Monday Macros: Garden Flowers with Inspirational Quotes

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“Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.” ― Amit Ray,

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“Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.” ― Suzy Kassem

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“Minds are like flowers; they open only when the time is right.” – Stephen Richards

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“Flowers don’t tell, they show.” – Stephanie Skeem

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“When the mind is silent like a lake the lotus blossoms.” ― Amit Ray,

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“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

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“Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.” -Clare Ansberry

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Discovering Telangana: A Fort Less Visited ‘Khilla Ghanpur’

On a bright Sunday morning, when we hit the roads to explore places around Mahabubnagar little did I know that it would mark a beginning to quite a few things in my life…. like my first outing with my new buddies while pursuing post graduation, my first time properly exploring Palamoor and getting lost in its mesmerizing beauty and then writing about it in my very first blog!!

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The secluded green valleys of Khilla Ghanpur hold Palamoor’s best kept secrets

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A quick weekend getaway to Khilla Ghanpur is best enjoyed when the sky is overcast, which makes the 30-km journey from Mahbubnagar delightful.

So we started our journey after finishing quick rounds at the Hospital we work at, around 12 noon ( yes you guessed it right, we are Docs!) and picking up some snacks and drinks for our journey to The Khilla Ghanpur, located at a distance of around 26km from mahabubnagar. We managed to cover the distance in about 30 mins with loads of enthusiasm and predictions about the place as we didn’t have much idea about it. Ghanpur is a small village and the roads were pretty narrow so we decided to park the car at a safe spot and start our trek to discover the fort. We managed to reach the top in another 40 mins with an amazing drizzly weather to increase the beauty of the hike.

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The varied hues of Nature and fresh air rejuvenated our senses.

It was a magnificent view indeed from the top of the rocks with remnants of fort wall, and a lovely pond underneath. We passed through a giant fort door, saw some great Flora and Fauna an absolute treat for a nature lover to finally reach the top. We were a little distracted in between though by a group of wild monkeys far away making gruesome noises. All this was soon forgotten after reaching the hilltop and capturing the scenic beauty of the less trodden fort in the memories forever!!

 A brief insight into the history of the fort

The Ghanpur Fort is a hill fort built on a rocky hill by King Gona Ganapa Reddy in early 13th century. He ruled this area as a feudatory to Kakatiya rulers. Gona Ganapa Reddy is son of Gona Budda Reddy who was famous as the poet of Ranganatha Ramayana, a pioneering Telugu Literature. Khilla Ghanpur also known as Ghanpur, Ganapuram, was named after Kakatiya king Ganapathi Deva. Since this Ghanpur has a Khilla (fort). The name “Khilla Ghanpur” became much more popular. There are several towns in Kakatiya kingdom with its name as Ghanpur.

Khilla Ghanpur  was built by joining two mountains by Recharla Padma Nayakulu and Gona Ganapa reddy in 1224 A.D. This fort has witnessed many wars between Bahamanis, Vijayanagara Kings, Bijapur Kings and Qutub Shahi Kings etc. The cannons which still exist have been kept on the top most side of the fort.The fort is spread on rocky and hilly area of 4 Sq kilometers and though its dilapidated  there are several remains of the walls and building blocks inside the fort. The fort has beautiful rockscapes and greenery with 2 ponds which were used as drinking water supply for the fort army.

People believe that there are two secret tunnels inside of the fort. One is connected with the village at the bottom of the mountain and the other one is connected to the Panagal fort. After Buddapuram war,this fort has witnessed a historical wedding of  Kakatiya’s last king Pratapa Rudra with Gona Ganna Reddy’s daughter.

Some of the beautiful Landscapes:

So that’s a take on its past but right now it’s a quiet and serene place which was a treat for the wanderlust in me and my buddies.

After spending a wonderful evening, when the sun was setting, we headed back to our car as the clouds were also getting darker indicating more rainfall. We Had dinner at our local favorite hotel 97 on the way back and reached our place to end the eventful day.

Guest post by Dr. Meghana Subhash

Gangtok on a Shoestring budget

Sikkim is a land of high passes, cold deserts, barren mountains, ancient monasteries, and stunning landscapes. It is a Land of Mystery and intrigue which never ceases to amaze travellers.  Gangtok is a small and beautiful city & is the capital of Sikkim, is one place that will definitely take your breath away. Though our stay in Gangtok was only for a short time we really had a good time having momos & local cuisines drinking channg, talking to all the fellow travellers, while walking on the most cleanest street Mg Marg.

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View of Enchanting Gangtok city and Surrounding vistas..

