• Haridwar
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    HARIDWAR! A Gateway to Gods!

    HISTORY: It is said to have been named ‘KAPILA’ after a sage with the same name. According to Hiuen Tsiang the place had a name ‘Gangadwara’. Prsent name Haridwar is the way to reach Hara [Lord Shiva, as claimed by Shaivites] or Hari [Lord Vishnu, as claimed by Vaishnavites]. Its main ghat is Hari Ka Charan or Hari Ki Pairi [Lord Vishnu’s footprints]. History has it that the ghats and around have also witnessed the massacre of Gosains, Bairagis and other devotees at different periods of time. When to go? All the year round. Avoid on weekends, public holidays and vacations because of crowd. If you wish to have peaceful…

  • Varanasi: City from past in the modern era!
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    Varanasi: An ancient mystery in modern era!

    Last weekend I along with my friends decided to visit Varanasi. A city that I had heard so much but never had a chance to have a glimpse of it. Somewhat like a hindi movie, Sholay. Wondering, what a simile? I saw it when I was 18 and it was released when I was born. When I saw it I knew each and every dialogue of the movie but was experiencing it for the first time in visual form. Varanasi is different. It is historical, majestic, spiritual, classic, aesthetic, pious… [… running out of adjectives]. Before even I had embarked upon the journey I felt as if I knew the…