Foodie Treat for Durga Puja

Suvo Sharadiya

Today is Maha Saptami of Durga Puja and the 7th day of Navaratri. You already had different essences or aroma of Durga Puja in last three posts from my fellow blogger friends Kuheli, Paromita and Rahul as a part of the #bloggersdurgapujo campaign of Durga Puja 2017.

Durga Puja is the most awaited festival of the Bengalis all over the world. The first thing any Bengali in any part of the world would see the Durga Puja dates when they get the New Year calendar in hand every year. I know you all can relate to this. The few things that ring in the minds of all Bengalis from Panchami to Nabami are – pandal hopping, spending full-on fun time with family and friends, new clothes, no studies for the students, break from work for the corporate people and yes, of course, the lip-smacking varieties of food available. Most of us like to eat out during this time but mostly during the daytime, it’s home cook food we serve at home.

Especially, on Maha Sashti and Maha Ashtami, it’s always Luchi (Puri), Cholar Dal (Chana Dal) or Aaloor Dom (Dum Aaloo) with some sweet dish is what we serve. Here, in my post, I would share a recipe of Dum Aaloo that is a completely vegetarian – without even onion and garlic. The specialty of this recipe is the spice mix or the curry paste that I’ll mention in this recipe is an invention of mine, which I tried just as an experiment. I thought #bloggersdurgapujo would be a great platform to share the recipe with you all. Without taking much of time let’s start.

Serving: 2

Ingredients

  • Boiled & Peeled Potato – 10 pieces small (cut into two pieces form middle)
  • Curry Paste – made of 2 tomatoes, 2-inch ginger, a bunch of fresh coriander leaves, 7-8 clove pods and 2 green chilies
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin (jeera) powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander (dhania) powder – 1 tsp
  • Kasuri Methi – 2 tsp (crushed)
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Oil – 3 tbsp

Method

  • Cut, boil and peel the potatoes
  • Put 3 tbsp of oil in a deep fry pan
  • Once the oil is heated fry the potatoes till it becomes light yellow
  • Add the curry paste and mix it thoroughly
  • After mixing the paste and cooking for about 2 mins add all the powdered spices (turmeric, red chili, cumin, and coriander)
  • Mix all the spices thoroughly and cook it for 5 mins
  • Add 2 cups of water mix well and cover the lid to cook it till it comes to boil
  • Sprinkle the crushed Kasuri Methi and mix it well
  • You can add some freshly chopped coriander leaves and keep it covered

The Aaloor Dom would be the perfect combination of hot Luchi in Maha Sashti morning or just after you come home after your Pushpanjali on Maha Ashtami. You can check out the video recipe on my YouTube Channel.

Dum Aaloo

Durga Pujo is celebrated with immense joy and enthusiasm by Bengalis all over the world. Join Four bloggers from four different parts of the country as they bring to you a kaleidoscope of festive fervour in the form of blog posts and videos for an entire week. We hope to entertain, inform and enthrall you in a quest to involve everyone in our moment of joy. I am happy to be one of the co-creators for this creative team called #bloggersdurgapujo

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Head over to Kuheli’s blog on Thursday, 28th September (www.thefoodietrails.com), then to Paromita’s blog on Friday, 29th September (www.goodtimestrails.wordpress.com) and then to Rahul’s blog on Saturday, 30th September (www.bongfooodie.com)

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The Two-in-One Effect

#CleanAirBeautifulHomes – How does it sound? Sounds good, sounds fascinating right? But have you ever thought if it is actually possible? I mean something that can keep your home clean and also make it look beautiful. We will come to that later as we progress.

One of the major concerns in today’s modern life is the pollution – especially air pollution. Now the question is what could be the potential causes of air pollution. There are several agents like smoke, fumes, suspended particulate matter, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde etc. that can cause air pollution. The pace at which we are moving towards modernization and cutting down trees for urbanizing the places one day it will all be the jungle of concrete. As a precaution or protecting ourselves we are using masks while we are out and make our children wear the same when they are going out – whether to school or to park or for any outing. Is that enough? Do the masks help us or our children to breathe fresh air? It’s not that the masks are of no use. They do their work and filter out the air to some extent and supply clean air to our lungs.

