Goa Wanderings..

Aguada Fort (1)

The fort was constructed in 1613 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas. It was a reference point for the vessels coming from Europe at that time. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi River

Aguada Fort Goa (4)

Fort Aguada and its lighthouse is a well-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort standing in Goa, India, on Sinquerim Beach, overlooking the Arabian Sea.

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi  (1)

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was built in 1661 by the Portuguese in Old Goa.

Old Goa

View from the Main gate

Dono paula (1)

Dona Paula beach was named after the Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter Dona Paula de Menezes. This young, innocent girl fell in love with a local Goan fisherman. Of course, this match was unacceptable to the Viceroy who forbade his daughter Dona Paula to ever see her young lover again. Distraught with love and sorrow, Dona Paula could not bear a life without her young Goan lover and threw herself off a cliff into the unforgiving Arabian Sea. Left with nothing but his daughter’s memory, the Portuguese Viceroy named the area Dona Paula, as an eternal tribute to his stubbornness and forbidden romance & love. Today, there is a black stone statue of the young Dona Paula and her Goan lover on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea with a sweeping view of the Marmagoa Port in the background.

Dono paula (2)

The Dona Paula beach itself is one of Goa’s best beaches for water sports such as windsurfing, water skiing, para sailing, motor boat rides etc. There are also several organised water sports facilities on offer in Dona Paula. If you do happen to get serious hunger pangs with all the water sport action, there are quite a few seafood restaurants along the stretch from Dona Paula to Miramar…

The Basilica of Bom Jesus  (1)

The Basilica of Bom Jesus is located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus  (6)

The mausoleum was designed by the 17th-century Florentine sculptor Giovanni Battista Foggini. It took ten years to complete.

The Basilica of Bom Jesus  (3)

Interior view of Altar..

My beast and My Love..

My beast and My Love..

The mind of friends are like railway track. they never meet.. but has to go together to keep the friendship alive.....

The mind of friends are like railway track. they never meet.. but has to go together to keep the friendship alive…..

Studying the orientation & behavior of the birds during the sunset..& experiencing one of the best sunsets in India @ Chapora Fort

Studying the orientation & behavior of the birds during the sunset..& experiencing one of the best sunsets in India @ Chapora Fort

That’s my friend Vamshi on the wall of Chapora fort, Goa

Vamshi on the wall of Chapora fort, Goa

Rorboyz through My lens.. :P

Rorboyz through My lens.. 😛

We bagged some of the best memories in our Lives.....And that was our 1st camping, That too on the shore of the Arabian sea, Goa.

We bagged some of the best memories in our Lives…..And that was our 1st camping, That too on the shore of the Arabian sea, Goa.

Sensory Overload: Changu Lake

The Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) away from Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim. Its elevation is 3,780 m (12,400 ft). During the winter season the lake remains frozen.he lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons. The lake is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people. Buddhist monks prognosticated the future of the country after studying the changing colours of the lake. As the lake is located in a restricted area it is essential for all Indians visiting the area to obtain permits. In case of foreign nationals special permit is essential. It’s better to go with travel agents because they will do all the documentation for our trip.Changu lake (10) Changu lake (7) Changu lake (5)Changu lake (9)Changu lake (2)Changu lake (1)

Chronicles of Yellowie & Vader: The Journey begins..

A Road trip with Vader had been a long dream of Yellowie and just like that, the trip started from Carabad. It was a matter of pride for Yellowie  to travel with Vader.Cross-Continent travel is the only thought running on her mind. When she started thinking by putting herself into Vader’s Tyres and she thought that it is not good to take him that long who doesn’t like travelling.

One smile, can start a friendship. One word, can end a fight. One look, can save a relationship. One person can change your life.

One smile, can start a friendship. One word, can end a fight. One look, can save a relationship. One person can change your life.

Finally they decides to go for a Cross-country travel. So she finalises her destination Bhutan(Land of Thunder Dragons), drive through New Jalpaiguri.Yellowie and Vader

On the way, They started talking and they didn’t stop. They didn’t make it as far as the Bhutan Border. They ran out of superficial topics  and started to get more personal(which they never tried). Yellowie talks about her only sister Briony & all the love she got for her. He feels that she looks cute when she’s overwhelmingly happy for Briony and her Husband Mr.Fierce( Wait for the Story :p). By the time they reached Bhutan they’ve Emotionally bounded like never before.

By the time they reached Bhutan they’ve Emotionally bounded like never before.

By the time they reached Bhutan they’ve Emotionally bounded like never before.

They entered Bhutan, Vader can feel the excitement in Yellowie’s eyes. There’s nothing you cannot like about Bhutan.  She enjoys Nature & his company. The mountains, rivers,  snow & the Cars. They stops at every scenic view, takes pictures & feels the beauty of the place and goes to another.

Paro Taktsang is also known as Tiger's Nest, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located 10 Kms to the north of Paro and hangs on a precipitous cliff at 3,120m, about 900m above the Paro valley, on the right side of the Paro River. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.

Paro Taktsang as a backdrop is a.k.a Tiger’s Nest, a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century.

Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. It is made of bronze and gilded in gold and is 51.5meters tall. This is built to bestow blessings, peace and happiness on the whole world.

Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue. It is made of bronze and gilded in gold and is 51.5meters tall. This is built to bestow blessings, peace and happiness on the whole world.

The Punakha Dzong was constructed in 1637-38, and was the seat of Bhutan's government until Thimphu was established as the new capital, in 1955.

The Punakha Dzong was constructed in 1637-38, and was the seat of Bhutan’s government until Thimphu was established as the new capital, in 1955.

Yellowie drives in the forward direction while Vader goes reverse while seeing her. Yellowie lost herself while experiencing the culture & beauty of Bhutan. While Vader lost himself in the beauty of her.

Vader lost himself in love..

Vader lost himself in love with Yellowie..

It Suddenly starts drizzling , Yellowie starts her windshield wiper & fog lights on. Vader thinks that she’s amazing the way she is.. She starts Wipers and Foglights.  She looks stunning at that point of time. He is awestruck with beauty of her.

Paro international airport is located in a deep valley at an elevation of 7300 ft above sea level. The surrounding hills are high as 16,000 ft.

Paro international airport is located in a deep valley at an elevation of 7300 ft above sea level. The surrounding hills are high as 16,000 ft.

So is this how beautiful anyone can look if they’re happy from inside?
Thank God!! I made this trip And thank god she’s mine” he whispers to himself. ..
“What?” Says Yellowie
“What?”  Says Vader
“Are you even listening to me?”
“Oh oh yeah! I was just admiring the beauty. Yellowie, knowing that he was talking about her and not the nature, blushes and looks away..

Chele la pass is at an elevation of 13000 ft above sea level & is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour's drive from Paro as it passes through lush valleys, pine and rhododendron forest. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Chele la pass is at an elevation of 13000 ft above sea level & is considered to be one of the highest motorable passes in Bhutan. About an hour’s drive from Paro as it passes through lush valleys, pine and rhododendron forest. The pass provides stunning views of the sacred mountain Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

Stay tuned to know Whom did they meet? &
How did that person changed Yellowie and Vader’s thinking…

To be Continued…

For Prequels :

1. Chronicles of Vader & Yellowie: A Cute Love story

2. Chronicles of Vader & Yellowie: Two different People bounded by Love

Fantastic Friday: Windows and doors

A Window is more entertaining than a TV.. clicked @ENchey monastery, Gangtok Sikkim.

A Window is more entertaining than a TV.. clicked @ENchey monastery, Gangtok Sikkim.

Doors and Windows represent the culture and architecture..

Doors and Windows represent the culture and architecture..

Paro is a place of peace and serenity with colorful buildings..

Paro is a place of peace and serenity with colorful buildings..

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” - William Butler Yeats

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William Butler Yeats

Entrance of Punakha Dzong

Entrance of Punakha Dzong

Skull & Penis (Phallus-A symbol of fertility in Bhutan) at the entrance of Folk & Heritage museum of Bhutan.

Skull & Penis (Phallus-A symbol of fertility in Bhutan) at the entrance of Folk & Heritage museum of Bhutan.

Clicked at Zorig Chusum

Clicked at Zorig Chusum

Meridian Hotel, Clock tower road, Thimphu

Meridian Hotel, Thimphu

Colorful Zorig Chusum

Colorful Zorig Chusum

In the olden days people used to hang Skulls at the entrance..

In the olden days people used to hang Skulls at the entrance..

In Most of the Bhutanese Constructions, Smaller windows are built into lower floors, with larger windows on upper levels to add to structural soundness. Clicked at Punakha

In Most of the Bhutanese Constructions, Smaller windows are built into lower floors, with larger windows on upper levels to add to structural soundness. Clicked at Punakha

Inside of a Bhutanese House/hotel. Colorful Local lunch :P

Inside of a Bhutanese House/hotel. Colorful Local lunch 😛

Clicked at Lachung,Sikkim.  What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” -Julia Cameron.

Clicked at Lachung,Sikkim.
What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.” -Julia Cameron.

Happy Doctors Day: An Inspirational Story

National Doctors day is celebrated on July 1 all across India to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy as per the info. He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962, aged 80 years. Dr Roy was honoured with the country’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961. Happy Doctors day to all the Doctors out there..

A Small Inspirational Story:

A doctor quickly entered the hospital after being called in for an urgent surgery. He changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery block. He saw the boy’s father walking back and forth in the hall waiting for the doctor.
Once seeing the doctor, the dad yelled: “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have the sense of responsibility?”
The doctor smiled and said: “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came the fastest I could… now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work.”
“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do?” said the father angrily.
The doctor smiled again and replied: “I will say what is said in the Holy Bible ‘From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of God.’ Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go and intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace.”
“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy” murmured the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happy, “Thank God! Your son is saved!”
And without waiting for the father’s reply he carried on his way running. “If you have any question, ask the nurse.”
“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state?” commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left.
The nurse answered: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery.”
-Author Unknown

Moral: Stay calm in all situations so you can make decisions the best you can, be it in life or business… and thank you all my dear doctors for the excellent work you do.