When In The Picturesque, Lake District!

After experiencing the Vibrant London and on the road attractions, we headed to a more quieter place with less hustle- bustle into the district of lakes. Lake District is called so because it houses Sixteen absolutely jaw-dropping Lakes!

Packed and on the road we hopped on the Euston London to Oxenholme. We had to catch a train from Oxenholme to Windermere, and from there starts our self-drive adventures.

Tip: So if you are traveling from Virgin Trains to Oxenholme and you have a connecting train to catch, chances are that it might get late and you might miss the connecting train. But you don’t have to worry because there are trains from one stop to another quite often and the ticket is valid for the next train as well, but it works if you are traveling on the same date. (From my experience)

Once in Windermere, the town is small, not that small but relatively small, we walked down from the train station to our lodging. A beautiful sunny day with a little cloud over our heads we reached the lodging with our bags. “The Grey Wall” as the name suggests the walls were grey which gave a vintage English feel of the place. Basically our lodge was a pub and the rooms were a floor up.

We all had lunch in the Pub because we were to tired to go anywhere. After a delicious lunch we headed out for a drive to Ullster our very first lake!

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Drive To Ullster
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The Ullster Lake

After returning we headed to our rooms, freshened up and got dressed for the night. Okay, now the thing is, the FIFA World Cup going on so the Pub was full with people, and it was England who was playing. And there I witnessed the typical English sports culture, where people had drinks in one hand and celebrated every goal the team made! I was absolutely glad to witness this proper culture!

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Lake Windemere

After everyone was dressed we headed out to the Lake. And oh, the whole town was DEAD silent. Whatever noise came, came from the pubs around the lake. We spent some time on the lake and then suddenly saw people coming out on the streets, which indicated that the match was over. Though there were people on the streets, still the town seemed DEAD silent. Then I realised England must have lost, and it had!

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Another Shot of the Lake

Up on our feets the next day we headed out to explore the picturesque Lake District early! Our first stop was Grasmere, as “The Grey Wall” did not give us breakfast we decided to have it there. On the way to Grasmere we saw a lake called Rydal, which was absolutely beautiful, seldom did we know hat it was just the beginning for many more awe-striking lakes to come.

Reaching Grasmere did not take very long. When we reached, everything was close. We were quite hungry and were looking for breakfast. So we parked our car a little outside the town of Grasmere and started walking into the town. We crossed the beautiful Dove Cottage on our way to the town, but did not go inside. There was a very cute place which was about to open, so while we waited for it to open, we talked to a complete stranger duo of father and son, and on talking to them we came to know that the World’s Best Gingerbread is just a few meters away. So we walked to the shop, it was a vintage shop that had absolutely delicious homemade Gingerbread, the shop was known as “Grasmere Gingerbread”. Just beside that shop was the Wordsworth Garden, so we walked through the gates and witnessed the place where William Wordsworth came to write.

After sometime we headed to the breakfast place and had a typical English breakfast, which included, scones, tea, salmon, eggs and toast! And trust me this breakfast was quite heavy!

Tip: Salmon that they serve are usefully boiled, which according to your palate might not taste very good. But the people of UK are very customer friendly, so if you request them to bake them or fry them, they will be happy to do it!

On the road again we were now headed to Keswick where we planned to have our lunch. The roadside attractions made us stop every time! An extremely notable stop was the one we made on Thirlmere lake. There was a small 20 minutes hike on the lake which we took and enjoyed the amazing view from the top.

After experiencing the beautiful drive, we finally reached the city of Keswick! Just near where we parked was an amazing flee market. We walked along the market and to the Derwenwater, which by the way was quite a walk! The walk was not tiring and we got to see almost the whole town. Along the walk way was a beautiful garden and when we finally reached the lake, oh my, what a view! The mighty lake had a nice mountain range on the other side and a land which was accessible to people where they could sit and enjoy the view, but we all napped!

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The Keswick Flea Market
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The Derwenwater Lake

After waking up, we realised to start back on the road, and we were not hungry so ice-cream became our lunch! On the road again we wanted to take a circle of the while Lake District through scenic route, but we got lost in way too many places. So we decided to enjoy the lost route. On that route we saw multiple lake namely, Bassenwaithe, Grummock Lake which is considered one of the most beautiful lake and the last one was Buttermere.

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After enjoying the most confusing and re-routed route ever, we headed back to Windermere, where we took a boat ride, we were lucky enough to get the last one! We ended our day by eating at a restaurant named Pizzeria and headed home early to pack!


 

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Lost Hopes

Background:

There is no background as such, it was just a thought process.

Hope you enjoy it


Lost Hopes

I lie like the dead sea, still, lifeless.

The night sky, full of stars, full of hope.

