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Blogger: ajaysharda
Couple of months back, I had to go to Nashik on an official trip from Delhi. As we explored various options, we realised that there is no direct flight to Nashik as it did not have a airport catering to commercial airliners. Nearest airports were Aurangabad and Mumbai which are about 182 km and 166 kms away respectively. We were suggested to go via Mumbai as the highway from Mumbai to Nashik is one of the best in the country and also provides a beautiful landscape which is a delight for any photography buff. If the trip happens to be during the monsoon season or immediately after that, one can find nice skyline as well as greenery on both sides of the roads besides the hillock... Read more
clicks 204 View   Vote 0 Like   6:17pm 30 Jul 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
After our walk in the cloud experience at the tallest peak of Karnataka, we headed towards Dabdabe falls which is also know as Buttermilk falls. We would have spent some more time at Mullyanagiri peak but because of rain, we decided to move ahead towards our next destination.The kids were excited to be at Buttermilk Falls when I told them that they could be under the falling water falls and enjoy the dip in the water.They had been to Niagara Falls two summers back as a part of their school trip but it was just a boat ride around the area. So now, they were looking forward towards a new experience.It took us a while before the visibility became better as we drove out of the clouds. The drive ... Read more
clicks 118 View   Vote 0 Like   4:44pm 17 Jun 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
Mullyanagiri Peak is the highest Peak in Karnataka with the height of 1925 meters and one amongst the highest in the area between Himalayas and Niligiri range of mountains. When I had started planning for the trip, this peak was not in my bucket list but couple of my friends who belonged to this part suggested me to have it in my list. I was told that during summer, the view from the top of the peak is humongous and it is an experience one shall not miss.The peak is about 20 kms drive from Chikamagalur. One can hire a taxi from the town which would take about 45 minutes to reach the peak. There is a pucca road connecting up till the peak though at some places condition of the road may not be... Read more
clicks 132 View   Vote 0 Like   1:03pm 4 Jun 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
About 40 years back in 1978, Chikamagalur town was a small picturesque town which was more famous for its coffee than anything else. Perhaps, beyond that not many people are aware that Coffee plantation in India started at Chikamagalur. Baba Budan was a revered sufi-saint amongst Hindus and Muslims around 16th Century. It is said that he brought coffee seeds to India from Yemen while returning from Haj. Till that point of time, the coffee was being exported from Yemen in roasted or baked form to prevent anyone to grow it and thereby it remained being the only producer of coffee in the world. Due to this, it enjoyed a monopoly status in coffee production. Everybody else in the world, con... Read more
clicks 142 View   Vote 0 Like   12:26pm 27 May 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
We left Belur temple around 4.30pm and we reached our hotel in Chikamagalur within 30 minutes as the distance is just about 25 kms. After checking in the hotel and dumping our stuff in the room, we inquired at the hotel reception about any nearby place in the town. It was still pretty bright outside though we were anticipating that the sun-set might happen sooner considering it being a hill town. We had about couple of hours to move around in the town.We were suggested about Hirekolale Lake located on the outskirts of the town. As the Chikamagalur town is a very small town, the lake is just about 10 kms away. So, now we had couple of options which included a exploratory walk in the... Read more
clicks 120 View   Vote 0 Like   4:15am 20 May 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
As I mentioned in my earlier post, Razia Sultana Fort at Bathinda is India's longest surviving Fort having built in year 100 AD. Over the centuries, the Fort has been captured, recaptured and conquered by many kings and emperors many times over. The fort is also known as Quila Mubarak or Bathinda Fort.I do not think there will be any other surviving monument in the country which would connect so many dots with the historical figures that we all would have read in our history books over a period of time during school days. To name a few, they include emperor Kanishka (100 AD), Mahmud Ghazni (1004 AD), Mohammed Ghori (1189 AD), Prithvi Raj Chauhan (1191 AD), ... Read more
clicks 127 View   Vote 0 Like   6:54am 23 Apr 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