We booked a taxi from Thimphu to Phuentsholing, and from Phuentsholing we  hired another vehicle to siliguri. We got down at the coronation bridge and thought of taking a sharing taxi to Gangtok. It was very difficult for us to Find a taxi to Gangtok. So we had to again break our journey into two parts, we got down at some point(forgot the name of the place) from there we hired an alto to Gangtok. Though we were tired  after such a long and tiresome Journey from Thimphu we didn’t plan to rest because of our crunched itinerary. The very next day is the most awaited and the exciting North Sikkim trip. I was dreaming  about Lachung, Lachen & Gurudongmar lake all day and night since the trip started. By the time we arrived at Gangtok it was around 6:30-7:00pm.

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MG Marg very clean and the most happening street.

We went to MG marg which is the heart of the city and is the best place for travellers to find budget hotels. After renting a room in Rigwa international hotel, we had dinner at the same hotel and ended the day. Next morning we woke up with a call from Lahiri regarding our trip to Northsikkim, that due to the bad weather conditions the road to Gurudongmar Lake and Lachen has been closed. So, 3day and 2itinerary has come down to 2day and one night to Lachung.  So we had a full day to explore Gangtok. We went to the taxi stand in MG marg and negotiated the price for a customised daytrip. Since we are four people we reserved a wagon-R car for us (there are also larger vehicles like Scorpio, Sumo which can take 7 persons) for local sightseeing tour. My first impression on this beautiful city is that it’s very clean& green, well organised city with lot of foot bridges and footpaths(almost all of the people were using it 😉 ), very organised cab system, hospitable people.

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Foot bridges and the organized cab system is one of the most impressive thing of Gangtok.

We thought of  exploring Gangtok on a shoestring budget. A day trip to Gangtok was little bit hectic but we customized this itinerary, such that we are covering most of the must see places here. Our first stop was at Ropeway. This is a must see in the city and the ride is of 15 to 20 Minutes duration which provides spectacular bird view of Gangtok city and the surrounding vista.

Namgyal   Institute of Tibetology & Museum:

This place has a great collection of artifices and paintings related to Tibet. It’s a great museum showcasing lot of things on Tibetan Buddhism. Informative Museum and is the right place for the history enthusiasts. There’s a souvenir store inside the complex. If you are not a history lover then you can have a second thought on this place whether to visit or not.

Hanuman Tok & Viewing area:

Hanuman Tok is a temple of Lord Hanuman. it has wonderful serene ambience and the viewing area offers spectacular view of Kanchenjunga range.  According to the local legends, when Hanuman was flying with the “Sanjeevani” (mythological: life saving herb) mountain to save Rama’s brother Lakshmana he rested in the spot where his temple now lies for some time. The mandir is actually managed by The Indian Army.

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View from the Hanuman tok..

Ganesh Tok  & Viewing area:  Beautiful and serene temple with a great view from the top.

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Himalayan Zoological Park:

Himalayan Zoological Park is quite unique and the first Zoological park of Sikkim. The Park accomplishes the perception of modern zoo, where the animals are kept in replicated natural conditions. The entrance to the Zoo is located at the end of a short pathway opposite to Ganesh Tok. It’s about 6kms from Gangtok town.There lot of rare and endangered species of animals.Biggest attraction of this park is Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard, Leopard Cat, Tibetan Wolfs, Himalayan Palm Civets, Barking Deer, Yaks, etc. You can also see different types of birds here.

Tashi View Point:

It’s located in Tashi and about 8kms from the Gangtok town. It offers a sweeping view of Kanchenjunga snow peaks on a clear day. It seems that the view of sunrise from here is quite impressive, One can see the peaks dazzling with changing colors. Because of our crunched itinerary we didn’t even plan of going there for sunrise.Since it was foggy day we didn’t get a clear view of the snowclad mountains. It was bit foggy and rainy day so the visibility was close to zero on that day. Unfortunate for us, But I am sure it would be spectacular on a clear day. Definitely a must see place.

 

Enchey Monastery:

Enchey monastery was later rebuilt in the year 1908 by the 10th King of Sikkim – Sikyong Tulku. The monastery follows an unique architecture which is an artistic adaptation of Gyanak Riwo Tse-Nga or the sacred mountain with five peaks in China – which is the spiritual place of Jampalyang. He is known as the god of knowledge to the northern Buddhists. The monastery is therefore one of the most recognized ones in the whole of Sikkim. quiet, and peaceful temple..

Flower Exhibition Center:
By the time we returned back to MG marg it was around 6pm and it was so beautiful with the colorful lights, grand decorations, diverse people. We had some momos and tea. Then had a walking tour in the city. After that we spend few hours in a bar. Then back to the hotel.. End of the day..

