This picture was clicked during my last visit to the campus of IIT Madras, much of which is a protected forest, carved out of the Guindy National Park and is home to large numbers of spotted deers (Chital), black bucks and other rare wildlife.
The serenity gives you a good break from the hustle of city life. And, if you are a nature lover, it's a pretty good place to spend your weekends :)
It is one of the most popular & must visit place.
Location: Ballari District, karnataka, India
Hampi is situated on the banks of theTungabhadra River in the eastern part of central Karnataka near the state border withAndhra Pradesh. It is 376 kilometres (234 mi) from Bangalore, 385 kilometres (239 mi) fromHyderabad and 266 kilometres (165 mi) fromBelgaum. The closest railway station is in Hosapete (Hospet), 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) away. During the winter, overnight buses and trains connect Hampi with Goa, Secunderabad and Bangalore.
Hampi, also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in east-central Karnataka, India. It became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital in the 14th century. Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, state Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. By 1500 CE, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal. The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by a coalition of Muslim sultanates; its capital was conquered, pillaged and destroyed by sultanate armies in 1565, after which Hampi remained in ruins.
Located in Karnataka near the modern-era city of Hosapete, Hampi's ruins are spread over 4,100 hectares (16 sq mi) and it has been described by UNESCO as an "austere, grandiose site" of more than 1,600 surviving remains of the last great Hindu kingdom in South India that includes "forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures and others". Hampi predates the Vijayanagara Empire; there is evidence of Ashokan epigraphy, and it is mentioned in theRamayana and the Puranas of Hinduism asPampaa Devi Tirtha Kshetra.
Included in your retreat is the magical gift of an early morning experience in Vrindavan.
The excitement as a new day unfolds; the smells and sounds that are seemingly extra special first thing in the morning.
Life in India is like a Vinyasa Flow off of the mat.
A life that is led by the purpose of each breath. Allowing for stillness, and movement. Intentional, mindful and graceful. A connection to self, and yet a part of something bigger.
There is a wonderful sense in India of allowing things to happen as they may. Things are not confined by the pressures of time, but rather a deeper trust in the natural progression of how it is supposed to be.
For Westerners this can mean a letting go of the rigid structure we may be used to, and an internal and external listening to life. Dropping expectations and assumptions. Understanding and seeing the bigger picture. Slowing down.
Our accommodations for this retreat are at the serene Gopalji Dham Spiritual Guesthouse.
Hundreds of years old, this property was lovingly restored by hand, and renovated to brand new.
Each of the five guest rooms kept with the original structure of the building boasts their own unique character features each with adjoining full Western-style washroom. All of the private room entrances are off of a shared courtyard space, after passing by the ancient on-site temple with it's own caretaker, a Pandit.
Beautifully moulded ceilings and carved doors, wall nooks and amazing colours of paint all add to the beautiful ambience of these accomodations.
We know you will just love the rooftop space with it's towering tree and view across the area, and feel safe and secure in this private and protected property.
I do get why people like the fall, but it is also wack. Yes, I love wearing turtlenecks and Halloween is the most important holiday we have as a people. However, my health bars get lower and lower every day that it gets darker a bit earlier. I am taking everything always staying green and the colors never changing over the impending darkness at 6pm.
Been mostly hitchhiking my way around Himachal Pradesh.. the Himalayan Mountains 🏔️ Tractors, Pickups, Motorbikes, Cars... Hours and hours through the mountains. Stayed in tiny villages, built into the mountain rocks. A steady electricity supply and flowing water is not taken for granted here and many people lack of it. Been offline and without mobile connection for the most part. It's been incredible and the pictures hardly pay credit. Sharing some now.. most pics are on my camera tho and I can't really receive pictures via WhatsApp cause of course I have no internal storage. 😂
Basically went from Manali to Kaza, 12 hours meeental and dangerous street, didn't close my eyes cause it was so beautiful!!... stayed at Kee monestary and explored the villages around for a few days. Visited the world's highest post office and petrol station. Had a flat tire too. Meditated in centuries old monk caves. Tabo hosts India's oldest monestary and it was just wow. Met amazing people, but really. Amazing people all over the place. Today I hitchiked a car, which was part of a group of 3 cars and a total of 15 apple farmers from Himachal Pradesh... The guys squeezed in the back and offered me a seat in the front! The green hat is typical Himachal Pradesh people hat and most people here wear it. People here are lovely. And travellers around here as well. Just so unique.
I feel like I am just waking up from a dream now that I am on my way out of Spiti Valley.. I can hardly put in words how beautiful it's been.
I'm also looking forward to a green landscape tho! Missing trees and not-dusty air a bit 😄 #himachal#spitivalley#hitchhike#himachalpradesh#visitindia#dreaming#himalayas#adventuretime#beautifulday#wonderland#mountainlovers#motorbike oooh #shimladiaries
Intricately carved Dwarapalaka out of a laterite granite on the northern entrance -
Dwarapalas are regular features of a major Hindu temple complex. They are the formidable looking ‘gate-keepers’ and guards in service of the presiding deity of the temple. They are the servants and the protectors of their masters. They are typically envisioned as huge and robust warriors. The pairs of Dwarapalas are most usually placed at the entrance to the temple and also at the doorway to sanctum.