Way back in 1996, when I had just started my corporate career with CEAT Tyres, I had occasion to visit Nashik, Bhatinda and Dehradun in connection with my induction as well as internal audit assignments. Thereafter, over the next two decades, precisely 20 years, life got onto the fast track and I never could find any opportunity to revisit these cities. Last October, however, I could visit Dehradun in connection with a quarterly accounts conference. Then again, in January this year, another assignment took me to Nashik for a day. A quarterly finance conference was due in February and the venue chosen was our Bhatinda unit. For me, it was as if life had come full circle after 20 years. O... Read more
clicks 117 View   Vote 0 Like   9:27am 5 Mar 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
We had planned to start early in the morning for our return journey from Chennai to Bangalore. The plan was to start before 7.00am and than take a stopover at Rajiv Gandhi Memorial at Sriperumbudur for about an hour before heading towards Bangalore. The memorial is about 60 kms away on the Bangalore highway from the place we were staying at. Early start would have enabled us to beat the morning city traffic. We reached the memorial around 8.00am. We did not had any difficulty in finding the place as it was exactly located on the sides of highway.Rajiv Gandhi was the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 till 1989. He was appointed as Prime Minister after Indira Gandhi was assassinated o... Read more
clicks 130 View   Vote 0 Like   5:35am 19 Feb 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
All the governments across the world currently face the issue of creating employment opportunities for the countless millions who are struggling in the job market to find a basic job. There have been myriad approaches and strategies that has been debated by the experts and deployed over the years to tackle the issue. Though all the schemes do bring in some level of success quotient but the effect is not to the extent that it should have and issue on table remains same with the same level of magnitude.The main reasons for the inability of the solutions to make the desired level of headway in mitigating the issue is the constantly increasing size of the eligible population in the bracket as we... Read more
clicks 126 View   Vote 0 Like   6:35pm 17 Jan 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
Nashik is located in Indian state of Maharashtra and is about 170 kms from Mumbai. It is one of the important city on religious tourism being on "Ramayana Circuit" as it is connected with the legend of Ramayana. It is believed that Rama along with Sita and Laxman spent substantial time of their exile at the city. There are few places which are connected with the legend mainly the Ram Kund and the Sita Gufa (cave).It is said that Rama used to bathe at the place now known as Ram Kund and stayed in the cave which is now known as Sita Gufa.I went on a day-trip in connection with my office work and was able to sneak out about 2 hours to go to Ram Kund. After having visited Hampi (Kishkindha Nagar... Read more
clicks 116 View   Vote 0 Like   1:33pm 15 Jan 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
As the new millennium kicked-in about 17 years back, it ushered in lots of things unheard before in our generation (my generation). I wont be surprised if after some time you hear the words like new-era and old-era referring to pre-millennium and post-millennium periods. To a certain extent, the same has already started in a veiled manner. The generation that has hit the job market in the new-era is being referred to as millennials. Rightly so, certain traits have already been identified and tagged to with this generation. Companies and organisations are already putting in their people strategies keeping the millennial generation in mind..One trait that can be clearly tagged with this genera... Read more
clicks 119 View   Vote 0 Like   9:16am 7 Jan 2017
Blogger: ajaysharda
The winter in the national capital Delhi is hallmarked by the long spells of foggy mornings which tend to put the life out of gear. The real winter starts from end-November and lasts till end-January after which the mercury start regaining its lost ground slowly and steadily. When I say "real", I refer to the foggy spells. Most of the times the fog is confined to mornings but many a times the spell of fog stretches from late night till night of next day. People in this part of the world are well prepared now to anticipate what to expect during this period. If I say that winter is not complete without foggy mornings then I will not be wrong in my conclusion. As I was based out of Bang... Read more
clicks 318 View   Vote 0 Like   6:00am 11 Dec 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
