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A long pending Thank You Note


Last month, I had two imperative occasions to celebrate. Firstly my birthday and secondly my wedding anniversary. I wanted to take a break from my work and wanted to go somewhere alone with my husband 🙂. I was under the pretext that it won’t be possible this year as my husband won’t get any leave as he has important work to complete 😒 . But just two days prior my husband surprised me with Singapore trip 😀 and I was ecstatic as it was not only the pleasant surprise that he did all the planning and fooled me for the whole four months, but also because this was my first international trip.! Yes, it was my first 😋 as I had always wished to explore my whole country first and then exploring other countries around the globe. But I truly loved his surprise and enjoyed the trip😀. Looking through those pictures,That captures the happiness that we shared in those moments.Recollecting the excitement I had,Of the surprise that you gave me.Like a baby I embraced you,Thanked you for the gift.Whenever I see our trip pictures,I feel like going back and reliving all those moments once again.Those long walks at East Coast Park,The adventurous and thrilling experience at Universal Studio,The calm feeling inside the Sea Aquarium,The food that we cooked together,Those metros that we boarded,Those shoppings that we did,All that fun that we had still remains fresh.You made sure that I remember this trip forever.You made my birthday memorableAnd filled it with memories that I will cherish forever.

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Ahmedabad- A visit to a beautiful city of Gujarat


  I am back with my another post and today I am going to tell you a few places that you can visit if you are in  Ahmedabad. Last month amid Diwali time, I had been for a mini weekend vacation with my family to Ahmedabad🙂. Located on the banks of Sabarmati river and a former capital city of state Gujarat, Ahmedabad is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in India. 

As I had a very less time, I visited a few yet some of the most important tourist places. My first destination wasSabarmati Ashram( Also called as Satyagraha Ashram) , which is a must visit place in Ahmedabad. Once upon a time the great Indian freedom fighter, Father of our Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi stayed there with his wife Kasturba Gandhi. This place emerged as a national monument as Mahatma Gandhi started his journey from this very place to free our country and played  a very significant role in India Independence movement. The entry to this Ashram is absolutely free and it is open from 8am to 7pm. This Ashram preserves the Charkha ( the spin wheel) that was used by Gandhiji. It displays the activities that were carried on by Gandhiji and his followers, his life stories, his work and a chance to see his house where he  lived with his wife.

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Our next destination wasLaw Garden. A small walk and lots of talk was all that we needed at that time 😃😊. After that we went for some street shopping just outside the law garden. It was very much crowded 🤨 and mostly all stalls use to open in evening. Then we headed to Manek chowk for some delicious street food 🍕🍛🍰. We ordered pizza, sandwiches, dosa and Amdavadi style  Chocolate Rabdi Cheese sandwich as our dessert. If you are a foodie and would love to try different cuisines, you must try this place for street food in Ahmedabad 🙂.

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The next day we decided to go toAdalaj Stepwelllocated in the village of Adalaj. The stepwell is five stories deep, intricately carved and built in sandstone.

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In the evening we chose to visitSabarmati Riverfrontand mind you it was one of the awesome and peaceful places, I have been in that city. The view of river Sabarmati and the peace that I felt as soon as I enter is incredible 🤩. You can also enjoy riding in a speedboat there. Though, I didn’t get a chance to ride in it, as a few local visitors were breaking the queue, pushing others  and were creating problems. I chose to step back as I wasn’t in a mood for this fuss 🤫. Otherwise, I have no complaints and one must visit  this place and shouldn’t miss it. Considering this as one of the most recommended tourist places, the Government should appoint some employees here to manage things properly.

The last place that I had visited wasKankaria Lake. This is the second largest lake in Ahmedabad and has attractions such as toy train, water rides, a zoo and food stalls. We didn’t stayed there for much time and sat for only 15 minutes and enjoyed the evening view 😊.

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I miss you



Reliving the moments, I had with you,

Each place I visited reminded me of you.

Those lanes, our long walks, the beautiful weather, 

The bench on which we sat and had witnessed the beautiful nature. 

Though you are far,

Let me tell you I miss you.

All I wish now is to see you soon,

Share my journey, which was incomplete without you.

-Heta Gala Naidu

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The beautiful Serena Beach Resort


My family at Serena Beach Resort- Mandvi

My family at Serena Beach Resort- Mandvi

An appealing paradise on the earth,

Located in the Maska village of the district Kutch.

The traditionally built chambers to dwell,

 And the amazing panorama to relish as well.

Occupied with all the modern and luxurious amenities,

It serves their guest with delicious food from the menu of chef’s specialties.  

The beautiful neighbouring beach can calm you by its soothing sound,

This magnificent resort would hold you spellbound.

Do visit this beautiful and magnificent place,

A perfect destination to enjoy and unwind in peace.

