Flower of the Day: Nerium Indicum( Kaner)

Yesterday I promised to share the pictures of another hero of my part of the  world, withstanding extreme temperatures and sun blossom all the way. Enjoy the flora of Rajasthan. 

The flower on shrub is Nerium Indicum, also known as Kaner. It is generally yellow in color but this is one of the uncommon variety of kaner. 

It is a evergreen shrub or a small tree grows up to 5 m of height, its leaves are useful in malaria treatment. See you all tomorrow with a new flower. Take care.

Flower  of the day: Kaner 11.5.2016

Cee’s Flower of the Day: Pansy 

I keep on growing pansies in my garden every winters as I love to buy unique combinations and varieties but these bunch of flowers caught my attention for the simple reason that I had never seen such a small size pansy. The appearance was also different. This easily becomes my entry today. 

Have you ever grown this tiny, pure purple flowers? 
Cee’s Flower of the day 9.5.2016 # Pansy

Cee’s Flower of the day: Fuchsia 

The moment I saw this beautiful vivid purplish , hot pink fuchsias grown in a pot, I was immediately reminded of my blogger friend Marilyn and her so many bright, colorful posts dedicated to this flower, grown in hanging pots by her last winters , flashed in my memory. 

I still remember how I searched for the plant in all the local nursuries and even told my friends, staying in neighboring cities to look for it there. 

I wasn’t lucky enough to grow it in my garden.  The glimpse of these flowers filled me with joy. I agree they aren’t as lovely as Marilyn’s but I loved clicking them and yes, I missed my DSLR so much. These are i phone 6S images. 

NO SCARS OF FATIGUE ON JAKHU HILLS

Today I will take you through an interesting pathway which goes up till beautiful Jakhu hills, Shimla and you won’t have any scars of tiredness after climbing it with me. So here we go !!!

 Shimla offers some of the most fascinating treks and the town can be easily called “The Trekkers Paradise”. We both as a couple did early morning treks on all three days during our stay in Shimla, making the most of our trip. We were missing this activity in Aurangabad as it was extremely hot there.DSC_3534

Jakhu, the most famous temple, situated on the top of Jakhu hills at an altitude of 2455m above the sea level, is a steep 30-minute uphill climb from the east end of the Ridge, It is one of the most refreshing and strenuous hike I had done in last six months. The trek serves two purposes: you can check your physical fitness by calculating how much time you take in completing it as well as it has spiritual flavor as you visit the temple also. The sound of bells and chanting of shlokas fills you with peace and tranquility at that height.DSC_3543

The temple is dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. O yes, you guessed it right !  Hundreds of  monkeys loiter around, looking for prasad packets in devotees hands(temple-blessed food offerings), never leave an opportunity to snatch anything be it  glasses,binoculars,caps,meal packets etc. leaving harassed devotees, tourists stunned and helpless.DSC_3525

Outside the temple premises 108 feet world tallest, orange statue of Hanuman looms above the treetops and watches Shimla day and night like a protector of the city. The  illuminating statue looks amazing at night.DSC_3516

This trek was around two and a half kilometers but very steep and exhausting one. The view was fantastic. The smell of pine was refreshing and the green forest was a soothing scene for eyes. Lord was much closer to us now.DSC_3537

Thankfully we were just eighty meters away and had to take few more steps to reach at the destination on top. The stairway was about to finish.IMG_0594
Finally we did this trek in record 30 minutes, Tarun literally dragged me enroute whenever I was tempted to relax on a bench, being totally out of breath. Actually he does everything as if he is on his army mission,phew !DSC_3574

You can see the parking lot for those who prefer driving over walking on foot.They come up till the temple entrance without huffing and puffing but cannot enjoy the way trekkers do.IMG_0595

On the way up to the temple, one comes across the gates of Rothney Castle , built for colonial reformer and naturalist Allan Octavian Hume, the founder of Indian national Congress party, He gathered the world’s largest collection of stuffed Asiatic birds here, later he donated it to the British Museum.

Word of caution: the monkeys on this route can be a menace, so walking stick would be the best thing to carry along to drive them away. Enjoy the full snap shot of Lord.DSC_3550

We both were spellbound by the fabulous view at the top, felt rejuvenated, happy and believe me there were no scars of fatigue on our faces. We kept on clicking pictures to cherish beautiful memories later on !

DRIVING IN FOG

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I love early morning drives especially when the roads, trees and valleys are covered with fog. At times when there is thick fog you can only see as far as your headlights but you can drive for miles that way, even reach your destination too.

I always look for the opportunity to see how the first rays of sun removes the fog and everything looks so fresh and crystal clear in the same manner the light of knowledge removes darkness.

That’s the best time to enjoy the long drives. No traffic, no long queues on toll gates and no need to switch on AC of the car since you can just roll down the window panes to enjoy the cool morning breeze blowing.

One needs to be careful and alert while driving on hills but at the same time it is one of the thrilling experience to climb curvaceous roads in foggy weather.

Make sure that you don’t mistaken fog with smog. Fog and smog should not be confused as they both are separate in colour.images-15

images-15Excess of everything is bad, same is the case with fog. You want sunlight at the end of a romantic day. The warmth of sun rays is like a boon for human beings.

So pack your bags and enjoy foggy drives folks 🙂