The winter in the national capital Delhi is hallmarked by the long spells of foggy mornings which tend to put the life out of gear. The real winter starts from end-November and lasts till end-January after which the mercury start regaining its lost ground slowly and steadily. When I say "real", I refer to the foggy spells. Most of the times the fog is confined to mornings but many a times the spell of fog stretches from late night till night of next day. People in this part of the world are well prepared now to anticipate what to expect during this period. If I say that winter is not complete without foggy mornings then I will not be wrong in my conclusion. As I was based out of Bang... Read more
clicks 105 View   Vote 0 Like   6:00am 11 Dec 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
Earlier this week I went to Dehradun on an official trip and this trip was after close to 20 years. Last time I had gone to Dehradun in January 1997 when I went there for the audit of one of our units while I was working with CEAT tyres. During these 2 decades, the town has undergone a big transformation along with becoming a capital city of newly carved state Uttarakhand. I have vague memories of the earlier trip as I had not traveled around much due to work commitments. Even this time around, the trip was very short and there was packed agenda on both the days. The only window which was available to move around was on early morning on day 2 which was from 5.00am to 9.00amDehradun is in the... Read more
clicks 182 View   Vote 0 Like   4:25pm 29 Nov 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
What is Success?I had sort of switched myself out of WhatsApp as well as Facebook for a while as I had wanted to give me a break. I did not check-in to my account for close at an year as I had realized that they are eating up into lot of my productive time which I could have channelized somewhere. However, on the insistence of my friends, I rejoined and started checking my messages.I stumbled upon the following small article and could not resist sharing this. The article sort of made me philosophical for a while and left me wondering that even though we chase so many dreams and run after many things through out our lives, but in the end success can be succinctly defined in the following few ... Read more
clicks 178 View   Vote 0 Like   5:01pm 20 Oct 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
Our next destination was Belur which is about 16 kms away from Halebidu. Belur was initial capital of Hoysala empire. The main attraction of Belur is the Chennakesava Temple which is dedicated to Vishnu.As I mentioned in my earlier post, the Chennakesava temple at Belur is also one of the testimony of the unique form of sculpturing associated with Hoysala dynasty. I would like to call it as intricate sculpturing or extreme sculpturing. I hope you may be able to recollect about a television series called “Extreme Engineering” which ran on Discovery Channel for about 7-8 years before winding up in 2011. I will put Hoysala-era temples in the category of same league of extremeness. T... Read more
clicks 157 View   Vote 0 Like   1:22am 30 Sep 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
I had made the plans for going to Halebidu and Belur temples 3-4 times over last so many years but I could not make it due to one reason or the other. This time I was determined to make the trip as I know that if it does not happen now then it will never happen in the near future as I was moving back to Delhi in two weeks time. We planned for a family trip over the weekend. .We hired a cab and planned a 2 day family trip to Chikamagalur. We started on Saturday morning and it was a perfect setting with no forecast of rains over the weekend. After halting at Shravanbelagola, we headed straight to Halebidu which is about 80 kms away. The running distance is about 2 hours. On the way, we... Read more
clicks 155 View   Vote 0 Like   2:24pm 31 Aug 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
On Friday morning, Giridharan enquired with me if I have any plans for the weekend. Till that point, I had not planned anything. He suggested me to go to Kaivara which is a small town located about 50 kms away from Bangalore on Chintamani road. He was so sure that I would like the place.  The way he explained about the details surrounding the town, it seemed to be the perfect destination for the weekend.  The biggest advantage was the distance which meant that I could drive down to Kaivara and be back same day. Therefore,  no logistical arrangements required. All these led to plan for Saturday and when Dinesh heard about it, he also wanted to join. In ... Read more
clicks 164 View   Vote 0 Like   10:01am 30 Jul 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
On Friday morning, Giridharan enquired with me if I have any plans for the weekend. Till that point, I had not planned anything. He suggested me to go to Kaivara which is a small town located about 50 kms away from Bangalore on Chintamani road. He was so sure that I would like the place. The way he explained about the details surrounding the town, it seemed to be the perfect destination for the weekend. The biggest advantage was the distance which meant that I could drive down to Kaivara and be back same day. Therefore, no logistical arrangements required. All these led to plan for Saturday and when Dinesh heard about it, he also wanted to join. In fact he offered to drive in his Scor... Read more
