Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Beloved

Here is my entry for WordPress Daily Post Weekly Challenge with the topic of Beloved

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Love of a father and his child
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In Pairs 
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Everyone is busy in his own work – the dog was busy catching crabs and fish
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Twining Two. Mom and Girl

HandHolding

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Have a good day and stay blessed 🙂

Can you guess it

This comes as a puzzle for all of you out there.

There is a lot of effort required to get good things, so there is a stair to heaven which I found. Any guess or views about this photo, keep pouring your thoughts and then I will reveal the mystery

Lets see who can guess it….

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Have a lovely weekend and enjoy… 🙂

Take a break: Get Pampered by Nature….

If you were able to divide your time between two places evenly which place would it be.

People living an urban life will agree with the fact that we are blessed with enough courage and potential to fight the daily traffic, reach our work, empty our creative juices and then again steer clear the traffic and head home.

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Ascending to the hills, Adobe to heaven, Switching places.

To rejuvenate and refill the mind, body, soul and spirit we do take breaks. It pays to take some time off from our regular schedule whether it is at office or from home and plan for a change. It also gives us the immense opportunity to discover and explore new venues which this journey provides and it helps us grow further in our personal and professional life.

If I had the power to split places daily I would choose Manali. I have visited this Himalayan hill station thrice and it offered me to go back reloaded. Each of the visit is associated with a part of my life, while people would not like to visit the same place again then in my case I chose with a reason every time:

  • My first visit was when I just had started earning some penny and it was with my friends.
  • The second lap was when I got married – my wife saw the albums and insisted to take me there. So it became my second visit.
  • When my daughter grew up she was fascinated by watching our photographs(seems see inherited from her Mom) in ice covered mountains and the listening the stories which her Mumma had narrated that she succeeded in convincing me. We wanted to relive the moment with her and make her dream come true of making a snow man. So this became the third visit and it happened a few months back.

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Passing by the caves made by drilling mountains, salute to the engineers. This shortens the route by connecting the mountains.

The place is calm and quite and the ecology provides relaxation of the mind and soul. The cold weather provides immense warmth for the mind and body. You tend to forget all your worries and pain.

Besides the hill there are loads of pine trees, apple, plum, pear and cherry trees all around. In fact the place where we had out up had a orchard and we would ensure that we had our share daily.

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The place is also abode to many temples each having it’s own historic relevance and a story behind it. One such temple is associated with Sage Manu and it is believed that the place got his name from the sage.

Then there are Buddhist temple where you discover your inner-self by chanting:

Om Mani Padme Hum

A powerful mantra which echoes in the halls and transforms you. It means that you transform your impure mind, body and speech into a high and pure body, speech and mind of Buddha. 

 

Never miss out to enjoy the local food and restaurant by taking some tips from the locals and enjoy shopping from the traditional and ethnic markets with loads of steal deals to take away.

 

 

The visit to the snow cap Rohtang Pass is the USP. The paradise is uphill 50-60 kms. The snow capped mountain has a wide variety of sports activity besides skiing.  The wind blows very strong and is very cold and dry at times, with the pressure dipping it may add to bleeding. The temperatures dips to very low and usually you descned back before after noon.

Some random clicks from the snow capped hill top. 
Just a few people there, only you and the hills.
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Took a pause to capture the eternal view of light and shade.

As said good or bad time will pass and it is always hard to say good bye to this place.

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Back to business…

Good bye blue sky, good bye to see you back again soon….

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The sun setting in the mountains.

So take a break, lets recharge ourself and spend some quality time with the world we love the most our family.

10 years back we printed photographs for all occasions and maintained albums, Now I wonder after 10-15 years how do we ensure we have the digital photographs protected with us?

I have another hobby of creating a video every time I visit a place, this consists of the photographs as well as the videos and I do good editing in it. It takes quite some time to complete it. I made the video for this vacation too, however it was too long so in fact I will share a small sub set of it. Do take some time out and hope you enjoy watching it:

 

Have a great time ahead…. Keep travelling and posting.

 

 

Destination Anywhere!!!

Where is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?

I will start this post with one of my favorite Jon Bon Jovi numbers “Destination Anywhere“, it came rocking to my mind with this prompt.

Darlin’, I’m tired of living just in your dreams ,I’m getting out
You know we both sold our souls,We’re just growing old in this sleepy, dead-end town.

Destination Anywhere!!! Name a place and I ‘ll be there, pack your bags and we disappear.

Vacations are meant to provide:

  1. A Break from daily chores, per se from office, kids from school and home.
  2. A time to connect with family and friends.

This in turn helps us gives us a fresh lease of life.

What destinations to choose:

1-In Nature’s Lap

I choose any destination stop as my vacation which is surrounded by natural beauty. I like to explore more towards the gift of God and delicacies nature has provided to us and spend time exploring them instead of going for exploring the most happening cities.

Exploring the Solitude of the beach

Exploring the Solitude of the beach @ http://agileopedia.com/
Exploring the Solitude of the beach @ http://agileopedia.com/

2-Cultural Diversity

Nikko Shrine Japan World Heritage Shrines @ http://agileopedia.com
Nikko Shrine Japan World Heritage Shrines @ http://agileopedia.com

Another interesting factor is to explore the diverse culture this world offers us. Every place, country,city has its own religion, food, culture, people, they have so much to offer. It is a wonder to get to know more about them. When I was in Japan I was fortunate to be there during the Golden Week, a week in which the country celebrates, it is their longest vacation period. I made the most of it by visiting the world heritage sites at Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Kegon Falls and Yomoto Onsen(natural spa); exploring their cultures and closely watching some religious ceremonies and processions. I was very impressed by it.

Food Display in a Japanese Restaurants @ http://agileopedia.com
Food Display in a Japanese Restaurants @ http://agileopedia.com

I love to get surrounded by the serenity and beauty of the snow filled mountains, sitting by the river, lake or ocean, exploring the wild, watching the sunrise and sunset in the ocean, streaming in the backwaters.The Alps, Himalayas, The Andes to the Rocky mountains to Leh Ladakh all come under the list of places to visit. I would like to give them a priority followed by visiting the man made wonders from historic times to the sci fi ones.

Diya(earthen lamps) lit by devotees for worship to Goddess Durga, the God of Power.@ http://agileopedia.com
Diya(earthen lamps) lit by devotees for worship to Goddess Durga,the God of Power. @ http://agileopedia.com
Tokyo Tower at Night @http://agileopedia.com
Tokyo Tower at Night @http://agileopedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very few people are aware about the Tokyo Tower and that it is taller than the Eiffel Tower.

A place which would never come under my radar – Huh, I think the thought of a desert scares me, the tough life, hot sand winds, I would be reluctant to be there – it is better to leave it to Bear Grylls and let him do it for us.

Happy Posting Month #NaBloPoMo