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Welcome to Disneyland Hong Kong!
Who doesn't know Disney and who doesn't know Disneyland?! I bet no one! But yet all of us irrespective of our age dream to visit this dreamland which is not just a fantasy but also magical. The closest and probably cheapest to visit from India is the Hong Kong Disneyland! Located in the outskirts of the city, it is easily reachable by Bus or Metro. Take the MTR from Hong Kong MTR Station for Sunny Bay. There are sufficient signboards to guide you through. Change the train from Sunny Bay to Disneyland! Your magical day starts with the train itself! In about 10 minutes, we reach Disneyland! The excitement increases tenfolds when you see the welcome gate: Enter inside and the world changes. There is a ticketing counter before the main park begins and you may show your online tickets/vouchers or can purchase a new one. Due to Covid, there was a pre-registration on the Disneyland Hong Kong website. Once the tickets formalities are done, here we go! It is customary to take out our cameras and we started shooting the beautiful buildings. But, there was a surprise! Woah! What an energetic, mesmerising, magical, beautiful, etc. etc. etc. start! Your entire childhood is right in front of you! Here onwards, everything is beautiful. Buildings, shops, rides, the park and the people! Walk down the same road and you witness the castle of your dreams! If you want to capture your selfie, then queue up and the staff will help you! Here am I with my friend. The diversion of routes start here with options for Tomorrowland, IronMan and Antman shows, Adventureland, Mystic Manor, Philhar Magic, It's a small world, Winnie the Pooh and so many! We started with the Iron Man! He was humble enough for a photo :D . But even Ironman was Covid conscious :P . He had his mask and I had mine! There is an amazing Ironman museum that showcases everything related to Stark Industries. Head next to the Adventureland! Get the taste of boating, Theatre in the Jungle with Lion King, Tarzan Tree and some cool real looking man-made animals! The boat ride in AdventureLand takes you through the waters with Elephants, Chimpanzees, Rhino, Hippo, Cobras and Zebras! Slide across and roam with me! Adventureland is not yet over! Time for some amazing performances in the Theatre in the Jungle- with Lion King! Hakuna Matata!!! After this energetic performance, time for the Mystic Land! Mystic Manor - This is probably the best ever creation that Disneyland has ever made. It truly will make you feel that you indeed are in a magical world. Photos may not do justice to this statement. It can only be experienced inside the beautiful castle and riding on the lorry! Check out! And all this magic was inside this castle: Amidst all this, how could we forget our lovely Winnie the Pooh? I bet every child had thought that honey was only prepared by Winnie in this whole wide world! Do you want to know how it looked from inside? Check out! Any conversation about Disney can go on and on. But one cannot forget "Frozen". From movie to merchandising, it ruled our hearts. And just for that, there is an amazing performance for it! Wasn't that a fairytale? This is what all you can do in the day! But when the sun sets, the beauty of the park is at a different level. Slide across some of the photos: That's not all! Because Mickey wont leave you so easily. Mickey has a surprise for everyone! Watch it till the end :) So that was a full 1-day trip to Disneyland Hong Kong! You may choose to stay at the Disneyland resort which I am sure would enrich the experience tenfolds. And the magical day ended with this
Exploring the neighbourhood of 'Central', Hong Kong
I live in Causeway Bay, the heart of the city where you can find everything from daily necessities to ultra luxury. Not far away from Causeway Bay is yet another business hub - 'Central'. However, known for multinational offices, Central has some interesting streets to offer for some amazing experiences. One such streets is the 'Hollywood Road' and its nearby areas. There are a few things that is worth seeing if you are in the city. Let us start! Man Mo Temple This Chinese temple was built between 1847 and 1862 by the rich Chinese Merchants. It houses two Deities - Man Cheong (God of Literature) and Mo Tai (God of Martial Arts). It is now officially entrusted to the Tun Wah Hospital Group. The importance of this temple lies in the religious practices and social organisation of the Chinese community in old Hong Kong. Walking down the lane on the same street, you can find some amazing Street Art which is quite famous in Hong Kong and also with visitors. These are wall graffitis. Slide through and have a look! The street art gained traction in 2016 and continues to attract visitors and photographers. In fact, the nearby streets have their own charm - greenery, restaurants, shops and boutiques. Another famous area in Central is the Mid Levels. These are some unending escalators and also the longest escalator in the world. The place is mostly occupied by expats from all around the world and you can find some amazing nightlife. But here are the day pics! Just a little distance ahead is the Center for Art and Heritage - Tai Kwun. Occupying a large space in the middle of Central, this place is home to 16 revitalized heritage buildings that gives a history of the Judiciary and Police System of Hong Kong. One would not expect such a huge space with such a historical context in the middle of Hong Kong. Once you enter inside, you can see hallways with pictorial and written information. Slide across to see some below: After stepping out of the hallways, you enter the main compound which is really photograph worthy. The admiration increases when you realise that this is in the centre of Central which hardly has space! There are some cool dining areas as can be seen from the picture above, it can definitely give a refreshing experience. I visited this during the Covid time and thus the crows was very less. It made the compound look even bigger. Inside, there are different blocks that depicts erstwhile prisons, office of the superintendent, prison wards and story telling rooms. Though most of them were closed, you can still get a feel of them below: It is an informative place not only for youngsters but also for kids who should know the history of the city. So, step out on a weekend and cover these amazing places in just a few hours. Planning to Visit? Check out this suggested Hong Kong itinerary
