Visiting Tagore Hill

Its been long since I’ve taken you around Ranchi.The reason being we’ve had very little time as Hubby’s busy with some big event coming up in his office.But this Sunday we managed to squeeze in sometime and visited Tagore Hill.This place is named after The Noble laureate Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore.Tagore hill, also known as Morabadi Hill, is a 300 feet altitude hill .The local history reveals that the hill has close relations with the Tagore family; it is assumed that the poet liked this hill due to its serene beauty and the extraordinary calmness and was a place for his literary work.

It was just one of those places where the moment you step into, you feel you are in a different world.The peace,the calm and quiet seep into your mind and body and one feels entirely relaxed.No wonder this place also appealed to Gurudev.The kids also loved the place despite the fact that there was nothing in it for them.But I think they ‘ve also learnt to appreciate beauty when they see it.

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tg2Just loved the way this house has an old world charm.tg4The sunset from the huge and sprawling terrace.tg5tg6I just loved those doors and windows.Ethereal and charming.

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So our Sunday was well spent after a hectic and busy week.

Are there any such places in your city?Where do you like to take your kids on a Sunday?

The Dassam Falls,Ranchi

I hope you’ve read about our visit to the elegant Sun temple in Ranchi here.

Our next destination was the famous Dassam Waterfall about 34 kms from Ranchi where the river Kanchi falls from a height of 144 kms.Dassam means ten and the fall is so named because whenever it is seen,ten streams of water can be seen falling.The sound of the water cascading echoes through the entire region.ranchi 042ranchi 041

Falling from a height of 144 kms

Falling from a height of 144 kms

To reach the bottom of the falls one has to walk down 230 steps.As soon as I reached the site of the falls,I was mystified.The naked hills,the clouds descending,the sweet sound of the water falling et all.

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Rendevouz in Ranchi

Where sylvan are the climes
Where holy bells chime
Beauty, at dozen a dime
When the Rain Gods wash it green
Is when you witness beauty unseen
The serenading falls
The cuckoo calls
The sweet zephyr
The rustic being
Its time to explore Ranchi indeed.

Its been more than a month in Ranchi and I am slowly beginning to like the place despite missing my home town where we had spent the last three years.Ranchi the “City of waterfalls'”,is the capital of Jharkhand.The name Ranchi comes from the name of a local bird.It is also called ‘The Manchester of the East’ from the times of the British Raj.The climate here is adorable.Its been raining since the time I landed and temperatures are pretty much lower than those up North which is a huge relief.

So,with the intent of exploring our current home,this weekend we took off on a long drive to visit some must-visit attractions on the list.We managed to tick off two of them.The drive to the temple itself was a refreshing one with a cool breeze throughout and light drizzles in between.The smell of wet earth and the sight of green terrain filled our senses.
Our first stop was the Sun temple situated 40 kms from Ranchi in Bundu.The temple is built in the form of a chariot with 18 wheels drawn by seven white horses.The temple is dedicated to Sun God and is surrounded by a pond which is used by devotees during Chhath Puja for worshipping Sun God.The surroundings are even more majestic and add to the beauty of the temple structure…

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The jharokha inside the temple

The jharokha inside the temple

The gorgeous view outside

The gorgeous view outside

The Sun God

The Sun God

Another view from inside the temple

Another view from inside the temple

The black skies beyond

The black skies beyond

This is not all…I’ll have the second spot we visited in my next post soon.

Keep waiting…