We somehow manage to dodge the pollution outside, but how about the air pollution inside our very own home? The air inside our own home may be polluted by lead or in-house dust, fire-retardants, formaldehyde, radon and even the volatile chemicals released from the fragrances in the conventional home cleaners that we use almost regularly. Some pollutants from outside air also trailed into our home. Our indoor environment can be two to five times more toxic compared to the outdoor environment. This may sound shocking but it is the fact as stated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The effect of pollution can lead to cause certain ill-effects on your as well as your loved ones’ health, especially the children at home. Some of the effects of indoor pollutants could be asthma, fatigue, skin irritations, nausea, dizziness, headache etc.

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Can you recollect the catchy line #CleanAirBeautifulHomes in the beginning of the post? That’s the identifier of the two-in-one effect of the Royale Atmos – the new paint by Asian Paints. You might think how it is connected to paint when paints are one of the sources of home pollutants. You are right, but Royale Atmos is manufactured keeping the anti-pollution thought in mind. It cleans the indoor air by absorbing the pollutants and reducing the formaldehyde. This is not just it. Royale Atmos has the feature of absorbing the select household foul smell and thus making the indoor air quality better to breathe. When we paint the walls of our home the irritating chemical smell of the paint remains for days together, which can cause headache, nausea and dizziness. With Royale Atmos, you can set aside your worry about that because this is the only paint that comes with a fragrance. One of the fascinating features of Royale Atmos is the revolutionary Activated Carbon technology, which empowers the paint to purify the indoor air. This goes the CleanAir aspect of Royale Atmos. Now coming to the BeautifulHomes aspect of the paint, it gives a perfect luxurious look to your home because of the smooth matt finish. The Teflon surface protector divulges great scrub and stain resistance capacity to the paint. Toughest stains and scrubs can be cleaned off the wall without compromising the look of the wall. As Royale Atmos comes with Green Assure Seal it signifies VOC safer and environment-friendly.

 

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The Train Reached Its Station

This is the story of young and dynamic Abhi.

He is very ambitious and takes his studies very seriously. His dedication towards his studies and hard work fetch him a seat in a renowned engineering college. But he has to leave his home and stay in a hostel in a different city to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer.

He is in his second year of engineering now and it is the day when his exams are ending. He is very much eager to finish his paper as he needs to rush to the railway station to take the evening train to his hometown. He fished his papers and reached hostel to take his backpack and rushed to the railway station. The train is waiting for departure in the platform. Abhi took out his ticket and checked for his reservation. He boarded the train and settled in his seat.

As the train started Abhi did not even have the idea that it will be a start of something new something special for him. His path crossed the path of a girl in the same compartment and he could not help looking at her. His heart, mind, and soul just want to get a glimpse of the girl every now and then. He has never felt this sort of emotion and restlessness before. Abhi started to think is this Love at First Sight. Every now and then he tries to take a glimpse of the girl in excuse of going to the restroom. He never counted how many times he has taken trips to the restroom. That night is like the longest night in his life. He could not sleep for the entire night.

In the morning, Abhi gets down from his berth and quickly heads towards the seat of the girl. He made up his mind at night that he would talk to the girl first thing in the morning. But where is she? Abhi cannot see any trace of the girl and he felt heartbroken. He thinks she is the first girl who touched his heart in the first instance and he could not take this forward. The train reaches the station of Abhi’s hometown and he reaches home.

It is the final semester of Abhi’s engineering exam. But he has already received a very good offer from one of the MNCs in the campus interview and he is going to join as the intern there till his final result is out. He finishes his exams and joined the job. He started liking the job and getting to learn many things. Abhi’s final exam result is out and he has scored good marks. His job is confirmed and he feels himself as settled in a job.

Two years have passed in the job and Abhi is doing pretty good. His parents are now pressurizing him to get married soon since he is well-settled in his job. He somehow managed to dribble his parents’ talks about marriage as he still has that girl in the train in his mind and he still could not get out of her thoughts. After some days of avoiding the conversation, he could not manage more. Abhi’s parents have given a photo of the prospective bride to him to take a look couple of days back. He had not taken a look at it yet. Now that he has no choice left but to get married he takes the photo out and he is awestruck seeing the photo. He could not believe his eyes what he is seeing. It is the photo of the girl whom he saw two years back in the train. Tears roll down from his eyes. These are the tears of joy and he never thought that his first love would come to him like this. He agrees to the marriage proposal and the train reaches its station.

This is my first post in the fiction genre and I take pride to mention that it is by my wife Manasi. She has written this short fiction story in Bengali and narrated to me. I liked this short story and asked if I can translate the piece and post it on my blog as a part of #MyFriendAlexa campaign post. She agreed to this and here I narrated the story. Hope you liked it.

