Asheville- a mountainside escape

We traveled to Asheville, North Carolina for the weekend. It was a much needed break during this pandemic. We were very cautious about avoiding crowded places so we picked Asheville which is famous for hiking and natural beauty so we could avoid indoors.It was a good experience and I recommend this to anyone looking for a weekend getaway in the south.

A Treasure of Nature

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-Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, District Pathankot, Punjab.

Further on my journey to explore various wonder of nature, I visited this place near my hometown Pathankot. It is Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple.

These are 5500-year-old caves & a temple built by Pandavas. According to the Hindu Mythology, these caves are as old as the Mahabharata. It was built by pandavas during their exile, as according to a legend states in the mythology, these caves served as home to the pandavas as they rested and took shelter over here during their exile. It was during their ‘Agayatwas’ that they stayed in these caves for six months.

Pandvas stayed here for six months, in that time period they built four caves and a shiv temple. They crafted the Shivlingam present in the temple and worshiped the lord shiva here. The Havan Kund made by them, is still present there in temple.

This place is also known as mini (small) haridwar. Those people who can not do ash immersion of their kin at haridwar, they flow it in Ravi River at Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple.

 

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Nature-an unexplained mystery

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-Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA.

I continue my journey to the new wonders across the globe. At every step nature surprises me with something extravagant. During my recent visit to Grand Canyon West in Arizona, I saw this marvelous natural creation.


When standing at the edge of the cliff i felt as if wind whispered in my ear that I have just scratched the surface of this beautiful world and still their are miles before i can sleep. I got inspired to continue my quest to newer places in search of different colors of nature…

Bavaria-every traveler’s dream

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-Bavaria

In my journey to explore new worlds, I travelled German state of Bavaria the fall of 2017. It was a part of my class curriculum that I got chance to visit THI Ingolstadt. I must say it was a different world for me. I used to hear stories of beauty of Germany from my friends but never imagined the extent of it.

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-Ringlerstraße 17, Ingolstadt

Most of my visits with the group were to local companies there with a purpose to learn from their wonderful methods to manufacture products that rule the world. I got chance to visit BMW Welt Munich, Audi Museum Ingolstadt, Continental Ingolstadt and many other world famous companies. By the way I clicked the above picture on the street outside Continental.

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Nature mesmerized me at every step here. It was sunshine in the morning, rain in the afternoon and snow in the night. Well I must admit i was kind of unprepared for such weather.

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On the last day of my visit I went to Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim in Munich and fell in love with it. I got lost here which is by far one of the best places i visited in my life (Not to mention, I am a Mechanical engineer and my passion is Aerospace). I kept on reading the display charts one after the other for 5 hours till I realized I have to go back as had a plan to meet someone in the evening.

Well I would say if this is what is called making first impression count, Bavaria you were spot on. I will return pretty soon ‘PROST’.

Light and darkness

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While passing by a coffee shop I noticed this wall with some pictures. what got me attracted to it was the variability of the pictures, it consisted of many shades of life such as the most obvious result of youngster’s love these days that is a broken heart or is it two pieces of heart coming together for the eternal unification ? London  eye acting as a lens to the city of joy and a mug with hot coffee in it ready to make someone’s start of the day a happening one.

A hidden treasure

-Castle lake

While on my road trip to Oregon from Bay area, I stopped by this beautiful lake. At first I didn’t know what it was but the beauty of it was so mesmerizing that I had to stop and explore. After talking to some of the people I found out that this is called Castle lake. And yes I didn’t searched on internet because my phone had no signal here.

I spent over a hour here and I wish I had more time. I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Mount Shasta or going to Crater lake from California as a pit stop.

A Sea Shore

-Point Dume
-Malibu beach

I visited Malibu beach for the nth time couple of weeks ago but it was special this time as I was with her. Followed by a small hike to Point Dume, we sat on the beach. Waves touching our feet and cool breeze added to charm of this exquisite place. It felt peaceful away from the rat race. I think this is one of the best beaches in So Cal.

Lights, Colors and Celebration

-Dominion Garden Fest of lights

In December 2019, I had the opportunity to visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA for the Dominion Garden Fest of lights.

It was a beautiful scenery where thousands of light bulbs of different shapes, sizes and color were used to create various figures. I found a great resemblance to the Indian festival of Diwali here.

Sunday hike at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

 

After staying at home for long time due to pandemic, this past weekend we went to hike at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural area. It was a very good experience with amazing weather, soothing breeze and solitude. We felt active and calm at the same time. I would highly recommend this place for anyone in research triangle area.