Jyoti

  • A TREK TO TIGER'S NEST – BHUTAN
    Jyoti | 10-Jan-2017
    Taktsang monastery also known as Tiger's nest is a sacred Buddhist site, located pre-cariously on a cliff in upper Paro valley at an altitude of 10000 feet. Its believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew on the back of a tigress to this site, meditated here and established Buddhism. The monastery can be accessed through different directions but the main track used by tourists and local people passes through dense pine forests, rhododendron shrubs and is adorned with clolourful prayer flags the entire way. The fluttering prayer flags against dense pine trees and blue sky makes an astounding view.There is a cafeteria located half way up the trek which gives amazing views of the monastery. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to climb the monastery through thick coniferous forest. I started at around 12 noon and completed the trek by 6.30 pm. It's advisable not to trek after heavy lunch and keep light snacks with you. The cafe located halfway is run by Bhutan Tourism and provides refreshments but you need to keep sufficie
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  • Jyoti | 20-Apr-2017
    I am not an animal person but I would like to share an incident: This happened during trek to the Taktsang monastery in Bhutan. We were a group of 6 people and were climbing down the monastery. It was after 4 pm that we started the trek down and darkness was spreading quickly. Our group decided to stick together as we were the last group to climb down. The trek down consists of a main tourist track and a shortcut route used by local people. At 3 or 4 places there were two tracks and we were confused which to take but a dog came to our rescue. We used to stop at the bifurcation of the road and the dog used to take the right path and guide us. He remained with us the entire way down and guided us through the right path. We were so grateful for his company that we decided to give him biscuits and milk when we reached down but as we came to the end point of the trek he simply went his way and we could not find him. After this incident my attitude towards dogs has definitely changed!
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  • My experiences while driving
    Jyoti | 20-Apr-2017
    I have been driving a 2 wheeler since 20 years and a 4 wheeler since a couple of years and this is my personal take on the subject: People are in such a hurry to be in the front of everyone that they jump lanes, overtake from the wrong side, jump the signals and even take wrong turns - all in the process of getting ahead. There is this need to be ahead of everyone all the time and this need is even more if there is a female driver in front of you! Some drive in such a reckless fashion that you can see them going in a zig zag pattern literally. Some overconfident ones think that rules are not meant for them: only naïve ones need the rules. Some will go to such lengths to overtake you and then you see them waiting just in front at the signal so I want to ask them what did you accomplish – you are still waiting naJ. But I guess their ego or the male pride doesn’t allow them to wait. Enough about car drivers and I have not even talked about the ones who use mobiles during driving! Now some expe
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  • IS IT THAT DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW THE RULES???
    Jyoti | 20-Apr-2017
    This question seems to be floating in my mind so often (most of the times while driving:)) - whether it is driving on the roads, standing in a queue, following etiquettes at work, public places or while using a cell phone and n number of other day to day things. Or have we simply decided NOT TO FOLLOW THE RULES!!! It is difficult for me to understand why people break rules. If everyone follows them so much chaos can be avoided and we can have a better world to live in. I can go on and on about the way people drive on roads, why everyone is in such a hurry and need to overtake everyone. People drive so rashly and everyone wants to be ahead of others. The places where I have seen people talking on cell phones while driving – in middle of the crossroads, at the top of a 2 lane over bridge, just at the turn of lanes and so on. They don’t understand that this leads to inconvenience of other drivers but who is supposed to think of others nowadays!!! While watching a movie there are so many who talk
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  • A Walk Down The Memory Lane
    Jyoti | 03-May-2017
    Life used to be so simple a few years back… We had to attend the school, pass the exams with good grades to have a successful career and be content with mundane things. But those were the times we used to think of growing up. Who would have thought, it was best not to grow up! Vacations were spent playing with friends, visiting cousins and doing stuff which, when I think of now, feels stupid. There were no smart phones, laptops and other gadgets without which I feel handicapped now! But still we were happy, content and slept soundly at night. When did we grew up from being innocent children to tactful adults? At present we have so many devices to make our lives convenient but nothing can bring back our childhood and the associated memories which bring a smile to our faces even today.  
