Saturday, October 13, 2007

Trip to Chandigarh and Shimla

Bangalore to Delhi - Air Travel
Delhi Airport to Chandigarh Distance: 260 kms
Tata Indicom A/C car: Rs 3250/- (Normal price is 2200/- to 3200/-)

Sight seeing in Chandigarh:
Places: Rock garden, Sukhana lake, Sector 17 (shopping), Sector 35 (Restaurants), Pinjoor garden

Chandigarh point ot point City taxi numbers: 0172 4690000/4141414

Chandigarh to Kalka Distance: 27 kms from Chandigarh IT park
Tata Indigo A/C car: Rs 325/-

Kalka to Shimla Toy train timings: 05:30 AM , 6:30 AM
Ticket price: Rs 250/- (between 250 to 300/-)
Total journey time: 4:30 hrs to 5:00 hrs
Shimla sight seeing:

My selection: Naldhera, Helipad/Wildflower,Indian Institute of Advanced studies/Summer hills, Mall (shopping place) Travel price per day for Indica or Alto car (9 AM to 9 PM): Rs 450/- to Rs 600/-
Other places: Jakhu hill, Chail, Kamna Devi temple, Fagu, Narkanda, The state museum of shimla, Glen, kufri

Shimla to Kalka:

Train timing: 10:30 AM (you will reach kalka at 4:00 PM)
Train ticket price: Rs 175/-
Total journey time: 5 hrs 30 minutes

Chandigarh stay

Kalka to Chandigarh:
Train timing: 4:40 PM (Train Name: Himalayan Queen)
Train ticket price: 22/- Rs
Chandigarh to New Delhi:
Train timing: 10:30 AM (Jan Shatabdi)
Train Ticket price: CC (A/C chair car) Rs 347/-
Total journey timing: 4 hrs 30 minutes
New Delhi Side seeing: A/C taxi (Esteem, Indica) : Rs 550/- for 8 hours

Important websites:

To book hotels in Shimla: (Go to hotel booking section)

Places in Shimla:

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Best part of the trip: Kalka - Shimla - Kalka Toy train journey (Please do not miss this)
Worst experience of the trip: Horse riding in kufri

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Umbilical cord blood stem cell banking

Stem cell banking is much talked about thes days at the time of birth of a new life. When I heard about it, without a second thought I decided to go for it for my new born baby. The baby's umbilical cord, which is usually cut at the time of delivery and discarded - is a rich source of Stem Cells. Stem Cells are the building blocks of our body. They have the unique ability to regenerate/ reproduce into over 200 types of tissues. Hence these stored cells can be used to fight against some 75 odd life threatning diseases which might attack the baby. These cells can be stored for around 21 years. Also its believed that not only the baby,..also the baby's siblings and anyone in the family whose blood matches with the baby can use the stored stem cells in case when required.I think this is a precious gift which we can give to our new born.

Please read more about stem cells on....

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Universal Manthra

Accept the life as it is it comes....but make the life as you like and as you wish

To make the world flat....One has to fallow...........
1) Universal Peace
2) Universal Dharma (One Religion)
3) Universal Brotherhood

As per my openion, all the religions in the world should come together and bring out the best practices/manthra/lessons in each religion to make Universal Religon/Dharma.

I would like to dream new flat world as all kind of people standing on one flat earth where there are no barrier and boundaries between countries, no more wars, no more rich and poor unequalities, no more politics ....just everything flat.

Every human being life is precious......everything you share, help, donate will make the life beautiful.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Himadagopalaswamy hills - Perfect place for Nature therapy

Places covered: Mysore, Bandipur, Himada GopalaSwamy Hills
Total Distance Traveled: 450 Kms
Travel timings:
Bangalore Departure time: Saturday 5:30 AM
Reached Mysore: Saturday 7:30 AM
Breakfast: Saturday 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM : Delicious idli and dosas at hotel Mylari in Mysore.

Mysore to Himada Gopala Swamy hills: Saturday 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM : was like a shuttle trip,..had lot of halts to experience the bewitching beauty of Mother nature. Ate goose berrys on the way, n number of photo sessions, had light snacks of apple, apricot sitting on the rocks.
Himada Gopala Swamy Hills : Spent around 3 hours : Attended the Pooja at the temple for 10 min rest went in searching the animals around the temple over the hill. The weather was amazingly cool and spotted elephants, deers and another one (not sure...). here cant forget the spot which seemed similar like the rock as in the movie Dil Chahta Hai where three of them wud sit facing the sea.
Himada Gopala Swamy hills to Bandipur: Saturday 12:30 PM to 1:20 AM. when we came down the hill we spotted a lake. when we went near the other side of lake had elephants. seeing our excitement a farmer owning the tractor told tht he would take us closer to those elephants. We jumped into the tractor. The drive in tractor was memorable. but alas!! by the time we reached the elephants had disappered, came walking all the way back and while driving towards bandipur, we got sunflower seeds,ground nut and halsande kaalu,..hmmmm yummy..
By the time we were in Bandipur, we were hunger struck.We had to tolerate hunger for a while as we were searching for only veg restaurants. Finally we found one udupi hotel at Gundlu pet. grabbed up lunch there and set out the journey to Mysore. on this route we visited the Nanjangud temple, kabini lake(very dirty),Bonsai Garden and Ashram. The Bonzai garden was superb, the ashram has a temple which is so peaceful and calm. A place worth visiting.

Distance Meter:
Bangalore to Mysore: 140 Kms
Mysore to HimadaGopala Swamy Hills: 66 Kms
Himada Gopala Swamy Hills to Bandipur: 20 Kms

Anshu - My daughter

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