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Spices in India

Indian foods or cuisines get its flavorful aroma from the usage of subtle and sophisticated herbs and spices. These herbs and spices characterize any Indian cuisine and play a very important role in Indian cooking. No Indian food is complete without the spices. Spices in India has a great role to play in adding flavor to the daily food. Some spices are used for making the food more flavorful, some spices are used for adding special aroma to the food whereas some spices are used for complementing other spices in the food.

In the ancient times, spices were regarded as precious as gold and such the variety of spices in India that traders from foreign countries used to sail to India for the trading of spices. India plays a very important role in the world market of spices. The spices in India are broadly categorized into three categories – basic, complementary and aromatic.

The basic spices are the ones that are used in most of our daily cooking. These spices are the basic stuff that you would need in your everyday cooking. The basic spices include jeera or cumin seeds, coriander seeds, black mustard seeds, turmeric, red chili in both powder and whole forms, Asafetida or hing etc. The complementary spices are the ones that are specially added to the Indian cooking to add some extra flavor to the food. These spices are used in combination of both basic and aromatic spices depending upon the dish that is being prepared. This category of spices includes fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, carom seeds and some others. The aromatic spices, as the name suggests, are the spices that add aroma to the food. The most commonly used aromatic spices are green & black cardamom, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, mace, white & black peppercorns, saffron and bay leaves.

Certain spices in India also bestow certain medicinal benefits as well. The most common spice, turmeric, is one among them. Turmeric is an antioxidant and is known to fight and manage cancer. Turmeric also helps in curing inflammation of body joints and also in detoxification of liver. Asafetida or hing is useful in treating asthma, coughs and bronchitis. It also helps in improving digestion along with giving flavor to the food. Ginger, a commonly used herb, is beneficial in relieving from cold & cough, joint pains and regulating blood pressure. Other spices like black peppercorns, cumin seeds, cardamoms, cinnamon, clove and saffron also fall under this category.

The spices in India is a vast area of exploration. Just one blog post is not enough to describe every intricate detail of the spices in India. However, one thing can be stated that if you want your food to be spicy, flavorful and aromatic Indian spices would be your first choice.

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Ecommerce in India

India has come a long way as far as its e-commerce market is concerned. As per the latest publication and report ecommerce in India or the online market is ever growing and is expected to cross Rs. 2 lakh crore in this fiscal. According to the latest estimate by NASSCOM, the India online business market is estimated to be at $33 billion during the financial year of 2017. The online market has grown about 19 percent during the financial year of 2016-17.

It is the way the modern people transact these days is the key to the remarkable growth of the ecommerce in India. Whether it is buying electronic items and fashion accessories or making your travel booking or booking a ticket for the latest blockbuster movie – consumers are highly inclined towards transacting through online as it offers them convenience. According to IBEF research report in 2013 India houses 3311 e-commerce hubs, 1267 rural hubs, 391 export hubs and 2217 import hubs.

The latest study by Forrester Research reveals that in the Asia Pacific region about one-fifth of the total retail sales will take place through the online market. Some of the highly popular names in the Indian e-commerce sector are Flipkart, Amazon, MakeMyTrip, Snapdeal, Yatra, Jabong and many others. Many newbies in the sector like TataCLiQ, Ajio.com, Limeroad etc. are coming up with good deals and eye-catching campaigns. The same study also adds that the online shopping through the mobile devices will grow at the rate of 15.6 per cent and estimated to reach $1 trillion mark in 2020. Asia Pacific is the largest region in the world in terms of online retail leading by China with the e-commerce market of $681 billion in sales. However, according to the Forrester study is undoubtedly the fastest growing e-commerce market in the world.

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Even though the ecommerce in India is growing at a fast pace it is highly important for the players in the field to sustain that growth. In order to sustain the fast pace growth the most important aspect that they need to focus is higher consumer engagement. The more the consumers are engaged the more they build the trust towards the brand. However, it is necessary for the online merchants to remember the engagement is not just in terms of the pre-sales experience of the consumers but to be aligned to the entire value chain and that would be the key highlight for the success of ecommerce in India.

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My Love for Travelling

Travelling is in my blood. Whenever the travel bug bites me I have to get out of my house to explore some new places, know some new culture and taste some new food. My love for travelling is eternal and it will keep grow as time progresses.

I’ve travelled to many places, within India, and explored many unknown horizons. I still remember my childhood days when I used to go to Digha & Puri with my parents very often. I was 8 or 9 years old that time but I could still remember those days of playing on the beach and my fear of getting into the sea where my siblings and parents were enjoying the waves. I went to a trip without my parents for the first time when I was in 8th standard. It was my school trip and we were travelling to the northern part of India covering Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and other places. It was a great fun going with the group.

