Paris is always a Good Idea!!

In the month of April this year, I went on a trip across Europe. It has been on my wish list ever since I was a young girl & saw the picture of Eiffel Tower in one of the magazines. The numerous travel shows I would watch over the years, only increased the desire to go there some day & see it in person.

At the beginning of the year, I decided to take the trip of a lifetime, the Euro Trip & the first city I visited was Paris.

It is like I always imagined it to be & more. It is one of the most romantic cities like they claim, but this city is like a dream & enchants any traveler who comes to its shores. I spent 2 days here & walked around the city like I always wanted to! I did capture a lot of beautiful images on my camera & I am leaving a video link for the same.

My suggestion to anyone traveling to Paris is carry good walking shoes & explore the city on foot or via one of the many hop on hoop off buses available. Have your lunch at one of the many available cafe’s & sit down & enjoy the city as it goes about doing its thing. Its an experience of  lifetime.

If Paris is one of your dream destinations, make it happen. It will be worth it.

If you have any memories of Paris, or have a Parisian story to share, leave it in the comments section down below.

See you around,

Love,

Arry 🙂

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National Library of Bhutan,Thimpu.

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The National Library of Bhutan was established at Thimpu, Bhutan in the year 1967. It was under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Ashi Phuntso Choden that the library opened with a collection of precious books within the central tower Tashichodzhong. But due to growth in the number of Books, the library had to be moved elsewhere.

The Royal Government of Bhutan built a spacious four storeyed building to house this growing collection in the year 1984. It was then that the library moved into its permanent home.

Since the building had to house sacred traditional books, it was consecrated as a temple by His Highness Khyentse Rinposhe.

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National Library Building

The National Library is home to all past, present, future documents of Bhutan. From Old Letters, Pictures, Traditional Texts & old & valued Books & Manuscripts.

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Shrine within the Library

Most of the Traditional texts of Bhutan are kept folded in colored cloth. A lot of the texts have been written on them as well. If you have seen the Traditional Buddhist Prayer Flags, you will have an idea of what I am talking about.

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More Traditional texts from the Library

Outside the Library, you have the most amazing flowers, which were in full bloom when we visited! Somehow there is beauty wherever you look in Bhutan. Gorgeous Flora, Fauna, The majestic mountains, Cloud formations, everywhere.

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The most amazing part about my visit to the Library was, seeing the effort the Bhutanese are making towards preserving their culture, tradition & heritage. They have retained texts that are a hundred years old & preserved them for the future generations to come. It was really nice to see that. The Library is a lovely place to visit to see how well the culture & tradition is preserved.

That’s all for now, See you in the next Post!

Leave you comments & thoughts in the Comments section!

Love,

Arpita.

 

Happy 67th Republic Day India!


Last year this time, I was in Singapore with a couple of my Indian friends. We sang our National Anthem there, like we always do in India to celebrate Republic Day on every 26th January.

It was the first Republic Day I was away from home. I missed my country dearly & wished I were at home with all my heart. I promised myself, I would never spend another Indian Republic/ Independence Day away from my beloved country. I want to be present to celebrate my country with the rest of my countrymen.

I am so proud to be an Indian. I am lucky to be born here. Proud to be a citizen of one of the largest Democracies in the world.

I want to Salute the Indian Defense Forces who protect our borders, Our seas & our Airspace. It is because of them we rest easy.

I want to pay my Respects to those who have laid down their lives in the service of my country.

I may travel the world, but my heart is at home only in my country India. My motherland.

Happy Republic Day India!

Jai Hind!

Happy 1st Blog Anniversary!

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‘ArpitasTravelogue’ turns One today!

Thank for your Likes.

Thank You for your Comments.

Thank you for your Suggestions.

Thank you for your Award Nominations.

Thank you for your Follows.

Thank you for your Friendship.

Thank you for your Time.

Thank you for your Support.

But Most of all Thank you for the Love.

I am Forever Grateful!

-Arpita.