Paris - The City of Love 💓
A trip to Europe is incomplete without Paris. The city is amazed by not just the Eiffel Tower, but also Sacre-Coeur, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Arc De Triomphe and the list is endless! My first ever visit to Paris was in April 2019, well before the Covid era. I had taken a connecting flight from Moscow. After about 9 hours flying from Delhi, I landed at the Charles De Guelles airport. As most of the airports, Paris airport was also at the outskirts of the city. After a smooth but immigration process, I headed towards my pre-booked car that I had arranged with my travel partner. Although, metro and buses are also convenient options, but the joy of getting a ride in a luxury car and that too in Paris is worth it! "One can fall in love with Paris as soon as you step out of the airport. The architecture, roads and the outside view makes it so serene.” Heading straight to my hotel Le Marceau Bastille at the Jules Cesar street, I checked in. Since I have been to Singapore and and now Hong Kong, nothing can be compared with the natural and architectural beauty of Europe. My hotel was also built out of old stones and bricks which gave it an antique look. Most of the buildings appear unique owing to their construction material, perhaps. Since, my to do list was already planned, I headed out after a quick shower and snacks. Arc De Triomphe Built in the memory of soldiers fought during the French Revolution and Napolean Wars, Arc De Triomphe is situated at the Champ Elysses and is one of the must places to visit. It is the first stop in the Big Bus Paris Tour. Moulin Rouge Though expensive, it is a big tourist attraction for people from across the world as it offers musical dance entertainment and takes you back in the original French performance. Louvre Museum Perhaps the largest museum in the world, it is so huge that if you stand for 30 seconds in front of every artefact or painting or collection, it would take around 3 months to finish it. The main highlight is the Mona Lisa painting. It is a small portrait in a hall so big that it is always full of people. I somehow managed to take a picture! There are other magnificent portraits as well that depict the art in vivid ways. If you are an art lover, then you should definitely spend at least half a day here. After seeing the Italian, Chinese, Greek, Indian and others arts, I decided to head towards the most awaited - The Sienne River Cruise and EIFFEL! Sienne River Cruise Refreshing, Mesmerizing and always enchanting the Paris beauty - Sienne river cruise is a no bargain for any Paris trip. It is available with every tour and gives you a glance of Paris in just a ride of about 1 hour. The breeze, tourist crowd, multi language commentary and the view are to die for. And once you are done with the cruise, it is time for Eiffel! (In fact, the pic has been taken from the top of Eiffel!) Planning to visit Paris? Check out a suggested itinerary
Flamenco - The Spanish Dance
You may have often seen in movies that a group of people dressed in Red and Black performing a cultural dance. The group has a singer, a guitarist and the 'clap' music using their hands. There will be 2-3 dancers aligning their footsteps to the tune of the music. Yes, I am talking about the world famous Flamenco dance. Though it is believed to be originated in the Andalusia region of Spain, it is now widely being practiced across the world, especially the US and Japan. In fact, Japan has more Flamenco dancers than Spain itself! It originated in the 17th century and has many versions of dances. Some are sung without any accompanied music and some with guitar. There even used to be distinction between men-only and women-only dance forms, but now that has been largely clubbed into a duo performance. If ever you make a trip to Spain, you can find many Flamenco dance events in the city center and different tourist streets. You must definitely watch one and probably also take a photo with them! Check out one such dance in the Videos section. Do you know that? The origins of Flamenco is still a mystery?- Though not yet confirmed but most widely believed to be from Andalusia where Muslims, Gypsies, Castilians, Immigrants, Jews and locals co-existed. Moorish Influence - The music also represents the time when Moors rules over the state of Spain and the sufferings caused by the locals during that time Deep Emotions - The performances are characterised by deep and intense emotions. It is very evident from the eyes, the energy and the stiffness of the body that the dance carries a huge weight of emotions in it. It explores love, anguish, pain, loneliness and passion. "Dancers do not need wings to fly" If you get a chance to see this amazing passionate dance form, don't miss that opportunity! Share your experiences with us as well!
