Friday, November 27, 2015

Hidden beauty at Gunung Kawi, Bali

October 2015

This is an amazing place at the bottom of the valley with memorials cut out of the rock face. The statues carved are dedicated to the king Udayana and his family. It is believed to be constructed in 11th century.  

It is required to walk down more than 300 steps to get down the valley. The route goes along the rice fields to reach the bottom of the valley. Here you reach the river Pakerisan river. The monuments are carved on either side of the river. The beauty of the place is enhanced by fountains and temples.

This place is about 30 minutes driver from Ubud. Since we went during mid day, it was quite a walk in hot sun especially while climbing up!!

Chaya and Tanu sipping coconut water to escape from heat!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Goa Gajah, Bali

October 2015

The name has nothing to do with our “Goa”. It simply means Elephant cave!! It is a small cave with some simple carvings. Interestingly, there were no elephants in Bali. The ones seen are imported from outside.

Goa Gajah entrance
It is very near to the town of Ubud. From parking lot you need to walk down for a short distance to reach the cave.

Temple complex seen while climbing down to the cave
Sarong, the traditional dress is required to enter into the complex. Either you can purchase (as it is needed for other temples also) or get it free for rental as part of entrance ticket.

With Tanushree wearing Sarong

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tanah lot, a beautiful sea temple in Bali

October 2015

Tanah Lot is one of the sea temples in Bali. Located on an offshore rock, it is a great tourist attraction due to its location. People wrong during sunset time resulting in a fair like atmosphere.

There are many vantage points to view sunset. The one I shot was not at Tanah Lot but at the nearby temple Pura Batu Bolong.

Interestingly, we came to know that the part of the rock is artificial. It is because that the rock started to crumble few decades ago and had to be restored with artificial rock support!! Standing in front of the temple, it is hard to believe that there is an artificial “thingy” in it.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Snoqualmie falls in Washington, USA

7th November 2015

Snoqualmie falls is a 270 ft waterfall about an hour drive from Seattle. 

My first visit to this waterfall ended in an anti climax. It was my last day in US and I wanted to visit this falls. Leaving from Office in the evening, I directly drove to the falls. But I missed freeway “exit” twice and ended up in Seattle downtown. Strange things do happen!! 

Sometimes life gives another opportunity. I was in Seattle again after a month.  This time I drove to falls without missing route.