach front with a sea wall made up of large boulders and swimming is a big no no here considering the deep waters.

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Longewala


Longewala

It was our last day in Jaisalmer and I had already started missing it, there were few more places that I wanted to visit but the shortage of time meant that I had to go to my next destination and perhaps one day come back again. My visit to Jaisalmer was part of my grand Rajasthan tour covering Jaipur -> Ajmer – Pushkar -> Jaisalmer -> Jodhpur.

My train to Jodhpur was scheduled in the late evening and I had a good time from morning to evening. Initially, I wanted to visit Desert National Park and was discussing the travel arrangements with the hotel owner and suddenly he popped up the idea of visiting Longewala.

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Dooars Elephant Attack


Dooars Elephant Attack

I have been to Dooars a couple of times, with family, with friends and with office colleagues. People often mistake Dooars to be a single forest location but in reality, it’s quite a huge zone with many individual forest zones and small hill towns which one can visit during day trips.

It was in the year 2011 that I somehow managed to convince my seniors to have our office annual All India IT Conference at Dooars and to make it much better we managed to get a very good forest resort at a steal considering an offseason.

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A Tryst with Ray’s Palamu


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My first taste of Satyajit Ray’s cinema started at the age of ten when we used to stay in Bangalore. Those were the days of VHS video cassettes and my father showed us the Apu Trilogy. Honestly speaking then I never did really understand the exact meaning of a Ray Classic. In fact, then Satyajit Ray was still alive and yet to receive the Oscar for his lifetime contribution.

It was 23rd of April 1992 we were celebrating my sister’s birthday in Bangalore, this day also happened to be our last day in Bangalore as my father had decided to move back to Kolkata. There were many guests in the party and after every one had left my father turned on the television to watch the news at nine on Doordarshan. It was then we came to know that Satyajit Ray was no more.

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