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  • Gokarna
    Jyoti | 28-Jun-2017
    Gokarna is a small coastal town situated in North Karnataka which is famous for its beaches and temples and is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. It is aroud 700 kms from Mumbai and 150 kms from Goa. The drive to Gokarna is scenic with Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. Before a decade, not many people visited this place but recently many foreigners have started coming here and brought business to this sleepy town. They work with the locals here and help in flourishing the economy of the place. There are many temples in the main market out of which The Mahabaleshwara Temple is a famous Shiva temple. It houses the Atmalinga that Shiva had bestowed upon Ravana after a long penance. There is an interesting story behind placing of the Atmalinga at Gokarna. The Maha Ganapati Temple is located just near the Shiva Temple and built in honour of Lord Ganapati who deceived Ravana and placed the Atmalinga on earth. There are many beaches of which the Gokarna beach in town and the Om bea
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  • An ode to friendship
    Jyoti | 07-Jul-2017
    What does a true friend mean? I don’t have an answer to the above question but I think as you mature in life, gain experiences and face challenging situations – you start to understand the meaning of a true friend. Through this article I want to thank my two wonderful friends without whom I would not be able to remain sane in this chaotic world. There are certain things that I can share with them only, rant about anything/everything under the sun/moon and make fun of the tough situations/challenges that I face. It is not like we agree on all things, we have our share of arguments and honestly share our doubts but this brainstorming helps us to see a situation in a different light. Many a times we are so rigid and prejudiced that it is necessary for us to get an honest opinion and a different perspective which only a true friend can provide. In our life, we meet a lot of people and make friends. There are friends for different phases for our life but a few friends remain with us throughout the li
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  • The scariest experience of my life till date!!!
    Jyoti | 13-Jul-2017
    It was on this day, two years back that I had a very scary experience. For the first time in my life, my flight got cancelled and I was stranded at Leh. I had a connecting flight from Delhi which obviously I missed and I was so frantic that I couldn’t think clearly. There was total chaos at the airport as a couple of flights of different airlines got cancelled due to bad weather and no one from the airport was giving us any information. People were angry, some fights broke out, few were scared, discussing their options with friends/family and I was there alone hoping for some miracle to happen, for my flight to arrive so that I could reach Delhi anyhow before 5 pm. But alas, this didn’t happen and I had to spend the next 24 hours in such a mental stress that even thinking of that day makes me jittery. I had spent a great week in Ladakh and it was my last day there. I had an early morning flight the next day. The weather was perfect and everything was going smoothly. Suddenly around 6 pm it starte
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  • Ladakh - A land of mountains and monasteries
    Jyoti | 15-Sep-2017
    Ladakh was in my bucket list since a while and 2 years back in July i got the opportunity to travel there.The flight from Delhi to Leh is a spectacle in itself and the views of snow covered peaks that you see from above are hard to forget. Leh can also be reached by road from Srinagar and Manali so if you don't have any time constraints the journey by road will give scenic memories to last for a lifetime. The landing at Leh airport is an adventure  as you can see a narrow strip of land surrounded by mountains on all sides. Leh is situated at an altitude of 11,500 feet and you need to acclimatise properly by resting and taking adequate fluids in order to avoid mountain sickness. There are many monasteries in the region like Thiksey, Stakna, Hemis and Diskit and Buddhism culture can be felt all around. The peace and calmness which i experienced within the monasteries is hard to describe. The Khardung La  pass – the world's highest motorable road and the Chang La pass – claimed to be the
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  • What Travel Taught Me
    Jyoti | 10-Oct-2017
    My tryst with travel began as a means to escape the mundane things of life and gradually became an addiction. And, somehow along the way, I turned from a tourist into a traveller. Travel is a powerful teaching tool and I would like to share a few things that I learned: You are just a small dot in the universe: You may be having a good job with a very respectable position and all the material comforts of the world but when you travel you realize that there are so many things to see, to learn and you just occupy a small dot in this universe in front of those magnificent mountains, vast oceans or never ending deserts. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world” – Gustav Flaubert It teaches you patience: Even if you plan down everything stringently, Murphy’s Law can come into picture and there is not much we can do. A bright sunny day can turn cloudy with heavy rainfall within minutes, flights maybe delayed/cancelled, your day trip for which you were
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