My Yatra Diary... Reflections 2010

By Gods grace, the year 2010 was full of travels...

I Travelled…
  • For the soul…

The entire stretch of the Ram Jhula gives you a marvelous view of this 
exotic city. I longed the stretch to be a little longer cause 
the view from up there was amazing… to read more Click Here

The Magh Mela or the mini Kumbh Mela at Prayag, Allahabad
Magh Mela, Prayag-Allahabad

Each minute I spent in this captivating carnival was a prayer, every moment of it dipped in divinity; it was truly an expedition of spiritual enlightenment… to read more Click Here

  • To capture the essence of life…

 Dashashwamedh Ghat, Varanasi

Early morning, people start gathering at the various ghats to perform these rituals revolving around the ghats of the holy river, The Ganga, and which continue throughout the day… to read more Click Here

…And Death in the oldest living city, Varanasi in the world…

The Manikarnika or the Burning Ghat in Varanasi 
 Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi

Funeral pyres continue to burn here night and day. Ashes are immersed and flown into the currents of the Ganges just as life flows into eternity... to read more Click Here

  • To discover the footprints left behind by great men of yore…
Kabirvad - The largest ond the oldest Banayan tree in India
A unique place, Kabirvad

The view was simply amazing and all I could see were the Banyan tree branches spread out far and wide, hanging aerial roots, monkeys playing on them and thousands of bats hanging upside down... to read more Click Here

A picture of composure - Gautam Buddha, Sarnath 
Gautam Buddha, Sarnath

I was surprised to notice that despite the steady stream of devotees trickling in, there was an air of stillness that enveloped this temple, something that we often associate with the Buddha himself… to read more Click Here
  • To savor the rich cultural heritage of India…
Rani Sati Dadi Temple in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan 
 Rani Sati Dadi Temple, Jhunjhunu-Rajasthan

The interiors, adorned with exquisite murals and fascinating rich glass mosaics depicting the entire history of the place, are eye-catching. I grabbed a seat in the middle of the room, trying to soak in every detail… to read more Click Here

Ranchhodrai Temple in Dakor, Gujarat 
Ranchhodrai Temple, Dakor

Like all ancient temples, this temple too has a captivating saga that unfurls when one delves in its history… to read more Click Here
  • For my Love – Food…
Lip smacking street food in Varanasi
Street food of Varanasi

You cannot turn in Varanasi without bumping into a thela (push-cart) of something tasty… to read more Click Here

And Shopping...

Surat Sarees

The textile capital of India – Surat is known all over the world for its beautiful and gorgeous Saris, the traditional dress of India. No wonder then, it is also a shopper’s paradise for every Indian woman… to read more Click Here

I travelled to be Happy… To be with YOU :)

One year has flown by… and as I flip through the 75 pages of My Diary, I realize that the biggest joy for me today is that I am not alone. I have never loved the idea of travelling alone and I am so grateful you all are here! A big Thank You to everyone reading this, for staying with me so long and true, for encouraging me with your kind words, for accompanying me in my journeys, for just being there for me! You are the reason I love my blog and I hope to have your company in my future journeys as well.
As we bid goodbye to the first decade of the 21st century and gear up to step in a new year 2011… I wish all of you loads of cheer, joy and a very Happy New Year.
See you all next year!

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  1. What a way to reflect.. Great idea..Wish you too a very happy new year Arti...! May 2011 be a travel filled year for you...!

  2. Haribol!

    Thank you for posting info about the places! I would like to get more information about ISKCON Allahabad and the guesthouse there. Do you know their email that is also working? is not replying. How to contact them for booking?

    Radhika lila

    radhika.lila (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. This is a very good picture retrospective of your year in travel!! I missed you when you were not travelling, you did not post or comment then. I wonder, why don't you post when you are not travelling as well? Sort of to let us know what's going on with you in your daily life.

  4. Beautiful! :)

    My best wishes to you in the New Year, keep on traveling! xoxo

  5. wow.. the pics seems fabulous. I am also planning a north indian trip this year...

  6. Wish you a very happy new year and loved the collection of pictures .....these are truly relaxing .

  7. What a beautiful post. I think I was there along with you for most part of your journey. It was nice meeting a wonderful friend like you. Let's travel together holding our hands.
    Happy New Year!!

  8. Thank you for posting these lovely photos that brought back lovely memories for me. I love Rishikesh. Was at Varanasi, too.

  9. What a wonderfully reflective post - it captures so well the essence of your blog. Best wishes for 2011 to you and yours.

  10. sweet post ! you have been so lucky to travel to so many beautiful places. i wish the same for you for 2011. then you can share it with us :)
    all the best for a happy and healthy new year.
    ~laura x

  11. lovely post arti, wish you and your family a very happy & a prosperous New year

  12. @ Anonymous (Radhika Lila)
    I had stayed at Iskcon Allahabad in January 2010 during the
    Magh Mela
    I had booked my room on the telephone, giving you the same.
    0532 - 2416718, Prabhu Venu Vijay.

  13. What a marvellous look at some wonderful culture. I'd love to visit Varanasi one day. I wish you joy and laughter in the coming year-!

  14. HAPPY NEW YEAR ARTI!!!! May we encounter each other's worlds more often in 2011!!! Anita

  15. Enjoyable moments i have being here. Warm wishes and happy new year!

  16. Your photos and narrations have been wonderful all year. Here's to another great year!!

  17. happy new year ........ those are really nice places to visit

  18. Happy New Year and thanks for visiting my blog! Doesn't Ginny have a nice blog!
    Your travels are amazing! I am going to look forward to following.

  19. Such beautiful places. I wish you a happy and prosperous 2011, full of travels.

  20. That was a great travel.
    Wish you Happy & Prosperous New Year.

  21. Beautiful Post..
    Have a great n prosperous 2011!!

    US Masala

  22. Arti, that was just a beautiful post; you express yourself so wonderfully. Thank you for taking me along on your travels -- it is a real pleasure to see and learn from you.

    Happy New Year.

  23. Beautiful post!

    Best Wishes for 2011...hope you have a great year ahead :-)

  24. HAPPY NEW YEAR dear Arti! It was great to share this wonderful trip with you and i hope the coming year will have many good things in store as well! Cheers to 2011!

  25. happy new year
    beautiful pics

  26. Fantastic way to round up the year! Wish u and ur family a great year ahead, and hope this year brings many more opportunities for travel!

  27. Wonderful pix and article too! loved it......Keep it up..and happy new yr........voted too!

  28. This post captures the essence of your site and speaks volumes about how much you love to travel and visit the places you visit. The pictures are very good as well.


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