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A short trip to Jhajjar, Haryana

Jhajjar is a district in Haryana state of India. It was carved out of Rohtak district in the year 1997.

Yesterday, we went to the  Beri wali mata mandir in Jhajjar district. On the way, we also stopped at Budho Mata mandir in Farrukhnagar. While returning back, we spent some time at Gokuldhaam Gau Seva Mahateerth and Sultanpur National Park. In this post I will provide some details and photographs of all these places. (click on the pictures to view enlarged images)

Beri Wali Mata ka Mandir

  • It is actually Mata Bhimeshwari Devi temple, located in a small town named Beri, of Jhajjar district. It is commonly known as Beri wali mata ka mandir. The temple is around 55-60 kms. from Gurgaon and takes about 1.5 hrs by car. The road to Jhajjar is a very good 4 lane highway. Driving was a breeze as the weather was quite pleasant.
  • It was named Bhimeshwari devi due to the installation of the idol of the goddess by Bhima during the period of Mahabharata.
  • Every day the idol of devi is taken from an outer temple to inner temple at around 12 pm and then back in the evening. This ritual has been going on since the period of Mahabharata.
  • Mata Bhimeshwari is regarded as the Goddess of happiness and success.
  • Every year lakhs of people visit this temple. Maximum crowd comes during the Navratras, which occur twice a year in the months of Chaitra and Ashwani (according to the Hindu calendar). During Navratras, there is a huge fair and hundreds of shops are beautifully decorated.
  • Newly married couples come here to re-tie the nuptial knot once again before the goddess. Mundan ceremony (first hair cut) of the male child is also done here very commonly.
  • In the same comples, there is also a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  • The whole temple complex was under renovation during our visit.
  • This temple can be easily reached by buses, train, taxis, or by private vehicle.
  • There are many shops outside the temple, selling prasad and toys for kids.
  • Enough parking space is available.

Budho Mata Mandir

  • This is a famous shrine located in Mubarakpur village, about 5 kms. from Farrukhnagar in Gurgaon district of Haryana.
  • This temple ia around 20-25 kms. from Gurgaon and takes about 40 minutes by car.
  • Thousands of devotees come here to take the blessings of the goddess.
  • Devotees offer prayers to the goddess and light diyaas at a designated area.
  • There are also few other small temples in the same complex.
  • A big fair is organised every Wednesday, which is visited by locals and tourists. Wednesday is called Budhwaar in hindi hence the name Budho Mata mandir. There are shops selling prasad, various snacks, and toys for kids.
  • Newly married couples come here to re-tie the nuptial knot once again before the goddess. Mundan ceremony (first hair cut) of the male child is also done here very commonly.
  • There is a pond in the temple complex. People take out some mud from the pond and worship as a ritual.
  • Here also maximum crowd comes during the Navratras.
  • Enough parking space is available in the vicinity.
  • There is one small Budho Mata mandir in Jhajjar also but it is not so famous.

Gokuldhaam Gau Seva Mahateerth

  • This is a cattle hospital, established in the year 2013 by Shri Sunil Nimana. It is located on Jhajjar-Gurgaon road, Jhajjar district, Haryana.
  • It is spread over few acres of a leased land and continuosly expanding. It is first of its kind in Haryana.
  • Thousands of sick and injured cows and other cattle are brought here and given excellent medical treatment.
  • They have excellent facilities and a dedicated team for the treatment of cows.
  • Anybody can report a sick or injured cow at their ambulance number 8816809191.
  • This hospital is run privately with the help of public donations. You can also make your contributions for the welfare of cows. Shri Sunil Nimana can be contacted on his personal no. 9813820938.
  • I will be writing a more detailed post about this Cow hospital on my another blog Ye Soochna Janhit Me Jaari.

Sultanpur National Park

  • Sultanpur National Park is located in Gurgaon district of Haryana on Gurgaon-Farrukhnagar Road. It is about 15 kms. from Gurgaon and makes a nice weekend getaway for the people of Gurgaon as well as Delhi.
  • This is a paradise for bird lovers. It is famous for vast variety of resident and migratory birds which come from Europe, Siberia and Central Asia during winter months.
  • Sultanpur lake was given the status of Bird Sanctuary in the year 1971 and later upgraded to the National Park in 1991.
  • It takes about 1.5 to 2 hrs. to have a full round of the park. You can also spot Neelgai(Blue bull), deer and Black bucks. It is advisable to carry a binocular for bird spotting.
  • Rosy Pelican Tourist Complex is run by Haryana Tourism and provides very good facilities for stay among the lush greens with sweet melodies of the birds.
  • There are good facilities for food, water, toilets, and vehicle parking.
  • December to February is the peak season for visit. The park is closed on Tuesdays.
  • It is also closed during most of the summer months. For this reason we couldn’t watch any birds this time.
  • For more information you can check Haryana tourism website.