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveller only who is foreign. – Robert Louis Stevenson

My instinct for travel keeps growing and I have also explored certain parts of Assam – primarily upper Assam. One of my friends has his house in Assam, so I was fortunate to travel to one of the seven sister states twice and both the time I stayed in his house. It was a great trip and enjoyed the beauty of the state.

My eternal love from travelling is contagious and it has affected my better half, my wife, Manasi too. After marriage, I gradually made her understand my love for travel and now she is also at the same frequency as mine and now we travel together. As I stay in Bangalore we are trying to cover as many places as possible in the southern India. Our latest trip was to Hampi during the last long weekend of Ganesh Chaturthi. Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. It was a fabulous trip and we enjoyed every possible nuke and corner of the place. But still, we feel that it is not yet covered completely and will make some time again soon to go for the second trip to beautiful Hampi. It would be an injustice if I don’t mention places like Mysore, Ooty, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Kanyakumari, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Cochin, Trivandrum, Kovalam, Calicut, Coorg, Wayanad, Yelagiri, Beypore, Goa, Chennai, Pondicherry, Mahabalipuram, Vijayawada, Mumbai and Pune in this post where I have travelled. It’ll become a lengthy post if I capture all my travel stint in this one post and I don’t want to bore you.

My love for travelling will continue and I want the travel bug to keep biting me so that I can explore and experience new places. This love is never ending and will continue my travelling spree.

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My Love for Cooking

Good food has always been a weak point for me. But it’s not that I just only eat… I cook too… Yes, you got it right. I love cooking.

Cooking is a kind of a refresher or a stress buster for me and I never get bored with cooking. I won’t say that everything I cook are mind-blowingly tasty… after all am not a professional chef… What I can say is most of my creations come out well. And the biggest critic for my creations is my wife Manasi. Who else can get these recipes tasted and tested.

My love for cooking is not recent. I started cooking since my teenage days. I started cooking from the time when I was in 8th standard. It was necessary that time as my mom had to go to the places, at least for few days, where my dad was posted for his job. I being the eldest among us three siblings I had to take care of the cooking. It started then.

I got into full-fledged cooking when I was doing my post-graduation studies. I used to stay in a rented house with a couple of my friends and I was taking care of cooking – well most of the time. I used to enjoy it and never used to get bored or annoyed. I started making experiments with my recipes and the best part was my roommates had never complained.

My cooking started taking the flight and I started loving it more in the last 5-6 years. I got my wife by my side. She is very supportive and also likes to experiment just like me. We together try making something or the other new and innovative using the regular stuff. I have experimented with a curry paste in my cooking journey, which is purely vegetarian. That curry paste can be used for preparing dum aloo. I’ve prepared it and captured in this video. My wife tried some experimental recipe as well. One of them is a chicken recipe that I have captured in this video here.

I feel pretty happy while cooking. My blog earlier was more like recipe documentation but as the time progressed it got changed into something different that captures everything. But my love for cooking made me to think of a name that goes well and hence I came up with the name The Mixed Flavors.

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7 Stress buster Ideas – Quirky and Quick

It is quite common to feel stressed out in today’s modern life. Whether you are at work or at home or driving a car – different places add up different kind of stress to us. But we need to find out some or the other ways to relieve our stress otherwise it would be difficult for us to lead a healthy life as piled on stress will lead to different kind of health problems hampering our well-being. I thought of 7 stress buster ideas or tips on how you can relieve your stress or at least manage it. I could not find a fun yet effective way to conclude the exciting #BarAThon challenge than sharing 7 stress buster ideas. There are many ways you can choose to relieve or manage your stress but what I’m going to share here are really quirky and quick ideas that I too follow.

Chew gum: This is the simplest way of relieving your stress. Chewing a bubble gum can help you relieve moderate to mild stress. I do it when I feel stressed out. According to researches by the Wrigley Science Institute, Chicago it can help you be more alert and perform multi task. A study has also found that chewing gum also help in reducing the anxiety level in mildly stressed people. This tops my list of 7 stress buster ideas as I do it more often.

Eat chocolate or ice cream: To be honest, this activity is my favorite one. Though I don’t like ice cream much but I can’t stay away from chocolates. Whether I’m a stressed or not I eat chocolate. On a serious note it is seen in the clinical study that eating 40 grams of dark chocolate on daily basis, for two weeks, lower down the stress hormone cortisol among highly stressed individuals. So you have a reason now to buy a pack of chocolate or a tub of ice cream while returning home.

