Aksharadhool: Konkan, coconuts and coconut oil My roots and origins from both paternal and maternal sides, all point to this narrow strip of land, though our last three generations have spend their entire lives in the region that lies to east of Western Ghat mountains. Even then, visiting Konkan is always a sort of home coming for me, though I have failed to visit it very often.
Aksharadhool: A tourist destination par excellence! However if you ask a real connoisseur today about his choice of a tourist destination, he is likely to brush off most of the places I have listed above because there is a new tourist destination that has just opened up its doors to tourists. Its virgin, awe inspiring beauty, unspoiled by any kind of human interference is simply breath taking. There is absolutely nothing similar to this wonderland anywhere else in the world.
A Siem Reap Sojourn- Part I In the Khmer language, Angkor means a ‘Nagari’ in Sanskrit or a city. I am on my way now to visit the greatest of the ancient Khmer cities, named as ‘Angkor Thomb’, which literally means a great city. My car stops and I get down. A magnificent spectacle stands right in front of me. A solid stone wall about 8 meters high is completely blocking my view at the end of my vision like a backdrop.
Aksharadhool: Is there a perfect travel plan? If I am ever asked about my idea of a perfect travel plan, I am sure to answer in the negative, if the choice is of just lazying in the sun or in the five star comfort of a hotel. I do love beaches but spending a day there, relaxing on the beach, would be the longest, I would opt for. Any extended holiday on a beach or in a five or four star resort, would not enthuse me at all. Someone mentioned recently to me that I love to visit temples.
Historically speaking, perhaps the most important place in South Sahyadris region, in the vicinity of Yellapur, is the town of ‘Banvasi’. This town has know history of at least 2250 years. There is recorded history that shows that in the year BC 242 or shortly after the great council of the eighteenth year of Maurya Emperor Ashoka , a Buddhist missionary called “Rakshita” was sent to Banvasi to spread Buddhist religion.
Around 1954-55, I had toured Karnataka region, as a school going lad, on an school excursion.There is something special about schooldays memories. Yet, most of school memories for me somehow, are sort of still, black and white photographs, like past moments frozen in time. Whatever little memories of that trip remain with me are like black and white, still pictures.
Sahyadri mountains are not new to me. My home city of Pune sits right in the middle of these mountains. In fact some of the foot hills are so near my house, that right from my childhood, I have been wandering over the hills. Yet, motoring in the southern end of the same mountain range of Sahaydris has given immense pleasure to me for last few days. Southern Sahyadris really differ from the north.
Aksharadhool: China agrees to a new route for Kailash pilgrimage Opening of this route would bring big relief for Kailash pilgrims because not only the journey would be safer, it would also be cheaper, faster and less arduous. A positive and welcome news for Indians.