Indian Villages that speak only Sanskrit
Sanskrit is perhaps one of the oldest languages in the world. It is often debated if Sanskrit or Tamil is older. But nevertheless, all languages have their innate beauty. However, Sanskrit is one such language that is close to majority of Indians since most of out ancient texts are from the same language. This thousand years old language has lost its way to the mainstream, but thanks to some of the villages in India, it is still alive where it is used in day to day communication purposes. Visit to these villages will be an enriching experience. Here are some Sanskrit speaking villages in India: Mattur, Karnataka A small village with about 3000 residents, Mattur is in Shimoga district and about 300km from Bangalore. Though the official language is Kannada, but most of the residents use Sanskrit in their day to day communication. It indeed can be a hearing delight by listening to Sanskrit that is also soothing to the ears. It may be difficult to grasp for most of us but you will certainly enjoy the rich language that is still alive. Try talking to the village priests, kids and other people. I bet you will not have had an experience like this before. It is mainly inhabited by Sankethis, a Brahmin community that migrated from the state of Kerala hundreds of years ago and settled in Mattur. You can also see the Shiva temple, Someshwara and Lakshmikeshava temple. Jhiri, Madhya Pradesh I am sure the image above can excite you to go and have a visit to this village. Located in the center state of MP and about 150km from Indore, Jhiri is a very small village with a population of about 1000 people. Samskrita Bharati, an NGO that works for the democratisation and preservation of our ancient language of Sanksrit took a camp in 2002 in Jhiri and since then most of the residents have been drawn to this language. It is also widely used in day to day communication. Sasana, Odisha The practice of passing on rich culture and traditional values to the next generation is very much alive in this tiny village of Odisha. With a population of around 400 people, every household boasts of 1 pundit who is well versed with Sanskrit. In almost all the households, the head of the family makes sure that the baton passes to the next generation and the soul of the language is alive. Ganoda, Rajasthan This village in the Banswara District of Rajasthan comes under Udaipur division. It is about 500 km from Jaipur and if you every try a road trip of Rajasthan, then you should definitely visit this village. It has an interesting story of its adoption of Sanskrit. The original language of the village was Wagadi but things changed when a new Sanskrit school was set up and classes till college. Almost all the students joined the school and learnt Sanskrit. The impact was so much that they started conversing in Sanskrit with their parents and eventually parents also picked up the language! Yes, from their Children! And since, then the main mode of communication is Sanskrit. Don't you want to visit this now?!!
Nrityagram - The Dance Village
There is so much to see in India that you can explore it throughout your life. Away from the glow and charm of Bangalore and our everyday appreciation of its cool climate, lies a village that is known for Dance. You heard it right - Nrityagram. Nrityagram is India's first modern age Gurukul for Indian Classical Dances and was started by the famous Odissi dancer, Protima Gauri in 1989. It was inaugrated by the then Prime Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh in 1990 near Hesaraghatta Lake. Protima Gauri, Odissi Dancer - Founder of Nrityagram The residential school offers dance training in Odissi, Kathak, Mohinattam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam and Manipuri. - 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. It follows the age old education system of Guru-shishya. The school was designed by renowned Indian architect Gerard da Cunha who is known for utilising locally available materials for construction. Slide across to see some photos of the village International Reach The dance and the Nrityagram made its debut in 1996 in New York and was categorized as "one of the most luminous dance events of the year". This set the way for an international outreach and experienced sold out shows in Hawaii, USA, Middle East, Europe, Japan, Macau and Australia. Temple A dedicated and thoughtfully designed temple was built in 1998. It is decorated with panels with elements, dance motifs, mudras and ghunghroos. Inside is a granite rock to hold water and flame that stays lit. Yoga Center A Yoga center is attached to the temple and is also used for in-house performances Dining Hall This is the heart of the village and acts as a community kitchen. Many students return to Nrityagram just to experience the meal that the community used to have during their practice. It acts like a bond between them. When to Visit? Make sure to first check with the concerned people about the opening hours, post Covid. However, generally it is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays 10AM to 2PM. Find out on the website for more details. Do make a visit to this amazing village where Dance is a way of life. From the words of Protima Gauri - "I dream of building a community of dancers in the foresaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists, except dance. A place where you breathe, eat, sleep, dream, talk, imagine - dance. A place where all five senses can be refined to perfection. A place where dancers drop negative qualities such as jealousy, small-mindedness, greed and malice to embrace their colleagues as sisters and support each other in their journey towards becoming dancers of merit. A place called Nrityagram"
5 European destinations for 2021
The year 2020 has been a nightmare for everyone. We all have been longing to take a break from those long home working hours, eye balls glutted to the screens and unable to even go out for a cricket match. With travel destinations slowly opening up everywhere in the world, here is a list of Top 10 travel destinations that are not the usual ones. These destinations offer less crowd, real country experience and are very welcoming. So what are you waiting for? Spin the globe and see the results below! Lille, France France is not just about Paris but also about other small towns and country side which offers you the authentic and real French experience. One such underrated city is Lille. It is situated at the borders of Belgium and has been rated as the best French city to live in. It offers museums, rich city life, ancient French architecture and an amazing zoo. With less crowd and charming experience, this place can be on your go to list in 2021. All the more, it is just 1 hour from Paris, 35 minutes from Brussels and 80 minutes from London! Flights: Delhi/Mumbai -->Paris --->Lille (There is no direct flight from India to Lille) Slovenia One of the Balkan countries, Slovenia will take you through mountains and hills, urban culture and art, vineyards and the coast. Travelling by road in the country will enlighten your mood and take you away from the dull pandemic life. Roaming around in the country is relatively cheaper than western European countries, so you could plan well ahead! Flights: New Delhi/Mumbai to Ljubljana (via Germany) Belgrade, Serbia Serbia is situated in the eastern Europe and is often called as the 'Gate of the Balkans" or "Door to Central Europe". A relatively inexpensive city as compared to France, Spain, Germany and other western European countries, Serbia is a beauty in itself. The ancient Forts and the Roman empire charm fills the cities of Serbia. Flights: Direct from New Delhi Visa: No Visa needed for Indian Passport Holders. Just book your ticket and hop on! Rijeka, Croatia Croatia is not just about Zagreb but much more than that. The country has a long coastal line and Rijeka is one of the cities in it. The museums that can be seen in Zagreb are also there in Rijeka. In fact, if you visit Rijeka in the carnival the city looks even more colourful and bright. Flights: New Delhi to Rijeka (via Germany) Palermo, Italy "Sicilians build things like they will live forever and eat like they will die tomorrow. Going to Sicily is better than going to the moon" Palermo is the capital city of the region of Sicily in Italy (or you can identify this with the most popular web series 'Money Heist'. Palermo was once the epicenter of the Sicily mafia which ruled the city for decades. The things are good now and the city is welcoming to tourists. Palermo is not only about architecture or history. It is about the exquisite life of an Italian - thick coffee, narrow streets, night life, people dressed in style and more. However, you have to visit the palace, old theatres and some amazing churches of Palermo and the nearby towns. Pic Credits: Travelonspot Flights: New Delhi to Palermo (via Germany or France)
Arani Silk - Tamil Nadu
Tiruvannamali is a famous Hindu pilgrimage in Tamil Nadu, about 172 kms from Chennai. You may have often seen its architecturally beautiful temple on television or may have visited it as well. The town lies on the foothills of Annamalai hills and hence is surrounded by the hills. There are many villages around the town that are in the profession of weaving Arani Silks. The Sengunthar community has been involved in traditional handloom weaving and bulk of Arani Silks come from these villages. Amazing Fact: Do you know that it is said that the first Indian flag hoisted from the Red Fort was made from Arani Silk? What is unique about Arani Silk? These sarees are individually handled by the designs that are punched on the cards and loaded on to the looms. The unique feature of these sarees is that one side of the body will be in one colour and the other side in other colour. How is it made? We often think that like the western clothing, these sarees can also be manufactured quickly. But that is not the case. The 'weaving' is a time taking and hectic process. The below picture can give you a gist. Click here to find out the entire process of the making. Govt. of India gives the GI tag to some users and publishes the list online. You can be absolutely sure of the authenticity of the make if you get the product from these makers or their authorized dealers. Check out here!
