Winter is a perfect season to travel in the daytime. No sweat. No hot head. It was a nice visit to Dakshineswar, Kolkata Riverside.
Nice place to spend some good time with friends and family.
It was time for my departure from Dubai. Last year around May. But this time, I decided to come via Abu Dhabi Airport as I never visited before. It was a few months ago Etihad started daily flight to Kolkata.
It was so smooth and easy! Check-in process was done in Dubai itself. Then Etihad took us to Abu Dhabi Airport on Bus.
The terminal design was nice. It was not a big terminal but very well maintained and another example of UAE greatest architectures.
Then I boarded into the Etihad Airbus A320. It was smaller than the Emirates Airbus A330 we usually use to board to Kolkata. But surprisingly, the cabin space was impressive! Seats were more comfortable and leg-space felt a bit more.
One of the most beautiful structure you will see here at the UAE. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located at Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. It was built upon the final resting place of the great Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former ruler of Abu Dhabi and the first president of the UAE.
Just after the entrance, there is a huge space where about 40,000 worshipers can pray. I could hardly blink, It was no neat and so clean.
If you think it was beautiful, stop. Not just yet. Step further into the mosque. The interior will make you amazed. It was nothing like I have seen so far.
Its been almost a year, I can still remember the detail of the place. The effect was so strong. It is still so alive in my brain.
If you ever visit the UAE, you must see this place.
Many of my evening I saw here at Dubai were in the Media City. One of a many free-zones in Dubai and a very important hub for Media and other IT companies. The new Dubai Tram services are also available at the Media City, so it is very well connected these days.
The nearest tram station from my location was Palm Jumeirah. That is where this photo was taken, while the sun was setting behind those high rises. It was a stunningly awesome view in naked eye!
Sandstorm or Dust storm can be seen most often here in Dubai, UAE. The Landscape changes in a matter of seconds. Even a small blow of wind can cause a dramatic change in the environment. You know why.
Sometimes the visibility becomes so poor that you can’t even see the cars in front of you! I do like it though, guess why! It gives some kind of depth of field in the distant Skyline. I just love it all, of course, not including those considerable amount of dust that goes into my lungs. In Dubai, you will get it throughout the year though.
It’s definitely not good for health if you are outside, but it is a beautiful thing to see in any City which is build on desert. I loved it. Really did.
Dubai Mall, or to say it properly The Dubai Mall, is one of the most important tourist destination in the City. On more than 5 million square feet, 4 floors and more than thousands of branded outlets, it is a symbol of pure excellence and beauty!
It is located at the Downtown Dubai, very near to the Burj Khalifa (another famous landmark, you know why). The nearest metro station is Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall, which is having a direct connection with the Mall.
Actually this is what we have seen. Of course there are a lot of things that I could not cover because of my time and light pocket (yes, some of the attractions costs a lot).
1. The Dubai Mall Waterfall You can clearly hear the hissing noise of the Waterfall when you get near to it. A number of diving human models can bee seen which looks so perfect!
2. The Dubai Ice Rink A huge platform clearly made of Ice and a lots of people skating on it. You will really enjoy people trying to do it and falling several times. Then you will enjoy seeing those perfect moves by the experts. If you can do it or you are brave enough to try it for the first time, don’t hesitate! Just do it.
3. The Dubai Aquarium Its just an aquarium, only it is very huge! I actually saw some of the big creatures there, one clearly looked like a Shark! I am not really good at remembering the names of the creatures but I bet you will enjoy watching them. I enjoyed it for nearly an hour!
4. The Dubai Fountain The most amazing thing I have seen at the City! The Dubai musical Fountain actually dances with the music. The Fountain sometimes goes up to 500 feet on the air! The dancing pattern of the Fountain will surely make you hypnotized.
Besides, you can take a fun ride on boat into the beautiful green Lake where the Fountain show actually takes place.
5. The Burj Khalifa Go out to the Dubai mall lakes from where you can have a stunning view of the famous Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
As I have already said, there are many more to explore and enjoy at The Dubai Mall. Just dive in and keep swimming.
If you have got some time, please do watch this video.
Chilka Lake is the largest coastal lagoon in Indian subcontinent and second largest in the World. Spread over 1100 square kilometers this Lake covers three districts (Puri, Ganjam and Khurda) of the state of Odisha. Odisha is the neighbour state of West bengal therefore it is not too far from my hometown. It took almost 7-8 hours by Train to reach Puri, which was our actual destination and I never thought that I am going to visit Chilka Lake as well!
It was almost an hour of driving from our hotel at Puri beach to Chilka Lake. There are a lot of cars available for hire. Take one and get going.
When I first saw the place my face was like a comical :O, it was a huge lake, I could not make out the end of it. Here and there some island-like sandy greenery can be seen. Wind was blowing like mad. The Lake was not deep though. You will occasionally see some buffaloes or cows crossing the Lake, or taking a bath.
You can hire boats on hourly basis for your further exploration.
if you are planning to hire the boat for more than 2 hours please remember to buy something to eat or drink before starting your adventure Travel. There are very little option (actually no option) to eat once you are inside the Lake.
Let me tell you one thing, and remember this. You will see a lot of advertisement at Chilka travel agencies and they will show you a lot of photographs of Dolphins jumping out of the Lakes etc. etc. Let me make this clear, “You will never see that sort of thing here.“ Occasionally you can see a Dolphin’s nose or tails but that’s all. So if you are going there to see Dolphins, you will definitely be disappointed.
Migratory birds are the most famous attraction in this place. It was unfortunate for me as I did not know anything about it and missed it! It was August when I visited that place. They comes and stays around winter season. So winter will be the best season to visit Chilka Lake to get the most of it.
On the island, you will get some stalls where you can buy some foods. You will also find some hotels which will serve you fresh fish, crabs, lobster coming directly from the Lake itself.
The Sea Mouth, where the Lake is going into the Bay of Bengal, is a must see place. But most of the boatman will not be agree to take you there. They will tell you different stories about how dangerous it is etc. etc. But try to convince them, as we did for out boatman (he was a good man though, did not charge extra, whereas some of them can charge you extra for the trip). Believe me it is worth seeing!
I felt those four hours passed like four minutes for me. A perfect day at a perfect place. Is there more good things to do than eating and traveling in holidays?
We don’t have any beach here at Kolkata. One popular beach in West Bengal is at Digha, that is almost some 4 hours driving from Kolkata. We have many other beaches here in West Bengal. Only one other I can remember now is at Bakkhali, that is at South 24 Parganas district.
Digha, is situated at the district of East Midnapur which is having many more beautiful beaches in addition to Digha. Whenever we visit Digha, we make sure to have a round-trip to those beaches as well. They are very near to it.
Old Digha and New Digha, that is the two major parts of the area. If you love crowds, lights, markets, peoples, foods you must stay at Old Digha. If you love to be in silence, peace, pure nature and large beach, you must stay at New Digha.
One hour drive from Digha, there is another beach which is equally famous in this area. Guessed it right! Mandarmani.
It is new beach so the markets are still growing there. You will find everything from Hotel fare to restaurants foods a bit expensive there. But the view you will get at the beach is priceless!
A perfect place to spend your weekends. Isn’t it? Please Follow this link for more details http://wikitravel.org/en/Digha.