कोल्हापुर-महाराष्ट्र

कल शुरू किया था एक यात्रा विवरण, आज उसको निपटा लेता हूँ। जहाँ गया था ‘बारामती’, वहाँ तक का तो बस रास्ता ही तय किया, कुछ मंदिर हैं वहाँ पर, उनको भी नहीं देख पाया, शाम होते-होते सोचा कि अब वापसी यात्रा पर चलते हैं। यह फैसला किया था कि वापसी में कोल्हापुर घूमते हुए आऊंगा। कोल्हापुर को लेकर एक ही चीज याद थी- कोल्हापुरी चप्पल!

तो बारामती से कोल्हापुर जाने की जुगाड़ देखने लगा। सीधी बस पकड़कर, सतारा होते हुए जाने का विकल्प था, लेकिन ऐसी कोई बस रात में उपलब्ध नहीं थी और आते समय जिस तरह भटका था, वैसा भटकने की अभी हिम्मत नहीं थी। एक ही स्थान है- पुणे, जहाँ के लिए वहाँ से लगातार बसें मिलती रहती हैं, लगभग ढाई घंटे का सफर! पुणे होकर कोल्हापुर जाना, रास्ते को लंबा करना था, लेकिन रात में वहाँ रुकना नहीं होगा, और लगातार यात्रा करके सुबह तक- कोल्हापुर पहुंच जाएंगे। इसके लिए यही है कि-‘तुझको चलना होगा’!, हाँ तो चल रहे हैं ना!

रात में लगभग 10 बजे पुणे पहुंचे और वहाँ से दूसरी बस पकड़कर सुबह कोल्हापुर पहुंचकर फिर वही, दिन के समय 4-5 घंटे सोना। पिछली ब्लॉग-पोस्ट में जो चित्र डाला था, वह कोल्हापुर के उस होटल के प्रवेश-द्वार का चित्र था, जिसमें मैं रुका था।

हाँ तो सुबह के लगभग 5 बजे मैं कोल्हापुर पहुंचा था, 4-5 घंटे सोने के बाद, लगभग 11 बजे, एक ऑटो करके कुछ प्रमुख स्थल वहाँ के, देखने का मन बनाया।

ऑटो वाले साथी पहले मुझे ‘न्यू पैलेस’ ले गए, जहाँ पर राजा के महल को श्री छत्रपति शाहू संग्रहालय बना दिया गया है। ऐसे महलों में कुछ वस्तुएं तो ऐसी होती हैं, जो सभी महलों में होती हैं, लेकिन कुछ ऐसी अवश्य होती हैं जिनके चित्र लेने का मन होता है और विशेष रूप से ब्लॉग में उनको शामिल करने का लालच भी, लेकिन मोबाइल स्विच-ऑफ करने की शर्त, और ऐसे में छिपकर फोटो खींचना भी तो अच्छा नहीं लगता। निश्चित रूप से कोल्हापुर जाएं तो यह संग्रहालय भी देखना चाहिए।

वैसे कोल्हापुर के टाउन हॉल में भी एक बड़ा संग्रहालय है, लेकिन जब वहाँ भी मोबाइल बंद करने की शर्त देखी तो मैं अंदर ही नहीं गया, हाँ बगल में बने गणपति मंदिर के दर्शन किए और पार्क में घूम लिया।

हिंदुओं के लिए, कोल्हापुर का सबसे प्रमुख स्थान निश्चित रूप से श्री महालक्ष्मी मंदिर है। इस मंदिर को पुराणों में वर्णित शक्तिपीठों में शामिल किया गया है। इस प्रमुख मंदिर के पास ही भवानी मंडप है, जो 200 वर्ष पूर्व निर्मित किया गया था और शाही निवास था। यह नागरिकों और भक्तजनों, दोनो के लिए समान रूप से महत्वपूर्ण है। कोल्हापुर का शिवाजी महाराज से गहरा नाता रहा है। यहाँ छोटा सा भवानी मंदिर भी है और वहाँ यह भी दर्शाया गया है कि किस प्रकार शिवाजी महाराज फलों के टोकरों में छिपकर गए थे।

रंकाला झील भी कोल्हापुर का एक प्रमुख आकर्षण है। इसके अलावा पन्हला फोर्ट, कोल्हापुर से लगभग 22 कि.मी. दूर, कोल्हापुर-रत्नागिरी मार्ग पर स्थित है। गगनगिरी महाराज मठ, ज्योतिबा मंदिर, कन्हेरी मठ, रौतवाडी झरना आदि अनेक दर्शनीय स्थान यहाँ पर हैं, यदि आप 2-3 दिन का समय लेकर वहाँ घूमने वहाँ जाएं। मैंने तो 3-4 घंटे ही वहाँ बिताए, इसलिए नगर से बाहर के स्थान- किला, मठ आदि मैं नहीं देख पाया।

यह यात्रा विवरण मैं यहीं समाप्त करता हूँ।

नमस्कार।

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Bhopal Visit- Sanchi, Maanav Sangrahaalaya etc.

