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Thrilling adventure Desert Safari

I don’t see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe. It doesn’t need to be flattered with rain. It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty. Joy Harjo 

Adventure is my passion.  I love trying different kind of adventure.  Desert Safari is a real adventure to experience with sand dunes. Just imagine you are bashing, turning, twisting and cruising  in a four-wheeler vehicles in the sand dunes.  isn’t it amazing ? . This adventure was more thrilling for me because I experience while I am sick.  The saddest thing is after desert safari I could not take single pictures due to exhaustion and headache.  No doubt  I am happy  experiencing desert safari.

Sand dunes

Sand dunes

Dubai is the most developed city of United Arab Emirates ( UAE). If you are visiting  Dubai and you do not experience the adventure of Desert Safari than you missed the most exciting part of your visit. I experience  desert safari with my friend Laurie.  Though I was sick I join Laurie because she has come all the way from USA to visit me.  There are many agencies who will arrange you the thrill of desert safari.  On September 24th at around 5pm our exciting journey started.  We boarded four-wheeler land cruiser.  Before starting a young driver let off some pressure from the wheel of the vehicle   so as to have proper grip of the sand while undertaking the desert ride.

Photo Credit : Google

Photo Credit : Google

We fasten our seat belts and we are ready for the thrilling desert safari. The driver shows his skill by turning, twisting , bashing  the vehicle in the sand dunes.  Desert Safari is  a dune bashing.  We shouted, screamed in  excitement as vehicle went up and down, sideways. We could see sand dunes like a big waves passing by. The excitement is difficult to put in words.

video credit : Laurie Lange

After nearly an hours of  thrilling dune bashing, we went to the desert t camp. It is a camp with  low wooden tables kept around and low cushions known as majlis to sit on.  As soon as we enter a camp we can hear a  disc jockey playing melodious Arabic music. Outside the camp, we can experience  camel ride and or the four-wheeler motor bike ride .  Other than this there is availability of traditional costumes photography, Shisha or water pipes for smokers. . There are souvenir shops and a henna mahendi tattoo for decorating hands and feet for those who had an interest .  After experiencing all this the cultural program begin. A male and female dancers presented traditional Arabian dance and  belly dance.    Fire dance was another attraction of the program.

Camel Ride

Camel Ride

Shisha smoking

Shisha smoking

Henna Tatoo Photo Credit : Google

Henna Tatoo
Photo Credit : Google

Shisha smoking Photo credit : Google

Shisha smoking
Photo credit : Google

At 7pm we had our  buffet dinner which includes  vegetarian and non-vegetarians food.  Prior to the buffet dinner we had cold drinks, stuffed roti, pasta and fried potatoes. At around 8pm the program ended.  Though I was sick it was a good opportunity for me  to know the different cultural aspect of the desert life.   I have never imagined desert can be so much fun. An evening drive through the golden sand dunes with the sunset is one of the most desirable and preferable  adventure in Dubai. It was a life time experience that everyone should enjoy visiting Dubai.

my friend Laurie, me sitting quietly as I am tired and exhausted

friend Laurie, me sitting quietly as I was tired and exhausted

 

 

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Miracle Miracle everywhere

What else can be miracle than to see more than 45 million blooming flowers in stunning designs, awesome shapes and structures ? . Another miracle is too see the garden in the middle of desert. Miracle Garden is located in the North West Quadrant of Arabian Ranches interchange along Shiekh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road within Dubai Land Development Project. You can take a cab from mall of the Emirates. It is open daily from 9am until 9pm on weekdays, 9am until 11pm on weekends ( Friday and Saturday) . Entrance fee for adult is 30AED. Disabled person, child of 3yr old and below are free. This garden is expanded in an area of 72,000 sq.m with 4km pathways, 1km flower wall and more than 45 million flowers.

entrance gate to the miracle garden

entrance gate to the miracle garden

 

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man made lake at the side of beautiful statue of women covered with flowers

beautiful statue of women covered with flowers

umbrella garden

umbrella garden

flower river

colorful flowers

Once I enter the garden I was astounded for a minute and stopped at the entrance gazing the beauty of flowers. I can’t believe it. I didn’t know where to start to look the garden. Finally I take a deep breath and start to explore the garden. The landscapes designs are not only unique but also incredible. Every nook of the garden is eye catching. Man made lake gives life to the garden .

man made lake

man made lake

lovely flowers

lovely flowers

 

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posing for picture

The most attractions of the garden are a huge floral clock around 13 meters in diameter, made out of real plants and flowers with changeable design for every season (twice a year). Likewise Flower Huts, Flower Castle with stunning design, Flower falls, Umbrella Pathway, Flowers Tents, Flowers Fall area, Lake and Fountain, Burj Khalifa of 18 meters height built with flowers, peacock with a very a very large tail are stunning to see.