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Essentials of A Road Trip

roadtripIn my last post I mentioned things which you should carry in your car while going for long road trips.

Here I will list some important points which you should keep in mind while preparing for the trip and during your journeys to ensure safety and comfort for yourself & others on the road.

  1. Get your vehicle serviced regularly but don’t just embark on a long trip right after the service. Wait for couple of days and drive in your city for those days.
  2. Learn to change tyres (A lot of people don’t know) and headlight bulbs so that you may use the spare bulb provided with your car in case of an emergency.
  3. Check the levels of engine oil, gear oil, brake fluid, windshield water; condition of wiper blades, lights, horn, brakes, tyres & tyre pressure (don’t forget the stepney & toolkit).
  4. Properly clean your windshield and rear view mirrors before starting your journey & also in-between regularly.
  5. Carry a list of authorized service stations in areas where you will be going through. Also have your car & insurance helpline numbers at hand.
  6. Always have contact numbers of banks you use cards of to report any lost or stolen card immediately.
  7. Get some idea of contact numbers and locations of police stations and emergency services on your way.
  8. Take sufficient sleep before going for any road trip. Even the most experienced drivers need enough rest to drive safely.
  9. Spare key should always be carried along while going distances away from hometown. Don’t keep that in your car. Instead have it with a lanyard around your neck (can be easily kept under your shirt and you will never lose this key) or give it to your co-passenger.070808RoadTrip
  10. Keep yourself well hydrated and take regular breaks during the journey…..you are not going on a race. It would be good for you as well as your vehicle.
  11. Don’t over speed….be in your limits. While we all know the speed at which we are travelling, we generally do not realise how fast we are going. As a thumb rule, when you are doing 100 kmph you are travelling about 100 feet per second, at 120 kmph you are doing about 120 feet per second. When you keep this at the back of your mind it helps to put things in perspective.images-2
  12. Try to avoid overtaking from the left side of another vehicle. If you still have to, give proper horn/signal.think-safety-icons-fatal-four
  13. Rear Bed: By keeping your luggage between front & rear seats and covering with a bedsheet or thin mattress you can make a full flat bed out of the rear seat for those long journeys.
  14. If you drive on highways, retain the toll tickets till the end of journey. In addition to usual benefits like proof of travel it has the emergency helpline numbers usually printed on the back.
  15. The rear window of a car (or any other passenger vehicle) is the weakest link, during an emergency all you have to do is to lie down on the back seat and kick the rear window out, preferably with both legs. It is designed to be opened (or kicked out) during emergencies by an adult.
  16. Lastly maintain a good log of your trip. You might need it in future if you plan to visit the same place again or may be share with your friends for their trip.Here you can note down the distances and time intervals for police stations, hospitals, fuel pumps, eating joints, highway numbers, road conditions in different patches, etc.

That is all from my side. Your inputs based on personal experiences will be highly appreciated.

Please share the post with your family and friends.

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Have a nice & safe journey…!!!!!

 

 

Stuff You Should Carry on Your Road Trip

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Most of us love travelling. Even those few who don’t, have to travel for work or business or to attend some occassions. Nowdays, owing to better road connectivity and much advanced & comfortable vehicles, many of us go for long drives for various purposes as cited above.

Here I will share with you various things which you should carry in your car to make your journeys trouble-free. You can carry most of this stuff in just an old medium sized duffle bag. The importance of each item varies depending on individual perspective.

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It would be really great to have your valuable inputs and suggestions!!!

Must Have Things All the Time in Your Car :