clicks 118 View   Vote 0 Like   10:01am 30 Jul 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
As usual, it was my weekend sortie. However, for a change, I tagged a Friday to the trip as it was easy day at work. This time the destination was to explore Kerala especially the famous backwaters. After settling down at guest house and be ready to hit the road, we started for Alleppey. We had couple of options in mind which included taking a bus which goes via Changanassery and takes about 1.5 hours. We would have taken a Houseboat from there for our backwater experience. Second option was to go to Kumarakom. The third option was told to us by a local person was to take a water boat from Kodimatha to Alleppey.We preferred the third option as it seemed more exciting route and went to Kodima... Read more
clicks 178 View   Vote 0 Like   9:57am 26 Jun 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
I have vague memories of watching a television program during my school days in early eighties. The program was about celebration of mahamastakabhishek (grand consecration) festival at Shravanbelagola and the then prime minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi had visited the place to be part of the rich colorful celebrations. The festivities involve bathing of the statue of Lord Bahubali with milk, sugarcane juice, and saffron paste, and sprinkled with powders of sandalwood, turmeric and vermilion. Offerings are made by devotees of petals, gold & silver coins and precious stones. It indeed is a very colorful festival and happens once every twelve years. The next one is due in the ... Read more
clicks 228 View   Vote 0 Like   5:17pm 24 Jun 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
We took a train from Udupi to Murudeshwar. The train leaves at 4.40pm and reaches Murudeshwar around 6.00pm and is the best option. Today, it was late by about 1 hour and by the time it chugged into Murudeshwar, the darkness had started descending on the town. Suddenly, we saw the bright lights on our left and as we got closer, we could clearly see the Shiva Statue which sparkling bright with lights. Shiva Statute surrounded by waters of Arabian SeaThis Shiva Statue is adjoining the Murudeshwar Temple which is one amongst five temples that are part of Ravana legend going back 5th century BC. The temples are Gunavanteshwar, Dhareshwar, Shejjeshwar, Murudeshwar and Mahabaleshwara (Gokarna... Read more
clicks 178 View   Vote 0 Like   4:43am 21 Jun 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
Sanjay Das is a passionate traveler and a good friend of mine. Unlike me, he prefers traveling on bike along with a group of friends. I can say that his travel quotient is a much higher than me and he has lots of interesting stories to tell about his travel exploits to various places. Some time back he mentioned to me about his trip to Gokarna which he had done on bike along with couple of his friends. I heard about the Om beach for first time from him. He had taken some stunning pictures of the place and suggested me strongly to take trip in that area.  Last week, when we embarked on our trip to Udupi-Gokarna, we preferred to skip all the beaches and focus on going to historical monume... Read more
clicks 381 View   Vote 0 Like   6:57am 14 Jun 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
I have a memory about the word Udupi going back to my school days. I did my schooling from Andhra school in Delhi that was located at ITO crossing. The road that would go towards Delhi Gate is called Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and the section between ITO crossing and Delhi Gate is also sometimes referred to as Fleet Street in journalistic circles due to various newspaper offices that are housed on the road. The newspaper housed on the road included now-closed Patriot, Indian Express and The Times of India apart from few others. It was always fascinating to take a walk on the side street as it was always full of action and you will never find it deserted. Somet... Read more
clicks 235 View   Vote 0 Like   9:22am 11 Jun 2016
Blogger: ajaysharda
After Karkala, our next halt was at Moodbidri. We were told that it has 18 lakes, 18 Jain Basadis, 18 temples and 18 roads connecting various villages and places around. During 14th-16th century, this town emerged as center of Jain religion and culture. It was the seat of Chowtas, a Jain ruling family who moved their capital to Moodbidri in 17th century. The town still has remnants of Chowta Palace which we could not go as we were running short of time to catch a train to Murudeshwar.Moodbidri is also referred to as Jain Varanasi of the South. There are many Jain temples in and around Moodbidri town. However, the 1000 Pillar temple or Lord Chandranatha Temple is the most famou... Read more
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