Busting the bubbles on bubble wrap: It is difficult to get a bubble wrap every time you stressed out. But some day you would have ordered something that came wrapped in a bubble wrap. You may find some in your pedestal. When you are stressed, busting the bubbles on the bubble wrap gives you immense relief. You would not know when you have busted all the bubbles. Try it out. It’s fun!!

Do meditation: Meditation is another very effective way of managing stress. You don’t need any particular time to meditate. Whenever you feel stressed do meditation for some time. It will make you feel relax for sure and also calm your mind. Meditation is also highly useful in enhancing your concentration level.

Play with your pet: Do you have a pet at home? There is nothing like it. Play with your pet. This has been proved from a 10-year study that about 4000 Americans found their pets being helpful in relieving stress. I personally had experienced this when I had a Spitz breed dog at my home.

Watch funny baby videos: Have you watched those funny baby videos on internet? They are hilarious and I’m sure those videos will bring smile on your face. I love watching those videos. Whether I’m stressed out or not it is a routine for me to watch some funny baby videos before I go to sleep. It gives me very good sleep.

Hum a tune or listen to your favorite songs: Music is the healer of any kind of stress. Whether you hum your favorite tune or listen to your favorite song they are going to act like a magic. If you know to play a musical instrument that would be even better. I love listening to music and have recently made up my mind to take out my guitar from the closet after many years to play it. No am not any pro in playing the instrument but have started from where I had left.

These are some quick and quirky 7 stress buster ideas that I follow to relieve my stress. And since I’m a foodie, cooking is another stress buster for me and I had always loved cooking. I would like to include one more tip here and that is to talk with someone close to you when you are stressed – that can be your mum, dad, a close buddy, your partner, your siblings or anyone as a matter of fact with whom you love to talk. You would see the magical effect of it. End of the day what matters is to be happy and healthy!!

7 Roles in a Woman’s Life

Women are the pioneers of a nation and Indian culture attaches a great importance to women. It is difficult to think a sustainable development in a family without a woman in the house. There are number of roles that a woman plays in her life. Hence it won’t be wrong if we call them the super women. A woman plays multiple roles in her daily life – be it as wife, a mother, an administrator or a leader. From a mother to a wife to a businesswoman to a best friend – a woman is more than just the household queen. She sways in different areas of her life seamlessly. I tried to depict the 7 roles in a woman’s life, particularly in a household, in this post.

As a wife: As a wife she is not only a partner in the house but also a helpmate to her husband and a comrade. She sacrifices her personal ambitions and pleasures and focuses on setting standard of morality along with maintaining peace and order within the household. She plays a pivotal role in creating the environment for her husband to think more about the economic prosperity of the family. In short as a wife she is the inspiration to her husband for the high endeavors and the achievements in life. This is one of the most important one among the 7 roles in a woman’s life.

As mother:  A role of mother is the most important and challenging for a woman. The complete burden of child-bearing and a greater part of rearing a child is borne by the woman in the house. A mother takes the major responsibility to inculcate the sense of orderliness, discipline, honesty etc. in her child. The unconditional love that a mother gives to her child cannot be described in words.

As a daughter: Am sure many people will agree with me that a daughter is a bundle of joy in the household. The distinct aura and chirping nature of a daughter keep the household fill with joy and happiness. I would like to reiterate one thing that a daughter is as precious in the household as a son.

As a sister: As a sister she is your best friend. When a sister is elder she is more like a motherly figure to her siblings. On the other hand when she is a younger sister it is her innocent jokes, lively vibes and jovial nature make the home environment charming and vibrant. As a funny note she is a walking-talking ATM (Any Time Network) when it comes to family gossip.

As a daughter-in-law: This role of a woman comes with more of responsibility. When a woman comes to a house as a daughter-in-law there would be sky high expectation of the members of the house. It is her nature of adaptability that makes her to get adjusted to the new environment, leaving her childhood home, and make the new house her own. This role, according to me, shows how much patient and adaptive a woman can be.

As a friend: Friends play very vital role in our life. A woman’s another role in her life is as a friend. A woman is a friend to whom you can lean on when you are sad, a friend with whom you can share your happy moments and a friend who can guide you through the right path when you are puzzled. If you have a friend who is a jovial and understanding there is nothing like it.