  1. Service booklet and car manual: Many people consider it useless and don’t carry it. Ideally you should go through it atleast once. Some small tips may be very helpful when you are struck at a far-off place with no authorized service centre.
  2. Documents: You should always carry all your vehicle documents in original as well as photocopies. Others like Mediclaim Card, I-Card and prescription of your eyeglasses(if you have one) should also be there with you to deal with any emergencies.
  3. Notebook and Pen: To note down any important information on your way.
  4. Medical Kit: Apart from the First-aid kit provided with your vehicle you should also have some basic medicines( I will list them in another post) always in your car. Those with prescription glasses should keep a spare spects in their cars.
  5. Car charger: Very essential for long drives especially if you use GPS on your smartphones.
  6. Bluetooth Headset: People can spend lakhs on their expensive cars but can’t spend just few thousand rupees for something which can save their lives as well as others. Please start using one if you are one of those ignorant ones.
  7. Torch: To carry out minor repairs during dark if ever be needed.
  8. Iron Rod: Keep a small iron rod for self defence specially if you travel during night or through some lonely patches of road. And keep it where you can reach it easily like by your seat’s side i.e. between the door & your seat.
  9. Music: For long drives stock enough of your favourite music to keep you engaged during the drive.
  10. Cleaning cloths & Newspapers: Newspapers are best to clean your windshield and windows(newspaper ink acts as a polish for the glass).
  11. Polybags & paperbags
  12. Tyre puncture repair kit
  13. Nylon Rope(approx. 15-20 ft.): For towing your vehicle in case of a breakdown or maybe to help others on the way. Might also come handy to tie your extra luggage.
  14. Water bottle & Petrol can: Always keep atleast 1ltr water in your boot which might be used to clean your windshield or for any other purpose. Petrol can if you get your tank empty in middle of nowhere.
  15. Umbrella: On long drives you may pass through different weathers and may encounter unexpected rains.
  16. Turmeric powder/M-Seal: In case of an accident where your radiator develops a crack or leakage, put some turmeric powder in the radiator, it will act as a sealant. M-seal also to seal any cracks or leakage anywhere in your vehicle.

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For Long Road Trips:

You may not have these all the time in your car but should not miss on long journeys atleast.

  1. Duplicate keys
  2. Spare cash hidden somewhere in your car
  3. Food items: For long trips always carry some snacks & dry fruits. You might not always be lucky to find a good restaurant or dhaba on the highways when you need it the most. Even a plain sugar sachet is like a bliss in those times.
  4. Chewing gums: To keep you engaged & awake while driving.
  5. Soap: Again minor cracks or leaks can be temporarily fixed using a soap cake.
  6. Good knife: To cut fruits or salads you may buy on your way. Never buy cut fruits from a vendor if you love your stomach. Knife can also be used to cut your seatbelts (if you care enough to wear them) if they get jammed during an accident.
  7. Cello tape/ Duct tape: To fix any broken part or windshield or lights during an accident.
  8. Air pump & pressure gauge: If you are going to travel through very desserted areas.
  9. Extra toolkit: If you know to do some minor repairs yourself.
  10. Extra phone: You may carry a very basic extra phone in case your main phone gets lost or stolen or just dies out. Don’t forget to save important phone numbers in that extra phone.
  11. GPS Navigator: Though we have great navigation apps in our smartphones but while on highways & passing through outskirts of cities mobile network is hardly good enough to run those apps.
  12. Baby seat: If you are traveling with a baby on long drives it better to have a baby seat to ensure their safety and comfort.
  13. Drinking water: If your vehicle has large enough boot, carry a 20ltr bisleri jar with a dispenser to save on water bottles or atleast carry 5ltr bottles. In any case keep yourself well hydrated during those journeys.

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Again many of you will find this list not so useful but believe me you will thank me if you ever get in a difficult situation ever on your trip.

You should go on that pleasure trip worry free and it is always best to be prepared for the worst.

Have a nice, safe and memorable trip….!!!!!

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Plan Your Kasauli Trip:

  • LOCATION

Solan district in Himachal Pradesh

  •  Height from Sea level – 1900mtrs(approx.)
  •  DISTANCES (approx.)

Delhi – 300 kms, Chandigarh – 60kms, Kalka – 28kms, Shimla – 77kms

  • HOW TO REACH:
  1. Nearest railway station – Kalka
  2. Nearest airport – Chandigarh, Shimla
  3. Buses & Taxis from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka, Shimla
  • STD Code – 01792
  • PIN Code – 173204
  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
  1. Manki Point – Hanuman temple – Photo ID required, Phones & camera not allowed
  2. Baba Balak Nath Temple
  3. Sai Baba Mandir
  4. Christ church
  5. Baptist church
  6. Toy train
  •  HOTELS TO STAY:
  1. Ros Commons (Himachal tourism) – http://hptdc.nic.in/cir0101.htm
  2. Kasauli Residency
  3. Kasauli Regency – Only couples are allowed here…no stag entry
  4. 7 Pines
  •  RESTAURANTS:
  1. Café Rudra
  2. Ros Commons
  3. Air Force canteen at Manki Point
  4. Narinder Sweet House
  •  MUST CARRY:
  1. Mosquito repellant
  2. First aid & medical kit
  3. Umbrella

Kasauli For A Weekend Trip

Now it had been a long time since I travelled somewhere. So, I planned a road trip to Kasauli in Himachal with my cousin Ankur and a close friend Rohit.

