Jenkinstown Wood, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Jenkinstown Wood, County Kilkenny, Ireland

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The City of Dawn, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India

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Have you ever wondered if everyone in this world lives without money, without any crimes, without any insecurities ? If so, how exactly would we survive ? Also can it be safest ? If such place actually exists….

Let us look at a  universal township with a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world, the city (ville) of dawn (aurore), Auroville. This town from one of the union territories of India, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu state is one such place which our imagination connects and deepens our belief in the possibility of existence of such place.

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Auroville is founded by The Mother, who was an ardent follower of Sri Aurobindo. The entire township is guided as per her principles. Residents call Auroville as an emerging township and a university. It belongs to no one in particular. Immense significance has been bestowed to flowers here.

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So if there’s no money, how does it work ?

There is no paper or coin currency system here, residents are given account numbers which connects to the Auroville’s central account. Residents are expected to contribute monthly either by money, work or kind guest contribution. If there’s guest visitors, they are requested to get a temporary Aurocard with a daily fee payable that goes to a part of Auroville’s budget.

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The city layout has the following which contribute the constant progress of learning:

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  • Peace Area: In the peace area, “the soul of the city, Matrimandir exists with large area called Peace around it. Also surrounding the temple, there are 12 parks named Harmony, bliss and perfection with lots of mother nature existing in these parks. The Inner Chamber is devoid of images, organised meditations, flowers, incense, religion or religious forms.
  • Industrial zone: A 109-hectare area to the north of the Peace Area  focused on Auroville’s efforts towards a self-supporting township
  • Residential zone: This area is bordered by parks on the north, south and west with five radial roads that divide the zone into sectors of increasing densities.
  • International zone:  To the west of the Peace Area, international zone consists of contribution of the human unity. It hosts national and cultural pavilions, grouped by continents.
  • Cultural zone: Situated to the east of the Peace Area, the cultural zone is a site for applied research in education and artistic expression. Facilities for cultural, educational, art and sports activities will be located in this zone.
  • Green belt:  As a zone for organic farms, dairies, orchards, forests, and wild life areas, this belt will act as a barrier against urban encroachment, provide a variety of habitats for wildlife, and serve as a source for food, timber, medicines etc. and as a place for recreation.

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Under the above zones, various cool places to visit are:

Afsana guest house, Savitri Bhawan, sculpted Houses in Auroville, Vérité Learning Centre, Bharat Niwas, Ambi Theatre,  Unity Park near Matrimandir,  Solar Kitchen’s Terrace, Adishakti for watching performances, Youth Centre for a partying, Naturellement for eating delicious food, Tanto’s for pizza, Marc’s Cafe for a good cold coffee, bunch of peaceful libraries, Ole Tapas, Kofi Bar, Green’s kitchen, Auroville beach, Roma’s kitchen, Momo cafe, Mango hill, The ECR (East Coast Road), Auroville bakery, Bamboo center, townhall, Buddha garden, Solitude farm, Sadhana forest, Botanical garden, The Earth Institute, Swaram for music lovers and lots of nature and the Upasana design studio.

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A place with unending education of all time progress, a place with a youth that never ages, a place with spiritual researchers, a place with a viaduct between the past and future, a place with future realizations, a place where without and within peace is achieved irrespective of different cultures, different age groups, different people, different languages join in together with one common goal Human Unity and a place which actually servers a living embodiment of unity is the city of dawn, “Auroville“.

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The ideal and idyllic place for nomadic lives.

Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity 

—–Mirra Alfassa

Hidden nature is secret God.  —-Sri Aurobindo

 

 

 

Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

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The Giant’s causeway is one of the most magnificent coastlines with its stepped up natural rock formations which stand as a natural rampart against the unbridled aggression of the Atlantic storms.

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The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire our visitors. To stroll on the Giant’s Causeway is to voyage back in time.

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So lets get into how the Giant’s causeway came into existence: The whole point of this Giant’s causeway is no more if there’s no mythical essence and the science logic.

Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway being 60 million year old, still stays intact with it perfect hexagonal rocks stacked up like millions of puzzle pieces.

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There’s an interesting legend behind the Antrim’s Giant’s causeway:

According to the legend, an Irish giant named Fionn mac Cumhaill was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner.  Fionn accepts the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet.

There are two mythical stories behind the Antrim’s causeway:

  • In the first story, Fionn defeats Benandonner.
  • In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner. Fionn’s wife, Oonagh, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the ‘baby’, he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn could not follow.

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The other side of the story is the science fact:

  • The Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway is the aftermath of volcanic crashing, burning and cooling. This is the 60 million old legacy with over 40,000 basalt interlocked columns.giante28099s-causeway-irelandNGS Picture ID:1278764

It is believed that this legend might be because there are identical basalt columns (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at Fingal’s Cave on the Scottish isle of Staffa. And hence the fights between the giants.

Countless travelers have marveled the majesty and mystery of the causeway. Around half a million tourists visit the aplomb Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway every year!

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Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect and mirror what you admire!

Cherry Blossom (Jinhae Gunhangje) Festival, South Korea

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                 Jinhae Gunhangje Festival (진해군항제)

A perfect place to come out of winter hibernation to revel in the good weather, food and fun that accompany the beauty is definitely South Korea.

Korea’s cherry blossoms are often in full bloom between late March to early April depending on the region.

This year’s cherry blossoms were also too attractive and fun for everyone in Korea. Take a look at few places where cherry blossoms occur every year:

  1.  Seokchon Lake(Jamsil)

    The Seokchon lake surrounds the famous amusement park, Lotte World. And is famous for its annual cherry blossom festival. Usually, travellers sit on the banks of this lake where cherry blossoms bloom in their seasons.

