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“We Travel not to escape Life, but for Life not to escape US”

Journeys are meant to stay with you forever; to inspire, to discover, to enlighten and set free; they make memories and give you moments to relish for life. Travel is not limited to the places you visit but the experiences you create, lives you touch and the depth you discover. Your travel experience is unique because it’s yours 🙂

We truly believe Life is about what you make of it. Make every second count & worth dying for as the time wont last but your life well led will !!!

We have been exploring the world around us since the travel bug caught us !!! Read how it all began here – Our special Journey ♥

We love everything about travel, photography, music, adventure, exploring and much more.So, you will find loads of assorted personal travel stories here focusing on diverse elements.

Untraveled Routes signifies our avant-garde ideas, discoveries, experiences creating every travel and crafting a life at large an odyssey to remember!!!

Let your journey roll with Untraveled Routes 🙂
 
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A Grandeur Celebration :)

Team Untraveled Routes’ (that’s Ashish & Charu) wishes all the fellow bloggers and avid readers a great year ahead.

Honestly I firmly believe every single day should be welcomed with much fervor and excitement. Every single day is a ‘Happy New Day’!!!

Well, this is officially the first post on the blog for 2017 and really long due, my last post was in November 2016 and other major events kept me away from blogging. But here I am 🙂

After much deliberation I zeroed on sharing the experience of witnessing grandeur decorations of the most significant event in India – August 15th, the Independence Day celebrated in 2016 commemorating the 70th Independence Day.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the ‘President of India’. The incredible architecture that one witnesses is the culmination of imagination of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The mansion has a total of 340 rooms spread over four floors, 2.5 kms of corridors and 190 acres of garden area!! Isn’t that amazing? It is the

However I thought of sharing these pictures earlier but you know how it goes!!

August 15, is observed as the Independence Day by India. On this day, India attained independence from the British Empire in 1947. The ‘First War of Independence’ was led in 1857, since then for decades the struggle and battle to assert freedom from the British Raj continued claiming life of countless freedom fighters.

Every year this day is observed as National Holiday, glad to share some magnificent pictures captured by Ashish when the ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan’ looked every inch captivating.

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This one is my favorite, I get little biased with reflections and the lights!!

 

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A blue evening at Ambrai Ghat, Udaipur

Earlier, we shared pictures captured in the night from the ‘Ambrai Ghat’. This post is sort of continuation of that post and here we are sharing the pictures of one beautiful blue evening at Ambrai. Ambrai Ghat is one place where you can enjoy unforgettable sunrise ans sunsets at Udaipur.

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The blue tinge added by the ferry looks so unusual and beautiful! #Udaipur #AmbraiGhat

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This is the picture captured right after sunset. You can observe the difference in the color of sky in both the pictures, to witness it live was an amazing experience!!

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The rising ‘Moon’!!

Moon has risen at Tabo tonight!!

Tabo (Ta- pho) village is situated at a wobbly altitude of 3050 meters (approx 10,600 ft) in the eastern region of Spiti Valley. The tiny divine village will catch your fancy for all the right reasons. It was Day 6 of our epic road trip to Spiti Valley.

The rocky mountains were striking beautiful, carved aesthetically by nature. Huge expanse of land adorned only by nature was so appealing that you would want it to never end. The roads are mostly well maintained with bad patches here and there. For us, it was very crucial to sustain a particular speed for two big reasons – with the baby we could not drive for a long time, it was just tough for Aayansh and secondly since Ashish himself was driving throughout, our objective was to reach some place safe before 5.00 pm. So that we could select a hotel, enjoy the stay and get prepared for the next day. From Kalpa to Tabo in one single stretch was something!!!

We reached Tabo in the evening, the strong chilly winds pushed us in our hotel room right away. However, there is not much to do in the night here.

So, while we were having dinner, the beautiful and bright moon enticed us. We decided to check out the night sky and stepped outside, ‘Oh God, the chilly winds were difficult to cope up with for sure’.  We headed to the terrace – the star studded sky against the backdrop of huge rocky mountain looked stunning and the superstar of the night was ‘Moon’ gazing at us from the corner of the mountain. We wanted to capture this moment and here is the attempt 🙂

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The Moon rising at Tabo village in Spiti Valley. I wish we had the Tripod as the chilly winds at a temperature of -2 C and an altitude of 10,000 plus feet made Ashish’s hands little shaky but still the picture has come out well. 🙂

The next morning we had a memorable experience at the Tabo Gompa, check out – Totally Tabo-ed!!

The best part about the ‘Road Trip to Spiti Valley‘ is that the surrounding views change in every few minutes leaving you with a feeling of surprise and appreciation for nature.

Happy Exploring!!

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Acceptance of Betrayal!!!

Her hands had the sweet fragrance of freshly applied Mehndi, her lips seemed to exude calculated smile but her eyes were certainly nervous!!

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While mostly she kept looking down (as the bride to be is expected to do) randomly she greeted all and was trying to enjoy the Mehndi and Sangeet celebration kept in honor of her wedding. In India, wedding is not just a day affair, it has prologue, the ceremony, the finale and after effects too. The celebration, traditions and the nitty – gritty vary depending on the community one belongs to and also the part of country one stays in. So, this one was scheduled to happen in Agra, UP. Uttar Pradesh is a state in northern India.  However, let me get back to the story.

I approached her and wished hearty congratulations; after all her big day was approaching!! Wedding is a life changing event!! Everything dons a new attire – your status, responsibilities and relationships to name a few. But most importantly the feeling of uniting with your love for the rest of your life is what makes the occasion eternal.

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Udaipur Dairies!!

UdaipurDairies.jpgUdaipur never fails to mesmerize!! A beautiful capture from the heritage city to tickle the travel bug. 🙂 

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Aayansh’s first ‘Beach Vacay’!!!

