EatStreet at Brisbane. Food paradise in Australia

When you are in a new country, the first thing you look for is food, be it your native food or the local food. But when you have the option of pampering your taste buds with not just your native food but also local foods and delicacies from all over the world, what do you do? Yes you are in the Food Heaven!

In brief – EatStreet is a place at North Shore Hamilton, Brisbane where there is a food festival on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of the year. From food, beverages to live performances at more than 2 stages, you can enjoy your time and dine by the Brisbane River watching the mesmerizing sunset.

On the occasion of the 5 years anniversary of the EatStreet, here are some of the moments captured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another of my Moon shot πŸ™‚

If you are at Brisbane, definitely visit EatStreet for some mouth watering experience!! Happy travelling πŸ™‚

 

 

Things to do in Penang(Malaysia) in a Day! #SoloTraveling

Welcome again travelers! Penang – in a day sounds really confusing right? So let me tell you this story is going to be about the places, foods and the people of Penang that I have experienced in a day’s time! I will provide as much information as possible and it is going to be a bit lengthy, so keep reading and enjoying the images too.

  • Mumbai to Penang round trip offers you will get on MakeMyTrip, Yatra, EaseMyTrip. Round trip costs around 20k approx (provided you book it advance).
  • Accommodation are available at budget friendly rates in Booking.com , Hostel World and others too.
  • For visa you need to apply beforehand.
  • Checkout the conversion rates too and preferably better to take some converted cash from here itself than Airport, since the conversion rates are a bit higher there at the Airports.

Overview :

George Town, Capital city of Penang has many interesting places and some amazing foods for the taste buds. Some of the best places – St. George Church, Goddess of Mercy Temple (Chinese style ancient temple), Penang State Museum and Art, Kek Lok Si (19th century Buddhist Temple), Little India, the creative and colorful Art works at almost all streets, Queen Street, Cheong Fatt Tze (The Blue Mansion) and manyΒ  more.

What to do in a single day :

Well, you cannot cover all the places and see everything in a day’s time. So these are some points of interest which are worth visiting and exploring.

Morning – Go to Penang Hill, the highest point of Penang with an exquisite flora and fauna and breathtaking view from the top. You can take the train which takes around 15 mins to reach the top or can hike – although train is the fastest and comfortable route. You can spend few hours or whole day depending on your likeness.

Day/Evening – Tour around the town by walking. You definitely need to visit the streets of Chinese Temples, Little India and Kalitan Mosque, all one after the other. The amazing street arts are so creative that every art form portrays a message. See few of the Art forms below.

These are just few of the Street Art works (below) you would come across at all the streets and corners.

These are so vibrant and creative with a strong and beautiful message in every Art form.

Go to the Blue Mansion – It is a Government gazetted heritage building. It is now a Chinese boutique hotel. This was made at the end of 19th century and has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. This is a must visit which portrays the Chinese architecture and Feng Shui in every corner of the mansion.

Food : This is my favorite section. Definitely try out the local foods there, especially if you are non-veg and sea food lover. Veg options are also quite good.

This is the place where you can get fresh sea foods.

There are lots of things to do and see at Penang. But if you have a single day out there, you can definitely go for these above things. The food, culture and the people will leave you wanting to come back again.

Happy traveling πŸ™‚

Weekend backpacking to Ajanta Ellora Caves! #TravelIndia

While studying Indian history during school days, Ajanta and Ellora Caves were one of the famous topics. Ajanta Caves date back to 2nd century. These Buddhist cave monuments were discovered by an Army Officer of the British Army on one of his hunting expeditions. It became a world famous finest example of Indian art, specifically painting.

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A partial view of Ajanta Caves

We took a train to Jalgaon station from Mumbai. Early in the morning had a mixed poha-sev breakfast outside the station. Took a direct bus from there. We decided to visit the Ajanta Caves on the 1st day since it was near to Jalgaon. Photography is allowed inside the caves but without flash, to preserve the paintings. Most of the caves need to be visited barefoot so wear a shoe/sandal accordingly. The whole range of the Caves is of a horse shoe shaped.

Needless to say, it was not easy to believe that such kind of master Art could be made by human beings with natural colours inside rock mountains in the forests.

 

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There is also a narrow stream of water known as Waghora. There are people selling the original raw gemstones and corals that they cut themselves from deep inside the nearby hills. From there it is exported to the other parts of the country.

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The paintings speak tell the stories from our Indian history. It’s mesmerizing to see such great Art so many centuries ago. There is a vast rock cut statue of sleeping Gautam Buddha.

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The Giant Stone Sculpture of Sleeping Gautam Buddha
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A painting depicting the Indian History

On the 2nd day we started for Ellora Caves. Took a public bus and got down at the gates of Ellora. There were few langurs in the lawn to welcome us πŸ˜›

On entering the premises, the gigantic impeccable example of Indian architecture is seen in the form of the Great Kailash Temple. It is a single rock mountain cut from the top to bottom to create this epic temple.

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Top view of Kailash Temple

The entire Mahabharata is depicted through the sculptures in the rocks. The giant Shiv Linga which is also a single rock cut.

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The entire story of Mahabharata depicted in the stone carvings

The Ajanta Caves are a beautiful example of our ancient paintings whereas the Ellora Caves for the majestic rock sculptures.

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The Wedding of Shiva-Parvati depicted in stone sculpture
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Single stone carved Gautam Buddha

While returning we covered Bibi ka Maqbara and Daulatabad Fort.

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Bibi ka Maqbara

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A weekend well spent and covered few of the most spectacular sites near Aurangabad πŸ™‚

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Some of Langur friends while entering the Caves premises
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Another little friend having snack time πŸ˜‰

Happy travelling and exploring! πŸ™‚