As a grandmother: The most affectionate role that a woman plays is of a grandmother towards her grandchildren. Her loving shelter is the place where you would find the safest place to get away from your father’s anger. She is always at the disposal of her grandchild and is always ready to listen to the concerns. She is the loving medium when you want to put forward a special request to your parents.

As a whole I would like to conclude that a woman is the super power who plays multiple roles in the society and household. The multi-tasking nature of a woman is commendable and that inspired me to curate this post – 7 Roles in a Woman’s Life. There are many others apart from these 7 roles in a woman’s life. It is her adaptive, patient and multi-tasking nature that deserves a big round of applause!!

7 World Heritage Sites In India I Traveled

Travelling is in my blood. I just can’t sit at home for a long time. It is mandatory for me to go out on a travel at least three times a year. I generally make plans at the begging of the year for that year’s travel – travel destination, dates, logistics, time period for travel, places to visit there and many other aspects. I’ve also been into many unplanned travel spree as well. Those travels were all of short duration – may be for 2-3 days. I’ve planned this post as one of the topics for the #BarAThon edition 2 and I chose to feature 7 world heritage sites in India, identified by UNESCO, where I’ve travelled.

Elephanta Caves: The Elephanta Caves trip was a fabulous one. It was 2016 January when I went for Mumbai trip. Elephanta Caves was at the top of my list. The journey through the Arabian Sea in a ferry from the Gateway of India was an incredible journey. It takes about an hour to reach but that journey was worth. The ticket price was Rs. 120 for a return trip. The caves have stone carvings of Three-headed Shiva, Ardhanarishvara, Shiva-Parvati on Kailash and many others. You can enjoy a toy train ride at the Elephanta from the ferry point to the entrance of the cave. Elephanta Cave is one my favorites in the list of 7 world heritage sites in India.

Mahabalipuram: I travelled to this UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015 February. I went from Pondicherry via East Coast Road. The journey was great as the road was pretty good. Visiting Mahabalipuram was a great experience. The ruins of the temples and monuments of the Pallava dynasty built during the 7th and 8th centuries were simple mesmerizing. The Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna’s Butterball and the carvings depicting the Descent of the Ganges were a treat to explore.

Konark Sun Temple: Konark Sun Temple is an UNESCO World Heritage Site in India located in Odhisha. It is very near to one of the famous beach destinations Puri. I loved visiting this place. The name Konark is derived from two Sanskrit words – Kona (angle or corner) and Ark (the sun). The temple is dedicated to Sun God Surya. The Sun Dial at the temple is one of the great attractions of the temple complex. It is a must visit place if you are going to Puri.

Sundarbans National Park: My trip to Sundarbans was couple of times. It was during the early 2000 when I visited this natural mangrove. The name of the place is because of the mangrove plants Sundari. I love jungle safari and when this trip was getting planned I was very excited. The best time to visit Sundarbans is during November to March as the weather remains cool. There are many travel planners in Kolkata organize a 2-3 days trip to Sundarbans. You can also avail the West Bengal Tourism Board services for a lovely Sundarbans trip. If you are lucky enough you can spot the Royal Bengal Tiger quenching its thirst on the bank of the river. Because of my love for jungle safari Sundarbans has made to my list of 7 world heritage sites In India that I had traveled.

Basilica of Bom Jesus: Goa is my favorite travel destination of all time. I had been to Goa more than I have visited other places. I truly don’t need a plan to visit Goa. My visit to Basilica of Bom Jesus was during my Goa visit in 2011 February. The place is one of the attractions in Goa that you cannot afford to miss. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of my favorite spots in Goa. The basilica houses the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The exterior of the plain architecture of the basilica is un-plastered but the beauty of it does not get fade away with its outer appearance.

Old Goa: The Old Goa is the historical city situated in the North Goa district of Goa, which was constructed by the Bijapur Sultanate in the 15th century. It was the capital of Portuguese India during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was great experience altogether when I visited Old Goa. The houses in Old Goa have that olden day’s touch with the touch of the authentic Goan culture. Some of the famous churches of Old Goa are the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Chapel of Saint Cathrine ad Se Cathedral.

The Mahabodhi Vihar: My visit to Mahabodhi Vihar, Bodh Gaya was long ago, during my school days. But I still remember that trip. Mahabodhi Vihar is a must see place if you like travelling and like to explore different places and culture. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Buddhist Temple that is marked as the location where Gautam Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is just 96 km drive from Patna.

This post of 7 world heritage sites in India is just a glimpse of these places. I would be featuring separate posts for each of these places covering more information.