Lingers above me.

But I lie still, just like, the dead sea.

The sun rises, it shines,

Here comes tomorrow,

Here comes endless new possibilities

Here comes the summer

But I lie still, still, just like yesterday.

I sit at the window

Looking at the seasons pass,

The rains, washing away the dust,

The autumn stripping the trees naked

The spring, blooming the flowers

But I lie still, just like the trunk, watching the days go by.

Is there no hope?

No hope for a better tomorrow?

Because,

Hope for me,

Is like the rain in a drought

Like a silver lining on the darkest cloud.

Like a light at the end of tunnel

Hope is what I need, it’s the sun that I need.

My faith in good is lost

My faith in a better tomorrow is lost

There is no strength

To carry on, to see thing through to go on.

How to rise above this?

How to go on without faith?

How to go on without hope?

Because I still lie like the dead sea, lifeless, don’t know how to go on…..

– Shaheen.


Darkness: The Divine Path

Light and dark, a simple concept of good and evil, happiness and sadness, knowledge and ignorance and so on. It is human nature that we always associate light with the good and darkness with the evil. We always use the statement “Let there be light.” Have you ever wondered why?

“Let there be Light” was the first statement in the Bible. In fact Mesopotamian population believed in the concept, that the world was created because of the victory of God over the forces of chaos and darkness. We always associate God with the forces of light. So when we say that the world was created because of the victory of God over chaos we indirectly say that the world emerged because of victory of light over darkness. This is a very orthodox belief. We all quite well understand it.

In this write up I would like to bring out the unknown fact about the concept of light and darkness. 

Egyptians believed that the world emerged out of darkness and swirling chaos. They also believed that darkness had a form and a purpose for existing.

You must be thinking what could be the form and purpose of darkness?

In Egyptian Mythology we have a God named KeK and Goddess named Kauket,  which literally translates as darkness. These two were husband and wife and controlled or more so ruled over the night or darkness. This is the form of darkness. 

Now about the purpose of darkness.

You will not find it anywhere on the internet if you search in mythologies. (Trust me I have tried) The purpose of darkness is very spiritually related. We know that darkness is inevitable, when there is light there is darkness. That is, when there is good there is evil. Where there is god there are demons. What darkness really tells us is that darkness comes from absence of love. It is a constant reminder to us that we are not in alignment with our true nature.

When the sun sets, we feel the light is gone. But this is the most important time. Take darkness as divine path towards Light or happiness or Love. If the sun won’t set we will never experience the joy of a sunrise. If we wont face the darkness or sadness, we will never experience the joy of a sunrise or happiness or a new day, a new opportunity, a new possibility.

Darkness gives us the time to heal, to rejuvenate and get ready for a new day. This is the time when we really find our true selves. It becomes the Ultimate path to Divine Light. Embrace it, love it, make it your part, endure it and you will never feel blue again.

I have started loving sunsets, have you?

 

Jihad: The War Within

When we talk about Jihad, what usually comes to mind is the violent method used by the Muslims, to fight against the non-Muslims or “ghair mazhab”. The word “jihad” is so often misunderstood. So here is a small effort from my side to give you a little insight on the dictionary meaning of the word “jihad” and what in my personal opinion I think should be the real meaning of that word.

So, when you search the meaning of Jihad this is what comes up: 

jihad
dʒɪˈhɑːd/
noun
  1. (among Muslims) a war or struggle against unbelievers.
    “he declared a jihad against the infidels”
First of all this is misunderstood  (that’s my belief). Jihad is always looked at as an action word to scare or instigate people. it generally represents hatred and in turn violence and bloodshed.
The mention of jihad in the Holy Quran had a different perception.
The core message of kindness, love and humanity was supported by jihad which meant fighting the evil thoughts within oneself and emerging victorious toward humanity.
 
The real meaning of jihad should be:

“The spiritual struggle within oneself against sin.”

Every religion teaches us to be kind to one another, have compassion, empathy and humane behaviour towards all living beings, be it another human or animal. 
 
The teachings of Islam are no different !!
The real meaning of Jihad is the war within. It is the war between good and bad inside oneself.
We need to fight the wrong within ourselves everyday to be able to do the right.

All the religious scriptures and teachings help us to understand the right and wrong, also I personally feel, we all have to be more spiritually mature to understand and judge. Following any religion blindly might lead us to become superstitious and judgemental. 
To attain spiritual maturity, combating the 7 sins  is what is important. Fighting against the sins within will make us a much better person than fighting with others for the same.

 


Very well quoted by Rumi :
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”

I am in search of that field…….Every day the lower thoughts and actions stray me, I fight………The war within continues, the Jihad continues!!!