Thimpu Chorten

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Thimpu Chorten, also called the Memorial Chorten is a Stupa located in the heart of Thimpu city. It is popular as the most visible religious landmark of the city.

Built in the year 1974, the Stupa honors the third Druk Gyalpo (King) – Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Unlike most Stupas, Thimpu Chorten does not house the human remains, instead, you will only find a picture of the Druk Gyalpo in his ceremonial dress in the ground floor of the Chorten.

I visited this Chorten twice. In the morning when it was bright & sunny, & the entire place looked absolutely heavenly – A beautiful white structure against the gorgeous blue skies. I went back in the evening as well, with the butter lights shining & the entire scene looking ethereal. I suggest you do the same & you will know why by the end of this post.

There are four gates to the Chorten but only one of them is open to the Public. As soon as you enter through the gate, on your left, you will come across the Traditional Prayer wheels & a lot of people moving them. The Buddhist Tradition says that when you push the Prayer wheel & it revolves around itself, the prayers written on them are sent with the wind to the Gods.

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Right in the front of the Gate lies a small garden with beautiful flowers & a pathway in between that leads you to the Chorten.

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As you walk, you come across a brown structure wherein you will find the statue of Goddess Ihamu. She stands facing the Chorten & is absolutely beautiful.

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Once inside, you will see how deeply religious & spiritual the Bhutanese people really are. You will see a lot of women & men deeply engaged in prayer & circumbating the Stupa in a clock wise direction as is the tradition in Buddhism & Hinduism. Mostly the elderly women & men visit during the morning hours . The entire atmosphere is Spiritual & Godly.

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All the four sides of the Chorten have different mandalas & statues dedicated to the third king. Apparently the inside of the Chorten opens only once a year for the locals & tourists during the Monlam Prayer festival, which is usually held during the 4th to 11th day of the first Tibetan month. The religious head of Bhutan addresses & gives blessings the people present for the occasion. So mostly, you will find people praying outside with their prayer beads or going around the Chorten chanting with a mini hand held prayer wheel.

As you walk to the left of the Chorten, there is a small structure where lights are light as an offering to the Gods. Usually butter/oil lights, which is a tradition among Buddhist & Hindus.

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Remember to around the Chorten ONLY in the Clockwise direction. That’s the only way according to Buddhist & Hindu Traditions. Here is a view of the back side of the Chorten.

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I really really liked the Chorten & wanted to come back in the evening. Luckily my hotel was just 5 mins away from this place & I am glad I did come back.

I realized, not only are the elderly in the Bhutan religious & spiritual but also the youth. Boys & Girls my age & even younger were praying & circumbating the Chorten. Plus, the Chorten looks beautiful in the evening with all the gorgeous lighting.

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Remember the structure for lighting lamps & butter lights, this is what it looks like in the evening.

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Surely, this was one of the most beautiful evenings spent in Bhutan for me. Serene, peaceful & blessed.

Bhutan is supposed to be the Happiest Country in the World. The reason possibly can be that the Gods they pray to so sincerely everyday, smile down on them from Heavens & bless them with abundant Happiness & Peace. The kind that I felt almost at every little corner of Bhutan.

See you soon in the next post.

Looking forward to hearing from you! Do you leave your thoughts in the Comments section down below!

Love,

Arry.

Have a Dream & a Coffee Can!

A post from my Personal Blog which might resonate with you, my Fellow Travelers! I would love to hear your coffee can stories! Do drop a line in the comments section!

I personally believe that so important to have a Dream. Something you wish to do, wish to have, wish to experience. Something that keeps you going in life.

My dream ever since I was a child was always Traveling around the world.

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When I was 7, my Mom got a Game for me that came with a World Map & a Couple of knowledge cards. The whole purpose of the GAME was to help me improve my knowledge of the world ( Life of an Asian Kid! ) It involved 2 players. The first had to point out a place on the map & the second player had to ask a Question relating to the place from the Knowledge cards & vice-versa. The player that got the most correct answers would win!

I would play by the rules with my mom & dad but my childhood best pal Nikita & I…

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