2013 was about so many travels across the length and breadth of the country – as a lone backpacker, with my gang of friends, with family, and just the two of us πŸ˜‰ It was about meeting so many blogger friends and falling in love with this magic called blogging all over again πŸ™‚ It was about seeing beautiful places, gorging on some of the most delicious food, meeting amazing, inspiring people and so much more *thank god*.

And with all that, if you are thinking I will wind it up in just this 1 post, you are so totally wrong πŸ˜› This is just the beginning, and I intend to write atleast 2 more posts so that I can put down all those fond memories in this treasure chest of mine πŸ™‚

So without much ado, here’s presenting them all in pictures πŸ™‚

  • Nellore – Nellore is one awesome weekend getaway from Hyderabad. Su and I had actually been there for a close friend’s wedding, but clubbed it with a vacation. So glad we did it! Nellore has just the right mix of everything – beach, temples, delicious food – just WOW!

Let’s begin with the food.

Two things you should just not miss are the Ghee Karam Dosa and the lunch at Komala Vilas! We had eaten at Komala Vilas at Singapore and had fallen in love with the place. This is the first KV we visited in India though πŸ˜› Non-vegetarian fare is very very famous in Nellore too; am not the right one to give you pointers, but can surely put you in touch with (the right) people who can if needed πŸ˜€

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The Mypadu beach – Serene and calm! Watching the sun rise over the horizon, sitting and staring into eternity, and watching the fishermen in action – bliss!

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1148755_10151796866148810_193736034_nThe temples of Nellore are just the way I like them – the old world charm, not very crowded…

The Talapagiri Narasimha Swamy temple, 600 years old!

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Kamakshi tai temple, Jonnawada village, about 12kms from Nellore. Again a very old temple. Jagadguru Adi sankaracharya installed the Srichakra here, which is supposed to cure one of all diseases and hurdles.

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Lakshmi Narasimha Swami temple, Penchalakona, 80 kms from Nellore – legend has it that the Lord shed his angry and ferocious avatar here.

1229962_10151798427428810_44159254_nIf you are of the adventurous kind, a good 45 mins hike in the forests will take you to a sparkling stream of water, the first koneru. There are 7 like that and there is supposed to be a very old temple on the banks of the 7th. We had time enough to go only till the first Koneru, since we had our return train that day.Β It was blissful to say the least!

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The first Koneru
The first Koneru

And now, for the last marvel we saw during our Nellore trip this time. One of the most amazing temple locations I have ever seen.

Vedagiri Narasimha Swami temple, again 600 years old!

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Must mention how good the Nellore railway station was! Clean, very clean, and also had a ramp and a lift πŸ™‚

  • Dasara celebrations – Like I said in my Diwali post, Su and I celebrated our Dasara in the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Ashramas of North Karnataka, soaking in all the glorious celebrations of the Divine Mother’s 9-day visit to our world.

What a blessing it was to be there!

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Surreal

The icing on the cake was that we visited Belgaum, which was visited by Swami Vivekananda himself way back in 1892.

Imagine! He had set his foot here – holy land indeed πŸ™‚

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Another place where he had stayed in Belgaum, the home of G.S.Bhate.

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Apparently, Swamiji used to take bath with water drawn from this well πŸ™‚

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  • Meeting bloggers in Chennai – Was in Chennai for just a weekend on work. Between meetings all over the 2 days, I got to meet not one, not two, but 5 bloggers! 2 of them twice at that πŸ˜› Ums, Ani, Vidya, Aarti, Sandhya – thank you so much for making it at such a short notice ladies πŸ˜€

This is how Chennai welcomed me though! Torrential rains, phew!

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The only place I visited on my way back, a place which means a lot to me though – Ramakrishna Math, Chennai πŸ™‚

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Oh did I tell you this? I happened to transit via Mumbai on my way back from Bhuj and met the lovely RM and her family πŸ˜€ It was a sudden change in my route due to non-availability of tickets on the usual route, and I was kind of glad about it πŸ˜› RM was kind enough to host me at her place for the night and also picked me up from the airport πŸ™‚ And R is such a sweet sweet child πŸ™‚

Winding up this post with something I clicked in Bhuj. Made for me I think, what do you say? πŸ˜‰

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P.S: Most of these pics are repetitive for people on FB. Please to forgive πŸ™‚ This is specially for you, RM and soulsearchingdays πŸ™‚

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