-Heta Gala

A month ago, my family had visited again the beautiful Serena Beach Resort situated in the Mandvi city in the Kutch district of Gujarat state. My amazing experience at this resort had enticed my family and a few relatives to visit and experience this wondrous beach resort 🙂 . For more details regarding the resort, you could read my Serena Beach Resort blogpost  here : A visit to Serena Beach Resort Mandvi- the Kutch Exploration Part 1

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The Kutch Exploration Part 3


Last time, I had shared my review on Shyamji Krishna Varma’s Memorial house. Today, I would gladly share three more places, I had visited in Kutch that were amazing and must-to-visit places in my opinion.

The Windfarm beach is situated in the Mandvi city in the Kutch district of Gujarat state. Yes, I had mostly visited the places around the city itself due to the time constraints, but still, I made sure, I got something new to explore. Beaches have always allured me towards its calm and peaceful environment. And then, as soon as, I heard we were visiting a beach today, I was instantly happy 🙂 . Windfarm beach as the name suggest has windmills that are lined up at one end of the beach that generates electricity for the area around. It is popularly called as Mandvi’s “Juhu beach”(One of the beaches of Mumbai, INDIA), but frankly it is way cleaner than any beaches of Mumbai. People here can  have a small walk along the pleasant water, or play around or can just go for swimming. They have some wonderful snacks to serve like some of the yummy chaats, fresh coconut water and various other delicious drinks. I had been here in the evening and the climate was very pleasant with the rains making it more salubrious.

                                                                                  (Wind Farm Beach, Mandvi)                                                                                                 (Wind Farm Beach, Mandvi)

The next destination that I had visited was “Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft park”  located in the small village named Bhujodi. Now this craft park was established to preserve and promote the art of Kutch that was disappearing due to the lack of the financial support to artisans. Mr. Chetan Shah, the managing director of Ashapura group got a vision to build a platform for these artisans to develop and promote their work to the masses. This platform enables them to pass on their legacy and preserve the cultural and historical arts of Kutch. Also, the artisans are provided with a daily stipend with the meals, boarding and lodging free of cost during their stay in craft park. The artisans don’t have to pay any charge or fees for exhibiting or promoting their work. This craft park also possesses a beautiful garden and a small pond to add to its beauty.     ( HiraLaxmi Memorial Craft Park, Bhujodi, Kutch)                  (A lotus pond in HiraLaxmi Memorial Craft park, Bhujodi, Kutch)                               ( The artisans above and below working and displaying their art work)hiralakshmi-memorial

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The last place before leaving the Kutch that I had visited was the Vijaya Vilas Palace. This palace is located on the sea beach of Mandvi and is one of the popular tourist destinations. The palace was constructed in 1929 and was built with red sandstone. The palace is set in the middle of gardens with water channels and marble fountains. The magnificent stone carved work of the palace has been done by the various architects from the places like Rajasthan, Bengal and Saurashtra with the help of the local Kutchi artisans and carpenters. The intricate high domes, the coloured glass windows, the elegant stone carvings make the palace worth visiting. At the pinnacle of the palace, there is a balcony that gives an amazing view of the surrounding of the palace and also of the beautiful beach. The Vijaya Vilas Palace offers air conditioned tented accommodations to the tourists near the beach with the spectacular view of it.                (Vijaya Vilas Palace, Mandvi, Kutch)            (The view from top of the Vijaya Vilas palace-Mandvi, Kutch) mandavi                                     ( The Air conditioned Tent rooms of Vijaya Vilas Palace Resort – Mandvi, Kutch)

So here ends the Kutch exploration and it was an amazing experience to visit these new places. If you plan to visit the Kutch soon, please do visit these amazing places and feel the experience on your own. I hope my posts helps to think to visit these places on your next visit to Kutch.

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Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial House- The Kutch Exploration Part 2


The Kutch exploration continues and I will blog today on the second spot, I had visited in Kutch. I had been to Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial house that is located in the Mandvi city in the Kutch district of Gujarat state. The memorial house was built to pay tribute to the freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma. It is also an educational spot that enlightens the history of INDIA where many great warriors, freedom fighters, Social Reformers and many Indians had fought for our country’s freedom.

Shyamji Krishna Varma was born on 4th October 1857 in Mandvi city. He did his primary education in Mandvi and completed his secondary education in Bhuj city. Thereafter he went to Wilson High School, Mumbai for his further studies, where he learnt the Sanskrit language. In 1879, he joined as an assistant professor of Sanskrit in Balliol College, Oxford University. In 1882, he passed and achieved the BA degree from Balliol College. In 1884, he earned Barrister at Law from the Oxford University. After completing his studies, in 1885 he returned back to India and started his practice as a lawyer. Later, he decided to fight for India’s independence and in 1897, he left for England to fight against the British’s rule from their own country. In 1900, he bought an expensive house in Highgate. This house became a base for all the Indian political leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Lokmanya Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai and many others, to discuss the independence of India. In 1905, he published the first issue of ” The Indian Sociologist” and also founded “The Indian home rule society”. This organisation, was founded to promote the cause of self rule in British India. Shyamji Varma also established India House as a hostel for Indian students based at 65, Cromwell Avenue, Highgate. Soon the India House became one of the most prominent centers of revolutionary Indian nationalism based outside India. Due to the increasing pressure from the British Government, Shyamji Krishna Varma left Britain and went to Paris. He arrived in Paris in the year 1907 and continued his work there. The Indian Sociologist was shifted to Paris as the British government sealed the India house. Later in 1922, Shyamji Krishna Varma published two more issues of The Indian Sociologist in Paris. He died on 30th March, 1930. He had made pre arrangements with the local Government of Geneva and St. George Cemetery to preserve his and his wife Bhanumati ashes at the cemetery itself for 100 years and later send to the independent INDIA.