What is it like to work in Hong Kong!
Hong Kong is truly an international city. You can find people from literally all across the world working here in different capacities - Europeans, Americans, Indians, Indonesians, Filipinos, Japanese and many more. The city in its limited capacity and size has ample work opportunities to offer. It is a well known fact that all the major banks, insurance companies, IT have their Asia bases in this city. I got an opportunity to come and work in this city through my IT employer - Cognizant. It has been almost 1 year and the journey has been a roller-coaster ride. Though I can safely compare the city to the likes of Mumbai in various parameters, here are a few things that I find unique to Hong Kong: People are workaholics! This goes without saying that people in HK are very hard working and like to work for extra hours. It is not unusual to see people working 11+ hours a day. So if you are planning to move here, be prepared for some late nights! Multi-cultural environment Hong Kong is not China. It is truly an international city which can boast of people working from all over the world. Your office colleagues would be people from different backgrounds, race, culture and even industry. I got a chance to work with an erstwhile Air Traffic Controller in an Insurance industry! You will not find such experiences in many cities. Precision When you work with people with different backgrounds, it is very important to be precise and exact so that the communication is well. And that is what HK teaches you. Working here would make you more precise and accurate in your communication. 24 hours city Not just Mumbai, but even HK never sleeps. You can find buses, super markets and some bars running all night long. At least in the HK Island side you will see always the movement. The 7-11 stores are just everywhere. The sea creek between Island and Kowloon is always refreshing and mesmerizing. English is everywhere Barring some of the taxi, buses and tram operators, almost everyone understands English. You will not have any problem unlike China with regards to English. The reason being HK an erstwhile colony of the United Kingdom. Indian Food If you think that moving here would mean to compromise on your food habits, think again. There are many Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalis living and working in HK. In fact there is an entire building called as "Chung Ki Mansion" situated in TST area that comprises of many restaurants. Also, there are a few tiffin delivery services that can provide you home cooked food. The Nepali grocery shops help in all our daily needs. Transportation The city must be lauded for its efficient mode of transportation. From trams, metros, buses and taxis - You can find them almost anytime. Of course the metro and Trams run till around 1 AM but there are so well connected that you dont have to worry. Buses are very comfortable and trams are the cheapest. It is constant at 2.6HKD for an adult and 1.3HKD for Child. Drinking Restrictions? Hell No! The city is quite liberal when it comes to drinking and you can literally grab a beer from a 7-11 and can drink on the streets! But yes, no nuisance please! Healthcare Healthcare is good but not very convenient. Unlike in India where we can just walk in, HK follows an appointment process and it is not sure if you can get it at the same day. However, there are always emergency services that can take care of you. But be sure to have a medical insurance policy as the healthcare fees is enormous. Small Houses This is the biggest and perhaps the only con of the city - Lack of space. If you live in a HK Island, high chances you would end up taking a room of around 130-150 sqft as your residence. That too would be expensive. Farther you go, bigger the house but you will need flatmates to share the high rent with. This is where I live :P .Yeah it's clean :D All in all, if at all you get a chance to work in Hong Kong, I would strongly recommend to give it a shot as this would give you an edge in your career and also help you adapt in any multi-ethnic and multi cultural environment. Planning to visit? Check out this suggested Hong Kong itinerary
World's longest Bus Journey
Yes, you read it right. Perhaps the best news for travel enthusiasts during the Covid times, the world's longest and most exciting bus route is finally here. And it starts from India. We are talking about the Delhi to London bus trip. This is the brainchild of Adventure Overland, a company that offers amazing road trips, though they had already travelled this route by SUV earlier. Before giving further details, here is a sneak peak on the route. Is this the first ever route? The answer is No. 1956 was the year when the first organised bus tour was available from Paris to Mumbai. However, the most popular one was in 1957 organised by operator Indiaman - A round trip from London to Calcutta (now Kolkata) that carried with 7 passengers who made this trip. Thus bus left London on April 15, 1957 and reached Calcutta on June 5th. It went back to London and reached on August 2nd. Pic Credits: CNN Traveler And as we say hauntingly that the past always comes back :D Thanks to Adventure Overland, we can now experience the same journey with a much different world now. So what is in store for you? How much will it cost you? The company has divided the whole trip in 4 legs and you may choose any 1 or combination or all. But if you want a full trip, then it will cost you INR 15 lakhs per person. What is the duration? The whole journey will take 70 days. What is included in these INR 15 lakhs? Hotels Meals Transportation of the bus Visa and Tourist Fees English speaking guide in every country Border crossings and ministry approvals Fuels, tolls, taxes, etc. Refreshments throughout the journey What is excluded in these INR 15 Lakhs? Flights Meals that are not included Alcohol Sightseeing that is not included Medical Expenses Travel Insurance GST An overall of INR 20-22 lakhs can be considered per person for this entire trip. Though not easily affordable by all, but the trip is definitely a lifetime experience.
