University of Kolkata : The University of Kolkata is a prominent location for tourist visit too. It is an institution from which many of the scholars and great men got their degree. It is this institution where great men like Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore got their degrees. I enjoyed visiting the huge campus and clicking pictures.
Choosing to visit Shimla was my right decision as the place is bestowed with multihued destinations and places of interests which also include Tara Devi Temple Shimla. It is located nearly 11 kilometer from Shimla on the National Highway of Kalka and Shimla. So tourists travelling or passing through that highway can easily take a stoppage to visit this temple and offer prayers to Goddess Tara. The shrine resides on the hilltop of Shimla and is surrounded by lush green atmosphere that adds peace and tranquility to the visit of the devotees. To delight the serenity and breathtaking view of the countryside one must definitely visit the temple.
The rejuvenating breeze flowing across the temple and the sight of lofty mountains work wonders and add tranquility in the vacation to make it worthwhile for the visitors. Vacation is absolutely meant to break the monotony of the city life. It is hard to seek peace in the hustle and bustle of my city like Agra except the Taj Mahal where people get inspiration of love and peace. The legend narrates the story behind the temple in a very simple manner. It says that Goddess Tara was brought from West Bengal to Shimla 250 years ago when there was the rule of Sen Dynasty. The king used to wear the gold locket with his and the idol of Maa Tara and had a vision of the Goddess with hanuman while hunting in a dense forest. From that day itself he decided to donate a part of land to construct a temple of Goddess Tara so that people coming to visit the temple can cherish the blessings of the Goddess.
I was touched by the narrated story and wanted to be graced by the blessings of Maa Tara. The humble temple and its heavenly features are soothing and rhythmic. The idol of the Goddess is made out of eight precious elements purely described as ‘Ashtadhatu’. Tara Devi Temple Shimla is a gift of Sen Dynasty and its kings who shared their blessings with the humanity and its well being. Possessed with the precious blessings I took my leave from the place to visit the next destination.
There is always so much more to a city then the weather and its people. There is always a history that makes the place special. The magnificent colonial Rashtrapati Niwas Shimla was one such beautiful place. It is situated on the observatory hills of Shimla is a must visit for every tourist. It is located around 3 kms away from the Mall road of Shimla. This royal gothic building served as a former residence of the British Viceroy of India. Presently, the main building is now operational as the academic institute of Advanced Studies as converted by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Dr. Radhakrishnan.
I was fortunate as an architect to witness the majestic building as an absolute amazing piece of architecture. I went along the entrance portico which leads to the reception hall which was marked with a spiral staircase and a magnificent fireplace. I could not get enough of the elaborate wood-work and the beautiful interior of the building itself. I made my way to the famous treaty room where the Shimla agreement was signed between India and Pakistan on 2 July by Prime minister of India Indira Gandhi and President of Pakistan Ali Bhutto.
There is the historic museum room too which houses the interesting photos from the post and pre independence time. The amazing flower beds and the well maintained lawns were really a treat to the sore eyes. I took a full guided tour which could not get more informative and rich with Indian history than it was. I was overwhelmed with the architecture as well as the fact that I was at the same place where the legendary partition bill was signed. I took as many snapshots in the non restricted spots to preserve the memories of my trip to this royal Rashtrapati Niwas Shimla.
This wonderful creation built in the summer capital of British India serving as the Indian institute of Advanced Studies is truly pride of this city like a diamond on the ring. I was now ready to visit the Himachal State Museum Shimla and witness the next page of history.
Shadows on the Stupa: We were having fun on our Punjab outing. After taste some delicious of punjabi food we were off to our next destination. Thats when our driver Satpal advised us to check out the shadows on the stupa. Since it nearby, we decision to visit this ancient monument. I must say it is a perfect place if you are looking for a peaceful outing.
Qila Mubarak : Our next stop in patiala was the qila mubarak. This is a beautiful palace that is situated in Patiala. Since my friend “asha” has never been to punjab. She was quite thrilled to witness the Punjabi architecture for the first time. This palace was built in 1763 by Baba Ala Singh who was also the founder of Patiala dynasty.
As a child, I was always fascinated towards buildings and its structures. My thoughts and ambition never changed even as I grew. Today I am proud to be an architect and working on some of the interesting projects in my hometown. Here is little guidance for architect aspirants; I am sharing my own experiences on how to become an architect:
You must have at least 60% score in ten-plus two with subjects as physics, chemistry and mathematics.
You can choose to appear for any one of the four types of entrance exams which are:
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A big hello to everyone here... I am 'the' Geeta Sharma, a young, vibrant, and fun-loving girl from Agra. As a kid, tall buildings always inspired me and now as I type, I myself have attained a master’s degree in Architecture and am working on several projects in and around my city. Whenever I feel taxed of my job, I find a way out in the nature, my second habitat for obvious reasons! Meditation, camping, and photography are activities for which Mother Nature inspires me! On my way back, I also make it a point to get my mind and body relaxed at nearby spa centres. That is about me and you will find much more in detail with regular blogs and updates from me. So stay tuned and sit tight for new experiences every day!