different shapes houses

different shapes houses

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huts

tents with stunning designs

tents with stunning designs

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nice design

flower hosue

flower house

amazing designs

amazing designs

Miracle Garden holds the record in Guinness Book of Records for having the longest wall of flowers. It is an unique display and extravagant outdoor recreational destination for the all the people. This garden was divided into two phage for development. Completed first phase includes state of the art services and facilities including open parking, VIP parking, sitting areas, prayer room, toilet blocks, ablution facility, security room, first aid room, carts for handicapped visitors, retails and commercial kiosk and all other related services available to facilitate visitors. Likewise new attraction for phase II are the Butterfly Garden, souvenir Shop (for buying memorable gifts to make your visit memorable), Aromatic Plants Garden,

flower huts

flower huts

flower clock

flower clock

awesome designs

awesome designs

lovely peacock looks as real peacock

lovely peacock looks as real peacock

more flowers

more flowers

whose house is this ?

whose house is this ?

flower in different landscape

flower in different landscape

Edible Plants Garden, Flowers Valleys made with different stunning designs etc.
It is one of the most memorable visits of my lifetime. It refreshes and reenergizes me. Your visit won’t be memorable if you don’t visit this garden if you have planned to visit Dubai.


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Photopraphs of recent Poon Hill trek

Remembering the people who lost their lives in the recent  avalanche in the Annapurna Region ( Thorang La Pass) area in Nepal on October 19, 2014.  At least 38 people died and many are injured.  Few weeks ago I trek thorough the Poon Hill. I am overwhelmed to see the natural beauty.  Questioning myself how can natural disaster swept away all the beauty of nature within  a second taking so many innocent people lives ? . Praying  for the dead,  injured and people who lost their loved ones. OM MANI PADMAE HUM

 After one and half hours drive  from Pokhara  to  reach  Nayapul . From Naayapul the trek starts. WE can also take a jeep from Naaypul to Tikhedhunga.
Modi River

Modi River

traditional village house

traditional village house

serene river

serene river

Birethati

Birethati

 

Way to Hille

Way to Hille

Rice Paddy field

Rice Paddy field

beautiful village

beautiful village

walking trail

walking trail after Tikhedhunga

Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and this takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages.
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suspension bridge before walking the stairs of Ulleri

 nice water fall

nice water fall

more water fall

more water fall

Green Hills

Green Hills

traditional Nepali DOKO used as Dustbin

traditional Nepali DOKO used as Dustbin

dead snake spotted in Ulleri

dead snake spotted in Ulleri

nice Hills

nice Hills

traditional way of keeping maize  for a long period so that villagers can use it after years

traditional way of keeping maize at Banthati so that villagers can use it after years

tough steep steps of Ulleri

tough slippery  steps of Ulleri

 

Nagaethati

Nagaethati

From Nagaethati to Gorepani is one and half hours of trek.
Entry gate of Ghoreoani

Entry gate of Ghoreoani

lower Ghorepani village

lower Ghorepani village

Mountain veiled in fog

Mountain veiled in fog

Helipad at Upper Ghorepani

Helipad at Upper Ghorepani

sun is about to rise

sun is about to rise

Sunrise from Poon Hill

Sunrise from Poon Hill

Poon Hill

Poon Hill

 

Tower at Poon Hill

Tower at Poon Hill

majestic mountain

majestic mountain

Poon Hill named after Major Tek. Bahadur Pun discover the Hill

Major Tek. Bahadur Pun is the founder of Poon  Hill

people are enjoying the breathtaking mountains

people are enjoying the breathtaking mountains

 

walking down the stairs of Ulleri

walking down the stairs of Ulleri

life is beautiful as the marigold flower

life is beautiful as the marigold flower

 

I am tired

I am tired

 


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Photograps of my recent visit to land of natural beauty Pokhara

Fewa lake

Fewa lake, largest lake of Pokhara

Pogoda Style temple of  Baharahi also know as Tal Baharai Temple ( Water  Goddess)

Pogoda Style temple of Baharahi also know as Tal Baharai Temple ( Water Goddess) lies in the Fewa Lake

Taal Barahai ( Water Goddess)

People enjoying at Tal Barahai ( Water Goddess)

Boat carrying people to Tal Barahai

Boat carrying people to Tal Barahai

pigeon and kids enjoying at Taal Barahai

pigeon and kids enjoying at Taal Barahai

Vigorous Devis Fall, most fascinating waterfall in Pokhara

Vigorous Devis Fall, most fascinating waterfall in Pokhara

view from Sarangkot

view from Sarangkot

People enjoying Paragliding

People enjoying Paragliding

colors of rainbow, pagagliding

colors of rainbow, pagagliding

begging money

destitute guy begging money

Baby cradle at Sarangkot village

Baby cradle at Sarangkot village

this is how people preserve maize for long time in village of Sarangkot

this is how people keep maize for long time in village of Sarangkot

Begnas Lake, second largest lake of Pokhara

Begnas Lake, second largest lake of Pokhara

child enjoying swimming at Begnas lake

child enjoying swimming at Begnas lake

Peace Stupa

Peace Stupa

 

