Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day out in Agra

Agra, one of the most important historic city in India or one can say city of Tomb. While roaming in this city you starts feeling glory of mughal period and can easily get lost in this world. You get astonished after seeing giant statue like Tajmahal.

What kind of engineering techniques might have been used at that time? How creative our ancestors were?......So many questions will arise in mind but answer is very simple don’t think too much and just enjoy this beauty :)

Let's have have photographic tour of this city.

[Badhai: Agra's one the most famous breakfast. Its very tastey ;) ]

[This water tank is more than 150 years old and still getting used for supplying water to city.]

[Tomb of Mariam Zamani: Jodhabai was one of the queen of Akbar. Salim(Jahangir) was her Son. Akbar gave her title as Mariam Zamani means compassionate to the world.]

[Sikandara: This is Akbar's tomb. He was one the great Mughal king who founded empire which extended from Kabul to Assam and Kashmir to Ahmednagar. He was also great builder and raised series forts and beautiful structures in empire. ]

[The Chini ka Rauzah: Tomb of Shukrullah. He was vazir of Shah Jehan. Its called Chini ka Rauzah because of its glazed tile decoration.]

[Tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah: This is tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg and his wife Asmat Begum. He had got title of Itimad-ud-daulah means The lord of Treasurer. His daugher Nur Jahan built this tomb after his death.]

[Agra fort: The most important fort of India. The great mughals - Babar, Humayun, Akbar, jahangir, Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb lived here and country was governed from here. ]

[Tajmahal: This is one of the most beautiful structure in India and its included in world's seven wonder. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jehan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.]

[Buland Darwaja: It means great gate. It was build by Akbar at Fatehpur Sikri. This gate is memorial of Akbar's victory over Gujrat.]

[Jodhabai Mahal: This is one of the most magnificent palace build by Akbar for his wife Jodhabai at Fatehpur Sikri.]

[This square is a place in Jodhabai's palace where Tansen used to sit and sing. This is place where Tansen had done all the magic through his singing.]



Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bungee Jumping at Rishikesh (83 M)

Bungee jumping is an adventure sport which involves jumping from tall structure with the help of elastic cord. Being an adventure freak, I have seen many bungee jumping videos, read lot about it and wanted to do it. Finally visit to Rishikesh gave me opportunity feel this adrenaline rush.

[After jump with certificates: left to right => Vijay, Prashant and Myself.]

I was staying in jungle camp near river Ganga. It was usual beautiful morning in Rishikesh.

"Sir, Please wake up. You have to go for Bungee jumping today"....Rahul who was care taker of that camp called me and opened curtains of my tent. I peeped out while being on bed itself.

Ganga maiya (maiya means mother) was flowing with divine calmness. Early mornings sun rays falling on that white water were giving feel like its flow of Perls.
I got out of my bed, prayed Ganga maiya and started getting fresh.

"Sir, would you like to have aloo-paratha for breakfast?"...Rahul asked.
"No...just give me bread and tea."

"Sir, are you afraid of jump?"
"No, just want something light. If stomach is too much full, I won't be comfortable while jumping."

We both laughed.

After light breakfast, I reached Bungee jumping site. I was confident about myself but little nervous. Prashant and Vijay from Bangalore were other team mates in my batch, after some chit-chat we became quite friendly and started boosting each other for jump.

First Prashant jumped, then Vijay jumped. Both performed very well. I was waiting for my turn and suddenly I heard, "Sandy, please move ahead to jumping base."
I felt as if lightning has passed through my body and started walking toward jumping base. Bungee jumping expert Maria and her helper welcomed me. I wore harness, they tied my legs and Maria was explaining me How should I jump? I heard everything with concentration.

"So Sandy, are you ready?"......Maria asked with big smile.
I drank couple of sips of water and said, "Yes".

She attached me to elastic rope and slowly I started walking towards edge of jumping base. Finally jumping moment came. I was standing on just toes, as usual I remembered all my loved ones and jumped as if I am diving in swimming pool. I think it was free fall of just 6/7 seconds. I was coming down as if stone is thrown from top. All senses became alive while fighting with up thrust of air. In addition to that as soon as free fall finished, because of elastic rope, I started bouncing up-down like ball, Enjoyed it a lot. Once bouncing was finished, helper on the bank of the river gave me one big stick and I came down. It was great fun and experience of life time.

When I came down, Vijay and Prashant were waiting for me. We congratulated each other for successful jump and left the place with ride along the Ganga.


Please check following video of this jump: