From the Muktesvara Temple, we went towards our next destination which was the Konarak Sun Temple. I had been waiting to visit this temple from the very start of the trip as it attracts millions of tourists from different parts of the country every year. On reaching the temple, I could easily understand the reasons behind the popularity of the temple. It is definitely in the list of the most spectacular monuments I have seen in India.
Konarak Sun Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
The place has deep association with religion and is a true masterpiece as far as architecture is concerned. The temple has been built using a fine blend of different forms of architecture. The stone used for building the temple had a separate language of its own due to which we were left dumbstruck.
Chariot Wheel of Konark Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
We came to know that the temple has been standing tall since the thirteenth century. King Narasimhadeva holds the credit for the construction of the temple which represents the shape of a royal chariot driven on twelve wheels and by seven horses. And on the chariot sits Surya, the sun God, for travelling across heavens.
Statues around Konarak Temple | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
One of the locals told us that the term Konarak has been derived from two different words. While the first part Kona stands for corner, the second part Arka stands for Sun. The literal meaning of the term stands for the fact that Konarak is the name of the Sun God being worshipped in Ark Kshetra. According to one of the legends, Lord Vishnu had placed some of his belongings at this place in order to celebrate his victory over a demon named Gyasur. It is believed that the conch was placed in Puri, the mace in Jajapur, the disc in Bhubaneswar and the Lotus in Konarak.
The British people used to call the temple as Black Pagoda due to its strategic location on the eastern coast which acted as a coastal voyage for European sailors. Some of the guides told us that the Sun God has always been regarded as one of the supreme lords of the Hindu mythology and he is regarded to be bestower of wishes and healer of sufferings.
This wonderful and picture perfect park was built during the British rule and still stands its ground today it was built because of the orders of Mr Cole who was the Commissioner of Assam during that time. This park has been very well maintained and is one of the best tourist spots that Tezpur has to offer.
Chitralekha Udyan Assam | Image Resource : wikiprdia.org/
The park is a mix of what is new and what is old. This contemporary style garden has many amusements that were recently installed by the government to attract more tourists. The bumper cars and the paddle boating are exciting activities to do with your kids. Parents can enjoy the wonderful view while the kids get to have a great time as well. Formerly this garden was known as the Cole Park but now it has been changed to Chitralekha Udyan Tezpur. A lot of nature travellers and tourists come visit this location all around the year.
Chitralekha Udyan Tezpur Assam | Image Resource : hoparoundindia.com
Two massive adorned stone pillars and sculptural remains of the famous Bamuni hills of 9th and 10th century stand tall in this park. There is also a small water body in the centre of the park that brings the entire garden together. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place to be with your thoughts, do not miss this location.
The Jet Fighter At Chitralekha Udyan Tezpur Assam | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org
I found a wonderful spot beneath an old tree and started clicking pictures until the sun came down. The winds blow stronger in the evening and the chilly landscape is surely a hauntingly beautiful sight to see. I got a lot of lovely pictures that included kids paddle boating, couples holding hands and strolling alongside the pond and also a few pictures of the ancient sculptures.
Stone Structure In Chitralekha Udyan | Image Resource : tripadvisor.in
This park is also known for the various programs it conducts on its open air stage. Garden also comes with a restaurant. Me, being the foodie that I am just had to try it out! The food was very good and the service at the restaurant is commendable. You should definitely go with your friends or family and have a picnic at this brilliant spot in the city!
Garden View At Chitralekha Udyan Assam | Image Resource : static.panoramio.com
The first name of a National Park in India that comes into anyone’s mind is the Kaziranga National Park and the species that is only found in this park like the one-horned rhinoceros, a large number of tigers and elephants. Located on the Eastern Himalayan Bio-Diversity spot, this park has one of the richest densities of faunas and floras in the world.
Kaziranga National Park Gate | Image Resource : wikimedia.org
Kaziranga National Park – A Place That All Nature Lovers Should Experience
While planning about this Assam trip, the first place that came into my thoughts was the Kaziranga National Park, and truly no words or photographs can actually describe this paradise. This place is truly a haven for many species of organisms and it is their only home left on this wonderful planet that we are ruining. This Park was commissioned thanks to Mary Curzon who was the wife of the then Lord Viceroy of India Lord Curzon in 1904.
The best way to explore this park in on an Elephant and this vantage point gave me the opportunity to click some beautiful photos of the various birds, monkeys and other mammals of the Kaziranga National Park. This place is a hot spot for wildlife and every nature lover should experience the magic and brilliance of the Kaziranga National Park.
Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary Assam | Image Resource : easytoursofindia.com
The Brahmaputra runs alongside the park and there were a huge density of animals drinking from the river. We encountered a huge herd of Wild Buffaloes, a single horned rhinoceros, wild boars, Indian swamp deer, the browed gibbon, mongoose and the a species of jungle cat. Capturing pictures of these majestic creatures was a one in a life time experience.
The tiger was the main attraction, but unfortunately I didn’t have the fortune to meet the majestic cat. The number of tourists is also overwhelming, but the forest officials seem like they had things under control. We should be thanking Mary Curzon and Lord Curzon, without them this park would not have existed and would not be this richly and densely populated as it is now. The Kaziranga National Park has truly gave me an experience that I would hold on till my last breath.
I always feel that Parks are very enthralling and always brings a sense of adventure in me, the same happened when I visited The Manas National Park located in the Himalayan foothills in Assam. It has been recognized as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, it also is a Tiger Reserve, Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. It is home to a various floras and faunas, some at the brink of extinction.
Main Entrance Gate View of Manas National Park | Image Resource : insightsindia.blogspot.in/
I have read the list of endangered species that this haven is a home to. This includes the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur and Pygmy Hogs. There are only a few numbers of these faunas left in the world and most of them are only found in this National Park’s region. This National park is home to 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles and 3 species of amphibians.
Elephant Safari in Manas National Park| Image Resource : insightsindia.blogspot.in/
This park collaborates with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan and together houses and protects various endangered species. While I was at the National Park, the sheer richness in the amount of flora and faunas will astonish you. This park would be a treat for any nature lover from birdwatchers to flora enthusiasts to wildlife photographers and mainly a treat for biologists. The forest officials are also very friendly.
Jeep Safari in Manas National Park| Image Resource : insightsindia.blogspot.in/
I had only planned to stay in the park for a few hours, but its sheer size, beauty and amount of wildlife to explore made me spend the entire day there without even realizing how time had actually flew past. The hills in the Manas National Park are actually the foothills of the Himalayas and this result in the sheer richness of wildlife. My most memorable experience was the elephant ride through the National Park; these gentle giants easily carried me, the mahout and a forest official with ease.
Being an avid photographer I had the rare opportunities to capture some rare birds and mammals in my photos. The Manas National Park is one of those places that truly captivates you and makes you forget about the chaotic life outside.