Continue reading Jihad: The War Within

BookReview

So I have been reading a book which is in a total vintage state, a love story and I had to write a review about it though it is quite different than what I usually write that is about my travels but anyway.

I found my self reading Barbara Cartland’s “A Fugitive From Love”. Name of the book is very accurate to the story which goes with it. A love story between a fugitive from a harsh series of incidents and abuse and a handsome, wealthy prince who was moving away from a terrible heartbreak in his Aphrodite (you need to read the book to understand what is Aphrodite, it does not refer to Greek God of love.)

The book starts in a scenario where we are enlightened with the poor financial situation which the female protagonist with her father faced. The male protagonist was not seen in the picture till almost half of the book but it was worth the wait.After the introduction the book moves on to all the good parts. Emotions are well portrayed!

The book is a simple love story, fast pacing it doesn’t bore you in the middle. The writer keeps you entertained through out, because something or the other is happening. Sentences like “impersonal refuge against the terror that possessed her.” and “collapse into unconsciousness so that she won’t feel the agony of what was inevitable”, give a literal literature rush!

Handsome male: check

Beautiful girl: check

Abusive, conniving and evil characters: check

This book is a total package and according to me it is 3/5 stars!

P.S- this is my first attempt on writing a review do let me know, if it was okay and helpful. Please write what you feel in the comment section below! And don’t forget to give it a like. Because your likes and encouragement drives me to write more and more. Thank you!

Enduring the True Modern Middle Eastern Essence!

Getting up in the morning after a tiring schedule ( of Day 1 in Dubai) was way too difficult than we ever could have imagined. But we had to get up, because we had to get started with Day 2 in DUBAI! We had our breakfast and then went to the room to get ready as we were too lazy to get ready before we had something to eat. 

As soon we got ready we went down to the lobby, where we would get free wifi! Sitting there checking all the messages and updates from last night we waited for Shaan Bhai. Today was a day out were we will see all the major attraction which Dubai had to offer. It was a bad start to the day because our first destination was the Dubai Museum which sadly was closed for maintenance. We could not see it from inside. But we did manage to take pictures from outside. 

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On the Entrance of Dubai Museum. 
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In front of ship, a part of the museum but from the outside.

After taking a glimpse of Dubai Museum [from outside :(] we headed off to an area called Gold Souk. It was famous for cheap gold. Shan Bhai warned us to avoid buying the gold today, as we were already out of time and we needed to see a lot in that single day. So he told us to just take a look, compare the prizes and to buy later.

One interesting disappointment which happened was, Shaan Bhai took us in a shop to buy chocolates and dates, we did not buy (thank god). Later we came to know that the most famous Lulu market had cheaper and better dates than this. One of the traveller was furious on us and himself. On us because we did not tell, which by the way he did not ask and attacked the shop as soon as we entered (I saw that and it was not a good sight) and secondly he should have known. So my advice to all the people travelling to Dubai, see the attractions and don’t be in hurry to buy, compare the prices ask around and keep a day only for shopping. Best thing about Dubai, no taxes you will get the stuff in the price written on it! So grab as much as you want but intelligently!

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In front of a shop, on Gold Souk.
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Modelling away on the road! (Not a good one though)

After giving half an hour extra, Shan Bhai was furious as he saw none of us at the meeting point. As soon as he would collect everyone and leave to call the bus driver, everyone would get scattered again. In this process the driver received a fine of 700 AED! Which was sad on his part and irresponsible on ours.

After all the commotion we moved on to our next destination which was a drive on the Jumeira beach. Wow what a view! But as good the view was the heat was harsher. Beating the fiery sun which shined upon us we quickly got down of the bus, because we don’t come to Dubai everyday, and we did not want to miss any part of it. We did sit for a while, but could not bear the heat for long so we hurried back to the air conditioned bus.

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My Brother in front of Burj-al-Arab.
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In front of Jumeira Beach.

After the beautiful drive we headed off to the Dubai mall. Which was huge! We saw the aquarium and water fountain which were inside the mall. Without wasting anymore time we headed of the see BURJ KHALIFA! The tallest man made wonder! We were given the tickets and we were all instructed more so given an option to stay as long as we wanted AT THE TOP! 

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In front of the visible half of the aquarium
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The water fountain inside the Dubai Mall

The lift which took us to the top was super fast. It reached 125th floor in just 60 seconds! Incredible! The lift was dark and there were disco lights all in arrow shaped, marking our movement upwards. Reaching at the top and looking down in the world was breathtaking, but it did give my brother and my mother a bit of nausea. I was not affected by the height at all and stood there taking in what the sight had to offer.