International beaches of India
India has a long coastal line and thus numerous beaches. The ones that are popular with the likes of the beaches of Goa, Mumbai, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and others are touristy beaches. However, these beaches are just 'touristy'. They fail on many standards of hygiene and water quality. Thankfully, India now has 8 beaches that have been awarded the coveted 'Blue Flag' beach tag. This tag is given by the UN for Environment, FEE (Foundation of Environmental Education) and IUCN on the basis of water quality, safety and public environmental awareness. So make your next trip here and remember to not dirty the place! Shivrajpur Beach (Dwarka, Gujarat) Instagram Pic Credits: character_insta Ghoghla (Diu) Instagram Pic Credits: damandiuindia Kasarkod (Karnataka) Instagram Pic Credits: thisisstn Padubidri (Karnataka) Instagram Pic Credits: padubidribeach Kappad (Kerala) Instagram Pic Credits: my_kozhikode Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh) Instagram Pic Credits: poto_patch Golden Beach (Puri, Odisha) Pic Credits: Times of India Radhanagar (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) Instagram Pic Credits: explore_andamans Time to plan your trip on these safe, clean and less crowded beaches!
Jatayu Earth Center, Kerala
Sculptures and statues are renowned and famed across the world. But I bet you wouldn't have seen anything finer than the Jatayu Bird Sculpture in any of the world's artificial fauna designs. The Jatayu Earth Center in Kollam district of Kerala is the finest example of an eco-friendly sculpting. The Design It boasts of staggering measurements - 200 ft long, 150 ft wide and 75 ft tall. This concrete structure is built in an area of 15,000 square feet and stands at an altitude of 1000 ft and is the Word's largest bird sculpture. The beauty of the design can be seen in its decorated and layered feathers, sharp beak and fearless eyes. Also to mention that the sculpture has been built in the most eco-friendly way without destroying the natural greenery around. It can be witnessed from the top. The Designer Sr. Rajiv Anchal, who is an Art Director as well as Film Director is the man behind this world famous sculpture. He is a specialist in sculpting from College of Fine Arts and is well recognised in the film fraternity with numerous awards and Oscar nominations in his kitty. It took him 10 years (from 2008-2018) to come up with this marvel. He was selected from an idea contest that was conducted by Kerala Govt. Story of Jatayu The Indian epic of Ramayana narrates the story of abduction of Sita, the wife of Lord Rama by the demon king Ravana. When Ravana kidnapped Sita and took her on his Pushpaka Vimana, he was met by Jatayu, a bird, who fearlessly fought with Ravana. But, Ravana with his sword cut one of Jatayu's wings due to which the wounded bird fell on the ground. Legends has it that the rock on which it fell is at the same place where this sculpture has been built. Sita had given Jatayu a boon that it will live until Lord Ram arrives so that it can tell the story of Sita's abduction. The rock on which Jatayu had fallen quenched it's thirst till Ram and Lakshman arrived and since then the pond near the rock has never been dry. One can see the footsteps of Ram on the temple premises. The story of Jatayu symbolises the fact that even a bird knows its duty to protect and safeguard women. Picture: Footprint of Lord Ram and the Temple How to Reach One can drive to the Jatayu Earth Center in Kollam from any nearby city. If you are coming from a different city, then fly to the nearest airport in Thiruvananthapuram from where a 3 hours drive will reach you to this fine art. Jatayu Earth Center is a unique experience with breathtaking views. The amazing roads that lead to this is a treat. No doubt you will not fall in love with this one! Here is the link to a Virtual Tour!