A sacred visit to India

India is the country with the second largest population in the world. Initially, being larger in land space, it has now become the present India. Being a country which gives priority to agriculture, nature, art, religious views, various languages spoken in different states and the nature friendliness in all ways is a great inspiration and change which is needed for an amazing experience. To make it more simple, it is a great "getaway".

Why exactly is this visit sacred? For us Buddhists, India is very important due to the facts  related with the history of Buddhism. India is also called as "Buddhabumi" by Buddhist and hundreds of Sri Lankans visit the Sacred places every year. So this year, thanks to my parents, I got the chance to visit those places, see them with my own eyes and worship them with a heart filled with happiness.

Leaving the Katunayaka Bandaranayaka International Airport late at night, we landed to Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi early morning after a 3 1/2 hours flight. The customs clearing area at the Indian Airport was amazing and really welcoming. 

Customs clearing area wall decoration
For those of you who aren't aware of what the above is, they are a series of hand positions (Hastha Mudhraa) of Lord Buddha.

It was around 5.30 a.m. when we came out of the airport. The Plan was to reach Agra from Delhi at the earliest possible. Below are two pictures captured on the way to Agra. Yamuna Expressway was the road used to reach to Agra. One fact about India is that traveling takes like forever. Undoubtedly, this is something expected as far as the land area of the country is concerned. 

Route from Delhi to Agra (Extracted from Google maps)

River view from Yamuna Expressway 

Road side view from the Yamuna Expressway 
FYI, these are a few things you should first know about India:

The Indian Flag:

A few days before India became independent on 15 August 1947, the specially constituted Constituent Assembly decided that the flag of India must be acceptable to all parties and communities. A modified version of the Swaraj flag was chosen; the tricolour remained the same saffron, white and green. However, the charkha was replaced by the Ashoka Chakra representing the eternal wheel of law. The philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who later became India's first Vice President and second President, clarified the adopted flag and described its significance as follows:

The Geographical location of India: 
India is the country with the second largest population in the world. The present geographical area which covers the land that is entirely owned by India is much smaller than what it has been several years ago. Nevertheless, India is a country with people of different ethnic groups and religions. It is also a country where many different languages such as Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Urdu and many more are used. 

Our route to India

The Currency:

The currency used in India is the Indian Rupee. Those who travel from Sri Lanka to India should remember that although both countries use the same currency, it is prohibited by law to take already exchanged Indian Rupees to India from Sri Lanka. It is therefore possible to exchange Sri Lankan Rupees into US Dollars and exchange them into Indian Rupees after you reach to India.

Notes of Indian Rupees 
The symbol of the currency 

The National Emblem:

Emblem of India
The National Emblem of India is derived from the time of the Emperor Ashoka. The emblem is a replica of the Lion of Sarnath, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Lion Capital was erected in the third century BC by Emperor Ashoka to mark the spot where Buddha first proclaimed his gospel of peace and emancipation to the four quarters of the universe. The national emblem is thus symbolic of contemporary India’s reaffirmation of its ancient commitment to world peace and goodwill. The four lions (one hidden from view ) – symbolising power, courage and confidence- rest on a circular abacus. The abacus is girded by four smaller animals—Guardians of the four directions: The Lion of the North, The Horse of the West, The Bull of the South and The Elephant of the East. The abacus rests on a lotus in full bloom, exemplifying the fountainhead of life and creative inspiration. The motto 'Satyameva Jayate' inscribed below the emblem in Devanagari script means 'truth alone triumphs'. (Extracted from Wikipedia)

This is just the beginning and there's many more to come. I will be sharing many more facts about places I visited in India for 14 days and I hope you will enjoy reading.

Happy Blogging :) ...  

Recap of 2016

2016 is almost over and a new year is ahead. Most of the things might have happened to you during this year. You may have gained new things, lost things, learned a lot more other things, met new people, visited new places and so on and so forth. Overall for me, this year was one of the most busiest years in my life. Although its been almost 2 years ever since I created my blog, I could hardly make many travel posts this year. The main reason been that I was much busy with my law exams which are still on going. Nevertheless, I created this final post for this year to recap the few but very exciting posts that I created throughout the year. Not to of course forget that its already been a year ever since I created my YouTube channel which you could view here. 

My first post for the year was on HOW TO GET RID OF STRESS. I hope that this post was of help for those who were and who are still suffering from stress.

I next published the series of posts with a combination of three parts on my TRIP TO KATHARAGAMA. (Part I, Part II, and Part III can be view by clicking on the links).

The surprising gift that I received from South Korea was one of the exciting moments I encountered at the beginning of this year. My excitement was shared using two posts. (Part I & Part II)

Two of my very interesting experiences were also shared with my readers. You could read them by clicking here and here.

Prior to my recap post, the final travel blog post of my blog was on the Elephant Orphanage situated in Pinnawala. You can view it by clicking here if you didn't get to read it earlier.

Although my blog was not rich with MANY posts, I hope that you enjoyed the ones that exist. I would also like to thank everyone who supported me and encouraged me to build up my blog to whatever it is today. 

Alright then, 2017 is coming up. Wait up for some amazing posts that are to come next year. Finally, may all you have a wonderful new year and successful year ahead. :)


Visit to the Elephant Orphanage 

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a famous orphanage, nursery as well as a captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. It is situated 13 kilometers to the Northeast of the Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. My visit to this lovely place occurred on my way to Kandy (which I will write about by way of another post). 

These are some shots I captured during my visit.

Someone's enjoying his meal

Boooo... such a happy face :)

Find me if you can!!! 

Its bathing time!!! 

P.S. There are various rules and guidelines that we visitors need to follow when visiting this place. Especially, there are notices around the place notifying visitors not to feed the elephants since they are fed on time by the caretakers with necessary food. Therefore lets obey the rules and keep the place clean when visiting it. Also you could grab awesome elephant souvenirs from small boutiques on the way to the elephant bathing place. Enjoy!!!

Last day of my 1st Job

Finishing Internship

Followed by the release of the results, until the next important step, it it always a requirement to be up with sufficient practice. Thanks to my knowledge and several people around me, I was capable of finding and attending to a reputed workplace in order complete my internship.

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Whatever other circumstances, it was a great experience to work officially for the first time in my life. Leaving my first work place after working for just 3 months is sad. But the people I met at this place were some amazing fellow employees who ended up been a group of amazing friends. These memories are unforgettable, that's for sure.

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It's still the beginning and a lot is to come when you are just a fresher in a particular field. The place is new, the work is new, the people you have to work with are all new. That fresh feeling makes you want to learn various new things. Well, it might not be new to be able to intern somewhere, but it was my first time, and I treasure it a lot. The experiences I gained was what made this very important.

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While been sad about leaving this work place today, it also lightens up a small happy thought inside me. It is about been able to step forward to experience new things in life from tomorrow onwards.

Deviating a bit from traveling just to tell you how I feel is no harm. So, until I come back with another travel post, have an awesome time!!!

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