This time the prompt on #IndiSpire is for writing about an interesting visit to a place, which is neither a hill station and neither near the sea.

I recently visited Bhopal, had to go there for attending a marriage ceremony and I utilized the chance for visiting some places of interest. In fact I had just wrote some blog posts in Hindi about the places visited. Now I would sum up the whole visit in one post here.

Yes after attending the marriage ceremony in Hotel Marriott Courtyard, which in itself is a centre of attraction and is situated near or rather a part of DB City Mall, Bhopal. This mall is considered to be the biggest mall of central India.

Anyway after attending the marriage ceremony we planned to visit the famous Buddha Stupas of Sanchi, which are around 48 Kms away from Bhopal city area. This monument has been enlisted by UNESCO under the world heritage sites.

It was a very nice experience to visit those Stupas, initially built by King Ashoka in 3rd century BC, as he did at several places to spread the message of Lord Buddha, after he became a Buddha follower and it was renovated later at different times. These display the rich Buddhist art and artitecture. Also those opposing it also  destroyed some parts of it.

The big Stupas, gateways on four sides of the stupas, displaying the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. The Monastry all spread in a lovely landscape are very attractive. It was a nice experience to visit this place.

Next visit was to the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Maanav Sangrahaalay, where the gradual development of common people at various places is displayed through the design of huts made during different periods, the utensils and other domestic utility items. There are so many things to learn there regarding the life of common man during various periods, tools and implements used by them, design of huts etc. It is a great experience of visiting there, where common man is the main hero. The development of human society over a long period  around the globe and specially at various places in India.

The lakes (chhota and Badaa taal) of Bhopal are always an attraction, so we visited there. The areas are kept very neat and clean. We also visited ‘Bharat Bhavan’ which was developed during the period of Sh. Arjun Singh, when he was the chief Minister. This is a place where theatrical activities, art exhibitions and festivals of art and music are held from time to time. This is a place which caters to the taste and desires of art loving people.

Finally during the stay there, we visited the People’s Mall, where there are normal facilities associated with the malls, such as good shops for purchasing items, food joints, multiplex for viewing movies and  nice children’s play area and there is a nice water park also . But there is something extra which is most important! and it is the thing for which it is a must visit place in Bhopal.

Yes there are the replicas of famous monuments etc.. the seven wonders of the world at a single place. There would be very few people who have visited every such place, so finding there replicas at a single place is a nice experience, One who has visited the original monument can also refresh the memories.

Some of the replicas, like that of the Taj Mahal, Statue of Liberty, gates made in the design of Effil Tower  etc. are quite impressive while those of Burz Al Arab of Dubai, Lotus temple are less impressive. Anyway it is a nice experience to visit the place.

In total it was a very thrilling and memorable travel to Bhopal, where I could visit those nice destinations.

This is my submission on the weekly prompt on #IndiSpire for writing about #Travel .


A short trip within Goa

I have been living in Goa for last more than a year. I never visited Goa before shifting here and after coming here I have rarely moved out for sight seeing.

Recently we had some guests and they visited various places in Goa for 3 days. I also joined them on the last day of their visit and we visited some places in south Goa. We started our journey via less crowded Benaulim fall, It is not big, since we have already seen  big natural falls in hill stations, Jabalpur’s Bheda Ghat, several in Kerala, also seen one in Scotland  and also one in man made big rock garden in Chandigarh.

But being big, is not really a big thing, It is a lovely piece of nature and we enjoyed being there. Nature attracts us in all forms and scales.

Goa is known for its beaches, our guests had already seen some famous beaches, this day we first went to the Utorda beach, it is not crowded but very beautiful. We really enjoyed visiting this lovely beach.

From Utorda beach we moved to Colva beach, which is much known and attracts much more tourists. Here we found a lot of people enjoying. Sea beaches really are great boon of nature and give great satisfaction to visitors, even grown ups play there like children. Really before the big power, his manifestations in the form of mountains, sea etc. everybody is a little child.

However after Colva beach we felt that we should also visit some place other than beaches, for which Goa  is famous in the world.

We were told that there is ‘Big Foot Museum’ on the way, near Madgaon, which gives a good reflection on the art and culture of Goa. We went there and I would like to say that we found it an excellent presentation on the life, art and culture of Goa.

This mini village was ambitiously planned by Maendra Jocelino Araujo Alvares and it unfolds the minute details of the Goan village.  It is well depicted   through life-size statues on display portraying the charm and simple livelihood of people of olden days.

I would recommend that while visiting the sea-beaches etc. one should also include this lovely place in the  list of places for visiting. Among the main attractions  there is a big statute of Mira Bai,  made in single stone. There are life size human structures which appear to be real people, really great pieces of work.

That was all for the day for us adults, however children accompanying us also visited a small fish aquarium for a while.

With this I conclude my blog post for today, which is a part of my submissions under #MyFriendAlexa campaign, through which I  wish to take my blog to next level.