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Me while Ziplining 😛

Tips from my perspective:

  • Ropeway is open between 8 Am to 4.30 Pm. There is no sitting arrangement inside the ropeway. Ticket price is 60/Head.
  • There’s no entrance fee for Enchey monastery, Ganesh tok, Hanumantok & Tashi View point.
  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology entrance fee is Rs.10
  • According to me the Best time to visit Gangtok is in March-May and September-October.

Monday Macros: Pollination & Pollinators

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Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, or other animals, or by the wind.

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When pollen from a plant’s stamen is transferred to that same plant’s stigma, it is called self-pollination. When pollen from a plant’s stamen is transferred to a different plant’s stigma(of same species), it is called cross-pollination.

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Plants that are pollinated by animals often are brightly colored and have a strong smell to attract the animal pollinators.

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Another way plants are pollinated is by the wind. The wind picks up pollen from one plant and blows it onto another.

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When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited. –RK

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“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” -St.John

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A harvest of peace grows from seeds of contentment. -Indian saying

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People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch

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“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.” Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

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You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way. -Walter Hagen

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Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. ~Oscar Wilde

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“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.” – Kozuko Okakura.

Monday Macros: Sikkim Flowers with Inspirating quotes

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” – Dennis P. Kimbro

 "Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." -Harriet Tubman

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman

"There is no passion to be found playing small--in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." -Nelson Mandela

“There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
-Nelson Mandela

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”
– Erma Bombeck

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
– Will Rogers

“There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland

“There is no royal road to anything. One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.”
– Josiah Gilbert Holland

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.” – Zig Ziglar

“The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job.” – Zig Ziglar

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc

“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” – Ray Kroc

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

Monday Macros: Bhutan Flowers with Bhutanese Quotes

Where there is plenty of water, it rains; where there is abundant heat, the sun shines.

Where there is plenty of water, it rains; where there is abundant heat, the sun shines.

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Whatever joy you seek, it can be achieved by yourself; whatever misery you seek, it can be found by yourself.


If the thought is good, (your) place and path are good; if the thought is bad, (your) place and path are bad.

If the thought is good, (your) place and path are good; if the thought is bad, (your) place and path are bad.

The arrow of the accomplished master will not be seen when it is released; only when it hits the target. (you don't see the process; only the result can be seen)

The arrow of the accomplished master will not be seen when it is released; only when it hits the target. (you don’t see the process; only the result can be seen)

Clear the drain before it rains, . (Be prepared)

You must first walk around a bit before you can understand the distance from the valley to the mountain.

If taken in excess, even mother's milk is poison. (Do not live a life of excess)

If there is no financial involvement between relatives, the relationship is harmonious.

Flattering words will not be spoken from the mouth of an affectionate person.

Flattering words will not be spoken from the mouth of an affectionate person.

A fire should be extinguished when it is small; an enemy should be subdued while young.

A fire should be extinguished when it is small; an enemy should be subdued while young.

The stripes of a tiger are on the outside; the stripes (character) of a person are on the inside. (character is not directly visible)

The stripes of a tiger are on the outside; the stripes (character) of a person are on the inside. (character is not directly visible)

To know your limitations is the hallmark of a wise person.

To know your limitations is the hallmark of a wise person.

Rhododendron Arboreum: Mainly found in Himalayas is a ever green shrub a.k.a burgans/gurgans is also known to have few medicinal properties. Consider the tune, not the voice; consider the words, not the tune; consider the meaning, not the words.

Rhododendron Arboreum: Mainly found in Himalayas is a ever green shrub a.k.a burgans/gurgans is also known to have few medicinal properties.
Consider the tune, not the voice; consider the words, not the tune; consider the meaning, not the words.

Words coming from far away are always half true, half false.

Words coming from far away are always half true, half false.

Silent Sunday: Iphonegraphy

Happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make best of everything..

Happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make best of everything..

Flowers whisper "Beauty!!" to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall...

Flowers whisper “Beauty!!” to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall…

Spotted this in Vikarabad.. This wax worm? was crawling on my Uncle's trousers

Spotted this in Vikarabad.. This wax worm? was crawling on my Uncle’s trousers

My cute 'Yellowie'

My cute ‘Yellowie’

The splendor and grandeur of mighty Vijayanagara empire -Eastern tower

The splendor and grandeur of mighty Vijayanagara empire

Sri, Ananta Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Anantagiri Hills,.

Sri, Ananta Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Anantagiri Hills