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  2. Yeouido Park

    Yeouido Park is one of the famous recreational park in and around main/central Seoul. This park is big and can be very tiring if you take a walk inside this park. Lots of celebrities of Korea, come here to shoot and since this park is very big in landscape, there are usually a lot of shows like kpop, singing, playing games and many more events. When the season of cherry blossoms come, this place becomes a lot more busier than streets in Seoul. The park is divided into theme-based sections: the Traditional Korean Forest, Grass Square, Culture Square, and Nature’s Ecosystem Forest.Yeouidodsc_0886wtmk

     

    Famous for having the loveliest cherry blossom street in Seoul.

  3. Seoul Grand Park

    Seoul Grand Park is one of the biggest park in Seoul. Seoul Grand Park is a grand assortment of Seoul Grand Park Zoo, Children’s Zoo, a rose garden and Seoulland amusement park.Seoul Grand ParkgetImageseoul-grand-park

    When Cherry blossoms bloom, this park becomes a cool spot with lots of Sakura. Although cherry blossoms are more in Japan but even in local areas of Seoul, its fun.

  4. Royal Palaces

    Royal Palaces are always more traditional in and out of nearby areas of Seoul. The royal palaces have a taste of cultural delight with lots of art and artistic buildings.

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  5. Seoul Forrest

    Seoul Forrest is the large park in Seongdong-gu area of Seoul. The Seoul Forrest is the binding of  Culture and Arts Park, Eco Forest, Experiential Learning Park, Marsh Plants Garden, Hangang Riverside Park. Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park

    It’s one of the biggest places where cherry blossoms bloom from mid-March to April. Biggest attraction for tourists.

  6. Inwang Mountain

    The Inwang mountain located in Seoul has cherry blossoms too. People who visit Hongjae-dong also visit Inwang Mountain and have an amazing time in that season. It’s best for hiking!Inwang Mountain Cherry Blossoms

  7. Geumcheon-gu Cherry Blossom Road

    Geumcheon-gu Road is full of cherry Blossoms. When you walk in that road, you wouldn’t be able to find even a single ray of sunlight because its filled with lots of cherry blossoms trees and Sakura blossoms. These pinkish peach coloured flowers are very beautiful when they fall on this road particularly, thus making the effect of flower petals falling down like snow.Geumcheon-gu

  8. Hongdae

    The Hongdae area is famous for its cafe Street where people visit often and get an amazing coffee out there. When cherry blossoms occur in the seasonal time, this cafe buzzed with lots of tourists, travellers and locals of Hongdae. This is a neighborhood known for its youthful and romantic ambience, underground culture, and freedom of self-expression.

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  9. Jeju Island

    Jeju Island is one of the famous Islands for having a mini vacation. And when it cherry blossoms, this place is not only filled with tourists and travellers but also locals and celebrities. This time is very good for celebrities, movie stars and also the locals. Jeju Island is like resort and mini vacation spot. People with very less vacation time can come here and have fun.

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  10. Yeojwacheon Bridge

    Yeojwacheon bridge is one of the famous bridge for lots of Korean movies and dramas. And most famous when cherry blossoms occur. Definitely one of the places to enjoy.

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  11. Bomun lake

    Bomun lake is one of the nicest and peaceful places to see when cherry blossoms occur. People can come here and go boating and also enjoy the spring season, thus getting the feel of excitement.

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  12. Everland Cherry Blossom

    Everland is a place in Seoul where there’s amusement park. The Everland has lots of rides. Imagine how its going to be when cherry blossoms occur and people get on the rides. The rides are  very amusing and most exciting at peak seasons.

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  13. Daegu

    Daegu is a very beautiful place to visit not only in cherry blossoms season but also in winter when its snowing. Daegu being in Seoul has a lot  of places, temples and streets with sakura being main attraction.

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  14. Gangneung Gyeongpodae

    Gyeongpodae Pavilion is famous for the view of the moon on the 15th day of the first lunar month. There in a total of around 12 pavilions. You can enjoy Gyeongpodae, and its place in the surrounding nature, just as you would enjoy seeing artwork at a museum. Best time to visit this place is from March to October. Especially in the cherry blossoms season.

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  15. Palgongsan Mountain

    Palgongsan, also Palgong Mountain, is a mountain in southeastern South Korea. This mountain has lots of hilly places including numerous rocks and valleys and is totally carpeted with azaleas in the spring.                                                                                                  In fact the best time to visit in and around this mountain would be in the spring and winter season because of cherry blossoms and snowscape. Many visitors flock to the park around this mountain to admire the falls leaves on the trees lining  the 16.3 Km long road through the park. With lots of vibrant green leaves on  the trees and delicate snowscape in winter, this mountain is quite an attraction.

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Here are a set of amazing pictures which will leave you in a different world! 🙂

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Every Season has its main attractions when combined with nature. Its in the eyes to look for it!

Beyond Life, Varanasi, UttarPradesh, India!

 

One of the best things in life: It lets you experience many stepping stones for a grander future. One such place is Varanasi. It’s beyond life.

Every year, each day, many people from different places gather to worship here and it is said that many people who are really into spirituality, definitely visit Varanasi once in their life time. Because it definitely is Beyond life!

Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India. Hindu pilgrims bathe in Ganges River and perform funeral rights. There are about 2,000 temples, one of which is famous Lord Siva temple “Kashi Vishwanath”. Also known as “The Golden Temple”.

Kashi, Varanasi is a great place to be and will enlighten you spiritual enthu!

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.

—Angela Davis