After 55 years of Indian Independence, Narendra Modi, the prime minister of INDIA was successful in bringing back the urns of the great freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma and his wife Bhanumati. It was the dream of the prime minister Narendra Modi’s to build a memorial house to pay tribute to Shyamji Krishna Varma and many such freedom fighters, Indian warriors who fought for our country’s independence. Then, a replica of India House was built as a part of Memorial house. The India house has a library, an audio/video room and paintings of the Indian warriors, nationalists, revolutionaries made by esteemed artists of Gujarat.

If you are planning to visit Kutch, please do visit this Memorial house. I will share a few pictures of the memorial below.

                                                                            (The India House- Mandvi, Kutch) 

                                                                     (The ashes of Shyamji Krishna Varma)
                                                                           (The ashes of Bhanumati Krishna Varma)

                                                                                             ( The virtual homage)
                                             ( The virtual homage paid to the Shyamji Krishna Varma)

                                                                          ( The Indian sociologist Paper)

                      ( The prime minister Narendra Modi with the urns of Shyamji Krishna Varma and his wife Bhanumati)

                                                                        (Information on Shyamji Krishna Varma )

                                                                     ( The audio/video room of India House-Mandvi)

                                      ( The paintings of Freedom fighters/ nationalists/ revolutionaries at India House-Mandvi)

                                                          ( The playground with paintings of the freedom fighters on the wall)

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A visit to Serena Beach Resort Mandvi- The Kutch exploration Part 1


   Recently, I had been to my native place Kutch. On this trip, I had visited a few new places like Windfarm Beach, India House (Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial), Hiralaxmi Memorial Craft Park and Serena Beach resort. Whenever we travel to a new place, we always get to learn something new or see something new of that place. Our experience when shared, induce others to visit the place and feel the amazing experience on their own.

   As promised, I would share my critique of these beautiful places, I had visited. Let me start with the Serena Beach Resort. This resort is situated in the Mandvi city of Kutch district in the Gujarat state, INDIA. The resort is built on the wide acres of land with many beautiful huts built to stay, with all the luxurious amenities provided within. The hut has a small veranda outside to sit. The architect has done a marvellous job of building the huts by giving it the authentic look of the huts usually built in the villages. The surrounding of the resort is designed and decked with the vintage cars, tyres, and scooters which are painted in the vibrant and mixed colours.The huts are encircled by the beautiful garden around it. The resort has all the essential and opulent facilities like a swimming pool, a multi cuisine restaurant, a poolside bar and a fitness center. The resort is soon going to build the luxurious Villas facing the pool with a sitting room, a bedroom and a separate garden. The resort also provides a different space for holding meetings or conferences (with a proper wifi and the internet connections) or even weddings.

  The most prominent part of the resort is the beach. The restaurant of the resort is located exactly near the beach and having food with the spectacular view of the beach on the other side was amazing. Going for a walk on the beach was the best part of my visit to this resort. The white sand touching your feet, the only sound you hear is that of the waves, the sun setting in the evening, the open sky above and the peaceful surrounding calms you down and relaxes your mind.

 

  I was mesmerized by the beautiful resort built in the midst of the Maska village. I never expected to find such a beautiful modern place to relax in Kutch. On my review list, I would say, this resort has the excellent ambience, an amazing luxurious room, nice food, friendly staff and an astonishing location. The only cons, I felt were the room service provided was not as per my expectations may be due to the resort is a newly built! Secondly, the food served was nice, but was rather expensive and not totally worth. Though, I would surely recommend you all to visit this resort if you are planning to take a trip to Kutch. It’s a perfect place to enjoy and relax with your family or friends. 

For more details regarding this resort please visit the below site:

http://serenabeachresort.com/

Gallery: IMG_3095                                                                                    ( Huts of the Serena Beach Resort)

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                                                                                             (Huts of the Serena Beach Resort)

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                                                                                    (The hut room allocated to me and my family)

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                                                                                           (The scooter repainted in vibrant colours)

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                                                                                       ( The car repainted in vibrant colours)

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                                                                                          ( The view of the beach resort entrance )

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                                                                                           (The view of the beach from the  resort)

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                                                                                                         ( The Swimming pool)

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                                                                                            (The Fitness Center of the resort)

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                                                                                            ( The way to the beach of Serena Resort)

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                                                                      (Dunes- The multi cuisine restaurant of the Serena Resort )

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                                                                 (The view of the beach from the Dunes Restaurant- Serena Resort)