Now, this is called FUN 🙂

Few months back when we visited Mumbai we somehow made time to visit a not so crowded beach. We all were really excited more so as this was going to be our little love’s first encounter with the beach and so much water!!

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Since his birth Aayan has manifested special fondness for water, he loves bathing time and adores the pool. We took him to the pool with us when he was 10 months old and he really enjoyed it. So, we anticipated he will be happy to visit a beach to beat Mumbai’s heat 🙂

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Akshi & Nagaon – The Beach

We decided to head to Alibag (Alibaug). Alibag is touted as the perfect getaway to get respite from Mumbai’s crowd. Alibag is a coastal town in Raigad district of Maharashtra, India and has several beaches and spots to interest tourists.  It is 120 kms away from Mumbai and approachable by road as well as ferry. It is connected by the NH-17 Mumbai-Goa highway but the road is terrible. We couldn’t maintain a good speed given the bad condition and took us almost 3 hours to cover such not a huge distance.

Well, the main beach being Alibag beach, the place boasts of quite a few beaches within 50-100 kms of distance from Alibag.

We decided to cover Nagaon and Akshi beach.  Both the beaches are calm and reasonably clean. Akshi beach is around 6 kms from Alibag and Nagaon is around 9 kms. The wide view of Arabian Sea, sparkling air and the grove cover will make you feel fresh and rejuvenated!! Nagaon beach is quite popular for water sports too.

Accommodation

We just had a day so did not opt for stay but if you would like to experience the sunrise then you can choose to stay at cottages maintained by the villagers around the Nagaon as well as Akshi town. However there are more staying options at Alibag and you can opt for a hotel.

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There is something intriguing about the ‘City of Joy’

Once known as the largest fortified city, situated amidst the Vindhya Ranges at a distance of 90 kms from Indore city in Central India (Madhya Pradesh). Mandavgarh (Mandu) makes the cut for the perfect weekend destination. This ‘City of Joy’ was originally founded in tenth century and boasts of fusion of Hindu & Afghan style of architecture. The tales of love story of Sultan Baz Bahadur & Rani Roopmati still adorn the city.

Here are some fascinating legends about this historic place to tickle the travel bug in you!!

  • Mandu has a total of 40 monuments & these are categorized as The Royal Enclave, The Central Group, Rewa Kund Group & other monuments. Unfortunately, today most of the monuments stand ruined.
  • Mandu houses the first known marble structure of India – Hoshang Shah’s Tomb. Hoshang Shah (originally known as Alp Khan) assumed new name after ascending the throne to Malwa. The architecture of the tomb is so elegant that it is believed that it made Shah Jahan sent his architects to study the tomb before construction of the one of wonders in the world – The Taj Mahal.
  • Asharfi Mahal was originally planned as a ‘Madrasa’ (an educational institution) but is in utter ruins today.
  • Hindola Mahal, popularly known as the Swinging Palace has an exquisite T-shaped design and art, such peculiar design is pretty rare.
  • Rani Roopamati Mahal narrates the famed love story of ‘Rani Rupamati and Prince Baaz Bahadur’. Their love for each other culminated into marriage according to Hindu and Muslim rites. But they were destined for not-so-happy ending. Later, Adam Khan, with an intention to take Rani Roopmati attacked Mandu and defeated Baaz Bahadur. However, Rupamati poisoned herself and gave away her life. There is also a movie on Rani Roopmati, that released in the year 1957.

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  • Baz Bahadur’s palace has an inscription in Persian over the main entrance assigning its construction to Sultan Nasir Shah in AH 914 (AD 1508-9)
  • Lohani caves representing a few rock-cut cells were meant primarily for residence of Shaiva Jogis. On a geographic expedition (while cleaning the junk) around 80 images were found, housed currently in the local museum in the Hoshang Shah’s tomb. The legend also states that the carved fragments representing ruins of Hindu temples (mostly Lord Shiva) were found in and around the caves but these were unsparingly destroyed.

Every monument has a legend or a story preceding it, the truth remains unknown though; however the stories sure are totally enticing and leave you perplexed.

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Night glory at Ambrai Ghat, Udaipur (I)

When the Sun sets in the West; Radiance emerges all over!!

Ambrai Ghat in Udaipur is a beautiful and most popular ghat offering uninterrupted view of the Lal Ghat and the City Palace. The strategic location makes it a must visit !!

The illuminated City Palace gives a feel of a absorbing painting enriched with dark background. We are delighted to share the beauty of this place via pictures, Ashish took these stunning shots, take a look – 🙂

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Will soon be sharing the beauty of Udaipur at dawn!! Till then feel free to check out the other popular posts on Udaipur here – The New You, Beauty is all around You!!, Conceptual Photography.

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Little Haze in Kaze!!

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Kaze / Kaza is the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti Valley. It also is the largest township in Lahaul & Spiti Valley. This place gives a more town like feeling unlike other places in Spiti like Dhankar, Gue and Tabo (which you can relate to villages). Nevertheless, the chocolate colored mountains dipped in vanilla-like icing will tempt you to say ‘Awesome’!!

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What’s on thy door?

There’s more to temples in India than the deity who adorns the walls and grants so much power to temple that culminates into fan following later. So many time we have heard such phrases –  Lord Krishna’s Maha Mandir; Mata ka bhavya Mandir or Shivji’s temple etc etc. The temple gets its identity and popularity from the deity it houses.

Though on our trips usually do not visit temples a lot but if some temple is known for commendable history to boast of as well as incredible architecture to induce awe we can’t keep it off our list 🙂

On our road trip to Spiti, we observed almost all the temples and monasteries had beautiful rather inspiring doors, sharing few glimpses via this post 🙂

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