 


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Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center- a Paradise on Earth

Here is, in truth, the whole secret of Yoga, the science of the soul. The active turnings, the strident vibrations, of selfishness, lust and hate are to be stilled by meditation, by letting heart and mind dwell in spiritual life, by lifting up the heart to the strong, silent life above, which rests in the stillness of eternal love, and needs no harsh vibration to convince it of true being.  Patanjali

When I think of Yoga Retreat and Spa my mind summoned images of peaceful green mountains, quiet spaces, fresh air, greenery and much more. I have visited many Yoga Retreat and Spa  Center but none satisfy my dream. After visiting Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center (NYRSC) I feel we need to dream and one day it will be fulfilled. My dream destination NYRSC is located between Kathmandu and Nagarkot. It is just 5km from Bhaktapur and 1km from Telkot. It is 15km from the center Kathmandu or Thamel.

Photo Credit : Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center

Photo Credit : Nepal Yoga Retreat and Spa Center

Bamboo cottages

Bamboo cottages

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NYRSC  is surrounded by the dense shreeban forest. This is the perfect nature where you could do yoga, eat organic food prepared from garden, relax yourself doing Ayurveda massage. Jungle hiking, serene river adds more exquisiteness. You can also volunteer in the village area or experience to explore. The place is so peaceful that the only sound we heard is insects humming in the evening. The panoramic view of Nagarkot is worth watching.

Panoramic view of Nagarkot

Panoramic view of Nagarkot

Lovely Greenary Photo Credit : NYRSC

Lovely Greenary
Photo Credit : NYRSC

Night view Photo Credit : NYRSC

Night view
Photo Credit : NYRSC

The hospitality, facilities and services of internet at NYRSC makes you forget the luxury you could get in any deluxe hotel. The bamboo cottages and well-furnished room is incomparable to any five-star hotels. Needless to say NYRSC makes you forget your sweet home. I realized it is manifestation of my dream.

Cottage

Cottage

room

room

cottages

cottages

Panchamahalaxhmi Dham temple at the NYRSC premises is the magnificent and sublime reality of the divine surroundings. This is the Asharm area of His Holiness Swami Kamalnayanacharya Shree Ji Maharaj who is the supreme spiritual guru of Nepal Yoga Retreat and Muktinath Temple.

Panchamahalaxmi Temple

Panchamahalaxmi Temple

His Holiness Swami Kamalnayanacharya Shree Ji Maharaj Photo Credit : NYRSC

His Holiness Swami Kamalnayanacharya Shree Ji Maharaj
Photo Credit : NYRSC

You will get amused once you learn yoga here. It is a matter of pride to learn yoga with Dr. Chintamani Gautam. He is a highly qualified and recommended yoga Guru. He has been involved with yoga and its teachings for over 15 years in both Nepal and India and has a depth of knowledge unsurpassed in the region. Apart from this spa and naturopathic services, yoga packages, ayurvedic treatment soothes your body and mind.

Dr. Chintamani Gautam

Dr. Chintamani Gautam

 

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happy to be @NYRSC

NYRSC is a soul-invigorating retreat center; it catered to each of our chakras, from root to crown. It detoxifies your body and mind. NYRSC helps to know more about your body and mind and experience something . It connects you to the magnificent reality , spirituality, silence and above all with yourself. If you are looking for something unique to experience NYRSC is the only one. You cannot even imagine heaven exists here on earth and it is just so close to us.

students receiving teachers training  Photo Credit : NYRSC

students receiving teachers training
Photo Credit : NYRSC

more on NYRSC

more on NYRSC

 

 


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Photographs of farm visit at Nagarkot

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

Sherpa Alpine cottage is the best place to stay in Nagarkot.  They serve good food, warm hospitality except no hot shower. Few days stay at this cottage won’t make you bore.

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It was my long time dream to stay in cottage. After fulfilling my dream I move ahead to visit farm in Nagarkot.  If is difficult to express in words the beauty of nature on the way.  Look at these pictures. 

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Why not gaze the beauty for a while resting ? 

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Agriculture remains the key sector for the economic development for developing countries like Nepal.   Farming ( animals and agriculture) is very appropriate to raise the living standard of Nepali people. May be  you are more curious to see more pictures. The farm-house is situated in Rohini VDC of Nagarkot. Here goes the awesome pictures. 

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Amazing tomato farm. 

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more than happy 🙂 

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Photographs of my Mustang Visit

 

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Kaligandaki river

 

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beautiful scene on the way

 

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walking trail on the way to Muktinath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mt. Dhaulagiri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rock climbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ammonite snail fossils (Saligram), Symbol of Lord Vishnu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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beautiful nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pagoda Shapped Muktinath Temple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bells are offered to God once wish are fulfilled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mountain Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sunset view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Houses in Muktinath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boiling water in a Kettle using Solar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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walking route