I was too excited as it was my first road trip ever. I couldn’t even sleep properly the night before. I burned a mp3 disc but later it didn’t work somehow. Finally on 4th May we took-off from Gurgaon and soon were on NH1. The roads were calm & clean…..weather was nice. Near Alipur border, about 15 kms before Murthal we saw an old Air India plane. It was stationed on the left side of highway. Someone bought it in auction & had plans for transforming it into a restaurant. Then we reached the famous Sukhdev Dhaba of Murthal and had parathaas drenched in delicious white butter with refreshing masala chaach and dahi.

Sufficiently charged up, we moved on towards our destination. My sister & mother packed for us some nice pakoras & bread rolls which got us through the trip. On the way we decided to halt at Chandigarh for some light snacks and cold drinks. Chandigarh is truly called ‘the city beautiful’. Then was the time for serpentine roads & cool mountain air. Wow!!!! we could feel the freshness deep inside our body.

Finally we reached Ros Commons, a Himachal Tourism hotel in Kasauli situated at best location of the station. After taking some rest & stretching out we went out for a walk to the market area. Kasauli is a military cantt area, a small hill station with almost nothing to do except enjoy the nature. On the way we went to Christ Church for some blessings. It is a nice peaceful church located just near the market. After some wandering here n there we found a nice cosy place Café Rudra. The owner was some foreigner settled out there since a long time, serving great food to the tourists. We had lemon coriander soup, sweet corn soup and veg salt n pepper. Everything was hot and mouth watering. And the prices were too reasonable. The music was great. We decided to have most of our food there only.

Anybody going to Kasauli…..if you don’t eat there you have really missed a thing.

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As we started back for our hotel, it started raining heavily; we rushed and luckily found some shelter at a nearby hotel. Though there was some inconvenience but the weather became awesome!!!!! Later at our hotel we had some starters followed by a light dinner.

Next day as we got up,we went out to get some nice morning shots. Later we got ready for some sight seeing. Our plan was to experience the famous Kalka-Shimla toy train. We went to Dharampur, our nearest station, parked our car somewhere and boarded the Toy train. It is a nice small train running slowly through the beautiful mountains between tall massive Deodar trees. Though we didn’t get any seats but the views were so ecstatic that we were lost in the heavenly world. There were many tunnels on the way but the Barog Tunnel was longest of them all(1143.6mtrs). We clicked a lots of pics and then got down at Solan. We strolled through the main market, had lunch, ice creams and then took a local bus back to Dharampur and then Kasauli.

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Next morning we got up little early and went to the Manki-Point. It is a temple of Lord Hanuman located in Air Force controlled area. We reached the base area in time. I stayed down there and Ankur & Rohit went up to the temple as I could not walk up those many stairs. In the mean time I enjoyed a hot aloo parantha at military canteen(you should definitely go there for paratha & maggi). Then we again went to Rudra Café for breakfast before leaving Kasauli. I had Mexican omlette and Irish coffee….really mouth watering!!!!

We left Kasauli with some beautiful memories in our heart as well in the cameras. On the way back we again went to Chandigarh to watch the Amazing Spiderman-2. The movie had some real nice action and a pretty actress!! After a long tiring journey we stopped again at Sukhdev Dhaba at Murthal for the dinner and then reached back home at around 1:00 am. The end of my first road trip which left me all excited and craving for more. All thanks to the immense love & support of my family.  I had a great time throughout the trip.

Introduction to my blog

About the Title- For the non-Hindi readers, the title means “Keep roaming thus oh traveller”. This is a line from a song of famous hindi movie ‘Swades’ starring Shah Rukh Khan. Click here for full song lyrics with translation. Click here for YouTube link. You will definitely like the song.

I love traveling a lot. Since childhood I have been to many places in India and few abroad too, mostly with my family.

Mostly we plan the trips ourselves instead of taking up a holiday package. That saves a considerable money and makes us more involved & enthusiastic. Before going anywhere we try to gather some information about the place, local food & local sight-seeing.

In earlier times it was not so easy. Today you can find most of the information online. But still sometimes it becomes confusing with so much of extra information.

Here in my blog I’ll share my travel experiences alongwith some important information about those destinations. You may share your experiences which can be helpful to many. I will also try to write posts about other things related to travel which I hope you will like.

Please give your valuable feedbacks and ask questions and help me to make this blog a success.

Lets begin the journey……!!!!!!

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