Fantastic Friday: With Travel Quotes

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.- Moslih Eddin Saadi.

A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.- Moslih Eddin Saadi.

 If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. – Rachel Wolchin

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. – Rachel Wolchin

Travel is all about the Journey...Not the Destination

Travel is all about the Journey…Not the Destination

Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place. - Gentlemen's wisdom

Travel. As much as you can. As far as you can. As long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place. – Gentlemen’s wisdom

We travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

We travel, not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Miriam Beard

Travel is more than the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. – Miriam Beard


The untold story of Blue woad truck: My name is blue woad.. I carry a load, On the road, I eat at a truck stop, I Sleep in a parking lot, Sometimes I get struck in the traffic, Sometimes I get stuck in the snow But still I carry heavy loads, On the dirty roads,  If no load, I will fold, I'll serve you until I'm old.

he untold story of Blue woad truck:
My name is blue woad..
I carry a load,
On the road,
I eat at a truck stop,
I Sleep in a parking lot,
Sometimes I get struck in the traffic,
Sometimes I get stuck in the snow
But still I carry heavy loads,
On the dirty roads,
If no load, I will fold,
I’ll serve you until I’m old. -Dr.Rohith Reddy Pathuri

Happy Birthday to Me!!

Birthdays are a new start, a fresh beginning, and a time to pursue new endeavors with new goals. Move forward with confidence and courage. I’ll Forget the past; look forward to the future, for the best things yet to come. I want to set the world on fire with my dreams and use the flame to light my birthday candle. I am always grateful to my parents for the gift of my life, without them I might not be here posting this :p. I’m jealous of my parents because I will never have a son so cute as they have. Happy birthday to me!  

Dont listen to people who tell you how to live life, live your life in your own way. ‘Life is short my dear friends try to Live as if today is your last day. It is more important to be satisfied and happy than rich and powerful.

My best wishes to all those who are born on this auspicious day ‘May 15’.

Tasty Tuesday: Darjeeling Street Foods

Whenever I travel I put my special interest in trying local cuisines especially those foods which are sold on streets. I try street foods for a number of reasons, One is that they are reasonably priced and delicious than the foods which are sold in restaurants and other is to experience ethnic cuisines and also for nostalgia.
These pictures are taken in my recent trip to ‘Queen of Hill stations’ Known as ‘Darjeeling’. The time I spent in there was very less but still I tried some of the local street foods in chauk Bazaar Road, Darjeeling. Thought these are worth sharing.

Charming Lady feeding the streets of Darjeeling..

Charming Lady feeding the streets of Darjeeling..

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Bhutan Diaries: Dochula Pass~ Enroute from Thimphu to Punakha

Dochula pass is located enroute Thimphu – Punakha, at 3000 meters above sea level is overlooking the mighty Himalayas. At one of the viewing points, 108 stupas (chortens) were constructed as a memorial built by the queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, to honor the victory of the Bhutanese army in the 2003 war of Southern Bhutan.

This is also Known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens.

This is also Known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens.

Dochula pass

From the crest, one can get a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Himalayan mountain range. It was a cloudy day so the view was not so clear for us.

Dochula pass (9)

It seems that the view from here is very scenic on clear, winter days with snowcapped mountains forming a majestic backdrop to the tranquility of the 108 chortens gracing the mountain pass.

Dochula pass (3)
The past and future appears to merge in the details of the lhakhang (temple) and its structure tells the story of a supreme warrior figure, whose vision pierces the distant future in a fine blend of history and mythology.

The pass is also popular spiritual destination because an important temple is located on the crest of Dochula pass.

This place has become popular spiritual destination because of this temple which is located on the crest of Dochula pass.

Bhutan was forced to repel the rebels as failing to do so, India threatened to enter the country to do so themselves. The 4th King led a volunteer army of about 7,000 men to force the rebels to exit the country. That is one of the reasons why Bhutanese love their fourth king (Jigme Singye Wangchuck). He is the one who replaced GDP with Gross National Happiness. Making it as happiest country.

Dochula Pass hosts the Dochula Festival annually on 13 December. Bhutanese Started celebrating this festival from 2011. If you have a plan of visiting Bhutan in December then don't miss it..

Dochula Pass hosts the Dochula Festival annually on 13 December. Bhutanese Started celebrating this festival from 2011. If you have a plan of visiting Bhutan in December then don’t miss it..

Jumping for joy makes the soul happy..

Jumping for joy makes the soul happy..

Happy Mother’s to all the Mother’s out there. And Happy Sunday to all of you..

Bhutan Diaries: Chelela Pass~ ‘ A Pass not to be missed..’

Chelela pass is at an elevation of 13000 ft above sea level, considered to be one of the highest motorable roads in Bhutan. It’s about an hour drive from Paro, it passes through lush valleys, pine and rhododendron forest.The drive to this pass was just amazing. This place was not in our initial plan. We added it to our list just the day before we visited this place. That’s the reason why I never prefer any travel agencies, I always believe the finest exploration always lies with the individual instincts.

Chelela pass (2)

One of the Highest motorable roads in Bhutan

It was so windy and Freezing. Our driver told us that 'they call chelela as A.C of Bhutan.

It was so windy and Freezing. Our driver told us that ‘they call chelela as A.C of Bhutan.

It’s always exciting to remember the joy we carry, if any last minute call ends up with a fabulous surprise package. It has obviously considered being the best part of our trip.  This pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Chelela pass (4)

This place was very peaceful and scenic

Clouds covering the view..

Clouds covering the view..

Jomolhari is the second highest peak and is also known as “the bride of Kangchenjunga”, and it is the source of the Paro Chu (Paro river) which flows from the south side and the Amo Chu which flows from the north side. And the Jichu Drake is said to represent the protective deity of Paro it seems.

From this point, Eastern Himalayas are seen.

The view range covered with snow is magnificent.

Chelela pass (1)

This pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. It was  hard for us to identify those peaks.

Chele La Pass is the main gateway to Haa Valley.It is also marked by hundreds of prayer flags fluttering in the wind. Prayer Flags blowing in the wind is just a feeling to be felt. According to Buddhism, The white flags are the prayers for the deceased and the colorful ones brings luck.

Spectacular and colorful view isn't it?

Spectacular and colorful view isn’t it?

The view of the waving flags was just extraordinary

The view of the waving flags was just extraordinary

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Tips from my perspective:

1. Try to carry some warm clothes with you.
2. Go there for Sunrise.
3. Don’t hurry!! Try to spend some good time.
4. Don’t expect any food courts or coffee places or toilets.