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Sign On the Entrance.
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View from the Top

After having  waited there for quite some time, we made our way down again in 60 seconds inside the mall. We were hungry so we ate a little and then headed outside to see the water fountain show. I would have shown it to you, but I am not premium yet! 😉

We sat there and enjoyed the two shows, that’s sitting in 53 degrees for one hour! Too much, but we did it any way and also managed to convince Shaan Bhai to take a sneak peak of one additional show. It was too enchanting to leave!

 

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Where The Fountain show took place.
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View of the tallest wander from where we were sitting.

After having enjoyed thoroughly the magical fountain show we headed off to eat in a cruise! It was known as Dhao Cruise. Ate a bit, danced a bit, drank a bit (only soft drinks) and again danced a bit! That’s how we spent our night until it was time to go back to sleep!

So this was the end of DAY 2 in Dubai. Hungry for more, follow to get updated first and know what happened to us in DAY 3! I promise its way too interesting! Stay tuned!

Experiencing Jim Corbett! The Misfit of Adventures!  Are you ready for a spin?

Date: 18th May, 2016 to 30th May, 2016.
Place: Delhi- Jim Corbett – Nainital – Ranikhet — Kausauni- Almora- Delhi.

Day 2 and 3 : Jim Corbett

The sound of the horn is what woke me up from my exhausted sleep from yesterday’s Delhi Darshan. The horn signified to move on for better adventures, which was Jim Corbett. The road to Jim Corbett was just exceptional. We passed Noida, Ghaziabad and Hapur all three being scenically very beautiful.

On road the silent sound of heritage songs are what kept me entertained other than watching outside the window. Where everyone in the tempo traveller slept soundly except for the driver, I gave my eyes a wonderful treat of enlightening visions which passed by. After around 5 hours of tedious travelling we reached a small town named Ramnagar, where the wildlife sanctuary of Jim Corbett was located.

Our stay was at Kumaon regimental farm around 45 minutes before the actual city of Ramnagar. Among the beautiful tree gardens were located small cottages, looked after and maintained by the army regiments. After half an hour of rest we headed for an evening trip of Jim Corbett. Excited, we rented two gypsies which took us inside the jungle. Little did we know that it was a landscape of Jim Corbett sanctuary called Sitavani and we felt horrible that we were fooled by the gypsy drivers. Though it was the wrong forest it was pretty and the way the roads went through the river managed to give us a thrill. We also did see a giant and very beautiful hornbill, which is rarely spotted, even in the core area of Jim Corbett.

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Kumaon Regiment Farms (view from or porch)

The first day being a little disappointed we tried our level best to see the core area of Jim Corbett. After talking to another man, this time confirming his authenticity we were able to acquire passes for a next morning trip. The next day, Day 3, we entered the core area of Jim Corbett through Durgadevi gate.

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The Durgadevi Gate. (Legit one!)

The roads twisted and turned and made us jump off our seats. The forest surprised us by its awestrucking beauty. After a roller coaster ride we stopped at a tower in front of which flowed a river. Inside the river we could see fishes, to our surprise not a single fish was moving, we thought they were all dead. To confirm our suspicion we threw a rock and were relieved that the fish reacted by making a move thinking the rock was something to eat. After spending about five to ten minutes we spotted two dears eating their breakfast. After one was finished he slowly found his was to the river to drink water.

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River Which Fed The Deer
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Beautiful View of Jim Corbett

After which we headed back for the entrance. On the way we saw a huge Tusker. They are usually alone because they are isolated by the group on accusations of being extremely mischievous. After having spent around 5 minutes we headed back to the gate from. After which we went to have breakfast to quiten the Tuskers jumping in our stomach.

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The Mischievous Tusker on The Loose! Beware!

From our experience of being cheated, there is an advice for all, if you decide to go to Jim Corbett anytime, please do internet booking months before you actually leave for the trip. Otherwise you have to suffer the consequences.

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A Photo With Jim Corbett

After trying very hard to acquire more visitations to the core area, we decided that nothing could be done to see Jim Corbett. So we left Jim Corbett a day early because we couldn’t bear the heat. On our way to Nainital we stopped at the house of Jim Corbett who was a hunter mainly killing man-eating tigers, for the safety of the villagers. An English man born in Nainital, helped the mankind and so in honour of him the forest was named after. He had built a beautiful European style house where he lived with his sister all his life. The tiger-killer never got married and died in Kenya, Africa.

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House of Jim Corbett and His Sister Margret Corbett!

After admiring his story and achievements we moved on to a cooler destination, Nainital. No sooner did we settled in our respective rooms, than the thunderstorms started followed by a heavy rain. And we ate a stomach full dinner and slept soundly in our doublecoated blankets.

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Beautiful and Cool Nainital. (Place of relief from burning hot)