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Observatory Hill and The Mahakal Temple

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2007 by Barun Roy

Situated in the heart of Darjeeling, and rising abruptly and steeply like some lone sentinelMahakal Temple is ‘Observatory Hill’ locally known as ‘Dara’. The steep climb up is well worth the magnificent view that is seen from its summit. The whole mountain range can be seen with all the surrounding country-side, right into the heart of Sikkim. More than 12 peaks of over 20,000 feet can be counted, with many other lesser peaks also in sight.

The Mahakal Temple occupies the summit where once a Buddhist monastery stood.  Continue reading

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Rediscovering Shangri La

Posted in Articles with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2007 by Barun Roy

The Himalayan TravellerIf words could have portrayed our emotions, like colours in the hands of a painter; if words could have latched on to the reality of moment like a nestled dream in our mind… I would have been happy. I would have danced around the meadowed green like a cur training to catch a butterfly, like an unborn child trying to wiggle his way out from the womb of his mother. But alas, my words fail me… They leave me alone in the midst of battle surrounded by enemy, unarmed and baffled. Only to stop beyond the lines to look back and mock at the General, they once served well. True, I am a man of words, and just words, as Annabelle once pointed out. True, I am a man moist in the deluge of dreams and imagination as Sherry once evaluated. But still, I can’t make it. Words fail me, when I need them the most today……

Emerald green, divine blue, visions of dream perhaps.

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